Monday, February 12, 2018

Go Big Or Go Home

Few feedback that i got are, all my current setups are PE6-8 class.  Well, most of my "local" trips are targeting GT ca 10-20kg class which will survive the pairing of rods with Stella 14000XG and/or Stella 10000XG SOM 16000.

For those who likes big mouth chuggers with minimum weight 135g up to 230g, different rod and reel setup is needed.  I am not fimiliar with Daiwa, but with Stella, 18000XG PE10-12 is a must.
Example of these chugger are Hammerhead E-cup 145g, G-cup 190g , I-cup 215g, Craftbait GT3 150g, 170g 190g, PD Masterd Bomb BIG-CUP 170, MASTERD BOMB 205, Shell Shaping ChuBar 205, Orion Cono Cono 160, 190 & 220, Orion Monster 210,

Fews rods that i know which cover PE10-12 range and chug big mouth poppers:

1) Carpenter SP78UHL-SHP
2) Carpenter SP78EXH
3) Carpenter SP78H-SHP
4) Carpenter MH80H
5) Carpenter MH79XH
6) Carpenter MH79 Extreme
7) RippleFisher OceanRidge FINAL SPIRIT GT 80 Nano
8) RippleFisher OceanRidge FINAL SPIRIT GT 79 Nano
9) Hammerhead Faube 77H
10) Hammerhead Faube 77M+
11) Smith WRC-77H2B ROCKET
12) Smith WRC Komodo Dragon
13) Smith WRC Tokara 60
14) Smith GTK 77 Keyolhu
15) Hots GIPANG Ryujin 75 XXH
16) Hots GIPANG Ryujin 79 XH
17) Fisherman Monster CC72GT
18) Fisherman Monster CC75GT
19) Fisherman Monster CC74GTS
20) Fiserman Monster CC77GTS
21) Patriot Design Black Mafia 76 MNSG
22) Patriot Design Zanzibar 82 MNSG
23) Patriot Design Fire Vortex GT Ultimate XTX76
24) SaltyWaterTackle Race Point 300
25) SaltyWaterTackle Race Point 250

Above rod list is maybe short, will do more research.  Until then, happy hunting.


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.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Trip Preparation : Rods

Got few quiries on which rod do i bring to popping trips.
Well, it still depends on where is the location, what is the target fish size, which lure to have more weighted i.e. popper or stickbait, how big is the popper, which reel to pair with...etc etc...

I kinda know that it is nearly impossible to have a multifunctional GT popping rod that can cast 150g chugger and 150g stickbait all day.  Specific rod is for specific task.
But for me, i am happy if i can cast and use Seafrog Twinhook 120 and Gamma/Bluefish 140 using only 1 rod, targeting GT between 15-35kg.  So all day rod for me is either CV79/40 or F3 711/40.  I might also voted for MH80/40.  Noted all my choice is from 40lb class which in my opinion can chug a 120gram chugger and play Gamma / Bluefish 140 kinda "easy".  Also these 3 rods have the "power" to lift sizeable stubborn GT when it lie underneath the boat.

From left: CV79/40, SP76ML, MH79EXT, F3711/40, TBL80/35, PJ80/36

As per establishment, Carpenter rods are classed based on their poundage which help us to estimate the max lure and max drag force.  Belows are few example of Carpenter series




Note, when comparing the 40lb class, CV 79/40 is a PE6-8 rod which kinda forgiving "beginner rod" and has the least LureMax i.e. 200g which indicate the tip is slightly softer which is good for lighter stickbait eg. 120-140gram Gamma. Also, with the lightest rod weight, CV79/40 paired with Stella 14000 will gives angler less fatigue for whole day usage. I have tested F3 711/40 and MH80/40 and in my opinion, they are suitable for γ-200 with minimum  γ-160 with PE10 setup.



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, January 1, 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018
MAY ALL BE BLESSED

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Komodo: 17-19 Nov 2017

Another trip to Komodo was planned.  This time 8 anglers with 2 boats under Adhek Bali.  Results kinda better.  29 GTs were caught and released from 2 boats.






6 reels + 2 extra spool = Power Pro 100lbs
I brought 6 rods i.e. MH79EXT/45,  F3 711/40, SP76ML/38, CV79/40, TBL80/35 and PJ80/36.


Very minimal lures






































Monday, September 18, 2017

2017: Update - Which Rod to Pair with Which Lure?

With 30+ Carpenter rods, 3 HammerHead Faube rods will make ones mind kinda confused. Which rod to bring?
Is rod dictate lures or the lures you bring to GT trip will dictate which rod you choose.
In my case, favoritism will play a major role.  Favoritism is due to the easiness of casting, the total weight setup and the forgiveness during fighting GTs.  But still need to classify them into lure weight class, lure type and PE class.  Also targeted GT weight at fishing area has to be consider eg. as for me, only few areas i.e. Hallaniyat, Komodo, Berhala, Sibuti and future - Tokara, Andaman, New Caledonia, Great Barrier Reef, Exmouth

Chugger 145-170gram - HH E-cup, Craftbait GT2, GT3 150 & 170, Orion ConoCono 160, PE8 and above
  1. Hammer Head Faube 77M+
  2. Carpenter MH79H Extreme
  3. Carpenter MH80H 
  4. Hammer Head Faube 77H
  5. Carpenter MH79XH

Stickbait 160-200gram - γ 160, γ 200, SSlure Twister F3, Napalm 250, Orion Bigfoot 180, PE8 and above
  1. Carpenter TBL80/43R-P1 KLL
  2. Carpenter TBL80/40
  3. Carpenter F3 711/40
  4. Carpenter EP82/42-R Power I KLL
  5. Carpenter DJ83MH
  6. Carpenter WV80XH


Chugger 120-135gram - SF120TH, HH C-cup, D-Cup, Napalm 220, PE6-8
  1. Hammer Head Faube 78ML
  2. Carpenter CV79/40
  3. Carpenter EP82/38
  4. Carpenter PJ80/36


Stickbait 120-160grams - γ120, γ140, BF120, BF140, Maihime 120, PE6-8
  1. Carpenter TBL 80/35
  2. Carpenter CV79/35
  3. Carpenter EP85/36
  4. Carpenter TBL83/32
  5. Carpenter TBL80/30

So initial setup need to consider eg. for Komodo 2 chugger and 2 stickbait or 1 chugger and 3 stickbait.  My current top favorites are Carpenter PJ80/36, Carpenter F3 711/40, Carpenter CV79/40 and Carpenter TBL80/35 as these rods can handle 100-140 chugger and stickbaits.

Current top 8 favorite lures:-
  1. γ 120
  2. γ 140
  3. Maihime 120
  4. Bluefish 120
  5. Seafrog TwinHook 120
  6. Napalm 220-120
  7. Craftbait GT2 150
  8. HH C-cup 115g
  9. Orion ConoCono 120


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.