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Product Focus: Aird X - A Sweet Combo! 702LFS - 2500SH

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I was introduced to the Aird rods and reels a few years back, and couldn’t believe how well they performed for their price tag. Well, we are now blessed with the Aird X range…and guess what…they perform even better!

One combo that I have been using lately is the 702LFS spin rod (3-5kg) and the 2500SH reel, which I have spooled with 6lb J-Braid. This combo is suited to tackle all your typical light-game species such as flathead, bream and bass; however, I’ve also discovered this combo to be quite the weapon for chasing impoundment natives like golden perch.

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The rod has enough stick to cast and work those heavier lures such as large vibration baits, whilst remaining soft enough to arc nicely when loaded up on a hard fighting fish. I found this rod to provide great sensitivity, and felt comfortable in hand. In fact, I did have some “high-end” rods with me on my latest golden perch pursuit but I chose to use the Aird X due to its performance. The reel – how the heck did Daiwa cram “ten ball bearings” into this reel! Seriously…this reel is as smooth as silk and sexy to boot! I was also impressed with the drag system in the new Aird X, as the original aird did have a tendency to be a little sticky. The addition of an EVA reel handle knob is a cool touch, and that gold colour just screams class! My fishing buddies were also impressed with the aesthetics and performance of my ARID X combo: and I regularly found myself swapping rods with my mates so they too could have a crack with my new toy.

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The best thing about this combo is the price tag. It’s just so affordable! I have been fortunate enough to play with all the great products that Daiwa develop and produce; however, I can’t get over how well this combo performs for such a minimal outlay. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about this rod from me in the near future!

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My honest opinion – outstanding value for money! Check out the full specifications via the Daiwa website. AB

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