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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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E-Mag

Hooked Up 143 April 2024

The April edition has started rolling out into stores so grab one FREE from your local when it arrives. Sammy Leys takes the helm for our cover story and provides some invaluable information on chasing big duskies in Autumn as the weather cools. It’s a great piece any keen angler chasing big duskies will appreciate. Lee Rayner heads north for the barra run-off where he chases down some quality fish on the might Roper River using a swag of different lures. Colby Lesko takes us to the cool and pristine alpine waters of the Swampy Plains River, a river that he believes holds some of the biggest trout across Victoria and NSW. We review the Yo-Zuri Ebi Q, Bantam ArmaJoint

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E-Mag

Hooked Up 142 March 2024

Our cover story this month is all about how to catch broadbill swordfish! It’s not for everybody but it’s the pinnacle of game fishing and a bucket list species for many anglers. Tasmanian author Jonah Yick has caught many so he’s a great angler to learn from. We then shift our focus to a much smaller fish, and with very easy to understand instructions and diagrams we clearly show how to tie a King George whiting rig. It’s simple but many get it wrong. It’s then time to leave the deep south and head way up to the tropics of the Great Barrier Reef where Colby Lesko has a dream trip slow pitching for big reefies. The story is titled

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Reviews

Glowbite Jack Flash and Grumpy Fish

The new Glowbite jigs out of New Zealand are certainly the most advanced I have ever seen. They feature water-activated flashing lights, rattle chambers and scent-dispersing cavities. It’s a lot of tech packed into your normal metal jigs. I was sent two styles from what’s a fairly extensive range for a new and small company – a kabura jig as well as a slow-pitch jig. Both styles are extremely popular and will catch a range of fish species. I tested these jigs in far north Queensland where a range of pelagic and bottom species are found. The Jack Flash is shaped like a standard leaf-shaped slow-pitch jig and was the first to get tied on. I worked the Jack Flash

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