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Best Fishing Belts 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2018
Best Fishing Belts of 2018
Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time. Based on customer reviews and my own experience with the cowboy method I’ve found the best 3 fishing belts on the market. Not all fishing belts are created equal though. Come with me.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Fvstar Padded Fishing Waist Belt Fighting Rod Pole Holder Adjustable Waist Gimbal Belt Professional Fishermen Gimbal Pad
Why did this fishing belts win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this fishing belts come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
Why did this fishing belts take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great!
Fishing Belts Buyer’s Guide
DEWALT DG5650 31-Pocket Professional Carpenter’s Pro-combo Apron Tool Belt
Large, gusset-style pockets. Fits waist sizes 29-4inches. Patented pouch handle. Zippered pocket. 1main pockets with 2smaller pockets. 6-Inch heavy-duty padded belt.
Tends to disintegrate easily.
Gatorback Professional Carpenter’s Tool Belt Combo w/ Air-Channel Pro Comfort Back Support Belt. (Small 26-30 Inch Waist)
Offers incredible Comfort, Support and Ventilation. Unique ventilated padding keep sweatless. Waist sizes (Medium 31-3inches). Made from DuraTek 1250 fabric.
On the right, you have pockets and a hammer loop. On the left, you have pockets, inclusive of an interior speed square pocket, and slots. The waist size is a medium which is 3to 3inches. But you have plenty of other sizes to choose from, of course.
Now for the best part of this tool belt. This belt is made from DuraTek 1250 fabric, bar-tack stitching, metal rivets and a high-density web-core. You furthermore have the Gatorback Air Ventilated Tool Belt Padding and Breathable Fabric which makes sure that you never feel sweaty and sticky wearing it.
Tends to disintegrate very early.
Now, if you are looking to spend a few extra buck and to get the more feature-packed stuff, then the Occidental Leather 985Adjust-to-Fit Fat Lip Tool Bag Set would be the best carpenters tool belt for you.
Occidental Leather 985Adjust-to-Fit Fat Lip Tool Bag Set – Cafe
Fat flip design. 10-inch deep nylon bags. Multiple tool holders. Fits waist sizes 31-inch to 35-inches. Ideal for production carpenters.
The Occidental Leather 985Adjust-to-Fit Fat Lip Tool Bag Set is the ideal tool belt for production carpenters due to its fat Lip design. You have 10-inch deep industrial nylon bags with leather-reinforced bottom and corners.
And then, you furthermore have multiple tool holders and a 5020 2-in-Tool & Hammer Holder in the back. They are made out of lightweight and comfortable canvas fabric, and you can, therefore, wear them for hours on end.
Detachable Tool Belt accessories
Hammer Loops- Hammer loops will hold your hammers so you can get them easily. There are many tool belts available that have more than one hammer loop.
Drill Holders- Drill holders are designed to hold your drill safely. They are similar to a hammer loop. Drill holder is a leather loop and has a metal hoop that extends out from the tool belt and enough large to hold the nose of a cordless drill. While workers are using their hands for other tasks, they can slip the drill into the hoop and let it hang from their waist.
Tool, Nail and Screw Pockets/Pouches- These pockets/pouches are great for holding tools, nails screws and other small parts that are easy to lose otherwise. There can be multiple pockets or a single pocket in the same loop. These tool pouches can be made from various kinds of materials. Cloth pouches are not very sturdy. They are inexpensive too. Leather pouches are more durable. They will hold more without collapsing or sagging.
Zippered or Latched Pouches- They are the most common type of accessory that is added to a tool belt. They are usually made of rugged cloth or leather. They hold multiple tools from knives to razor cutters.
Belt Hooks- Another slip-on attachment for a tool belt is a simple metal hook that can be used for a multitude of things. Sometimes they may have a loop attached to the belt to slip through or the hook may have a metal clip, loop or clamp. The tool hook can hold lanyards that are attached to tools, closed-end wrenches as well as any type of tool with an open hole for hanging on a pegboard.
Different Tool Belt for Different Profession
The purpose of all tool belt is same though their type varies according to the profession. Different professionals need the different type of tool belts.
