Alex's Fishing Report 28 July 2016
I’m filing my column this week from the Australian Fishing Trade Show which is held each year on the Gold Coast.
Talk about a kid in a lolly shop – three days is nowhere near long enough to get around all the stands and check out the mind-boggling array of rods, reels, lines, lures and all manner of fishing paraphernalia.
As always, there was so much new gear on offer that will appeal to Territory anglers.
Check out these products I photographed, some of which won their category in the Best Of Show Awards and which simply caught my eye.
Two I didn’t photograph but must mention are the Sage X Rod and the Rio Big Nasty fly line.
Keep an eye out for these as they both won Best of Show.
The new ABU Revo MGXtreme, with its 11 bearings and 8:1 gear ratio, is a schmick bit of gear.
The Hardy Fortuna fly reel won best of show, thanks mainly to its innovative inner spool which can be removed and replaced with another one so that one reel can be used for several different lines.
The Lowrance Elite-7TI won best of show in the marine accessory category and will appeal to fishos who can’t afford more-expensive side-scan fish finders.
Metal-Flo metal lures impressed with their innovative rear bib which folds back when cast and erects when swam, giving the tail a vibrant action.
Mustad’s new J-Assist hooks with glow-beads are a winner for sure.
The Penn Slammer is a robust threadline reel that is super-smooth and incredibly tough.
The Plano 467330 won best of show in the tackle management category, and no wonder given its size and amazing lure and accessories storage capacity.
I loved the Shimano JDM pliers which cut braid line like a razor blade.
Shimano’s Stradic CI4, with its amazing Hagane construction, won best of show in the coveted fishing reel category.
Steve Starling with the best of show, award-winning Shimano Zodias light threadline rod, one of several rod designs in this super range.
The Fish Candy Smash Crab will fool a lot of crab-munching fish; it won best new soft lure.
The ZMan EZ ShrimpZ, with its ribbed design and Mustad UltraPoint weighted hook, is destined to nail a lot of barra.