By Zac Skyring
I was having an afternoon session chasing Golden Perch on a recent trip to Leslie Dam near Warwick and was slow rolling a spinnerbait on my light bass outfit in about 6 metres of water. The sounder was showing some solid granite boulders on the bottom with a smattering of nice arches so I had high hopes.
On the sixth cast I was smashed big time and I Immediately knew it was a good cod, but realising a little too late that a serious battle was about to unfold on the light gear I was using. All hell broke loose as the fish plunged to the depths giving the Samurai 251 a thorough workout. I thumbed as much as I could on the light 6lb braid but the fish reached the bottom, sat solid and I thought it had bricked me.
I gave it some stick and it ran again, the rod cushioning the powerful lunge beautifully as I kept the pressure on and finally turned its head and slowly coaxed it to the surface. The cod had four more runs heading to the depths and each time I’d fully load the 251. It was working overtime but holding its own. On each run I feared the cod would reach a cave amongst the granite boulders on the bottom, but finally on the fifth time I got it to the surface, it settled.
Battle over, I slipped it into the net, took a quick pic and then released it. I was impressed with ability of the light rod to stand up to the pressure. It is the lightest in the Samurai baitcaster range and the power in these tough units is quite unbelievable.