We’re most definitely fans of Daiwa’s Infinity Q models – a European variation of the original Certate – but it came as quite a shock to discover that the model had resurfaced again in 2012.
From the picture acquired from a German website, it is clear that the new Daiwa Infinity Q Custom is built upon the pre-2010 Certate chassis. As such it doesn’t feature Mag Seal, but it does feature a load of Daiwa’s greatest innovations, including; Real Four, Digigear II, Hardbody-Z, ABS spool, Airbail and Twistbuster II. Despite not being the absolute latest carnation, fear not, this is a top grade spinning reel and one of the Daiwa reels that is made in Japan. I fish with two original Infinity Q reels alongside a Certate and they compete admirably.
There are two visible differences that I can make out. The rotor Continue reading “New Daiwa Infinity Q Custom”
Akios just announced on their Facebook page that 4 new Shuttle reels are planned for launch in the coming weeks. Exciting news. The original Akios Shuttle reel was well liked by us, sea anglers and tournament casters alike.
The new additions for 2011/2012 see a narrower CT version, a wide CT version and the first Shuttle reels featuring level winds.
The Akios Shuttle 555 SCM pictured below appears to be Continue reading “New Akios Shuttle 555, 666 Wide & LSi reels coming soon”
Abel fishing reels and their growing range of accessories are among the most lustful items of fishing tackle available. Whether you’re a fly fisher or not, there’s no denying the quality and beauty that oozes out of every item they make.
Take 2012, for example. Abel have released two new reels, one for Spey, one Switch, both in a new (for them), old-school, classical design. There’s a new reel finish by Montana artist Derek DeYoung, plus two of the most adorable fishing accessories I think I have ever seen – the Abelight flashlight/torch and the Abel Nippers, both available in a multitude of jaw-dropping finishes.
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Hurrah! It’s that special time of year again when the major tackle manufacturers release their new fishing tackle to the public, for the first time.
Grab yourself a brew, sit back and behold the 2012 Shimano Fishing Catalogue. Lots of new reels, rods, terminal tackle and clothing. Plus a load more technique-specific tackle which Shimano has expanding on in recent years. Some very interesting new Continue reading “2012 Shimano Catalogue”
Shimano’s advert for the new Baitrunner LC says, ‘Legend Reborn’ and while normally we’d take this kind of advertising with a pinch of salt, in this case I tend to agree that the big Baitrunner Long Cast is a legendary fishing reel. The ‘Big Baitrunner’ has been landing big fish for over 15 years. In Shimano’s reel portfolio it sits alongside other iconic greats such as the TLD lever drag reels.
2012 is a special year as Shimano have chosen to bring this old timer right up to date. Perhaps even more importantly the redesign brings with it a new size – Medium – that I’m sure will be very well received all around the world – in most countries angling equipment is getting smaller and lighter as tackle gets stronger and better designed, while anglers become more sporting in the quest to have some fun Continue reading “2012 Shimano Baitrunner LC XTA – Big & Medium”