Electricians Tool Belt: Electricians tool belt comes with multiple pouches and pockets. Some companies offer special tool belts for professional electricians. Electrician tool belts have some difference from others. They have some special compartments/pockets that are not available for other types of tool belts. Their tool belt should have multiple pouches and enough space for a hydraulic machine, cable monitor and all other instruments. Because sometimes they have to climb the poles or hang high. So, they have to keep all of their necessary tools at once otherwise they have to come down to pick those tools. Nylon and Polyester material will be excellent for electricians tool belt.
Mechanics Tool Belt: there is an exceptional type of tool belt for automobile mechanics. There is some tool belt available that are magnetized. This kind of tool belt is helpful for holding metal equipment that is easy to lose.
Craftsman Tool Belt: The tools type of craftsmen are different than other professionals. So, craftsmen belts should have the capacity of keeping them. There are tool belts available on the market that are specially made for serving craftsmen.
List of Carpenters Tools
Workbench: A workbench is a very convenient and practical tool. The most sophisticated models of workbench are equipped with clamps and adjustable surfaces.
Measuring Tape: Every carpenter uses a tape measure even for the smallest work. Tape measure typically extends up to meters.
Coping Saw: Coping saw is frequently used for cutting moldings and shaped joints. It allows you to cut intricate shapes and irregular lines.
Chisel used by Carpenters: Carpenters need a good chisel to complete clean cuts. They are used for chopping wood for door hinges and other fine woodworking jobs.
Nail Gun: You will need a nail gun to pop nails faster and very efficiently. You will surely need this if you are working with wood.
Pencil: Carpenters needs a pencil to mark where the next cut will be. Mechanical carpenters pencil are now available on the market that will never need to be sharpened again.
Electric Router: The Electric router is especially used in cabinetry and often used in all areas of carpentry. So, get one.
Nail puller: Nail puller is designed to remove difficult nails from timber.
Wood Mallet: This tool is used by carpenters to drive dowels or wooden workpieces together.
Pry Bar: Pry Bar is one of the must-have tools for every carpenter. If the right leverage is applied, It can pry open pretty much anything.
Large Clamps: Large clamps are used in many carpentry tasks. They are extremely useful tools. This tool comes in a wide range of models and designs.
Bradawl: Bradawl is a simple tool used to mark an indentation in wood for a screw or nail to go in.
Sliding Bevel: If you have a sliding bevel, then it will serve you best to set an angle and mark off a lot of timbers than any other tools.
Retractable Trimming knife: It is one of the most useful tools. carpenters need to use it when cleaning out mortise joints, scribing wood or for sharpening their pencil.
Marking Gauge: This tool is used to mark parallel lines on a workpiece prior to cutting. It is also used in many carpentry tasks.
Metal Rule: This tool is used to measure distances between two points.
Nail Punch Set: Every carpenter should have a set of nail punches of different sizes.
Ball Pein Hammer: Ball pein hammer is often used by carpenters to strike chisels, nails, and punches.
Carpenters Square: Carpenters square is a little handy tool used to mark out right angles and straight lines.
Beginners’ rods and basic outfits
We’ve all seen those diddy little rod and reel starter outfits in bargain shops, with thick line and huge floats. They might look like bargains, but most of these are fairly dreadful, so do yourself a favour and head for a reputable tackle shop. The dedicated fishing retailers don’t sell rubbish and will have much more sensible fishing starter outfits and deals on sale. Basic Coarse Fishing Rods
While shorter rods are fine for getting started on most stillwaters, a longer float rod is the tool for river fishing.Image source: Dom Garnett
A simple float rod (also known as a match rod) is often the coarse angler’s best starting option. Don’t go any shorter than ten feet and pick a model that will handle reel lines in the 4-6lbs class. This way you can handle all the common species, from roach and bream to the typical carp you’ll find at day ticket fisheries. The TF Gear Nantec 10ft Float Rod is one of Fishtec’s best selling starter models which will handle most of your basic float fishing needs.
Should your main local venues be rivers, however, a longer rod of at least 1feet will make more sense, allowing you better reach and control in currents. The buyer is spoiled for choice these days, but the Daiwa Harrier range has 1and 1foot options.
If you are not sure whether you want to float fish or use legering tactics, several rods offer interchangeable top sections to allow you to switch. Sometimes these are sold as “all round” or “twin tip” rods. This way you can float fish, or try casting a bomb or method feeder should the need arise. Just to give one example, TF Gear sell a very useable float rod for under £40.
