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BREAM

Bream

Recommended Bream Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa 20 AIRD-X 702ULFS ( $99 ) Best Value
  • Atomic Arrowz 70-BC ( $139 ) Excellent performer at a great price
  • Shimano Raider 21RDR722SPL ( $139 ) Highly Recommended
  • Savage Gear Black 6″10 2-4 ( $149 )
  • Daiwa 20 TD Black Itchy Twitchy 6101LFS ( $239 )
  • Shimano Zodias 20ZOD270UL ( $299 )
  • Daiwa TD ZERO 722ULS ( $298 )
  • Daiwa Infeet Z 702LRS ( $329 )
  • Daiwa Infeet EX ( $499 )
  • Millers Twitch freak ( $545 ) ( Amazing high-end option )
  • Millers Grub Freak ( $545 ) ( Amazing high end option )

Recommended Bream Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa Aird LT 2000 ( $109 )
  • Daiwa Exceller 2000D ( $159 )
  • Shimano Nasci FC 21 2500 ( $179 )
  • Savage Gear SG8 2500 ( $199 ) often discounted
  • Shimano Vanford 2500  ( $369 )
  • Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme 20 ( $449 )
  • Daiwa Luvias 20 LT 2000S ( $579 )
  • Shimano Twin Power FD 2500 ( $583 )
  • Daiwa Certate 2500 ( $659 )

  • Rods – 1-3kg, 2-4kg rod around 7 foot in length
  • Reels – 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel

Bream fishing is all about finesse so fish as light as possible. This will consist of a rod around 7-foot in length with a 1–3, 2-4 kg capacity, paired with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel spooled with 2-8 pound braid and 1 rod length of equivalent fluorocarbon leader. There are many different ways to target bream ( soft plastics, hard body lures, crabs, surface lures & bait ) and this will impact your rod and reel choice. These days there are no shortage of option in the bream market and many rods designed for certain applications of fishing. Fast action rods for soft plastics, slow action for lures and crystal tips for bait. Here are our recommendations.

SNAPPER

Snapper

Recommended snapper Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa Beefstick 701MS 4-8 kg ( $64 )
  • Ugly Stik Gold Snapper Classic USG-SP 701M 4-7 kg ( $99 )
  • Daiwa TD Hyper 701MFS 3-7kg ( $129 )
  • Shimano Raider Snapper 21RDR701SNPRM 4-7 kg ( $139 )
  • Samaki Zing III SZG3-702SML 6-12 lbs ( $139 )
  • Atomic Arrowz Offshore AAS-70M 8-16lb ( $147 )
  • Abu Garcia Veritas 4 VRT4-S 682ML 3-7 kg ( $149 )
  • Shimano revolution741 6-8 kg ( $149 )
  • Penn Regiment Black Ops II SP721ML ( $179 )
  • Shimano Jewel 21 21JL702SPM 3-6kg ( $189 )
  • Wilson Live Fibre RLFV02 6-8 kg ( $216 )
  • Shimano Anarchy 21AN6102SPM 3-6 kg ( $219 )
  • Daiwa TD Black 20TDB WILD WEASEL 6101MLFS 2-6 kg ( $239 )
  • Shimano Terez ML 15-40lb ( $279 )
  • Shimano TCurve 3-6 kg 20TC722SPM ( $279 )
  • Daiwa TD Zero TD ZERO 702MLS 3-6 kg ( $290 )
  • Daiwa Saltist Hyper Salt 72MH ( $299 )
  • Shimano Zodias 20ZOD270M 5-10lbs ( $299 )
  • Millerods VibeFreak 732 ( $360 )
  • Millerods Beast Buster ( $440 )
  • Shimano TCurve Premuim 21TCP722SPM ( $499 )
  • Daiwa TD Commander 722MLXS LONGBOLT 3-6kg ( $529 )
  • Megabass Destroyer P5 6’11” Landsat 4-12lb ( $660 )
  • J Loomis NRX + 802S JWR SPIN ROD 6-12lb ( $699 )

