Heavy boat rods are specialist items of kit, designed for big fish and heavy tackle. Back in the day they would have been classed as shark rods on our shores, perhaps big-game rods elsewhere, but tackle and angling styles have moved on, and the heavy rods of today are nowhere near as severe as those of yesteryear.
Take a look through the countless tackle catalogues that are available or troll through on-line stores and one thing you will notice nowadays is the vast array of lures that are available to today's angler. If you're like me, you'll have several boxes full of lures in all shapes, sizes and colours, some of which don't see the light of day. No matter, though, how many lures you have, I bet you've got your favourites that you'll turn to time and again. I can take three or four lure boxes, which hold ten lures each, to the water and only ever seem to use the same four or five lures every time I fish. In theory, I only really need one lure box.
One lure that I seem to give more swimming time to than any other is the Nomura Vision Suspending 11cm 14g. This lure is super strong, being constructed out of ultra-high modulus polycarbonate and has been specially created for use in saltwater, with hooks that are PS style saltwater treated. Even though this lure has been created for use in the sea, it is still advisable to wash the hooks with freshwater after each trip. As well as being a great lure for bass, this can also be used equally effective in freshwater for the likes of pike and zander.
This lure comes in a choice of six colours. Choose between silver dots, green dots, flash dots, mack, dot mirror and red head. My favourite is the silver dots, but that is just down to my personal preference.
It will dive to a depth of 1.5 metres and is great for not only spinning but light/medium trolling. With built-in ball bearings giving an audible attraction as well as a great wobbling action, this lure will attract predatory fish in both salt and freshwater.
With an RRP of £9.99, this lure is available on-line from http://www.tidaltackle.co.uk/product/nomura-vision-suspending_silver-dots.html as well as all leading Nomura stockists.
This is at the maximum length for a bass rod and it also has a fair casting weight range, making it a light option for beachcasting. For its length, this is a nice light rod and has some power in the tip, as you would expect from the casting weight range, although there is some sensitivity there.
For bass work, this rod looks to be mainly aimed at bait fishing, rather than being an option for spinning, but that bait work could cover float as well as leger work.
As a two-piece it’s quite long, so it will not fit in a normal car boot in
the way that a shorter three-piece might.
For the more classic bass-style rod, the SK3XTRSR2 Light Bass/
Estuary is worth a look, coming in at 11ft 6in with a 2oz to 3oz casting range.
As with all Sonik rods, you get a lot for your money at top quality.