HOT RODS & SCREAMING REELS
Part two of our summer gear guide packed full of everything you need
ZEST SLING METAL MICRO JIGS
Zest Sling Metal micro jigs offer the ideal profile for wounded baitfish imitation. Additional features include lumo striping for added fish attraction and double hook assist rigs for added holding power. Zest Sling Metal micro jigs are available in 18 grams and 28 grams as well as five fish attracting colours.
JIG STAR TWISTED SISTER
An acid wrap rod designed by Chris Wong to economically impart a bite inducing action into the correct jig weight, while maintaining the performance needed to tackle monster fish, Jig Star Twisted Sister rods have proven themselves consistently against the biggest brutes kiwi anglers commonly meet at the Three Kings and Ranfurly Banks.
GAMAKATSU OCTOPUS FISH HOOKS
With 28 years in the market there is nothing new about Gamakatsu Octopus fish hooks but that doesn’t make them any less awesome. A favourite of strayline fishermen nationwide.
GAMAKATSU OCTOPUS CIRCLE HOOKS
A more fish friendly version of the classic Octopus hook, the circle version has all the catching power with the added bonus of seldom, if ever, fatally damaging the quarry.
SSP™ FIBRE GLIDE LINE
Described by respected anglers as a mono/braid hybrid SSP™ Fibre Glide offers the low stretch, low diameter benefits of braided lines with the knot holding, super slick properties of monofilament. Ideal for spinning reels Fibre Glide casts beautifully and offers bait anglers superior feel to hand for delicate presentation and light biting fish species. One metre markers also help with accurate depth measuring.
RAINBOW BRAID ELITE
The Black Magic team have released an upgraded version of their popular Rainbow braid. The new product is called Rainbow Braid Elite and it is available in six different line tests – 6lb and 12lb on 150m spools, with 20lb, 30lb, 50lb and 80lb available on 300m spools. Rainbow Elite is still braided from 100% Japanese PE fibre but unlike many other alternatives on the market, it is an 8-carrier braid. This provides greater strength from a finer diameter and its smooth, round shape allows for long accurate casts.
DEEPWATER SLIM JIGS
Available in 200gm, 300gm and 400gm weights, the Deepwater Slim Jigs were created for low resistance when speed jigging in deeper water. With an aggressive darting action and fast retrieve with less effort, these jigs are proven performers in New Zealand conditions.
Black Magic’s metal flutter jigs in 40gm, 60gm, 80gm and 100gm weights are shaped to create a flutter effect when moving through the water column. These versatile jigs will catch trout, snapper, trevally, kingfish and more.
FAST DROP JIGS
Black Magic’s fast drop jigs in 150gm, 200gm, 300gm, 400gm and 500gm weights were designed for a fast drop and rapid retrieve. Often referred to as knife jigs these products are ideal for speed and mechanical jigging techniques in deep water for kingfish and hapuka.
Black Magic flasher rigs have become a classic for NZ anglers since the early 90s. Available as the famous Snapper Snatcher, KL self-hooking recurve hooks or suicide/ octopus C-point hooks for those that prefer to strike when a fish bites this legendary product is hand-rigged in New Zealand using Black Magic Tough Trace and available in over 20 colour combinations across a range of hook sizes from 1/0 to 8/0.
Black Magic pre-tied strayline rigs are the ultimate in convenience for bait fishermen – just tie them on and you’re ready to go. There’s three rigs per pack, each tied on Black Magic 60lb Tough Trace with one lumo bead per rig. Choose from the KL series hooks for self-hooking or C Point hooks for a fast penetrating strike.
If you’re tired of watching your bait and sinker cart wheeling over themselves when you cast, then this is the rig for you. Black Magic’s Longreach rigs are aerodynamically set up to promote greater casting distances. Includes two traces with Black Magic chemically sharpened high carbon steel hooks and long-life lumo beads, one pulley rig complete with impact shield and optional floats to keep your bait away from hungry crabs.the Longreach Surfcasting rig won the ‘best terminal tackle’ award at the 2014 AFTA show held on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Black Magic’s gimbal and harness set, known as the Equalizer, is a renowned favourite for big game fishermen all over the world. Technically developed to provide anglers with more comfort, stability, leverage, balance and less effort when fighting big fish for long periods of time, this set is a must-have for serious fishermen.