Recommended Snapper Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Savage Gear SG8 ( $199 ) Great Value Option
  • Daiwa 21 Caldia MQ ( $299 )
  • Shimano Vanford ( $319 )
  • Shimano Saragosa SW ( $329 ) Highly Recomended
  • Penn Slammer IV ( $379 )
  • Shimano Stradic FL ( $389 )
  • Daiwa TD Black LT ( $399 )
  • Daiwa 21 Saltist MQ ( $399 )
  • Shimano Stradic SW ( $449 )
  • Shimano Sustain FJ 21 ( $469 ) Highly Recomended
  • Daiwa Sol III ( $499 )
  • Shimano Twin Power XD ( $769 )
  • Daiwa 21 Certate SW ( $799 )
  • Penn Battle III ( $199 )

  • Snapper rods – 3-6kg, 4-7kg, 5-8kg rod between 7 and 8 foot in length
  • Snapper reel ( bait ) – 4000, 5000, 6000
  • Snapper reel ( soft plastics ) – 2500, 3000, 4000

There are so many snapper rods in the market these days. These are split into multiple categories BAIT rods and LURE rods. With light and heavy lure rod options. Generally, they all have several characteristics in common. Length between 7-8 feet and weight class between 4-7 kilos. Years past we would have seen heavier outfits than 4-7 kilo but we’re seeing a trend of anglers fishing even lighter now. Bait rods have a flexible tip so you can easily see bites and full handles to sit in rod holders, whilst snapper soft plastic rods are light and stiff with a fast action to set soft plastics when you strike as snapper have strong mouths. Here are our recommendations.

FLATHEAD

Flathead

Recommended flathead Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa 20 AIRD-X 2-4 kg 702ULFS ( $99 )
  • Atomic Arrowz Estuary AAS-270UL ( $139 )
  • Daiwa TD Hyper V2 2-6 kg ( $139 )
  • Samaki Zing III SZG3-6101SL ( $139 )
  • Shimano Raider 21RDR681RACK ( $139 )
  • Savage Gear Black 6″10 2-4 ( $149 )
  • Daiwa 20 TD Black Itchy Twitchy 6101LFS ( $239 )
  • Shimano Zodias 20ZOD270L ( $299 )
  • Daiwa TD ZERO 722ULS ( $298 )
  • Shimano T-Curve Premium 2-5 702  ( $499 )
  • Millers Brawler 2-5 kg ( $545 )

Recommended Flathead Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa Aird LT 2000 ( $109 )
  • Daiwa Exceller LT 2000 or 2500 ( $139 )
  • Shimano Nasci FC 2500 ( $179 )
  • Savage Gear SG8 2500 ( $199 )
  • Shimano Vanford 2500 ( $319 )
  • Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme 20 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Sustain 2500 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Twin Power FD 2500 ( $583 )
  • Daiwa Certate 2500 ( $659 )

  • Flathead Rod – 2-4 or 2-5kg | 7 foot in length
  • Flathead Reel – 2500
  • Flathead Line – 10-15 lb braid + 1-rod length of equivalent fluoro

The humble flathead is a common target species. A 7-foot fishing rod that’s 2-4 or 2-5 kilo class is perfect as they are quite docile fighters. Paired with a 2500 size reel is perfect. 10-15 lb braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leaders as they don’t have teeth but bristly mouth which can shred leaders. The same setup can be used whether you are fishing with soft plastics, lures or bait. ( fast action soft plastics, slow action lures and glass or nibble tip for bait ). If you are fishing areas with notoriously large flathead like Lake Tyers in East Gippsland then you may need to consider heavier rods, reels and lines.  Here are our recommendations.

WHITING

 

Whiting

  • Whiting rods – 1-4 kg 7-8 foot in length
  • Whiting Reel – 2000, 2500, 3000

Whiting is my favourite table fish and so much fun to catch. This slender fish fights surprisingly hard and makes the experience so much fun when using the appropriate gear. The vast majority of whiting fishing is done with baits like squid and pippis, so having a slightly longer rod around 7.5 feet long with a flexible rod tip will help greatly to see all those gentle nibbles and enquiries. With the rapid growth of circle hooks, the whiting will hook themselves when using the right gear.

One important thing here to note is that outfits for whiting can differ greatly depending on the tide and current strength. Eg fishing at port Phillip Bay a light nibble tip is perfect yet at Western Port you will need something heavier that won’t snap when using large sinkers. Here are our recommendations.

