Friday, September 28, 2018

2018: Carpenter in da house

Model Rod rating Length PE Line Lure Max (g) Drag Max (kg) Weight (g)
BC73MLR 14 lbs 7' 5.4" 2-3 20-70 4 246
BC80MRF 18 lbs 8' 0.3" 3-4 50-90 5 310
BC75MHS 25 lbs 7' 5.2" 4-5 70-110 7 340
BC78HS 28 lbs 7 ' 8.3" 4-5 120 7 350
CV79/35 35 lbs 7' 9.7" 6 170 10 375
CV79/40 semi cust 40 lbs 7' 9.7" 6-8 200 12 383
DJ83MH 40 lbs 8' 5.8" 6-10 220 12 440
DJ83ML 33 lbs 8' 5.8" 6-8 170 10 405
EP85/36 36 lbs 8' 5.97" 6-8 180 10 403
EP82/38 38 lbs 8' 2.8" 6-8 190 11 414
EP86/40 R-P I 40 lbs 8' 6.95" 6-10 230 12 418
EP82/42-R Power I KLL 42 lbs 8' 2.9" 8-10 210 13 416
F3 711/40 Custom  40 lbs 7' 11.5" 8-10 250 13 410
LGM-SP 76ML-SHP custom 38 lbs 7' 6.95" 6-8 170 10 380
LGM-SP78H 45 lbs 7' 8" 6-10 210 12 400
LGM-SP 80M 43 lbs 8' 0.26" 6-8 190 10 410
LGM-SP 80M Custom 43 lbs 8' 0.26" 6-8 190 10 410
MH80H 40lb ( modified to 710/42) 40 lbs 7' 10" 8-10 250 13 430
MH80H 40lb 40 lbs 8' 1.04" 8-10 250 13 449
MH80H v2 40 lbs 8' 1.04" 8-10 250 13 447
MH79XH 45lb 45 lbs 7' 10.1" 8-10 300 14 415
MH79H Extreme  45 lbs 7' 9.9" 8-10 350 16 423
PJ80/36 All Rounder (modified to 710/38) 36 lbs 7' 10" 6-#8 200 10 365
PJ80/36 All Rounder 36 lbs 8' 0.46" 6-#8 200 10 375
Sea Leopard SLP80/33 33 lbs 8' 0.46" 6 100-160 10 380
TBL80/20 RF 20 lbs 8' 1.04" 3-4 100 7 363
TBL84/22 RF 22 lbs 8' 4.8" 3-5 130 7 370
TBL80/30RF-SHP 30 lbs 8' 1.24" 5-6 140 9 390
TBL83/32 32 lbs 8' 4.1" 6-8 170 11 385
TBL711/35 RF 35 lbs 8' 0.46" 6-8 170 11 390
TBL80/35 Custom 35 lbs 8' 0.06" 6-#8 180 11 375
TBL80/40 40 lbs 8' 0.06" 8 230 13 405
TBL80/43R-P1 (KLL) 43 lbs 8' 0.06" 8-10 250 14 395
WV80XH 45lb 45 lbs 8' 2.43" 8-12 270 15 426

Please click rod name to bring you to the official Carpenter website.

Disclaimer
I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing and the use of any information on this site is at the user’s and buyer's own risk.  All above writing is just MY FEEDBACK and OPINION.  Please browse official sites for more accurate explanation and description. While I make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, i provide no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of any information on this site. I welcome suggestions on how to improve this site’s content and correct errors. 
Lure MAX, PE line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
Rod weight is my own measured weight.  Also it may be a numerical value when measuring the prototype and/or production rod. Please acknowledge that there are maybe some errors at the time of product.
Rod Specifications Parts are subject to change without prior notice for improvement. Please note that.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Carpenter: Sea Leopard 80/33

On Sept 11, 2017, Carpenter announced the debut of its new popping rod namely Sea Leopard SLP 80/33. It is a GT rod.  I was fortunate to get the Custom Build Model with gold thread color.

