This article is based on a Japanese article and has been machine translated.
Among the many types of lure fishing, bass fishing is one of the most popular and enjoyed by many people.Although there are countless lures for bass fishing, there are not many that you need as a minimum.
In this article, I’ll explain what lures you should buy if you’re just starting out in bass fishing! And I’ll also introduce 6 Shimano bass fishing lures that you can be sure to have.
This article is based on a Japanese article and has been machine translated.
Large fish such as GT, tuna and yellowtail are the fish that every angler dreams of catching.
In order to catch these fish, it is essential to have a durable reel that can withstand the power of the fish, and the stronger the reel, the better your chances of catching them.
In this article, we will explain how to choose a reel that is durable enough to fight with large fish without worry, and introduce some recommended large reels.
If you want to try your hand at catching big fish such as GT and tuna, please refer to this article.
This article is based on a Japanese article and has been machine translated.
When you are fishing from a boat, you often have to go to depths of almost 100 meters to catch fish, and it is quite difficult to reel in the trap from such a deep place.
This is where electric reels come in handy, as they use the power of electricity to wind up the hook.
Electric reels are now an indispensable item in boat fishing, and it is recommended that beginners who are just starting out purchase an electric reel.
In this article, we’ll show you how to choose an electric reel that you won’t regret, as well as the latest electric reels that we recommend for beginners. Continue reading Recommended for beginners! The 6 Latest Electric Reels
Shimano’s reel series “Metanium” continuing from 1992. Do you know how much reel named Metanium has been released so far? Those who started Bass fishing may have heard names such as “Metanium DC” and “Metanium MGL” once. Metanium is a reel series trusted by anglers for that long and gained high support. This time we will introduce theMetanium series!
Metanium was a Shimano reel series that began with ‘Bantam Scorpion Metanium XT’ which was released from Shimano in 1992. It has been loved by many anglers as a top model of Baitcasting reel that used Shimano’s abundant technology from that time. This time we will introduce the Shimano Metanium series which was named Metanium series.
16 Metanium MGL
Metanium MGL released in 2016. MGL = Magnum light spool has been subjected to lightening processing such as “blanking” on the side of the spool. Since the location far from the axis of rotation has been reduced in weight, the flight distance of the lightweight lure is improved compared to conventional spools. X-SHIP, micro module gear is adopted and finished in a smooth winding feel.
While “New SVS Infinity” is a centrifugal brake, it achieves a brake adjustment range that can handle most situations only by adjusting the external dial. Adjustment of the internal brake shoes is not necessary if 4 brake shoes are turned on during casting. When finer setting is required, fine adjustment with internal brake shoe is possible. (The four brake shoes are on when shipped.) The durability has also improved greatly.
In addition to the 3-mode internal dial, the I-DC 5 can easily set the brake by selecting four semi-automatic & one step auto according to the lure weight with the external dial. AUTO covers up to the middle of volumes 2 to 4 of semiauto.
A position suitable for a heavy lure with low air resistance such as large vibration and jig, 0.5 to 1.0 oz.
Position corresponding to a wide weight of 0.3 to 0.7 oz, such as medium size vibration and spinner bait.
A position that matches a lure of 0.3 to 0.4 oz with large air resistance such as minnow or shallow crank.
Position that you can cast no-sinker worms and small shads, 0.2 – 0.3 oz lightweight lure without stress.
AUTO. Wide position to cover up to the middle of volumes 2 to 4.
The gear ratios are 3 types: 6.2 (normal gear), 7.4 (high gear), 8.5 (extra high gear). It is active in various scenes such as warming which needs early collection. (Extra high gear has long handle length of 48 mm)
Shimano 15 Metanium DC (gear ratio 6.2)
Normal gear type. It is the optimum gear ratio for spinner bait, crank bait etc.
Extra high gear type. It is suitable for fishing which needs early collection such as warming and pitching. Because it can be used with Saltwater, it will also be suitable for light jigging etc. using metal jig.
Although the spool diameter of Metanium DC and MGL is the same 1.3in, MGL is equipped with a lightweight magnum light spool, which is characterized by a good feeling of light cast lure. Therefore, if you mainly use the lure below 0.3 oz, the meta-MGL will have a more stable flying distance. However, because MGL does not have DC installed, 15 Metanium DC is recommended if you want to achieve a stable flight distance in overhead wind at 0.3 oz or more.
Comparison with Antares DC
Antares DC’s spool is 1.5 in, Metanium DC is 1.3 in, and Antares DC is superior in long cast performance of heavier lure. As a rule of thumb, people who use the lure below 0.6 oz at the main should recommend Antares DC if you would like to long cast Metanium DC, 0.6 oz or more.
