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Dragon V-Lures Drop Shot – Soft-Plastic Minnows

These Dragon V-Lures are un-scented. The don't need to be kept coated with attractant re-charge oil. All 7.5cm.

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 action. I guess the soft feel will equate to them being easily damaged by fish. But if they are readily hit by fish then who cares! More...

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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...

A selection of fly lines. Fly line.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, August 12th, 2016
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How to Choose the Right Fly Line – Fly Fishing New Zealand

How to Choose the Right Fly Line with Monty Wright A selection of fly lines. How to choose the right fly line for your style of fishing. Up until the mid-1950s, the traditional fly line was made of silk. These 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...

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...

Alvey 650c surfcasting reel. Allan Burgess
By Allan Burgess On Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Alvey 650c Side-Cast Surfcasting Reel reviewed by Allan Burgess

Alvey 650c with Allan Burgess Allan Burgess with a spiny dogfish from the beach at South Rakaia on an Alvey 650C. Most anglers have their favourite fishing reels. These are their “go-to” reels they know More...

Shakespeare Medalist 6600G
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Shakespeare Medalist 6600G – Tackle Test

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 More...

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...