The TFG Allrounder is a good choice if you’re not sure whether to get a float or feeder rod when starting out. Image source: Fishtec
Another fantastic option for the beginner is a fishing pole. With no reel to tangle, these are easy to use, trouble free and very effective. You won’t be able to cast far, but with a simple model and a few rigs, you’re in business on the local day ticket pool or canal. These days they can be very affordable too, with starter models often available for well under £100. Go for a ready elasticated model if you are unsure about setting up.
Pandaren Fishing Pole
Strong Fishing Pole Purchasable at Fishing Supplies merchants. One of your first joyful moments will be the acquisition of this rubbish, as you contemplate the fact that you are skilled enough to cast a line in a pond. You will then walk by a bloke with an actual fishing pole, which will make or break your determination: will you, or won’t you be among the few, the dedicated, the ANGLERS? This is your crucible.
Nat Pagle’s Extreme Angler FC-5000 Reward from Faction-specific quests: Snapjaws, Mon! for the Horde, and Snapjaws, Lad! for the Alliance. Given to you as a “Thank you” for ridding an area of crazed turtles, this pole should last you well into your advanced years. Commissioned by Nat Pagle himself in his early Angling days, this is but a leftover. The best is yet to come, but only patience and commitment will get you there.
Staats’ Fishing Pole Reward from a low level Alliance-only quest: A Taste for Grouper. A few throws are all it takes to realize that Johnathan Staats failed his crucible. He managed, and Sargeras only knows how he did, to make a Strong Fishing Pole worse than it was. I’m going to bet on some frenetic Worgen inclination to chew on sticks. I otherwise have no explanation. Let me know if you figure it out, will you?
Seth’s Graphite Fishing Pole Reward from an Outlands quest, Rather Be Fishin’. Considering the age of the boy and his knowledge of seas and oceans and lakes and other watery pools, I think he might’ve known some fisherman or another before he came through the Dark Portal. Based on what the kid says, he might have had to learn some manual labor back Lakeshire, which could explain the craftsmanship behind this pole. Can’t say it would’ve occurred to me to make a pole out of graphite. Can’t even say I knew what graphite was before this pole came up, either.
Thruk’s Fishing Rod Lurking in the depths of the very cold and very damp and very dark Blackfathom Deeps, an Ogre lies in wait… Thruk expects you, spiked mace in hand, and fillet knife on the hip. Due to his affiliation to the Twilight’s Hammer cult you may want to approach him with caution, but I gather a good whack on the head should suffice to knock him cold! Once that’s done, all that’s left is for you to surreptitiously borrow his fishing rod, and then leave the area. Without attracting any Murloc’s attention. Yep. Good luck with that.
Nat’s Lucky Fishing Pole Reward from completing a quest from the self-proclaimed Master himself: Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme. The Quest can take a bit of time to complete, but the reward is guaranteed! You’ll be running all over Azeroth to catch some probably-random-fish of Nat Pagle’s choice. Once that’s done, you’ll be going back to the depths of Dustwallow Marsh and give him back the fish. Unspoiled and fresh, at that. So fish fast, move fast, and get lucky!
Tentacled Hat As a result of throwing too many Angler-restricted gatherings Nat Pagle has had to come up with a plethora of flavorful party hats! Sometimes, the damned man goes a bit…overboard. Literally. And that gives him ideas. This is one such idea. After getting ahold of some of the newer Draenic specimens, he commissioned Marcia Chase to come up with an ergonomic and comfortable head-octopus. Since Angler parties tend to get a little slippery and uncontrollable, some have accidentally even lost their hat! And like any living octopus should, the damned thing just swam away. You may be able to find one of these, once in a while, in the Frostfire Ridge or the Nagrand Hallvalor waters. If you do, cherish it: these species tend to have very short lives outside of their natural habitat… Then again, most would get tired of having an octopus on their head after a week.
Reinforced Fishing Line Found by opening Stendel’s Bane, a rare catch in Stendel’s Pond, in Westfall. It’s probably a better line than the one that came on your initial pole, but…not by much. At all.
Fishing The Formula can be looted from various Murlocs in Hillsbrad Foothills; the easiest way to get this would be to find a friendly Enchanter and bring him the materials! Preferably one who went out of his way to commit a Murloc genocide, since the Formula is so rare!
