Category Archives: Tackle

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Amazing Baits Salmon Ticers and Lures – Video review by Allan Burgess

Rakaia River mouth clear edge surf on 7 February. Taken on Amazing Baits rocket ticers. Featured image.

 Amazing Baits Ticers & Zed Spinners Review Rakaia River mouth clear edge surf on 7 February. Taken on Amazing Baits Rocket Ticers. Amazing Baits Ticer Review This is an excellent weight-forward salmon ticer. The brass hex rod has been cleverly cut so that the ticer is heavier at the front. This prevents the ticer from tumbling in flight and More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 2 years ago
Canterbury lure rod with two lures.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Canterbury Lure Rod – is used for Salmon and Searun Trout Fishing

Once you settle into the rhythm of casting with the lure rod it it becomes surprisingly enjoyable. Lure Rod The Canterbury lure rod is a local innovation designed to get a lure down to the bottom of Canterbury’s 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...

Abu Ambassadeur red 7000C featured
By Allan Burgess On Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 7000 Baitcaster is a Trusted Salmon/Surf Reel

A good size kahawai taken at the mouth of Canterbury’s Waimakariri River on an Abu Ambassadeur 7000 reel. These reels are excellent for making ultra long casts to distant fish. Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 7000 Abu 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...

The red Enticer 1200 TW (Twill Weave) is better suited to heavier 68 gm weight-forward ticers. I have one of these myself. The quality is excellent.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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Enticer 1200TW Salmon Rod – Designed for salmon/surf fishing

Enticer 1200TW Salmon Rod The earlier blue Enticer 1200 LMS worked better with 42 to 55 gm ticers. Kilwell’s new Enticer 1200TW arrived in time for the 1998/99 salmon season. It is a 12′ graphite salmon/surf More...

Shimano TSMiV
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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Shimano SpeedMaster TSM-III and TSM-IV

Shimano SpeedMaster TSM-III and TSM-IV There is perhaps one reel that is more popular, in New Zealand, with anglers after kingfish than any other. It is the Shimano Speedmaster TSM-4. This reel is almost a classic 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...