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 Posted: Tue Oct 14th, 2008 12:56 pm
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Check it out guys, klapping BFT off Cape Cod......

http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/f172/fine-bluefin-jigging-stellwagen-bank-ma-55866.html 

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 Posted: Tue Oct 14th, 2008 01:03 pm
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Man, Kil does more fishing than anyone I know or have even heard of.... and its not like he's guiding or a skipper or anything... he is just ALWAYS on trips...
he contacted me about a year ago about fishing for YFT down here on Jig... but I am in no position to advise him on the fishing down here, or certainly wasn't then.... but if we can get the code cracked on these fish on Jigs here, I can guarantee you Kil will be here not long afterwards!!!

RB - The boys are heading out BFT popping today and the next few days too... should get some solid reports... 180lb BFT in 5 minutes on a popping stick.....
Wish we got Shallow Water tuna too!!!

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 Posted: Tue Oct 14th, 2008 01:14 pm
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5 Mins? 180lbs? Bloody hell!!!!

Guess it makes sense......shallow so they can't sound, and you can chase them in the boat if the string on the reel is departing in a hurry.

Yup, Kil certainly is legend!!!!

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Nepps, that JM 350 is a sweet rod. I will have to talk very nicely with Linda before Christmas for a Power Spell 450 methinks...........Please Please please....

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 Posted: Tue Oct 14th, 2008 01:23 pm
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Ja its pretty insane.... but these guys are not chasing them in the boats... 9ft Tuna Casting rods, 8 to 12 kilos of drga right from the start, and use that parabolic action to the best of your advantage....

If you check out Andy ( Anuvat ) reports, he klapped a 267lb BFT on a popper in about 20 minutes using a Smith WRC 80P/35 and Stella 6000 with an 8000 spool..... About 200 metres of 60lb braid.....

Fun Stuff!

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RB - Spoke to Chris this morning, and I should have his 3 demo Jig sticks here in the next couple weeks... they are being tested in the Coral Sea for the next few weeks, and might even be on GL's trip.... when they done there, they will be heading my way.... so before you commit to the JM's...... You may wanna check these out....
But I gotta say I'm with you on the JM's.... awesome rods!

My dream set up right now is a little Jm150 Powerspell with an Accurate 197 with JM handle and drag upgrade.... stick some 40lb braid on that little sucker for light inshore jigging... would make our Yellowtail and Snoek fishery and absolute blast!

And I wouldn't say no to a JM450 or JM500 for YFT.....:-)

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 Posted: Tue Oct 14th, 2008 01:38 pm
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Hey Nepps, we definitely have the same gear aspirations (just got to make some serious plans to be able to afford the stuff).

Those rods of Chris will be interesting. What blanks is he building them on?

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RB - Ja, but with the state of the Rand against the dollar, and everything else, right now mie remain as dreams only.... put a cap on my spending in a big way till this bloody economy sort itself out, or I can wheel and deal.... :-)

Chris's rods are all of his own development and design... 99% of all blanks in the world come out of 3 main factories in the East so the blanks are designed and developed by Chris, and built in the East... very similar action/strength/quality to JM and then built up with top end componenetry and bling....
Bear in mind Chris is the main resposnible for the huge jigging movement and jigging tackle industry in NZ, so knows ALOT about putting together a jigging rod... these rods have been in testing for nearly a year or more, so you know he is making sure they are top notch before h approves finally release...They are gonna be epic!

I think they will be taking the jiging world by storm, and look forward to being a part of that.....

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Well Nepps, we may have to chat with him regarding one for me once they are in production......?

If they are in JM league and priced more competitively for us down here, please make sure my name is down for one in the 400 - 450g range.

When are you getting them in to test? I remember that he said he was getting some down to you for trial on the yellow sickles?

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 Posted: Tue Oct 14th, 2008 02:26 pm
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RB - For sure, gonna be better priced than the JM's, but on par or better in performance... Really amped about them..

The test models come back from the Coral Sea in 3 weeks, then heading my way, so I'd say 5 to 6 weeks still.... maybe sooner.... But we'll see...

I need to find out what weights Chris is sendng, but if I remember correctly, he's sending 250gram, 350gram and 450gram sets... perfect range for our conditions.... everything from light medium to heavy.... but bear in mind these 250 gram blanks have upwards of 20 kilo deadlift capabilities on these things....

Looking well forward to them....

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Good day gentleman!

Any ideas of cost on these rods....?!

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Nepps, keep me posted chap. They are no doubt getting some serious thrashings in the Coral Sea, and if they're up to that? They're up to anything.

That is SERIOUS backbone. 20Kg on the 250.

I have an 85-200, and will now want to go for a HEAVY! so it will probably be the 450, unless a compelling reason to go for the 350.

Starting to feel like a kid in a toystore.........

Has Chris put together any pricing on them yet?

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RB & Hoodie

Check out this thread:http://www.sealine.co.za/view_topic.php?id=7939&forum_id=67

Chris's price range mentioned is between R 2300 and R 2600, but that was in July, so with markets doing what they are doing now, I don't know, and I will wait on Chris before saying anything about pricing as that is his game...

But they will be on par with JM/Smith/Carpenter/Shimano Blue Rose in performance, at a better price..

I don't think the final rods will be available until the New Year, but that is all speculation on my point, so please don't take it as gospel... Chris is the one who will be able to answer direct questions...

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Shot Nepps, I will PM Chris and get my name onto the waiting list anyway. Call it positive gutfeel.

New Year works for me, will give me some time to hoard the pennies (and time for you guys to crack the sickle code so that when it arrives I will be able to put it to good use.

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Same here in no real rush... new::rm year will be good

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To answer RB, I still haven't settled on prices for these rods for NZ - remember that they won't neccessarily be the same prices in SA either. Much depends on the importer-retailer margins involved but i'm working on a cunning plan to have them available at fair prices. No probs RB about a rod for you, they arrive in NZ around mid-November - later than I had hoped. Depending on how quickly Nepps wants his samples, I could send yours and any others together to save the freight costs.

Just returned Tues from jigging White Isl aboard Memory Makers Charters. RB, that 450g rod is SWEET! The 350g rod is pretty cool too, never tested the 250g but they all have that great FEEL and my instincts tell me that these Jig Star rods are well worth the wait and will probably be the equal of any of the Japanese rods I have used at 2-3 times the price. That means you could have the proper performing instruments of jig at hellishly good prices. Depending on the appropriate distributor, I can help them into all manner of suitable tackle which would kickstart the jigging scene in SA without the pain of wrong gear selection etc.

Bring it ON!

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