Friday, October 3, 2014

Rapala Ultra Light Crank (ULC03)

Good news for ultra-light enthusiasts! The cute, chubby little Rapala Ultra Light Cranks have been slapped with 4 new special 'glass' finishes. What are they?

GLHP - Glass Leafy Hopper
GLBG - Glass Limpid Bluegill
GRPE - Glass Red Perch
GHSR - Glass Hot Shrimp

Key Specs:
Swimming Depth: 1.2 - 2.4m
Length: 3cm
Weight: 4g







Friday, September 12, 2014

Rapala Balsa Xtreme Jointed Shad

FINALLY! We got to try the new Rapala BX Jointed Shad (BXJS06)! 

To be honest, we haven't really given this new lure much attention ever since some samples came by the office. We have always felt we should at the very least give these hybrids a go - we'd then know how this lure swims in the water. With so many waterways now more easily accessible for a quick cast, we headed down to one of the 'longkangs' (drain / canals) for a 45-minute 'street fishing' session. Since we'd be targeting only small Peacock Bass, we fished with ultralight 3-10lb outfits. Fishing light also allowed us to cast a little bit further with the 7g lure. 

We discovered that despite the rounder shad-shape body giving a more 'clumsy' wobble, the BX Jointed Shad had a very sexy tail-kick action thanks to it's jointed tail. Lifting the rod tip up high and engaging a very slow retrieve makes it a very interesting 'wake bait'. But what enticed most of the Peacock Bass to bite was a straight, slow and steady retrieve. Nice! Just the way a good lure should be - catching fish straight out of the box! 











Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Storm Trickster Rod - Aggressive Performance Without Breaking The Bank

After the debut of the entry-level Storm Discovery earlier this year, Storm Southeast Asia yet again introduces a new lure casting rod in August that sits one class above the Discovery. The Storm Trickster is primarily designed for aggressive fishing - extra fast taper for quick, accurate casts and a very strong butt section to wrestle fish out of snaggy terrain. Perfect for big Toman and Mangrove Jacks.


The Storm Trickster features hybrid micro guides that sit very close to the rod blank to optimize blank performance as well as minimize twisting torque. Ultra hard EVA grips transmit vibrations more effectively, increasing sensitivity. Ergonomically designed reel seats ensure comfortable palming and facilitate easy casting all day without fatigue.

Looking for a great performance rod at a truly affordable price? Check out the Storm Trickster at your local Rapala or Storm dealer. Available in both spinning and casting versions.


1 Piece
TRS6121L  | 6"1" | 4-10lb | 3/16 - 1/2oz | Extra Fast | Spinning
TRC6121L  | 6"1" | 4-10lb | 3/16 - 1/2oz | Extra Fast | Casting
TRS6121M | 6"1" | 6-14lb | 1/4 - 5/8oz | Extra Fast | Spinning
TRC6121M | 6"1" | 6-14lb | 1/4 - 5/8oz | Extra Fast | Casting
TRS6221MH | 6"2" | 8-20lb | 1/4 - 3/4oz | Extra Fast | Spinning
TRC6221MH | 6"2" | 8-20lb | 1/4 - 3/4oz | Extra Fast | Casting

2 Piece
TRS612L | 6"1" | 4-10lb | 3/16 - 1/2oz | Extra Fast | Spinning
TRC612L | 6"1" | 4-10lb | 3/16 - 1/2oz | Extra Fast | Casting
TRS612M | 6"1" | 6-14lb | 1/4 - 5/8oz | Extra Fast | Spinning
TRC612M | 6"1" | 6-14lb | 1/4 - 5/8oz | Extra Fast | Casting
TRS622MH | 6"2" | 8-20lb | 1/4 - 3/4oz | Extra Fast | Spinning
TRC622MH | 6"2" |  8-20lb | 1/4 - 3/4oz | Extra Fast | Casting


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rapala AlumaPro Gripper wins AFTA Best Fishing/Boating Accessory Award


The Rapala AlumaPro Gripper came up tops at the recent 2014 AFTA show for Best Fishing/Boating Accessory.

The skeletal design lip grip comes in two sizes, 6" and 9". It is built with a thumb operated trigger on the 6" model and an index finger trigger for the larger grip. To ensure long-lasting durability, the jaws are made of stainless steel, perfect for all types of gamefish.

The Rapala Aluma-Pro Gripper lip grip will hit retail shelves in 2015.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Return of Rapala Risto Rap 07


Risto Rap 08 & 09 too big you say? There's good news...
Rapala Southeast Asia will be bringing in another limited production run of Risto Rap 07 (7cm) which should arrive in shops around Aug'14. (Is it a sign of fishes in our local waters getting smaller?)

