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Alvey Reels Australia Saved – Short History of this Renowned Tackle Company

Alvey Reels Saved

The History of Alvey Reels Australia  Allan Burgess with a small 55c Alvey with stainless steel back. This is an excellent reel for wharf fishing and light surfcasting. Note the rod with two-reel seats. There is a great deal of history behind every reel. They are very tough and last forever! The Alvey family has produced quality crafted fishing reels More...

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Some of the author's Alvey side cast reels. From left: 650C, 650GRC, 600C5, and 55C5.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
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Alvey Surfcasting Reels – distance casting, reliable, almost indestructible

Alvey Surfcasting Reels Saved  I own no fewer than five Alvey reels and would use no other for surfcasting. Their ruggedness and dependability in all conditions have to be experienced to be appreciated. They More...

Canterbury lure rod - video
By Allan Burgess On Monday, August 14th, 2017
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Canterbury Lure Rod – for Salmon and Sea-run Trout – Video

Home » Tackle Canterbury Lure Rod Canterbury Lure Rod Short Video A short video of the Canterbury Lure Rod in action by salmon anglers fishing the Rakaia River gut. This setup is a local Canterbury innovation More...

Three models from the Scotty downrigger range. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, July 14th, 2017
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Downrigger Selection for Effective Fishing – Salt and Freshwater Trolling

Home » Tackle Downrigger Selection – Different Scotty Models Three models from the Scotty range of downriggers. Center: The 1105 electric features a boom that extends to 48 inches for extra reach to clear More...

These Dragon V-Lures are un-scented. The don't need to be kept coated with attractant re-charge oil. All 7.5cm.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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Dragon V-Lures Drop Shot – Soft-Plastic Minnows

Dragon V-Lures Drop Shot softbaits. Dragon V-Lures Drop Shot I really like these Dragon V-Lures Drop Shot Minnows in size 7.5cm. They feel very soft to touch and wriggle through the water with a very fish-like swimming More...

Shimano Sienna 2500FD spin fishing reel
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
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Shimano Sienna 2500FD light weight spin fishing reel excellent value

Shimano Sienna 2500FD Shimano Sienna 2500FD The Shimano Sienna 2500FD is a light-weight trout spin fishing reel ideally suited for casting softbaits to trout, salmon and sea fish. Perfect for casting lures like More...

Shimano Catana 792 featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, June 16th, 2016
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Shimano Catana 792 SP Line Weight 3-6kg Spin Fishing Rod

Shimano Catana 792 SP Line Weight 3-6kg Spin Fishing Rod Shimano Catana 792 Perfect for casting 13.5g Tasmanian Devils The Shimano Catana 792 is an excellent graphite two piece trout spin fishing rod with a medium More...

Trout Fishing With Down-Riggers. This is the Scotty Lake Troller clamp-mount model. Though quite small it is amazingly effective. You often find that most of the trout caught in lakes are taken on the down-rigger.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, June 10th, 2016
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Trout Fishing With Downriggers – Scotty Lake Troller – Model 1073 & 1071

Trout Fishing With Downriggers – Scotty Lake Troller When lake fishing getting your lure down to the trout is half the battle. A downrigger is a device used to achieve this aim. Porta-Bote fitted with a Scotty More...

Sufix 832 Advanced Superline
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Product Test

Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Review Sufix 832 Advanced Superline here’s what we think about it. Nowadays braided lines are the preferred choice for most anglers whether surfcasting, bottom bouncing, or trout More...

Modern Abu Revo Toro with a birds-nest. It can happen with any bait-caster reel, even to the most experienced of anglers.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, July 11th, 2015
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Salmon anglers dread getting a birds-nest – it pays to carry a spare spool for your reel

Salmon anglers dread getting a birdsnest A nasty birdsnest after casting with your baitcaster salmon reel. Some are easier to unpick than they look. One of the most annoying things that can happen to any salmon More...