By Dave McKenzie
A small kingy around 2kg, hanging over the side of the boat on a jighead, I’m hanging over the side trying to unhook the jighead with pliers and I become unbalanced and let go of the lot! Kingfish swims straight under the boat, and then we all realise no one is actually holding the rod. The tip of my Samurai Reaction 502 is pretty much moulded to the shape of the side of the boat and my Certate, attached to the other end is starting to lift off the floor.
About a second before the lot were over the side, my mate grabbed the rod butt and all was well again. After a few laughs, my mate, who works in a local tackle shop, says
“man, those Samurais are indestructible.”
It got me thinking, particularly about the 502 I was holding.
The 502 is such a versatile rod and might be your first choice if you’re looking to target fish in the 3-20kg range, which for me would include Jewies, Snapper, Kingies, Spanish Mackeral and so on.
The rod will handle the lot, and is still as much fun to use on the smaller fish as it is on a 20kg Jewie. It’s light too, so you can fish with it all day and not feel like your arms are going to fall off at the end of a monster session. There are not a lot of rods that have such great versatility. Add to this the fact that it’s equally at home livebaiting as it is throwing plastics, I would never go offshore without it. It casts well and has plenty of low down power for bigger fish. With financial times not so great at the moment, getting the most out of each rod you have is important.
Do yourself a favour and check out the Samurai 502 next time you’re in your local tackle shop.