Spun Truesilver Fishing Line Found rarely when opening Bag of Fishing Treasures, itself obtained by completing Outlands Fishing Daily Quests. This lightly-threaded Truesilver filament gives off a light blue tinge, attracting fish more readily than your typical, bland line. The Formula can be found on some Indu’le NPCs in Dragonblight. Much like its lower level counterpart, this would be more easily obtainable by finding an Enchanter and bringing him the materials! If you decide to grind the Formula out, don’t feel too bad for the dead Tuskarr, they were insane anyway… but I warn you: prepare for some lengthy time spent amassing Glassfin Minnow for the Ethereal Oil, though. These slippery little fiends! If you’re on a generous streak, consider gathering more than you need and selling them for cheap! Other Anglers will be thankful!
High Test Eternium Fishing Line – Found rarely when opening Bag of Fishing Treasures, itself obtained by completing Northrend Fishing Daily Quests.- Fish out a Dezian Queenfish from a School of Speckled Tastyfish during the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza and turn it in to Fishbot 5000.- One of multiple reward choices for the First and Second Place winners of the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza; coming in Third Place grants you one automatically.
Rook’s Lucky Fishin’ Line
If you’ve visited Cenarion Refuge in the shroomy land of Zangarmarsh, you probably had a staring contest with a stubborn raven named Rook. Having gone back through time to figure out where is legendary patience stemmed from, I stumbled upon Rook’s Tacklebox, in the older Nagrand. If you told me you couldn’t be bothered striving for excellence I’d not blame you, but you’d have to beat me in a staring contest first. Or Rook. But I lose patience faster than Rook. Or do I?
Ancient Fishing Line
On the demon-infested lands of Argus lie peculiar truths you may unearth as you journey ever further. One of these truths goes as follows: some demons are quite decent at Fishing, despite outwards appearances. One would think that they who feast on fel energy would not care for fish, but Angling is universal indeed. And so you may slay Slithon the Last in Mac’Aree and, from his dessicated corpse, loot this most glorious thread filament. Attach it to your most prized Pole, and never look back.
Tugboat Bobber An ephemeral version of Crate of Bobbers: Tugboat, this can be found in the often-used-as-a-trash-can waters of Darkmoon Faire. We can presume they are but toys dropped from children flying above the island seated on incredibly safe rockets!
A Draenei Shaman named Spacetotem once told me you couldn’t trust a Totem that couldn’t float, and I’ve not trusted a totem since…before this one! Akule Riverhorn is waiting to be Best Friends with you and sell you one of these, assuming you’re willing to give him 100 Ancient Totem Fragment.
Carved Wooden Helm
First, the Vrykul came for our lands. Then, they came for our homes. Then, they came for our children. And now they’re here for our fish. NO MORE, I SAY! Use their helmets as bobbers, I say! Corbyn wants your Shiny Bauble, a hundred of them, and you’ll get a Vrykul helm for a bobber!
Oh, romance, when you hold us! A beautiful delusion, the prettiest of them all! And who more keen to its charms than Suramar’s sheltered dwellers? Sha’leth is one of these, but she is peculiar in that she’s in charge of cleaning sewers. Help her out, become her best friend, give her a hundred Golden Minnow and lull yourself to sleep with a silly boat replica.
In order to match the potency of the renowned Darkmoon Whistle, an Angler must submit themselves, once more, to the will of Galissa Sundew and give her 2Darkmoon Daggermaw in exchange for one of these. Beware: this whistle was never meant to be used as a means of attracting fish and crabs, but rather meant to discourage mere fishermen from encroaching on your chosen angling location. You will no doubt end up alone if you abuse this toy, which is for the better. The less people, the less noise, the more fish. Now that the baseline has been covered and you are…”equipped”, let’s get onwards to the actual ANGLING portion of this guide!
Rare Fish Collection: An Angler’s First Successes If you’ve had any interest in Fishing at all, you know about one very specific achievement and how much of a time-consuming chase it can be: One That Didn’t Get Away. This achievement has had a lot of Anglers pulling their hair in despair. “WHEN”, they cry, “WILL I FIND THAT DAMNED FISH!?” Eventually, they find the fish they want, and they get the achievement…but they never go the extra mile. They never say “Should I attempt to catch the other fish on the list?” No they don’t! For this would be Extreme Angling. Angling at a level that might come just short of Nat Pagle’s own Anglerness. And so they move on, and they forget. They forget about the other fish…
But I don’t forget. And neither should you, fellow Raft-Paddlers.