The Risto Rapala was first introduced in 1996 in honour of Lauri Rapala's eldest son, Risto Rapala. They were available then in 7cm and 9cm. Made of balsa wood and shad-shaped, the Risto Raps were well-known for being long-casting and easy cranking - two very important attributes of a great crankbait.


The Risto Rap 8cm was later introduced and quickly became must-haves for Malaysian and Thai Snakehead and big Jungle Perch anglers. Despite its popularity in South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, the production of the Risto Rap was later discontinued to allocate production resources for other lures that had much greater demand worldwide. 


Due to the popular demand and constant feedback from local anglers, Rapala VMC Malaysia and Thailand brought back the Risto Rap 8cm in '7 Wonders' colours in 2011 in a once-off, limited production run. Naturally, the lures didn't get to sit in shelves too long. Photos of huge Snakeheads began appearing in Facebook and blogs all over South East Asia. 

Riding on the wake of the Risto Rap 8cm's revival was the cute, little 5cm Risto Rap (RR05) in 2013 which saw not only freshwater applications for smaller snakeheads and Jungle Perch (Sebarau) but also saltwater species such as Groupers and Snappers too! 


The imminent arrival of Risto Rap 7cm is already creating some buzz in local fishing circles. Do place your orders in advance with your local Rapala dealer to avoid disappointment. It's a limited production run after all and we'll be unlikely to see another production run at least for another few years. 



Thursday, July 3, 2014

SNEAK PREVIEW: Sufix Versa Game - The New PE Line from Sufix

Riding in the wake of Sufix's successful 832 braid comes Sufix Versa Game, a pure 8-carrier braided line that's silky smooth, round and yet incredibly strong. The 8-carrier construction of thin Dyneema® fibers create a super strong and thin braided line that has high abrasion resistance and superb knot and shock strength.

Sufix's R8 Precision Braiding technology weaves the braid in a high tension process to create a round, supple and smooth braided line with consistent diameter and quality. This soft and silky smooth line has low friction when passing through rod guides, resulting in silent, long and accurate casts. 

The best part? The Sufix Versa Game boasts in its excellent Strength to Diameter Ratio. A PE0.8 line rating (0.148mm) has the breaking strength of 18lb. An excellent choice for light tackle enthusiasts and micro jigging fans.

The Sufix Versa Game is available in Lo-Vis Green and Pink Mango. It will be hitting retail stores across Malaysia and Singapore in Aug'14. Keep a lookout for some freebies that come with the Sufix Versa Game!  



Friday, March 28, 2014

Rapala Scatter Rap Crank - The Year of The Horse 2014

Corresponding to the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse, Rapala has launched a special edition of the Rapala Scatter Rap Crank in a glittery gold chrome finish. Calling it the Rapala Scatter Rap Crank - Year of the Horse 2014, this gold nugget has all the same specs as well as the evasive sweeping action of the Scatter Rap Crank. 

Model: SCRC-05 HORSE
Length: 5cm
Weight: 9g
Swimming Depth: 1.8-2.4m




Monday, March 10, 2014

Gomoku Micro Pencil Bait

Here's a good look at the Storm Gomoku Micro Pencil bait measuring 4.5cm in length. It weighs only 3grams, so you'll need an ultralight outfit to cast this one out. Available in both flashy hologram and translucent patterns. The lures come in standard trebles but it's advisable to swap them for single inline hooks to minimise fish injury and make release easy. Show here are VMC 7237 inline singles size 4.     





Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Storm Gomoku Walk the Dog?


So we've seen some micro snacks from Storm Gomoku in the form of a little popper and spin jig. What's next? Big fish are getting harder to get and downsizing tackle does bring up the thrill by a notch. We'll micro lure and finesse buffs will have good reason to cheer because Storm will be offering some really nifty snacks in the coming months. One of them is in the form of a mini walk the dog lure, as seen in this sneak peek. The prototypes have been tested and proven effective even on finicky peacock bass that have seen a hundred and one lures swim by. Stay tuned for more insider info!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Rapala Rage Baitcasting Reel

Rapala has finally launched its long awaited Rage 'Custom Tuned' baitcaster RG100SR / RG100SL. 

Features:
Rigid Drive Train - for efficient transmission of power when cranking
Centrifugal Braking System
Low startup inertia spool (weighing 16g)
Ergonomic EVA knobs
Indexing star drag

Gear ratio: 6.5:1
Max drag: 9lb
Weight: 188g
Bearings: 6/1
Max retrieve per turn: 65cm
Line Capacity: 0.20/200m / 0.24/130m / 0.28/90m 

With a rather lightweight spool, the Rage is versatile enough to pitch light lures with or punch out large crankbaits. The best part - it's saltwater OK!

With a MSRP of only RM299.00, the Rage is quite a baitcast reel to be reckoned with given its relatively low price point. Available in Left or Right hand retrieve.