Reels

Abu Garcia Revo MGX

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In 2010 Abu Garcia released the Revo Premier spin reel, which carried a strong price tag compared with its usual spin offerings. It wasn’t a bad reel, but it probably didn’t compare to reels on the Australian market a...

Daiwa 16 Certate

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For any fanboy or reel enthusiast the launch of a new Certate is always an exciting time. Not only has it always been an amazing and popular reel, but this is the model Daiwa has always launched its new technology...

Daiwa Emeraldas 2508PE-DH

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Released late last year, the Daiwa Emeraldas 2508PE-DH is specifically designed for targeting squid. For those of you that don’t know, Emeraldas has been around for a long time now and this new version has...

Daiwa Emeraldas LT

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Last year Daiwa unveiled its latest and most major design platform since the advent of Magseal with the new LT range of reels. LT was introduced to Australia by way of the Sol and it was quite a significant change. Re...

Daiwa Silver Creek 2004H

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Late last year Daiwa released its new Silver Creek range of products – specialist trout gear that sits in its own category, much like the Silverwolf series does for bream. As an avid trout angler, my favoured method ...

Daiwa Surf Basia 25QD

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Let’s get something out the way before you bother reading any further. If you’re looking for a subjective review, forget about it, the Daiwa Surf Basia is without doubt the best surf reel I have ever used. Everything ...

Daiwa TD Black LT

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Words& Images: Dean Norbiato One new bit of gear I had the luxury of testing out during our Pig Pilgrimage was the recently released Daiwa TD Black LT 2500D spin reel. Coming in six sizes the new TD Black is an...

Daiwa Vadel 4000H

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Daiwa has released several new reels over the past 12 months but popular series such as Luvias, Saltiga, Freams and Battler have kept the spotlight away from lesser-known new models from the Japanese tackle giant. One...

SHIMANO CURADO DC

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The new Shimano Curado DC 150 was hailed as the reel that would bring the Digital Control system to the masses. Previously the domain of the high-end and mostly JDM range of Shimano reels, the DC technology is now mor...

Shimano Stella FJ

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When the idea of starting Hooked Up first entered my mind around 10 years ago, one of the things I used to sit and think about in my naivety was “I’ll get sent Stellas to review”. As a die-hard tackle enthusiast the ...

Shimano Stradic CI4+

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This year’s Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) show saw the release of Shimano’s latest Stradic. It’s the fourth release of the Stradic in what is a pretty short time span. I’ve owned and used all of them...

The ten best reels of the last ten years

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Fishing reels. No other form of fishing equipment excites anglers like reels do. Some anglers collect them and never use them, some buy every new model that comes out, some only buy premium, some only buy budget and s...