Shakespeare Medalist 6600G – Tackle Test

Shakespeare Medalist 6600G

Shakespeare Medalist 6600G In the North Island we’d call the Shakespeare Medalist a snapper reel, while in the south it would mostly be used as an excellent salmon fishing reel. I took the BC 6600G Medalist with me on a recent trip to the Marlborough Sounds where it was put to good use as a light jigging reel for blue cod and tarakihi – More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 21 hours ago
The 8540 (pictured top) uses finer steel and a very slim needle sharp point without sacrificing hook strength. The other heavier gage hook is a high carbon model from VMC. It is still a good hook but you have to keep it sharp with a file. It is also heavier and has a fatter point.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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VMC Forged Vanadiun Steel Cone Cut Point – Salmon Fishing Treble Hooks

VMC Forged Vanadiun Steel Treble Hooks VMC 8540 Treble Hooks VMC 8540 Treble Hooks If you want to turn some of those near misses that we all get when salmon fishing into solid hook sets consider upgrading your trebles More...

Berkley rods
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Berkley Gorilla Stick Light-Weight Salmon Rods

Berkley Gorilla Stick with Allan Burgess A good salmon taken with the 8’6″ two piece Berkley Gorilla Stick Light-Weight Salmon Rod teamed up with an Abu Ultra Cast. This combination is not only light More...

Harrison Rod.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Harrison 13’6″ Salmon Rod

Salmon taken on Harrison rod. Harrison 13’6″ Salmon Rod by Neil Scott The moment had finally arrived There I was with half a rod remaining in my hand, a bird’s nest big enough for an eagle, and More...

Shimanao 20-40S
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Shimano 20-40S

Shimano 20-40S The TLD Star 20/40S is identical in most respects to the TSM SpeedMaster IV. The obvious difference being that the 20/40S has a slightly slower rate of retrieve at 5.2:1. According to Shimano this More...

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By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Daiwa M-One Salmon Mooching Reel

Daiwa M-One Salmon Mooching Reel Daiwa’s new M-One features a stainless steel outer palming ring that has an ultra smooth titanium nitride finish to make it resistant to scratches. It also has a beefed-up More...

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By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Alvey Saltwater Fly Reel Reviewed by Allan Burgess

Alvey Saltwater Fly Reel Reviewed by Allan Burgess Alvey are well known Australian manufacturers of an excellent range of side cast surf fishing reels. However they also produce boat reels and a very good saltwater More...

The rugged Alvey 650GRC
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Alvey 650 GRC

The rugged Alvey 650GRC Alvey 650 GRC with Allan Burgess This is an unusual Alvey reel in that it is geared whilst all other models are fixed centre pin reels. It has been engineered as a high-speed spinning reel More...

Abu 6500C
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500C

Abu 6500C Ambassadeur 6500C The Abu 6500-C3 Classic reel has for over two decades been the baitcaster of choice for many thousands of New Zealand salmon anglers. It has been, and remains still, by far the biggest More...

A second low-mount reel seat has been added to this salmon/surf rod.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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High or Low Mount Reel Seats for Salmon Surf Fishing Rods – Allan Burgess

Salmon anglers at the Rakaia River mouth with low-mount surf rods. High or Low Mount Reel Seats for Salmon Surf Fishing Rods A decade or so ago every salmon angler fished their free-spool salmon/surf outfit with More...