Tyrone & Pure Fishing take Hervey Bay!
6th July 2018.
Written by: Tyrone Yahiya
Hervey Bay had always been on my radar to fish, so when Pure Fishing presented me with that opportunity as well as being able to test the latest Penn gear… I was hooked!
Getting there was a bit of an effort, considering it’s in the same country.
First was the 5-hour flight from Perth to Brisbane, then into a propeller plane (seriously, are they still around?) which proved to be an experience while flying through some stormy weather, and thank god, the rubber bands lasted and didn’t need a rewind!
Pure Fishing picked us up from the airport and dropped us to our accommodation with a quick debrief, whilst exhausted I was equally as excited.
It was Peter from Hervey Bay Fly & Sport Fishing that skippered our boat which was a 21’ Fibreglass Centre Console which rode well, but we were there to test equipment, and test we did! Some of the combos we tested were:
- Penn Ocean Assassin paired with the not-yet-released Spinfisher VI;
- Regiment Black Ops pairs with the already released Penn Slammer III;
- Penn Ocean Assassin pairs with the not-yet-released Penn Conflict.
All three reels never missed a beat! The power and sensitivity of the rods blew me away with every cast. We mainly used Stick Baits like the Mangrove Studios Atula and Mahi Jerk as these are designed to cast long-distance, which is a must when sight casting a Longtail Tuna.
We also used some lighter, harder to work floating Stick Baits like the Hammerhead Moet and Megabass Or-Poi. The rods were up to the challenge as well and we had no issues in that area either.
Penn's new Spinfisher VI is a very nice reel with more features than the older V model. The IPX-5 rating making the reel feel way more waterproof than its predecessor.
Pure Fishing Australia is rapidly stamping their authority within the Top Water and Jigging market. Their Slammer III is taking the casting world by storm with the $399 Reel standing up against the $1000+ Saltiga and Stella’s. Pure Fishing is also looking at bringing more of the JDM products into our market, with some exciting new thing landing shortly like the Fire Line Boat Braid and some more goodies coming along shortly.
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