Summary below is based on Carpenter's Official site: SLP80/33

Length: 8 feet (2450mm)
Line No.: PE6 (probably can go upto 7)
Lure wt.: 100 to 160 g (GT sinking lure can be up to 350 g)
Max drag: 10 kg
Rod wt.: 380g (mine is 385g)
Grip Lgth.: FG = 250mm RG = 430mm
Real Seat: DPS SD22

Pic form Carpnter site showing Carpenter's Owner Mr Kenji Konshi tested SL80/33 with PE8
It is stated in the site that SLP80/33 is kinda "Magical Rod".  The rod's nature is " a fishing rod of the magical nature" which supple flexibly till the butt section of the rod while the anglers do not feel much load during fight, but actually the lifting power comes out through out the blank.  Sea Leopard 80/33 is basically recommended for people with low body power. Based on that statement, my opinion is SLP is big brother to EP series.  Mr Konishi said he also recommends this rod for beginner of GT popping.  WIth 33lb class and rod weight of 380-385gram, it is one of the lightest of it class.

Recommended lure weight is between 100g to 160g, which i translated, i can chug Seafrog TH120 or HustlePop 130 and i can play BF100, BF120, Maihime 120, GenEi 120, Gamma 105, 120, 140 and probably max 160.  Also diving stickbait up to 120g. Will test this rod and give my feedback during my next popping trip soon.

Gold thread

Custom Build Model






Disclaimer
I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing and the use of any information on this site is at the user’s and buyer's own risk.  All above writing is just MY FEEDBACK and OPINION.  Please browse official sites for more accurate explanation and description. While I make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, i provide no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of any information on this site. I welcome suggestions on how to improve this site’s content and correct errors. 
Lure MAX and line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
Rod weight is a numerical value when measuring the prototype rod. Please acknowledge that there are some errors at the time of product.
Rod Specifications Parts are subject to change without prior notice for improvement. Please note that.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Carpenter : Gamma "γ" 120-220 vs Maihime "Princess Dancer" 120-220 vs Gen-Ei "Ghost" 120-225

Got few friends who ask me the difference between γ-120, Maihime 120 and Gen-Ei 120.  First answer is I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing.  Should refer to official Carpenter site.

Anyway, below is just my feedback.

Both γ-120 and Maihime length is 220mm while Gen-Ei is 5mm longer.  I feel that Maihime  has the biggest head shape, followed by γ-120  and the smallest headshape is Gen-Ei.  Need to buy a vernier scale to confirm the exact size.

Balance wise, all = more or less the same.  Blue is γ-120, middle is Maihime

Length =  bottom Gen-Ei is 5mm longer

Notice the placement drilled hole. Left is Gen-Ei, middle is Maihime, right is γ-120

Tested all 3 with TBL80/30, Stella SW14000 loaded with Powerpro 80, leader Fisherman 150lb and Decoy Saltwater 6/0 hooks + Carpenter 250lb splitrings.  Found that Gen-Ei has smaller and tighter "S" swim compared with γ-120 and Maihime.  Both Maihime and Gen-Ei are relatively easier to "play".  Both Maihime and Gen-Ei heads tends to broke surface faster than γ-120.  γ-120 produced the thickest bubble trail.  With Gen-Ei, i can "chug" fast at the highest speed.  γ-120 has more body rolling action.  Maihime can be played with shorter pitch compare to γ-120.  Well that is just my feedback.  Hopefully i can make a video to explain more clearly.

Please refer to below links of Carpenter official site.
Gamma γ 120-220
Maihime
Gen-Ei


Disclaimer
I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing and the use of any information on this site is at the user’s and buyer's own risk.  All above writing is just MY FEEDBACK and OPINION.  Please browse official sites for more accurate explanation and description. While I make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, i provide no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of any information on this site. I welcome suggestions on how to improve this site’s content and correct errors. 
Lure MAX and line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
Rod weight is a numerical value when measuring the prototype rod. Please acknowledge that there are some errors at the time of product.
Rod Specifications Parts are subject to change without prior notice for improvement. Please note that.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

New 2018 STUDIO Oceanmark No Limit 13 SW16000 ver 2

Got my hands on this very nice spare spool for my Stella 2013 SW14000XG.  I thought it just another SOM spool compared with the previous 2013 version.  I was totally wrong.

