Nomad Travel Rod Review by Fish’n Crazee Show

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We needed a Rod Series we could travel with effortlessly with our filming gear and minimize big rod tubes in airports and planes with one piece rods without trading in AIR MILES! We asked the staff at Okuma if they developed a rod that can handle heavy saltwater fish from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico and everything in between. So the Nomad series shows up and what a well designed & crafted rod. The water resistant bag firstly organizes each piece of the rod neatly and also offers not one but TWO tip actions!… This is great without sacrificing space and also gives you options based on what lure or bait you using for multiple species…. PLUS its YOUR rod and reel combo. Often times you get to a lodge or guide boat and their gear is broken in sometimes too well and that leaves you feeling “ok maybe I should have brought something I’m used too”.
With lengths up to 7’ and actions from Light to Medium Heavy and line class use from 10lb to 60lb you have every option available to target big grouper, amberjacks, rooster fish and the odd toothy critter! We chose to pair up with the Okuma Azores Z-65S Spinning Reel Series ( 5.4:1 ratio, 44lb max drag, 42” of line per turn of the handle!) and zero disappointments so far!

This travel set up makes it user friendly and will handle most species. Along with looking the part , the reel seat being able to hold the right size reel , eva grips , the rod guides with zirconium inserts should makes your fishing adventure that much more personal!…. So with this side of the packing made easier we can now bring more cameras!.. Remember take only what you will eat. Catch , Photograph & Release!

By Xavier Tiberghien ( Host of “The Fish’n Crazee TV Show”)

The Fish’n Crazee Show’s TCS Rod Review



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Okuma delivered their latest OKUMA TCS series rod and Helios reel combo / set up for us to look into within many of our Fish’n Crazee Adventures. Well like the other Helios Series we have used successfully this series delivered too. Firstly know the reel speed you want, the series we tried was an 8.1:1 ratio simply to measure the difference between the 7.3:1 on the other models and yes the difference is clear… there is limited slack on any fish looking to surge towards you once hooked or attacking a bait with this reel. You can pick up the slack faster and regain control in many situations. Along with all the engineering qualities that are on offer looking at from fishing point of view this is one work horse reel.

From a castability point of view it takes a little getting used to measuring the type of lures and weights you wish to throw. You almost feel like you want to throw every lure with this set up as its pretty lightweight. However crankbaits & some moving baits need to be thrown on the right style rods that Okuma offers along with a slower retrieve ratio reel ( 5.4:1 Komodo or 6.6:1 Helios TCS). You need the forgiveness of a softer action rod for the crankbaits you wish to throw and also need a stiffer faster action for jig or worm fishing so make sure you pair up right for the right results. I did find that the higher speed reel with topwaters and some moving baits was a slight adjustment in cadence because of the higher speed which was great because you don’t have to work it as hard since the reel picks up the slack pretty well.

Luck would have it while we trying our best to get a review done with the bass market in mind we managed to hook many other species including Stripers, Hybrid Bass, Catfish. One particular case was a 20lb flathead catfish thought a jigging spoon would make a nice snack… with 12lb line the rod and reel combo handled the fight with ease, the TCS drag tired the large fish out and after a few smooth surging runs , we landed , photographed and released the fish! ( see attached pictures)… So that being said it should handle a lot of your bass fishing objectives

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Compare if you must however if you looking for a reel that is comfortable, small in the palm of your hand for all day use and less fatigue due to its lightweight design you pretty much have dynamic combination along with the TCS rod for the application you want…. In comparable class you will get every dime in value and the results will speak for themselves.

 

By Xavier Tiberghien ( Host of “The Fish’n Crazee TV Show”)

National Walleye Tour Round 1 with Okuma Pro Dan Hassevoort

         Okuma Inspired Fishing and Savage Gear Pro Dan Hassevoort is gearing up for round one of the National Walleye Tour in Sandusky, Ohio on Lake Erie. The National Walleye Tour is the top stage in professional Walleye fishing and Okuma Pro Dan Hassevoort knows what it takes to be competitive fishing against the world’s top anglers.

 

Okuma Pro Dan Hassevoort

Okuma Pro Dan Hassevoort

Radio: So Dan where is your head at right now just before you leave for a tournament of this magnitude?

Dan: Well, right now it’s all about getting the right gear together to be prepared for anything at this time of the year. You could find yourself jigging on the reef systems for spawning females or trolling deep water for the big females that already moved off the reefs. It’s all about timing and you have to assess the situation once you get there. My trolling arsenal is composed of the Okuma Cold Water Low Pro files CW-354D paired up with the Okuma Dead Eye Trolling Rod DE-CBR-861-MT.

Okuma Cold Water Low Profile Line Counter Reel

Okuma Cold Water Low Profile Line Counter Reel

Radio: Why is this particular trolling combo so important to you and your fishing?

Dan: You need a rod that is versatile so you can be pulling planer boards and crank baits at one moment and then change up to lead core or snap weights. The DE-CBR 861-MT allows me to do all of that. The Cold Water Low Profile CW-354D gives me the perfect retrieve speed to get those big females in without horsing them but not taking too much time to allow the Walleye to work itself free. The low profile has enough line capacity to hold up to three colors of lead core which is more than enough to target the deep water tournament winning walleyes.

Okuma Cold Water and

Okuma Cold Water and

Okuma Inspired Fishing Pro Dan Hassevoort is a former 2008 FLW Angler of the Year so winning is nothing new to this angler.

