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By Peter Francis
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand,
North Shore & Westgate
fyou are inclined towards high end, super smooth, precision
engineered reels for light to medium tackle, then you are
going to want to take a closer look at Shimano's new flagship
jigging overheads, the OCEAjiggers, that have had their first
upgrade since coming on to the market in 2011.
At 5800 a pop, they are certainly at the pointy end of the market, but
you get what you pay for in fishing gear and these reels are made with
performance strength and durability in mind.Quality gear will ast you for life
if you look after it, and these are reels you ought to be very happy to keep for
a long time
e series was designed specifically for slow pitch jgging and Shimano
is claiming a massive reduction in reeling resistance as a result of refined
Quality gear will last you for life
if you look after it, and these are
reels you ought to be very
happy to keep for a
mechanics something Shimano is renowned for-Specificalty its infinity drive
system where the pinion gear is now held by the spool shaft,adding greater
strength and durability as well as smoothness.It also has an upgraded forged
long crank handle, as well as a new clutch lever, both significant ergonomic
upgrades on the old models.
They are available in three sizes with a 1000HG,a 1500HG and a 2000HO
model available, all with a 300m capacity of PE2, PE3 and PE4 respectively.
The two smaller versions both weigh inata paltry 405 grams, have a 6.4:1
retrieve ratio and a maximum drag capacity of 7kg. Shimano NZhave only
brought in the high gear (HG) models as these are better suited to New
Zealand's conditions where most will use the lighter models for snapper
fishing In a practical sense they are effectively glorified snapper reels and
they will take your work-up fishing experience to the next level with the silky
rformance you'd expect from a top end Shimano reel
They are both capable of targeting larger fish but you'd be a little under-
gunned taking one of these two smaller versions to the Three Kings or the
Ranfurly Banks to target kingfish. The 2000HG is a bit beefier at 595 grams
and an 11kg drag capacity, but l'd say still a bit light for targeting XOS models
where the bigger brakes of a Talica would be better suited.I love lure fishing
with light gear for snapper and it's the 1000HG that Inaturally gravitate
I've been playing with this reel, matched perfectly on the new Shimano
Kaos 64 one piece Over Head 20-30lb rod, and it makes for a spectacularly
presented combo. To be fair I haven't had it for long and the biggest fishl've
played so far was a mere 5kg kingfish, but that was enough to strip a bit of
line and the drag performance was silky smooth, as l expected. I'm looking
forward to thrashing it on some larger specimens, where 've no doubtit
will continue to impress.
Peter's favourite OCEA/Kaos combo retails for just $949.99!
Other options see page 69.