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The Metanium is Versatile reel
Metanium is a perfect versatile reel to handle medium-grade lures. One tackle works well enough. Please try Shimano reliable reel series “Metanium” once by all means!
Daiwa’s Theory is a middle range price reel with performance comparable to that of a high-end model. It is very similar to the higher model Luvias, but how is it different? This time I will explain about Theory which has been drawing attention from many professional anglers.
Daiwa Theory is a high cost performance reel
Daiwa Theory is a Spinning reel that incorporates technologies such as Mag sealed, ZAION, ATD, etc. which are adopted for high-end reels while price range of US $ 200 units. Compared with Exist which is the top model of Daiwa, it is lighter in weight and pricing lower than US $ 300. For those seeking a reel with excellent cost performance it is a must-see reel!
What is the difference Luvias and Theory?
Luvias and Theory are the same price range, but Luvias is the top model. We compared differences such as the weight and number of bearings.
Zillion SV TW that appeared in 2015 raised the durability of possession, a further heavy duty model achieved brush-up! The size is 1520.
In addition to the previous series, 1520-CC was newly added. With a 36 Φ spool with 20 lb, 3.3 ft of extra line capacity, a 4-inch handle is mounted to completely control the power game.
Equipped with G1 duralumin 36 Φ spool. Aluminum reinforced housing further enhances the rigidity feeling, leading directly to smooth rotation performance and stability during fighting.
The handle is 4 inches. By extending Zirion SV TW 1516 from 3.5 inches to 0.5 inches, we can make even more powerful winding possible.
TWS (T-wing system)
Tshape levelwind turns back and forth half turn according to clutch ON/OFF. During casting, the levelwind rotates forward, and the line is smoothly discharged through the wide part of the Tshape levelwind. At the time of retrieving, the levelwind turns half way in the form of falling in the backward direction, the line is guided in the groove of the lower levelwind, and it is wound tightly and in parallel. Daiwa unique level winding system that combines line emission performance and trouble free.
Zillion TW HD 1520-CC
CC stands for Crazy Clanker. As its code name indicates, the best style for 5.5 gears is crankbait. Powerful low gear has the comfort of easy winding even with deep crank or Magnum crank with high resistance.
The Zillion series is a reel with performance comparable to that of Daiwa’s high-end model. With the addition of low gear 1520-CC, it became increasingly fulfilling lineup. With a rich gear ratio lineup, even a plurality of tackles can have a sense of unity. Zillion is a recommended reel, even if you are replacing the reel or being challenged for Baitcasting reel for the first time.
Calcutta Conquest boasts popularity immovable with round reels. Popular high gear model and bait finesse model also appeared and it became an attractive reel that can deal with various fishing. This time will introduce the whole series of Calcutta Conquest!
Calcutta Conquest is a high end model of the round reel released from Shimano and is a popular item with many enthusiasts. Originally it was only a low gear model, but with the diversification of fishing methods, we have increased lineups including various sizes and high gear models. Calcutta Conquest is also called the best masterpiece of round reel packed with Shimano’s technology, such as the micro module gear of the drive system in which the small precision gear closely meshes, and the latest brake and gear system.
External brake adjustment dial
By adopting a new shape brake shoe & brake pipe, it was now possible to perform brake adjustment with an external dial which needed to open the flap of the body side until now. It is also possible to fine-tune each pit while maintaining the parming (excluding 300, 301, 400 and 401)
Micro module gear
Top image: Shimano conventional product
Lower image: Micro module gear
The micro module gear is a new mechanism that reduces the teeth of the pinion & main gear, giving the number of teeth about twice as much as the conventional one. Densely meshing the teeth densely, the strength was improved, and with smooth power transmission succeeded in suppressing the gear noise to less than half of the conventional value (numerical value is Shimano ratio).
Calcutta Conquest lineup
Calcutta Conquest 100/101/200/201
Sticking gear ratio, high rigidity and smooth winding feel.
100/100 HG is recommended for Black Bass
It is the smallest model among the series without electronic control (digital control) brakes. It is suitable for Bass fishing using crankbait, spinnerbait, vibrations and so on.
Expand fishing advantageously with stable casting precision
300/301 is recommended for Snakehead and light jigging
For those who need power fishing such as snakehead fishing and light jigging at Saltwater, we recommend a larger 300 models. The rigidity is also very high, making power fishing comfortable. The smoothness and flight distance of the winding feel is never lost even if it is a large size.
