by Grayson Fong
As in a previous blog, my fond affections to my Samurai Reaction Kestrel KE402 has always given me the confidence to chase the larger predators of the Brisbane River. While chasing these predators land based, choice of a good rod is crucial as you need something with the length to get a long cast in, yet have the bottom end grunt to pull fish ranging from 60-90cm in length away from some nasty structure. The banks of the Brisbane River are laden with wharves, pontoons, ferry docks and rock walls so having a strong, forceful rod gives you the advantage to play larger fish without them dictating the fight.
With the target species being Mulloway (Jew) and Threadfin Salmon, slow rolling large hardbody lures is the best technique as these marauders love ambushing baitfish that gather around well lit areas that litter the large extensive river. With casts having to be lengthy yet accurate, the fast taper of the Kestrel allows me to ‘ping’ my lure into tight areas without sacrificing accuracy as sometimes experienced by rods that are too whippy. This nice 84cm Jew came from the Brisbane River while fishing land based amongst the endless amount of jetties and pontoons that line the wide spans of this infamous river. The Kestrel 402 is perfectly suited for this type of fishing, as it’s taper is subtle enough to increase accuracy to your casts yet the rod has great lower end grunt to keep your fish away from any heavy structure.