The continued expansion of Black Magic’s freshwater range has seen the introduction of the Enticer range of spinners. These new lures feature lifelike finishes imitating a number of juvenile fish species. When coupled with their fluttering action, they are particularly attractive to predatory fish. There are five colour options to choose from either a 7gm or 12gm weight.
ABU GARCIA VERITAS 2.0
The updated Veritastm series continues the tradition of lightweight design and superior sensitivity with a renewed focus on strength. The new series sees an overall break strength improvement by an average of 22%, while tip strength has increased by over 30%. Available in 32 technique-specific actions including light jigging models, the Veritas 2.0 updated series utilises a Fuji reel seat with custom carbon hood to ensure a secure connection and Fuji K and KR guides with Alconite inserts for peace of mind. Updates to grip configurations provide a more ergonomic handle design.
A new, compact Panoptix transducer optimised for electric motor mount and delivers Livevü Forward sonar, to see ahead and around your boat in real time – even while stationary. The newest member of the Panoptix transducer family, the PS21 is compatible with Garmin’s new echomap CHIRP 75sv and 95sv, as well as the GPSMAP 7400series, GPSMAP 8000 series and GPSMAP 751xs, 820xs, and 1020xs series.
Available in 3.5”, 5”, and 7” sizes, the new Striker series is the entry-level solution for anglers who want the best sonar at an affordable price. Featuring a rugged design and a keyed interface, each Striker model has advanced CHIRP sonar and a built-in high-sensitivity GPS antenna and waypoint map, while the 5dv, 7dv and 7sv versions also incorporate CHIRP Downvü and Sidevü scanning sonar (75sv only).
ECHOMAP™ CHIRP SERIES
Available in 4”,5”, 7” and 9” sizes, the latest echomap CHIRP series units feature built-in high wide CHIRP and CHIRP Downvü scanning sonar (all models), while the 75sv and 95sv also incorporate CHIRP Sidevü scanning sonar, as well support Panoptix all-seeing sonar. All new echomap CHIRP models have an internal 5Hz GPS antenna, are pre-loaded with AU/NZ Bluechart g2 coastal charts and feature Garmin’s new Quickdraw Contours as standard.
Is it a kayak? Is it boat? Actually, it could be the best of both. Fast, stealthy and ultra portable, the Motayak Sport offers a level of convenience and versatility few products can rival. Visit www.motayak.com for more information and to purchase.
Arguably the most successful single style of lure introduced to the New Zealand snapper fishing scene in the last five years, the Catch Kabura is ideal for novice and experienced anglers alike. The recommended technique is to hit the bottom and very slowly wind up allowing the skirts to flutter like the tentacles of a paper nautilus.
A favourite of the editor, the Catch Flutter Bug is available in 20, 60 and 80 gram sizes to suit 80% of the fishing situations the kiwi angler is likely to encounter.
LONG JOHN SLIDER
Want to catch bigger fish on lures? The answer is simple; use bigger lures. The latest Catch Long John Sliders are proven big fish producers with multiple 20-pound plus snapper taken so far this season.
From the expert jigging brain of DFS Fishing Tackle’s Kane Tapper, comes the Accurate DFS Mutant GT. Combining the line capacity and drag of a conventional overhead reel with the balance of a spin reel, the Mutant GT’S revolutionary underhung configuration evolves the high performance lure space more than any product the industry have seen for years.
Catch Seducer micro jigs offer excellent castability to fans of shallow water techniques as well as a slim profile for speedier decent in deeper water. Seducer jigs cam also be cast and retrieved in surface school scenarios targeting kahawai and trevally.