Category Archives: Tackle

Fishing tackle, rods, reels, lures, trout spinners, ticers minnows

Alvey Surfcasting Reels – distance casting, reliable, almost indestructible

Some of the author's Alvey side cast reels. From left: 650C, 650GRC, 600C5, and 55C5.

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 will keep going when other more complex reels have given up! On big fish, they really come into their own being almost indestructible. Bruce More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 2 years ago
Alvey Reels Saved
By Allan Burgess On Friday, February 2nd, 2018

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

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 More...

Three models from the Scotty downrigger range. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, July 14th, 2017

Downrigger Selection for Effective Fishing – Salt and Freshwater Trolling

Home » Tackle » Page 2 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 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

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...

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

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

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

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

Alvey 650c Side-Cast Surfcasting Reel reviewed by Allan Burgess

Alvey 650c Side-Cast Reel 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” More...

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

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

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...