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000/XITUS PRO S' 6
FEATURING SHIMANO FORCEMASTER 9
By Anton Evans
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, Kaikoura
he days of manually winding in line from
extreme depths in our deep-sea fisheries are
fast drawing to a close. Electric reels are allowing us
to prospect new grounds, push the limits of fishing, and
provide opportunities to utilise new resources.
Through my charter operation experience l'd go so far as to say electric
fishing reels have opened deep sea fishing up to people who otherwise
would not enjoy it or possibly not even be able to handle the physical
demands it entails.
When targeting the monsters of the deep, we need a strong reel that
is capable of holding enough line, feature durable internal motors that can
handle the pressure of double hook-ups, and a drag system that won't wear
out at the first shout of "Fish on!". We require specifically designed gear that
performs on demand.
I've always praised the virtues of the Daiwa "electrics", but Shimano's
range of electric reels also measure up to that high standard. Reliable,good
quality, and easy to use, the Shimano electrics range from the smaller 1000
Plays model through to the BeastMaster 9000.
Here, off the rugged Kaikoura coast in the South Island, we've found
Reliable, good quality, and easy to use,
the Shimano electrics range from the
the best suited model for our needs is the ForceMaster 9000. Housed in
Shimano's famous Hagane body, the ForceMaster 9000 has extremely high
rigidity and zero twist. Bragging a powerful body means it is impactresistantsmaller 1000 Plays model through
and up for the challenges we put it through.
On the water,it isn't uncommon for us to be fishing banks and drop-offs
stretching down hundreds of metres. With a line capacity of over 1000 yards
of 80lb braid, there's plenty of string to get the baits and lead right to the
bottom. The 9000 model has 25kg of drag, which is easy to adjust with a
simple star drag lever on the side of the handle. The reel itself weighs 1.5kg, features a shield on both sides. This heavily decreases the possibility for salt
which may seem heavy compared to traditional reels, however we've foundand sand entering the unit and messing with the gear rotatiorn.
that during use, the weight provides a stable base for bringing in
to the BeastMaster 9000.
Equipped with Shimano's S-ARB bearings, the ForceMaster 9000
Shimano's range of electricreels have large LCD displays which offer
valuable information such as line out and power output.
Once upon a time you might have taken a bit of stick for choosing to
fish with an electric reel. Those days are well gone and deep sea fishing has
Irecommend matching the 9000 with a heavy-duty"bent butt style
rod with an aluminium reel seat, such as the Shimano Xitus Pro 5' 6"
The Xitus, built on a high-powered carbon/E-glass blank and featuring high evolved as an opportunity for any angler to harvest premium table fish such
quality components, combines perfectly to complete a well-balanced rod ablue-nose, bass and groper (hapuka).
If you're looking at buying an electric reel this season, here's some
In the past we'd be manually dropping 20-320z"puka bomb" sinkers to sound advice. Buy two. Why? Because you'll out-fish every one of your
reach those deeper marks, and the winding back even to just check bait or mates and lose fishing buddies like they're going out of fashion. Check the
go back around for another drift could take 15 minutes-and that's without adverts and deals in this catalogue, then head along to your local
Hunting &Fishing New Zealand store and get some more sound
a max retrieval rate of 140 metres per minute, it is easy to see why so many advice about the great range of quality electric reels on the market. It's a
situation where fishing and technology have merged to create something
and reel combo.
the weight of a fish on. Now, when reels such as the ForceMaster 9000 have
anglers are being converted to using electric reels.
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