Recommended Whiting Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Shimano Maikuro 762 WHITING SPIN ( $99 )
  • Atomic Arrowz Whiting Tip Specialised AAS-276WT ( $127 )
  • Savage Gear Stealth 1DFR 1-4kg 7ft 2 in ( $169 )

Recommended Whiting Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa Aird LT 2000 ( $109 )
  • Daiwa Exceller LT 2000 or 2500 ( $139 )
  • Shimano Nasci FC 2500 ( $179 )
  • Savage Gear SG8 2500 ( $199 )
  • Shimano Vanford 2500 ( $319 )
  • Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme 20 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Twin Power FD 2500 ( $583 )
  • Daiwa Certate 2500 ( $659 )

SQUID

Squid

  • Squid Rods ( Land-based ) 3-5 kg,  7 foot 6 inches to 8 foot 5 inches in length
  • Squid Rods ( Boat/Kayak based ) 3-5 kg,  6 foot 6 inches to 7 foot in length
  • Squid Reels – 2500, 3000 ( optional dual handles )

Squid fishing has grown in popularity so much over the last 10 years. Using specifically designed light gear capable of casting squid jigs a mile has really taken targeting this species to a new level. Squid rods are generally longer in length ( and based ) and are built with an extremely sensitive blank that allows you to feel hits and cast squid jigs at good distances. There are many custom squid rods and reels on the market specifically designed for this purpose. Pair that with a 2500 or 3000 lightweight high speed reel to give you the comfort to cast all day and greater control.

Recommended Squid Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Rovex Specialist Squid Wrangler – $79
  • Shimano Catana Egi – $84
  • NS blackhole Blackwater – $129
  • Atomic Arrowz EGI rod – $139
  • Abu Garcia Veritas Egi Special – $139
  • Shimano Raider Egi – $139
  • Storm Gomoku Ikasumi Egi – $149
  • Shimano DynamiX Egi Nano 762 – $149
  • Samaki Zing G3 EGI – $169
  • Okuma Inked Egi Special Squid Fishing Rod – $169
  • Daiwa 20 emereldas V – $299
  • Daiwa 20 emereldas MX – $299
  • Shimano Sephia BB 20 – $299
  • Major Craft Crostage EGI – $319
  • RUI Eging Rod K-Crusher PRO-803M – $369
  • Yamashita EGIDO EGI-OH limited ed – $439
  • Daiwa 20 emereldas air AGS – $449
  • Samurai EGI rod – $589

Recommended Squid Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Savage Gear SG8 2500 ( $199 )
  • Shimano Vanford 2500 ( $319 )
  • Shimano Sephia BB 2021 ( $299 )
  • Daiwa Emereldas MX ( $399 )
  • Daiwa Emereldas Air LT ( $499 )
  • Daiwa emereldas Air FC LT ( $549 )

KINGFISH

Kingfish

  • Kingfish Rods 4-8 kg, 5-10kg, 10-15kg. 7 foot in length
  • Kingfish Reels – 5000, 6000, 8000

There are so many ways to target kingfish and this will impact your buying decision greatly. This may include using soft plastics, live bait, stick baits, jigging, and more. Kingfish is a strong and powerful fish and the gear you buy will need to be able to stand up to the demands. We are seeing an increased popularity in using lighter gear to flick soft plastics and stick baits.

Recommended Squid Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Penn Ocean Assasin
  • Shimano Revolution
  • Daiwa Saltist
  • Shimano T-Curve
  • Shimano Anarchy
  • Shimano Terez
  • Daiwa DemonBlood
  • Shimano Anthem

Recommended Kingfish Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa BG MQ – ( $299 )
  • Shimano Saragosa ( $429 )
  • Daiwa Saltist LTD ( $429 )
  • Shimano Stradic SW ( $469 )
  • Penn Slammer IV ( $369 )
  • Shimano Twin Power SWC ( $799 )
  • Daiwa Certate SW ( $849 )
  • Daiwa Saltiga 20 ( $1,499 )
  • Shimano Stella SWC ( $1,599 )

