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Meridian Swordfish Skirts

When it comes to outfits for sword fishing, precision and reliability are paramount. This is a fish where we’re making a 200km round trip and there’s no guarantee we’ll even get a bite. I therefore take gear and preparation for this style of fishing very seriously.    Hooked Up’s Kosta recently sent me a few Meridian Sword Skirts to review. What I instantly liked about them is they are purpose-designed for placing over baits and targeting swordfish, whereas I have always used lure skirts which weren’t ideal. These skirts are tailored specifically to the needs of sword fishermen. One of the most striking features of these skirts is their innovative design. Unlike anything else on the market, the wider head

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Reviews

Shimano Stradic FM

We are spoiled for choice when it comes to reels from Shimano, whose range of reels is better than ever – and every three to four years as we get a model update that makes the reels significantly better. I know many accomplished anglers happily using the Nasci and Saragosa models, which sit at the lower end of Shimano’s mid-range reels. Therefore, the focus of reviews is now less about testing them for faults and issues (which we still do) and more about finding the best use for a new model and explaining why to the reader.  In the time I’ve been using Stradics (about 15 years) I’ve used them as general purpose bait fishing and squid reels, with the

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E-Mag

Hooked Up 145 June 2024

On the cover is Hooked Up’s new boat, an Edencraft 6.0 Offshore which is has kept us very busy putting it together since January. It’s exceeded our expectations on every level, and you can read all about it in our feature story. Legendary fishing journo Steve Cooper joins the Hooked Up team this month and provides some very interesting information about King George whiting that we never knew and we think most of our readers haven’t heard about either, it may just change how we target them going forward. Dean Norbiato heads to Lake Jindabyne for the first time and it doesn’t take him and his trusty crew long to work out how to get on to the big yabby

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Reviews

Daiwa 23 Kix

It’s fair to say that Daiwa’s LT (Light and Tough) range of reels has revolutionised the light tackle market. These reels have become smaller, lighter and stronger, which has allowed anglers to present finessed offerings to large fish and land them with greater success than ever before. While these design and manufacturing advancements were established with reels in the higher price range of Daiwa’s reels such as Certate, they’re now being brought down to more affordable offerings such as the new KIX which I have been sent for review. The Daiwa 23 KIX is one of the latest reels to hit Daiwa’s light tackle range. However, unlike other models, it seems to fit within an affordable price range, have a

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E-Mag

Hooked Up 144 May 2024

The south of the country has barrel fever and on the cover is the crew from Reel Time Charters skippered by Aleks Matic with three barrels for the day. Tasmanian angler Jonah Yick provides a great guide on setting your spread and trolling for barrels. We then move over to SA where Jamie Crawford provides a great How To on fishing for gummy sharks with some great images on how to present your baits. It’s then up to the NSW north coast where Jack Hammond has been slaying some big mulloway using soft vibes. We then move back south and Colby Lesko takes us on the river for a few days on a drift mission, camping out in his swag,

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Reviews

Yo-Zuri Ebi Q

When squid jigs were still in their infancy in the early 2000s, the Yo-Zuri Shrimp Hunter came out and changed the game forever. It was different from any squid jig on the market and not only did it look amazing with its prawn imitation aesthetics, it caught more than anything else available at the time. It’s still sought-after by collectors and anglers who swear by its effectiveness. It was so popular in Australia that it took years for Japanese squid jig manufactures to educate anglers that squid jigs were designed to imitate fish, not prawns, and that the Shrimp Hunter was an exception. I’ve often heard it asked why some squid jigs look like prawns, and catch squid even if

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Reviews

Huk Rogue Wave Boots

I’ve navigated various terrains, weather and other challenges during my fishing expeditions. I’ve had all manner of clothing to protect me against the elements but the thing I was missing was a great pair of boat boots. About five years ago I noticed almost all American salt and freshwater anglers wearing these cool-looking boots that looked like a rubber Blundstone. My cousin and I both thought they looked great and seemed like they would be comfortable. It was at a stage in my life where I was well over wearing sneakers on a boat and the longer-style Bogs boots I wore in winter were just too bulky.  The brand was Huk and we tried unsuccessfully to buy them and have

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Reviews

Shimano Bantam ArmaJoint

Swimbaits have become extremely popular over the past six years, and with good reason – they catch a variety of big fish on a regular basis thanks to their lifelike action and size, which produces excellent reactions from predatory fish. They’re fun to use and they’re effective.  One of Shimano’s latest swimbaits is the ArmaJoint190SF, a unique design that has consistently produced big fish for me at both extremes of the country over the past six months targeting big dusky flathead in the south and barra up north. Aesthetics & Features The ArmaJoint has several features that set it apart from others on the market, starting with the Flash Boost system in the body, which is a small reflective plate

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