It is the largest size in the Calcutta Conquest. The winding length per handle is 76 cm (2.8 ft), the maximum drag force is 7.0 kg (15 lb) and it is extremely powerful use. Big bass, Snakehead, Yellow tail fish aiming at jigging, big fish of the open ocean, demonstrates excellent performance.
Calcutta Conquest BFS is the first round finesse reel equipped with a finesse tune brake system that eliminates the brake unit attached to the spool and directly applies the brake to the spool structure. Bass and mountain stream bait finesse are also supported. It also supports Saltwater, so it can be used for a wide range of lightphishing.
Fishing with Calcutta Conquest is blissful moment.
Recently, various models have appeared, and the popularity further increases sharply, Calcutta Conquest. Although it is not a cheap price at all, it is the best masterpiece reel that will support your fishing more than the price and will satisfy you. If you have not used it yet, please try to get the real thing by all means and realize its wonderfulness.
New Bantam revived to the present age after 40 years since the appearance of the historical name machine “Bantam 100”. By adopting a core solid body integrally molded with level wind protector and side plate, main frame, we banished Rattling at the time of paring. It realized high rigidity to draw a line from the conventional rope robe.
Aluminum forging the dial case that supports the spool, proprietary structure to expose from the side of the body to compact and transfer vibration directly to the palmmed palm. It also contributes to high sensitivity.
The body which can be said to be the most characteristic of Bantam MGL. Beautiful seamless integral molding draws attention. It also plays an important role in providing a comfortable winding feel.
Equipped with MGL spool
“MGL spool” is the latest spool that Shimano boasts. Bantam MGL is equipped with a deep groove type 150th spool. It corresponds to the heavy line that makes use of a tough body. The height of turning power which fly with light force is supported by many anglers. Line capacity of 16lb – 328 ft has plenty of support for strong fishing styles.
New SVS Infinity
While NEW SVS ∞ (Infinity) is a centrifugal brake, it realizes a brake adjustment range that can handle most situations only by adjusting the external dial. If you turn on 4 brake shoes, internal adjustment is basically unnecessary. Braking force adjustment is available for most situations with external dial only.
Low profile & compact but high rigidity
The sense of security provided by integral aluminum molding can be said to be the true point of Shimano. Items pursuing rigidity and winding feel with a rope reel on the current reel have less unique presence.
The side plate on the side opposite to the handle is also integrated to realize a high rigidity by reducing the number of parts and the compact body that is easier to palm. It also plays a role in improving the sensitivity because the hand touches the dial case which also has the role of bearing.
The rod of the Bantam series released in 2016 is a world-class flagship model. It is now possible to select rods according to your style from 3 series of “Versatile”, “Jig & Worm”, “Fast Moving & Big Bait”. I picked up the model of attention!
Shimano Bantam 172MH Baitcasting
Baitcasting rod that can make use of warming and jig technique. Delicate tip combines casting precision and good tracking ability at bait.
Finesse rod which enables various directing of various lures.
“UL+” is a special spec that added a bat power corresponding to Big bass to a delicate tip that accurately manipulates a light finesse rig of weight.
Daiwa’s popular Spinning reel “Caldia” which had been a hot topic on SNS and media before. It was released after four years from 14 Caldia with a model change. Here we introduce the newly adopted technologies of remarkable attention.
Caldia which has been reigning as the core of compact spinning reels for many years.
By the new small spinning reel “LT”, its lightness is to a new dimension. Durability is supported by long term use and harsh environments by installing Tough Digi gear in addition to Mag shield. Realized the ideal shape of a compact spinning reel that is light and strong.
The LT concept is an acronym for the concept of “LIGHT· TOUGH” to be launched by Daiwa. Weight reduction of the body, spool and handle has been aimed at, and it is regarded as a new standard that evolved the body material into a more tough one.
18 Caldia is a reel that not only has lightness but also toughness by adopting the LT concept.
18 Caldia has succeeded in lighter weight of 1 oz than the previous model by reviewing the body, handle, spool. In addition, since the center of gravity is a hip part, light operability is realized.
Adopted a new spool “LC-ABS”
“LC-ABS” stands for long cast ABS spool. We evolved into a thin aluminum spool and realized weight saving by reviewing the shape of the front of the spool. Compared with conventional spools, attractive performance is adopted, “Travel distance increases by about 5% + Line trouble is reduced by 10%”.
Until now, fishing with a hard Fluorocarbon line was mainstream, and the reel of a large caliber spool was a standard to reduce line troubles. However, by adopting a long cast ABS spool, even if the caliber of the spool was made small, it became troubleless, and we could further lighter weight.
18 Caldia’s lineup and gear ratio
Eleven models of 18 lineup of Caldia. I summarized each gear ratio and maximum winding length.