These eight pieces of editorial are a just a selection of many, which I put together from interviews I conducted at the Australian Fishing Trade Association show on the Gold Coast. Each write up went into the September editions of each of the monthly magazines (which Included West Australia Fishing Monthly, the first ever edition).
Daiwa Tactical Tackle Box
Daiwa have come up with a tackle storage solution to allow you to keep you’re your different accessories in one place.
Daiwa’s series of Tactical Tackle Boxes have tons of storage, and the large top pocket will hold five 3600 sized trays (medium) or five 3700 sized trays (large).
It also features a molded sunglasses holder, two zippered side pockets on the back, mobile phone/GPS holder on the front and pliers holder on both side pockets, so you don’t have to leave anything behind to save on space.
Large carry handles, padded shoulder strap and great tackle organization will allow the angler to take the Tactical Tackle Boxes everywhere.
Each box comes with five Modular Storage Trays, which are perfect for lures, jigs, terminal tackle, sunblock and tools.
The DTTB-60 (Medium) is 9” x 13” x 14”, while the DTTB-70 (Large) is 12” x 14” x 12”.
Rapala Xtreme 160 HDFFU
When fishing offshore, anglers often like to troll between spots to maximise their chances of catching a feed, and now Rapala has come up with the perfect bait for this application.
As we know, Rapala makes lures that perform well, and look absolutely fantastic, and the Xtreme 160 is no exception to that, and with the new High Definition colours, they’re sure to see hungry fish launching themselves at it coming over the side.
With the ability to handle trolling speeds of 15-20 knots, you can rest assured that this bait will stay in the water, and won’t come to the surface.
This bait is perfect for tuna, mackerel wahoo, mahimahi and many, many more.
Fitted with quality VMC trebles and built tough to handle the riggers of pelagic teeth, this is an absolute winner for anyone wanting to troll at high speeds offshore.
Costa Untangled Pescador
Costa have absolutely pushed the envelope this year at the AFTA show, with a completely new concept to the world of fishing accessories.
Introducing the Untangled range, which has taken a positive step towards cleaning up our environment.
What makes the Untangled series so unique, is that the frames are actually made from discarded fishing nets! Every year, thousands of tonnes of fishing nets are left in the ocean to rot and be hazardous to marine life.
Taking out the prestigious John Dunphy Award for Innovation this year is a member of the Untangled family, the Pescador, which is available in for lens colours.
On top of all this, the cases are made from recycled material as well, and in this case, they are made from old Patagonia clothing.
They look as good as the other frames in the Costa range, and by wearing them you’ll be saving the environment as the same time!
Costa Untangled Baffin
Costa Del Mar were very prominent at this year’s AFTA show on the Gold Coast, and their new Untangled Series, was the talk of the show! They’re sure to make shockwaves all around the world.
With the Pescador taking out the John Dunphy Award for Innovation, they were going to stop there! The voters wanted another member of the family, the Baffin, to be recognised as well.
Just like the Pescador, it comes in 4 lens colours, and the lens is made from discarded fishing nets, and despite this, it still looks fantastic!
Like with all the frames in the series, the case is made from old Patagonia clothing.
So whether it’s the Pescador, the Baffin, or any of the other members of the Untangled Series, you’ll know that just by buying and using them, you’ll be doing your bit to clean up the environment.
Daiwa Exist LT 3000 DC
Celebrating 60 years of innovation isn’t easy, and that’s why Daiwa held nothing back in creating the new 18Exist LT.
The flagship model, the Exist, has personified excellence throughout Daiwa’s history, and now the new 18Exist LT, which stands for Light and Tough, introduces even more ground-breaking technology.
Monocoque body also debuts in the 18Exist LT for the first time through the entire size range. Monocoque bosy is a truly one-piece frame with no side plate. Instead, the side plate is replaced by the main drive gear housing, which screws into the body allowing for maximum gear diameter and ultimate rigidity.
By increasing the main gear diameter, monocoque reels exhibit improved winding power and torque. In fact, you will find the brand-new Machine Cut Tough Digigear inside the new 18Exist LT is up to 109% larger than non-monocoque reels.
The 18Exist LT’s monocoque body is Daiwa’s most advanced body they’ve ever developed, and they’re available from 1000 to 4000 sizes.
The most demanding conditions require a different kind of tool, whether it’s a strong head wind, a fish at a distance, bulky rigs, or a heavy sink tip.
The new Igniter from Sage is tuned to handle the most technical of conditions. This is not a rod for the everyday angler, the Igniter is equipped with a high line speed taper to carry large amounts of line at distance with wind cutting performance.
This rod is absolutely perfect for streamer fishing with heavy sink tips or covering big water when conditions turn south.
Made form quality materials, like Fuji ceramic stripper guides, hard chromed snake guides, KonneticHD technology, laser etched line weight on slide band, Sage retains its reputation for being some of the best fly gear available anywhere.
The rod also comes with a black powder coated aluminium rod tube with a Sage medallion.
If you bring the will, the Igniter will supply the way.
Rio DirectCore Jungle Series
Much of the best fly fishing in our amazing country exists in the tropical regions of the north, and now Rio have provided the perfect fly line for tropical climates.
Rio’s Jungle Series of fly lines are designed to withstand the heat of tropical jungle destinations. Each line is built on Rio’s low-memory DirectCore that is extremely easy to anneal (stretch) and lies perfectly straight on the water, yet retains the stiffness needed to cast on hot conditions.
Each line has a short, quick-loading head that will easily cast and turnover typical large flies used in the tropics, and a range of density options ensures anglers are covered for all species, conditions and waters.
So next time you’re headed north in search of a tropical fly fishing fix, or even overseas to a typically humid fly fishing Mecca, be sure to load up your reels with something that’s up for the job – Rio’s got your back!
Samaki Black Marlin Sublimation Shirt
Getting plenty of looks, feels and votes at the AFTA show this year was the Black Marlin Sublimation shirt from Samaki.
Samaki have a history of providing anglers with good quality, reasonably priced and sun protective fishing apparel, and this fantastic design will fit in nicely with the rest of the range.
Just like the rest of the range, the eye-popping images on the material will let other anglers know you mean business.
As usual, Samaki have used their UPF 50+ Fish Dry fabric, which is a lightweight 100% polyester material, and will keep you incredibly cool, will dry quickly, yet still breathes.
All of Samaki’s fishing shirts are available in adult, youth and kid sizes, allowing the whole family to get in on the action and out on the water, and still say sun safe.