Radio: I understand that you like to jig deep reefs.  What is the best program for jigging the reefs?

Dan: I like the Trio 20 paired up with the 7 foot Dead Eye Jigging rod DE-S-701-MFT – I like the longer rod because I can vertical jig this rod and  it gives me a good casting range for throwing cranks baits or Savage Gear Fat Vibes over the top of the reefs.

Savage Gear Fat Vibe

Savage Gear Fat Vibe

Radio: What kind of baits will you be using at this tournament?

Dan: Well, with the water being as cold as it is now I think crank baits will probably be the ticket. Trolling the Savage Gear 4 Play on lead core will be a go to bait along with the Savage Gear Manic Prey. If I am fishing on the reefs the Savage Gear Fat Vibes are pretty effective along with the Sand Eels on lead head jigs.

Savage Gear Fat Vibe

Savage Gear Fat Vibe

 

Savage Gear Sand Eel

Savage Gear Sand Eel

Savage Gear Manic Prey

Savage Gear Manic Prey

Radio: Lake Erie is home to some of the biggest Walleyes in the country, so Dan, what is it going to take to win an event against the world’s top anglers?

Dan: Well my target weight for two days of competition for five fish is going to be 40 to 45 pounds which is a difficult task but that’s what it is going to take to win this event along with some long runs across some brutally rough water.

Dan Hassevoort

Dan Hassevoort

 

Dan Hassevoort has been on the Okuma and Savage Gear Pro Staff for a couple of years now, and has made us very proud up in the Midwest. 

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Wire-to-Wire Victory for Lassagne at the B.A.S.S. State Championship

Weighing limits of 13-10, 11-10 and 12-4 at the B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Championship, Mark Lassagne from San Ramon, Calif. On the final day edged out Rod Brown and Jason Hemminger as the California State Boater champion advancing to the B.A.S.S. Nation Nationals. Lassagne also earned the A.R.E. Top Angler award of $250 as the top-finisher, using the brand’s truck caps.

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Lassagne stated he had one goal this week, which was to win his state and advance to the Nationals for a shot to compete at the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. He added that he was very proud of his travel partner Michael Coleman who earned the non-boater championship for California. They will both be traveling back to the national event together.

“The practice session at Lake Mead started out tough,” said Lassagne. “I only landed a few fish each day, but those few fish gave me the confidence to expand on what little I found.”

The key was fishing into the fish rather than what’s happening right now. So many times we fish the fish that are biting right now, but are moving away from that pattern. Lassagne figured with the nice weather the fish would be on the move to spawn, but he knew most anglers would be targeting the usual spawning places. With that in mind he decided to look for the out of the way spots, those subtle places that others wouldn’t look. Each day after boating a limit, he had to search for new water for the next day as each of his spots only held a fish or two.

“I found all of my spots using my 1040XS Garmin,” he stated. “The depth shading option on the Garmin was the key. Since the lake was over a 100 ft down, the normal mapping would show the coves going way back but with the depth shading you could see exactly where each cove ended.”

Lassagne’s fish were caught in less than 2 ft of water on a 5 inch, green pumpkin Yamamoto Senko.

The western pro had his plastic wacky-rigged on a Gamakatsu #2 dropshot hook with 10 lb braid married to 8 lb Sunline fluorocarbon spooled on a 7 ft, medium-action Okuma Helios spinning rod and a 2500 Helios spinning reel.

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“The Helios set up played an important role in my success as I needed a sensitive rod and a reel that could make a long cast,” added Lassagne. “I would position the boat about 30 yds. from the back of a cove and cast the open-hook Senko on to the bank. I would drag it in the water to about a foot deep, wait for about 30 seconds, make another cast and then head to the next cove.”

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Marine Bass Angler – Mark Lassagne, from San Ramon, California is a popular pro bass angler, former US Marine, outdoor writer, guide, promoter and top competitor. In addition Mark is the editor-in-chief of Bass Angler Magazine

Building the Okuma Makaira Reels

We’ve all been out fishing and have seen a variety of styles and brands of reels on on various boats.  One reel that has really taken the offshore market by storm is the Okuma Makaira Lever Drag reel.  The Makaira is the flagship of the Okuma lineup, and has been so for a good four plus years now.  With extensive testing and input from the leaders in the industry, including Cal Sheets and the engineers at Tiburon, the Makaira was built to be the best reel on the market.

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With a full family of sizes from an 8 to a 130, the Makaira has you covered.  Also available in a couple of Special Edition configurations, featuring open bearings, TSI-301 oil, larger handle design on a couple models, and a tuna etched on the side.  The Special Edition reel is also available in Gun Smoke, Silver, and a limited amount of Black.

Makaira SEaPeople often ask us the intricacies involved in building a reel like the Makaira.  It just so happens that a TV show was filmed in Taiwan over that past few weeks on the actual production of the Makaira Reels.  This was filmed at the factory in Taiwan and features some fun fishing footage, as well as some great insight into how these reels are actually produced.

As previously mentioned, the Makaira reels have been having great success and have accounted for hundreds of big fish.  In Southern California, the Makaira has become a staple in the long range fishery, and being fished by such sport boats as the Excel, Red Rooster III, Apollo, Royal Star, Intrepid, Maximus, and the list goes on.

Here are a couple of catches from the past couple seasons on the Makaira.
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For more information on the Makaira lineup of reels, please visit http://www.okumafishingusa.com/product/view/reels/lever-drag-reels/makaira

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