This is what happens when you work Sundays every week without fault…
The fish required to acquire credit for One That Didn’t Get Away will be marked with asterisks
Weighted Fish Below are listed all the possible “weighted” fish that can be caught, along with the areas I find them to be preferably fished in due to ease of access, distance from important towns and catch rate. If you wish to acquire more exhaustive information on specific fish, you can visit Elsanglin, but the information below aims to be a good enough compilation.
Tiny Blue Carp With the re-discovery of Pandaria came a plethora of new discoveries, the first of which, for me, was the existence of…colored carps. Now I have found my fair share of the Golden Carp, so much so that I’m tired of them, but once in a while you’ll stumble upon some more exotic ones. This azure specimen is best found in the waters of the Timeless Isle as of right now. It used to be more plentiful in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, but I wouldn’t venture there, what with all that transpired in recent times… I’m not a big fan of angry Sha and…other stuff, though. Y’know? But hey, that’s your call. I play it safe.
Tiny Red Carp Speaking of exotic carps, it’d be hard not to mention the crimson glory that is this specimen! Found in Townlong Steppes waters, most easily near the Niuzao temple, they seem to swim alongside some of the blue carps, albeit never quite “together”! Funny enough, the Redbelly Mandarin schools don’t let the red carps in, but they’ll always take the blue ones in! You want red carps? Open water’s your best bet. You want blue carps? Fish those Redbelly Mandarin schools!
Tiny Green Carp First time I saw it, I thought it was just a big pile of algae. And then I realized it was jiggly and agitated! A GREEN CARP!? I later realized that they were the most common of the carps, because the areas they inhabit are largely overfished. The Jade Forest, Krasarang Wilds and Valley of the Four Winds are some of the most popular areas for…fishermen. Nat only knows if they can appreciate the value of this green swimmer, but I doubt it…
DISCLAIMER: Do NOT cook this fish. It makes the absolute worst Toasted Fish Jerky EVER.
Tiny White Carp Last and most prized of the exotic carps, this ivory beauty lives in a lot of rarely visited Coastal areas. Coastal Dread Wastes (I know right!?), Jade Forest and Krasarang Wilds! The best area to find it though is in the Kun-Lai Summit, in the Shado-Pan Monastery waters! It is a nearly enclosed space, and so the carps are mostly…prisoners of a sort. You will be fishing for a long time no matter what, so you might as well pick a restful area, hm? Nothing says restful like a Monastery. Especially with a Fishing Chair.
Land Shark If you have explored the wilderness of Draenor, you might’ve, as a proud Angler, fished up all the schools you came across. In doing so, assuming you already made of Nat Pagle one of your garrison companions, you might’ve picked up some of the larger fish out there: LUNKERS! Lunkers can be exchanged for Nat Pagle’s Lucky Coins. And Nat Pagle will take those coins and exchange them for…stuff of indeterminate value. The Land Shark is one such thing. Rumors say there are tornadoes out there filled with Land Sharks…
Sea Calf Azeroth has a very unique sea fauna, to say the least! Between Makruras (or, Makinni, if you prefer), Nagas, Hydras and Murlocs, you’re probably covered in the oddness department. But you haven’t seen weird until you’ve seen lion seals! The most famous of them all, Dog, is the underwhelming Anglers mascot. You can get one of his kin (offspring, perhaps?) by giving Nat Pagle FIFTY of his own Nat’s Lucky Coin. Could he have been breeding Dog with some unknown, female lion seal..?
Blorp’s Bubble There was an ongoing debate in the Angler community about the existence of a blue-striped orange fish roaming the waters around the Darkmoon Island. This fish, called a Blorp, is named after the sound it makes when it leaps out of the water. In the night, if you listen carefully, you can hear a soft, muffled “Blorp, Blorp, Blorp” out in the distance from the Darkmoon Island docks. The sound haunts me to this day. Only recently did Galissa Sundew find a way to catch them, and she’s selling specimens in exchange for 50 x Darkmoon Daggermaw. So get to Angling, boys and girls: fish up the Darkmoon waters, and trade that junk for a glorious Blorp specimen.