REDFIN

Redfin

Recommended Redfin Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa 20 AIRD-X 2-4 kg 702ULFS ( $99 )
  • Atomic Arrowz Estuary AAS-270UL ( $139 )
  • Daiwa TD Hyper V2 2-6 kg ( $139 )
  • Samaki Zing III SZG3-6101SL ( $139 )
  • Shimano Raider 21RDR681RACK ( $139 )
  • Savage Gear Black 6″10 2-4 ( $149 )
  • Daiwa 20 TD Black Itchy Twitchy 6101LFS ( $239 )
  • Shimano Zodias 20ZOD270L ( $299 )
  • Daiwa TD ZERO 722ULS ( $298 )
  • Shimano T-Curve Premium 2-5 702  ( $499 )
  • Daiwa Infeet Z 702LRS ( $329 )
  • Daiwa Infeet EX ( $499 )
  • Millers Brawler 2-5 kg ( $545 )
  • Millers Twitch freak ( $545 ) ( Amazing high-end option )
  • Millers Grub Freak ( $545 ) ( Amazing high end option )

Recommended Redfin Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa Aird LT 2000 ( $109 )
  • Daiwa Exceller LT 2000 or 2500 ( $139 )
  • Shimano Nasci FC 2500 ( $179 )
  • Savage Gear SG8 2500 ( $199 )
  • Shimano Vanford 2500 ( $319 )
  • Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme 20 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Sustain 2500 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Twin Power FD 2500 ( $583 )
  • Daiwa Certate 2500 ( $659 )
  • Trout Rod – 2-4 or 2-5kg | 7 foot in length
  • Trout Reel – 2500
  • Trout Line – 10-15 lb braid + 1-rod length of equivalent fluoro

A 7-foot fishing rod that’s 2-4 or 2-5 kilo class is perfect for trout. Light enough so you can cast all day, good at casting lightly weighted soft plastics and hard body lures a good distance and solid enough to handle trout which can grow to good sizes and fight hard. Paired with a 2500 size reel is perfect. 6-12 lb braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leaders. The same setup can be used whether you are fishing with soft plastics, lures or bait. ( fast action soft plastics, slow action lures and glass or nibble tip for bait ). Before picking a rod give real thought to whether you are most likely to be fishing with bait, soft plastics, surface lures or hard body lures as rods are built specifically for these fishing applications. Here are our recommendations.

TROUT

Trout

Recommended Trout Rods sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa 20 AIRD-X 2-4 kg 702ULFS ( $99 )
  • Atomic Arrowz Estuary AAS-270UL ( $139 )
  • Daiwa TD Hyper V2 2-6 kg ( $139 )
  • Samaki Zing III SZG3-6101SL ( $139 )
  • Shimano Raider 21RDR681RACK ( $139 )
  • Savage Gear Black 6″10 2-4 ( $149 )
  • Daiwa 20 TD Black Itchy Twitchy 6101LFS ( $239 )
  • Shimano Zodias 20ZOD270L ( $299 )
  • Daiwa TD ZERO 722ULS ( $298 )
  • Shimano T-Curve Premium 2-5 702  ( $499 )
  • Daiwa Infeet Z 702LRS ( $329 )
  • Daiwa Infeet EX ( $499 )
  • Millers Brawler 2-5 kg ( $545 )
  • Millers Twitch freak ( $545 ) ( Amazing high-end option )
  • Millers Grub Freak ( $545 ) ( Amazing high end option )

Recommended Trout Reels sorted by price L-H

  • Daiwa Aird LT 2000 ( $109 )
  • Daiwa Exceller LT 2000 or 2500 ( $139 )
  • Shimano Nasci FC 2500 ( $179 )
  • Savage Gear SG8 2500 ( $199 )
  • Shimano Vanford 2500 ( $319 )
  • Abu Garcia Revo MGXtreme 20 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Sustain 2500 ( $449 )
  • Shimano Twin Power FD 2500 ( $583 )
  • Daiwa Certate 2500 ( $659 )
  • Redfin Rod – 2-4 or 2-5kg | 7 foot in length
  • Redfin Reel – 2500
  • Redfin Line – 10-15 lb braid + 1-rod length of equivalent fluoro

A 7-foot fishing rod that’s 2-4 or 2-5 kilo class is perfect for the humble Redfin as they are quite docile fighters. Paired with a 2500 size reel is perfect. 6-12 lb braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leaders. The same setup can be used whether you are fishing with soft plastics, lures or bait. ( fast action soft plastics, slow action lures and glass or nibble tip for bait ). Before picking a rod give real thought to whether you are most likely to be fishing with bait, soft plastics or hard body lures as rods are built specifically for these fishing applications. Here are our recommendations.

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