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It’s always exciting going to sea for your first tuna fishing trip of the season, even more so when you get to test a rod that you were involved (to a small degree) in developing. Shimano’s international rod development gurus visited Big Catch last season for some tuna fishing advice. Their goal was to develop an exceptional tuna fishing rod suited to catching the Cape’s big yellowfin tuna. There is a huge amount of technology behind building a new rod and it was very interesting to learn more from the Shimano team. Big Catch gave some pointers on what we would be looking for in an ideal tuna rod based on our experiences.
The result is the Shimano Game Series T Curve Tiagra 37kg rod. It’s a five and a half foot blank combined with big AFTCO eyes and quality components. The rod looks and feels great – the big question is how does it handle a big yellowfin tuna?
A couple of weeks back we were out in the deep on our first tuna fishing trip of the season and I was presented the opportunity of testing this rod first hand. I hooked into a decent fish in the early morning and really enjoyed the fight with the Shimano blank being very responsive. It is forgiving in that it bends under the adjusting pressure or load from the tuna and to the correct degree helping absorb the pressure from the fish into the rod blank rather than transferring it into your harness. The rod guides are big enough and my mainline to leader knot did not get snagged up passing through the guides. I was really impressed with the performance of the rod and won’t hesitate to add more to my tuna fishing arsenal. BTW – My tuna weighed in at 91kgs 🙂
- David Christie