Shimano Talica 50II 2 speed Reel
The Talica 50 2 speed reel is an excellent deep water reel tested on giant Bluefin, Swordfish, and of coarse will easily handle Hapuku and Bluenose.
For a game fishing reel the Shimano Talica is built like a soviet tank, although it acts like a Ferrari. This series offers a high speed retrieve reel that you can use for jigging just as easy as you would use it for trolling.
Each model has a one-piece cold forged (for extreme strength) and machined Aluminium frame is treated with a proprietary surface process for cutting-edge corrosion protection. Shimano then added a lightweight cold forged aluminium spool, oversized HEG (High Efficiency Gearing) gears, waterproof carbon drag system and 6 S-ARB bearings for super slick operation.
This series of game reels can exert extremely high drag pressures for their respective sizes and a carbon drag system has been waterproofed (when engaged) to handle big sea sprays and splashes which become inevitable when fishing the stones or offshore dropping jigs.
The range features 4 sizes – 8, 10, 12 and 16, while the High Efficiency Gearing means that they have the power to fight fish well above their weight class.
SHIMANO TALICA TWO-SPEED 50
With its pale gold spool, drag lever and handle, and silver frame and sideplates, the new Shimano Talica dual speed 50 is a very attractive fishing reel. While cosmetic features are great, it’s the internals that really make this reel tick.
The oversized High Efficiency Gearing (HEG) comes in two speeds — 3.8:1 and 1.7:1. The lower ratio assists in getting stubbornly resisting fish to the surface, and also means that the Talica 50 can perform double duty when spooled with fine-for-its-breaking strain braid for deep dropping the offshore reefs.
The range of the waterproof Carbon drag is immense and it’s possible to dial up 25 kilos of fish-stopping pressure if the situation warrants it, and the cold-forged aluminium spool is impervious to buckling or distortion.
The Talica two-speed 50 can be cast quite easily, making it ideal as a pitch-bait reel in the deep blue or for live baiting for marlin and tuna off the rocks, where getting a livie away from the edge is paramount to success.
Six SA-RB (sealed, anti-rust) bearings means winding is a breeze, even when the reel is under heavy load, and this contributes to reel’s casting ability.
Shimano Talica 50II 2 speed Reel FEATURES:
E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection
Cold-Forged and Machined Aluminium Frame & Spool
Topless Design (no obtrusive crossbar)
Oversized Carbon Drag Washers (Ultra Drag!)
Waterproof Drag (when engaged)
Silent Twin-Pawl Anti-Reverse
Ratcheting Drag Lever
Preset Knot with Clicker
HEG (High Efficiency Gearing)
S-ARB Bearings (Shielded ARB Ball Bearings)
Aluminium Rod Clamp
Shimano Talica 50II 2 speed Reel Spec's:
Reel Model: Talica 50II
Gear Ratio - 3.8:1 / 1.7:1
Max Drag - 25kg
Bearings - 6
Retrieve per crank: 114cm and 51cm
Weight - 1556g
Mono Line Capacity - 14kg/503m - 18kg/ 384m - 23kg/311m
Reel is backed by Shimano New Zealand's 10 year Reel Warranty
Shimano Abyss Bent Butt Game Rod 60 - 100lb
The Abyss Bent Butt rod has been successfully tested on NZ's Swordfish with excellent results, and also makes a fantastic deepdrop rod for Puka and Bass. These Rods Are a soft-tipped durable rod, and you can see the tip movement for small bites at well over 400m.
The new Shimano Abyss range of seven blue-water-centric rods provide dynamic, lightweight, yet very strong tamers of powerful blue-water species such as kingfish, bass, hapuku, tuna, billfish and the mighty broadbill swordfish.
Shimano NZ, in conjunction with Tony Orton from Offshore Adventures, began thoroughly testing them, but with only minor tweaks required from the first samples, the Shimano Abyss range was born. Literally hundreds of hard-fighting kingfish, hapuku, huge sharks and billfish have been caught using the Shimano Abyss range, which includes: PE8 Jig/live-bait rods (5’3”/1.6m) in overhead and spin configurations; 40-100lb pitch-bait rods (6’4”/1.93m) in overhead and spin; two straight-butt, stand-up game rods (5’2”/1.57m) in 15-24kg and 24-37kg; and a 5’6”/1.68m bent-butt (detachable) stand-up game rod rated for 60-100lb lines.
The Shimano ABYSS range of 7 blue water centric rods have utilized only the best rod building technology available that has created a dynamic, lightweight yet very strong tamer of the powerful blue water species like kingfish, bass, hapuku, tuna, billfish and the mighty broadbill swordfish.
The design brief from the top was clear - engineer a series of rods that not only look the business cosmetically from the tip to the butt section but must complete MSL tests of well over specified line ratings at 45° and 60° respectively, also, the Shimano ABYSS range needed to be able to handle the tough rigours of day-to-day charter work - no easy task!!
Shimano Abyss Bent Butt Game Rod 60 - 100lb Features:
- Shimano T45 graphite blanks
- Fuji SiN II guides
- AFTCO Alloy #2 Bent Butt
- Alloy Gimbal
- Length: 5'6"
- Line weight class: 60-100lb
Shimano Abyss Bent Butt Game Rod 60 - 100lb Spec's:
* Model: ABYSS GAME SW
* Length: 5'6"
* Pieces: 2 (Removable bent butt)
* Line Weight: 60 - 100lb
* Style: Bent Butt
* Guides: 8 ceramic inclusive of Rod Tip
One Year Rod Warranty
Captain Cols Recommendation:
I personally use the Shimano Abyss 60-100lb Bent Butt rod matched up with a Talica 50II for my deep drop fishing excursions and find them very sensitive, yet powerful.
This rod is forgiving to the angler, yet brutal on the fish. Makes the job of winding up fish out of 450m a lot easier than it is otherwise if using a broomstick rod.
My recommendation as to quality and practicality is 10 out of 10
Cheer's Captain Col
Owner/Operator: Discount Fishing Supplies
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