Posted: May 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
Okay, I’m probably going to cause some ruckus here, but this just really annoys me.
Step 1) Company A produces a lure, it’s taken on by a select few who like to adopt and try new things. Turns out it works well, really well infact. Popularity grows and grows, more people start to use and it all of a sudden it’s the talk of the town. Sure it might not be the cheapest lure, this can be attributed to many factors. Lots of R&D in the design, cost of developing mold, handling through a wholesaler or distributor.
Step 2) Some guy gets the shits with spending his hard earned, buys a lure and sends it to a factory in China to be flat out copied, same lure, same colours hell even give it the same name! That is simply just plain WRONG!
I don’t care who you are but when i was at school that was called plagiarism!
Support the people who are the innovators, they are the ones that spend the time and money developing new things for you to use. These are the guys that need your support.
I’m all for innovation, it doesn’t take a genius to make alterations to somethings design or shape to make it new and exciting! Making it 10mm smaller doesn’t really count if you ask me!
Posted: May 12, 2013 in Fishing, Tom
Australia boasts some of the best fishing on the planet no doubt, it’s also some of the most varied anywhere i can think of. One part of the country might dictate a super light spin stick, yet a days drive in any direction could have you needing a heavy baitcaster, or perhaps a nice medium weight spin stick. It’s this incredible diversity that makes it a long process to bring a rod to market that covers each application.
The OMEN range needed a couple of nice light powered true Bream rods added to the lineup, and that’s what I’ve been working on these past 6 months. Designing and perfecting two models that will cover all of your bream fishing needs. Excellent all rounders was what we were after, and we are getting to the pointy end of the design process. Many prototypes have come and gone, they’ve been around the country twice and we are almost ready for approval.
The hard thing with Bream fishing is there are so many techniques to catch them, with so many different lures and even line types that you could almost fill your rod locker and not have two rods the same. With the OBS610L and OBS71L models, I wanted them both to be able to ‘do everything’ but not just be mediocre, but excel at being a great all round Bream rod!
I really think we have achieved what we set out to do with these rods, The OBS610L is an awesome rod, I personally favour this one for fishing soft plastics or heavier structure. The OBS71L is a little longer and a smidge softer, perfect for fishing tight line presentations, and what i mean by that is techniques which for the most part have constant tension on the line as your fishing. Like slow rolling a crankbait for example. I personally prefer to use a fluorocarbon line straight through for these techniques, but a braid does work as well.
Anyway, just thought i would keep you in the loop. They are well underway and should be approved soon. I’m just a perfectionist when it comes to my fishing tackle!
Part 2 coming soon!
Posted: January 17, 2013 in Fishing, Tom
So I’m in Tokyo now, Shibuya district to be exact. This is like shopping heaven. I’m sure if you wanted anything in the world. You could buy it here.
I happen to be very close to a number of fishing tackle shops which has provided some entertainment and lots of inspiration. I love trying new and wacky techniques and this is something which the Japanese seem so good at!
I’ve recently been fishing a place choked full of weed and catching good bream and bass on suspending jerkbaits sight fishing the clear patches of ground in-between the thick weed. But the problem is 90% of the time your lure will get weed on it and make the cast wasted and a lot of the time spook the fish in the process.
This is where my idea comes in. Now bear in mind I’m only using 40-50mm jerkbaits in these instances. About 12 months ago I bought some plastics (in Japan would you believe) called Sawamura One-Up Shads. They were little 2″ finesse paddle tails. At the time I thought they would be awesome
for bass fishing and I was right. They have caught me some great fish.
I wanted to try them weed less around these clear patches but had trouble finding suitable worm hooks locally that were small enough to fit the 2″ profile.
A small flight to Japan and sure enough there is heaps of suitable hooks here and below are just a small selection of some I’ve found.
I’ll delve more deeply into how I plan on using these paired up with the Sawamuras and those Reins slip sinkers when I return to Australia.
Posted: January 16, 2013 in Other, Tom
Currently in my hotel room in Kyoto. It’s almost 0 degrees outside and a toasty 26 in my room!
I decided I was only going to use my GoPro this trip for a different perspective than my DSLR. Here are a few photos of the 400 odd I’ve taken so far!
Posted: January 5, 2013 in Other, Tom
I’ve had a lot of spare time lately after some surgery in December of 2012.
This has meant plenty of time perusing around the far corners of the internet, finding weird parts of youtube and occasionally. Stumbling across something rather interesting.
Souther Boats is one of these things.
The Bass Boat market is fairly small in Australia, but i would say it’s growing every year as more people get into the sportfishing craze.
These awesome fast big high powered boats are great for the guys that can afford them and the hassles they bring (towing, storage etc)
For young guys like me or for people who simply don’t have the space for one of these big Bass Boats our options are somewhat limited. Buy a tinny and fit it out yourself, buy a already decked out alloy boat. Or do what I did and go down the custom fibreglass path (more on this later)
And this is where Souther come in.
These are basically mini bass boats. With all the bells and whistles of their bigger brothers without the added hassle.
I have spent wayyyyyyyyyy too long looking at their website (all of which i cannot read) but hey, pictures are worth a thousand words right?
Check out this beast.
Nearly 2m Beam
All the bass boat bells and whistles
I’ve seen photos of these on strange japanese blogs with 90 Etecs strapped on the back.
A 90 Suzuki would look right at home on one of these bad boys, and i’m sure you would get some serious speed out of a set up like that.
Posted: January 3, 2013 in Fishing, Tom
For those that haven’t heard about this i highly suggest checking it out.
It’s the latest and greatest in televised tournament fishing in the USA and the population is loving it!
24 of the best anglers head to head in a no limit catch-a-thon
Well worth the time if you like watching the yanks rip out bass from heavy cover!
Posted: January 2, 2013 in Other, Tom
In about 7 days I am off on a bit of a holiday to Japan for some sightseeing and snowboarding.
The snow reports are off the scale with snowfalls of over a metre a day over the past few days at Niseko.
While there I’m going to travel to Lake Biwa, for those that don’t know. This was where the World Record tying Largemouth Bass was caught in 2010
I absolutely love Japan, I travelled there in 2012 for the Osaka Tackle Show and it was mind blowing just how much stuff is available in their JDM market that us in Australia never get to see. Not to mention the Food and culture is amazing. I could quite easily live there if i knew more than one completely useless phrase in their language.
10 points to whoever guesses what this actually means
“watashi no hobakurafuto wa unagi de ippai desu”
Of course I will visit a few of my favourite tackle stores while I’m in the cities to pick up a few odds and ends
Should have plenty of pics upon my return!