ProTackle now have the new Shimano TranX reels in store for you to check out. These revolutionary new reels take the low profile baitcaster design and up the size for heavier overhead applications. Capable of holding just under 400m of 50lb PowerPro and pulling an impressive 11kg of drag. There are two models in the range, a HG (High Gear) and PG (Power Gear). The HG has a 6.6:1 ratio and pull in an impressive 107cm of line per turn of the handle. The HG would be well suited to high speed spinning for Mackerel and other pelagic, while the PG will handle Reds and Trout off the bottom. This reel may even find a use pulling up big impoundment barra on heavy braided line.
Other features include
• X-Ship provides an extra smooth retrieve with superior durability.
• HEG - a larger drive gear and pinion gear increase cranking efficiency.
• SF - Superfree Bearing supported Pinion Gear eliminates friction with spool shaft for better freespool.
• E.I. Surface treatment on the spool protects against corrosion from saltwater soaked braided line.
• S A-RB coating protects bearings from rust in saltwater use.
• Super Stopper eliminates handle back play.
• VBS Brake System effectively reacts to spool rotation speed to provide ideal brake force at all times during cast.
• Dartainium II Drag Washer provides incredibly smooth drag performance with durability.
Here are a few photos taken from last weekends Predators Tournament. There were some great fish weighed in and a few early season Marlin were tagged. In fact, its the first time in a number of years since the prize for first tagged Marlin has even been awarded. The competition is held by the Townsville Game Fishing Club and is one of the biggest events on the Townsville fishing calendar. The two major sponsors of the event include Townsville Marine and Northern Conquest Charters. The BBQ weigh-in was held at the Townsville Marin Centre on Ingham road The Bohle. A photograph of the board below should show a summary of all the winners and their respective catches.
Last weekend was the Townsville Game Fishing Club anual Predators Competition. Jake and I entered, and with poor weather forecast, decided to tackle the larger tides of the creek. We had a great plan to find fish early on the Saturday morning tide in the Haughton, but it just didn't work out. It was a very disappointing session, and despite finding relatively clean water in several locations, only a handfull or Rat Barra were landed.
So for day two a complete change of scenery was needed. For a while we tossed around the idea of battling sloppy seas and heading out for a Spanish Mackerel. But a 'left of centre' idea saw us heading well upstream of a smaller creek to chase Jacks on surface lures. While it was my idea, Jake quickly jumped at the chance as he has considerable experience in this type of fishing.
A slightly later start than normal had us heading off about 6am. And with the wind rustling the trees at my place, I'm glad we decided to stay in the creek. We had a pretty good session, boating a good dozen or more Jacks by lunchtime. Jakes experience really showed here, with the vast majority of the fish taking his well presented surface lures. But I soon got the hang of the technique and landed a couple of decent fish pushing 40cm. A lot of the Jacks were under the 35cm legal size, but we did land a couple of solid specimens, and got dusted by fish well over 40cm. It was very exciting fishing and, according to Jake, was a "pretty slow morning"! I can't wait to go there again on a good day...
Here is a bit of video from the session. A full report of the Predators Competition will be up in the next few days.
Townsville Marine has also made a recent change to its trading hours. The showroom is now open 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 12noon Saturday. The big change is that Sunday opening is by appointment only. Emmanuel says that "if you are only available on Sundays to have a look at our range of boats, we will happily meet you here at an agreed time".