2015 Summer Gear Guide - Rods and set-ups

By NZ Fishing WorldNZ Fishing World
2015 Summer Gear Guide - Rods and set-ups

Some HOT new stuff, and some not so new but still must have stuff for 2015


This Japanese powerhouse brand enjoys a cult-like status in its homeland on the back of its legendary big fish subduing performance and famously robust approach to construction. The brand’s following is growing rapidly in this country too, at least partly thanks to the Big Angry Fish boys and their relentless pursuit of the largest kingfish in the land. TV shows aside, one thing we do know about Daiwa is that the company’s products have proven themselves for years, handling long-term abuse with some of this country’s hardest working charter professionals.

Daiwa – Rod Technology


Replacing the incredibly popular Monster Mesh range the Saltist Hyper series blends diversity and robustness with advanced designs and technology. Daiwa’s most advanced blank technologies have been utilised to create a rod series that is refined, rugged and indestructible. Rock solid Fuji reel seats create an immovable fusion between rod and reel, while Fuji O Concept guides provide accuracy and lateral stability. Classic in style, and advanced in design, function and application, the Saltist Hyper range offers diversity, strength and exceptional value like few offshore rod series have before.


Top fishing guides spoke and Daiwa listened. The result is this series of fast action rods for just about any non-fly technique in current use for salmon
and trout.


With a mixture of technique specific models, the Procyon offers a rod to match any occasion. Constructed from E-Glass and incorporating an integrated glass tip, these rods will suit any budget.


Featuring the pedigree, performance and diversity of its predecessor, the new Sensor Surf ignites on the water integrating a tsunami of new technologies to see it further enhance its reputation as one of Daiwa’s finest surf fishing rod series.


Exceptional value in a quality rod, the Procaster covers a wide range of fishing applications for a broad variety of species in both fresh and saltwater.

Slow pitch rods

Poseidon Slow Jerker jig rods

The original slow pitch rod developed by Sato Sensei, the recognised inventor of slow pitch jigging and its specific techniques. While the Poseidon Slow Jerker is designed to bend all the way through to the butt when playing a fish (hence the minimal seat and handles), it is the tip action that holds the magic, imparting a movement ideal for slow pitch jig fishing techniques.


Now an almost household name in New Zealand fishing circles, the Okuma brand is well established with experienced local anglers. The product has continued to improve and expand to the point where it is now considered one of the leading stables. Okuma also offers a value-for-money proposition many will find attractive.

Okuma rods

Nano Matrix

Latest technology resins and carbon make up this stunning blank resulting in a light, powerful and amazingly sensitive rod. Accompanied with the best Fuji components available, this rod is ideal for softbait casting and even strayline fishing.


Arguably the world’s best known fishing brand, Penn, is an American icon. With roots going all the way back 1932 few companies in the fishing space can claim to have so much actual on-the-water experience. Recent years have seen a serious overhaul of its products, with the spin fishing series receiving the most obvious attention. A number of Penn’s new offerings have crossed our desk in the last couple of months and we like what we see.

PENN combos

Penn Fathom 4 LD 2-speed reel and Penn Fathom 24-37 Power Curve rod

Local Penn tester, the Fish Whisperer paired this combo up to livebait for big kingfish. On a recent White Island trip he bagged a personal best kingfish at 36kg.

Penn Fierce 2 6000 LL reel with Penn Regiment 8-12kg rod

A classic straylining snapper set-up for targeting 20-pound plus moochers in rough country. This combo offers the finesse of the Live-Liner technology with the horsepower needed to pull big beating tails out of the kelp.

Penn SSV4500 spinfisher reel with Penn Regiment 4-7kg rod

Strayline fans keen to test their skills on lighter line will love this set-up. The precision of Live Liner technology paired with sensitivity of a lighter rod offers the stealth required to fool fish shy on the bite.


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