PS: Some fishermen claim that “Blorp” isn’t the species’ name but rather the name of an individual specimen. Truth is that all Blorps are named “Blorp”. It is known.
Translucent Shell So you’ve heard about the existence of the mythical, ghastly Ghostcrawler in Vash’jir? It turns out that the uniqueness of the beast was overplayed: Galissa Sundew has, it seems, an inexhaustible number of its offspring, and she’s trading them away in exchange for 100 x Darkmoon Daggermaw. The better question though, and I think you must be asking the same question, is WHAT she bred the original Crawler with? And how did it not riot?
Ghost Shark In memory of the decimation of the Left Shark, Ilyssia of the Waters stocked up on the only right shark: the invisible one. Many an Angler has been caught unprepared by these sea beasts and lost a leg, an arm, or a hook. I would swiftly exchange 50 Fragmented Enchantment for the creature, but I would lock it as far as away from my apparatus as is possible. Who would have thought one would mistrust a finned pet more than one despised Blorp. Well, it has come to pass.
The fin configuration of your SUP is important when considering whether you want to use your SUP in the surf.
Three fin ‘thruster’ configuration = more manoeuvrable and versatile in surf conditions.
Single centre fin = suitable for cruising in calmer conditions.
Racing = Look for interchangeable fins which can be switched out to accommodate high-performance and water conditions.
So where and how does a budding beginner get into jigging? Well, it’s not purchasing all the gear at the local tackle store where most would think. If you were planning on rushing out and buying jigging rods reels and tackle then loading up the boat and heading out to jig up a storm you just might end up being horribly disappointed.
In fact the gear you have just impulsively purchased will more than likely end up on Trademe when the results end in ‘no fish landed’. It’s not that the tackle is inferior, it’s more the way you approached the whole thing.
The single best place to get into jigging is by booking a trip with a recognized jigging charter operator. They can take you to the best jigging spots where you can learn about the correct techniques and they can show you what to look for on your own sounder should you wish to give it a go in your own boat.
You will see how best to release your fish to protect the fishery, the knots and the difference between the jigs, the weights for different situations and drifts – in fact you will see and experience the whole ten yards.
This will be one of the single best investments you will ever make when getting started in jigging, or any form of fishing for that matter. Most good charter operators with have the gear for hire so there is no need to rush out and buy anything just yet for this first-up experience.
Jig reels have narrow spools, loaded with multi-coloured braid, and powerful lever drags like this JG5000 from Catch Fishing
As a bonus you will more than likely hook up with some hard core jiggers as they regularly book trips with the top operators. These guys are more than keen to help you learn the tricks and if you like what you see and experience then you can make an informed decision on how you spend the right money on the right gear.
The choice of jigging reels is growing every year and the latest overhead jigging reels are now being designed with narrow spools and retrieve ratios between 4.1:and 6.2:1.
The reason behind the reels being narrow is three-fold, firstly a dedicated jigging reel spool is designed for braid and it will lay itself more evenly across a narrow section spool than a wide section spool.
Jigs come in different styles weights and colours for different situations.
This is especially important when using correct jigging techniques. Secondly, a narrow spool helps aid and reduce any sideways torque or wobble when cranking the reel and third is the weight factor as they are lighter than a wider spooled reel.
The reel will need to have high drag capacity of between 10-20kg to stop a hard-pulling fish. The drags also need to be smooth throughout their entire range, and this becomes apparent when using braid as only two things on your rig will have give – the rod or the drag on your reel.
When that big one starts to run you want a smooth but controlled fight, a drag that isn’t smooth is going to put the odds with the fish and not the angler. There are two main types of overhead reels especially designed for jigging, the lever drag and the star drag. Both will do the job well and it becomes a personal choice.
The other type of reel which is widely used overseas and is becoming more popular in this country is the spinning reel for those who choose to use spin rods. These are by far the most powerful jigging reels on the market with some putting out a staggering 65lb of drag.
Reels recommended for mechanical jigging in the overhead selection are the Shimano Ocea Jigger 4000p and 5000p, the Trinidad TN40N and TN16N, Torsa 1and 16N. In the Daiwa a good entry level would be the Saltist 30T then moving up into the top line Saltiga 20, Z30 and Z40, the narrow series Accurates and the new comer Jigging Master PEand PE5, other good brands include, Avet, Alutecnos and Fin-Nor.