I haven't got any chance to test the new spool with fish-on so have no idea about the drag power and smoothness.  Notice few "?improvements?" were made i.e. teflon drag washer, stacking patterns, tapered spool lip, reduced weight.

Original spool of 2013 Stella SW14000XG

2013 SOM NL13SW16000 ver 1


2018 SOM NL13SW16000 ver 2
Different metal sound.  Left is ver 2.


Drag washer stack of  NL13SW16000 ver 2.  Note the white Teflon drag.  The new NL13SW16000 ver 2 comes with 4 carbon drag + 1 white Teflon drag.




NL13SW16000 ver 1.  5 pcs of Carbon Cross Washer drag washer.

NL08SW16000 drag stacks

New tapered spool lip on 2018 ver 2





Disclaimer
I am not claim to be an authority in the field of rod, lure and equipment testing and the use of any information on this site is at the user’s and buyer's own risk.  All above writing is just MY FEEDBACK and OPINION.  Please browse official sites for more accurate explanation and description. While I make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, i provide no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of any information on this site. I welcome suggestions on how to improve this site’s content and correct errors. 
Lure MAX and line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
Rod weight is a numerical value when measuring the prototype rod. Please acknowledge that there are some errors at the time of product.
Rod Specifications Parts are subject to change without prior notice for improvement. Please note that.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Oman April 13-22, 2018: NOUKHADA FISHING CHARTER

For our trip this time, we opt to get services from Noukhada Fishing Charter Oman.  From browsing, we found the http://noukhadaoman.com/

After few correspondents with Owner Mr Ali Dashti and Noukhada Management Mr Hamad Al Roumi, , a date April 13-22, 2018 was agreed.  I also was introduced to a wonderful Captain Swabir Adi Shee of Noukhada.

7 Angler Garage crews includes myself, Eidi, Master MO, Syakri, Pak Tam, Aidil and youngest Master Love Uddin-san gathered at KLIA ~ 5pm.  Our journey starts from KLIA Friday 13th April 2018 flight QR849 Qatar Airways with duration 7h 45m to Doha, Qatar.  We reached Hamd International Airport, Doha at 11.05pm local time and have connection time of 3 hours for Flight QR1142 3.00am bound for Salalah International Airport, Salalah, Oman.  Doha's Hamad International Airport is a world class airport.  Good food and many smoking rooms :).



Doha airport
We landed at 6.35am in Salalah.  After a hassle free immigration and customs, we were greeted by Captain Swabir and Captain Jamil of Noukhada.  Since we arrived too early and Lulu Supermarket open at 9.00am, I just gave Capt Swabir a shopping list of food and extra groceries for him to buy at Lulu eg. breaded Chicken Drumstick, Redbull Energy drinks.  Very short list since everything else about food & drink is ready for us at Noukhada Lodge in Shuwameyah.

We took the 12 seater van for travelling to Ash Shuwaymiyyah while our baggages handle by Swabir 4x4 Toyota.  Journey of 282km to Ash Shuwaymiyyah will take ~ 3.5 hours via beautiful coastal road of Mirbat, Sadah and Hasik.  After few stops for breakfast and scenic photography, we reached Noukhada Fishing Charter Oman lodge.

pittstop at Wadi near Hasik

Our van parked in front of lodge.

38 footer 2x300hp = 4 person popping

32 footer 2 x 250hp = 3 person popping

many Jamals!!



Wow!!! That is the first word came out of my mouth!!! 7 buildings + 5 boats + huge land areas!!!
So we greeted by our host and lead to guest the house.  HUGE!!!!!  There are 8 rooms that can accommodate 16 anglers...easily!!!

Very spacious living hall!!!

Another living hall!!!


fully air-condition

Eidi with his whale bones
Noukhada Fishing Charter  small gift of T-Shirt, buff, Waterproof Bag, Hat, Towel with Noukhada logo

AG's crew 1st lunch at Noukhada Lodge

After lunch...dreaming about 50kg GTs!!
Good food!!!!!
Each angler has he's own port!!!

AG crew show-off their sunnies
very spacious for popping
next door got high-end tackleshop !!!
crew with Captain Swabir, Captain Jamil and Mr Hamad




to be continue.....