Catch Fishing have also just released an excellent range of reels that have proven to be very good looking and proven performers at very competitive price points.
For spinning lovers there are entry models like the Shimano Saragosa 8000 through to the top of the range Shimano Stella reels. Daiwa produce their ever powerful Saltiga range starting with the 4000 and moving up to the 6500 Expedition.
The temptation is to purchase the cheapest possible reel to get the job done but you must take into account the conditions you will be using the reel under like depth of water, rod weight class, and the fact that jigging places stresses and wear on a reel like no other method of fishing.
If the reel is the engine room then the rod is the chassis of the set-up. As with the reels the jigging rod is a specialized piece of equipment and as such has been designed to jig specific weight groups of jigs within a designated range.
Jigging rod developments are changing all the time and jigging rods can be split into two main camps – the parabolic action rods used in the Taiwanese style of jigging like Xzoga’s and Jigging Master ranges, and the technical jigging rods used for the Japanese style of jigging.
The Japanese style of technical jigging rods have a specialized tip section and mid- sections that offer greater lift and recovery over the totally parabolic action rods. This appears to be the biggest change in recent times and we will see more and more of these high tech Japanese rods here in New Zealand in coming times.
All good rod manufactures should have placed an instruction label on the rod stating a range of jig weights that can comfortably be fished. This will also include the maximum allowable drag setting for the rod. Nearly all maximum drag settings are worked out with the rod being angled at 4degrees and with the tip of the rod pointed vertically towards the water.
Any angle greater than 4degrees will see the rod becoming point loaded in what is known as high-sticked. This is where most breakages can occur.
The correct way to hold a kingfish for a photo before releasing it.
It is most important that these labels be adhered to as most rod manufactures will not cover a breakage due to high sticking, plus it is more obvious these days to tell if a rod has been broken due to high sticking.
Most rods will only carry a minimum one year warranty period for faults under the Consumers’ Act. Ask the tackle store owner to place a reel on the rod and thread it up, then put a decent amount pressure on the rod. If it was going to break due to a fault this is the time it will happen and not a year down the track after many fish have been landed.
Things to look for in a jigging rod all start with the top third or tip end. This is the steering wheel of the rod and the portion that imparts the action from the rod to the braid and into the jig.
A tip section that is too stiff will simply not work the jig correctly, it will end up jarring the angler as the vibrations are transmitted back through the blank via the braid. It will also be hard to maintain a good jigging rhythm as the jig will bounce rather than flutter.
A tip section that is too soft simply won’t recover on the upwards motion of the jigging action thus making the jig ineffective and the rod non responsive. One thing to remember is a rod can have all the power in the world but it is wasted if it can’t first impart the correct action into the jig to attract the fish.
The mid and butt section of the rod is your power house. This area provides both lift and the power needed to subdue the fish once hooked. One thing the very best jigging rod manufacturers are now doing is looking at the hurt factor placed on the angler by the rod when under load.
Grips and reel seat position are both critical for all-day comfort and something that can only be found out by using the rod. A butt length that is too long will have you stretching for the reel and foregrip, and visa versa one that is too short will have you bunched and cramped.
Most of today’s modern mechanical jigging rods will range in lengths from 5’ to 5’6” for both spin and overhead configuration. One thing that is for sure, all will vary in price and you get what you pay for.
At the very top of the jigging tree come the elite crop of technical jigging rods, most of these hailing from Japan which are absolutely superb to use but will cost to boot.
Some of the new technical style super jig rods will cater for a far wider range of workable jigs but these rods will be expensive and not aimed at the beginner.
As mentioned many jigs will come pre-rigged with a cheapish assist hook to get you started but many jiggers will prefer to remove this and tie their own assist hooks using better quality hooks and better quality cord. This is the piece of tackle that is attached to your leader line via a solid ring and it needs to be robust enough to handle the pressures of big fish.
Other items needed for joining the jigging scene are things like a gimbal belt or gimbal bucket to place the rod butt in after the fish has been properly hooked. A good pair of heavy duty split ring pliers is a must as is a good pair of braid scissors.
You can also dress up the assist hooks with fancy little squid-shaped squirts, and I will show these in more depth in the next issue and the purpose they perform on the assist hook.
While jigging is a physical method of fishing it is by no means age limiting.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Fishing Belts wisely! Good luck!
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