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Equipment Review from my 3/3/11 trip 
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:07 pm Reply with quote
Art Weston
Joined: 17 Jan 2011
Posts: 238
Location: United States
Reels:

I tried the Quantum PT Smoke SL151HPT, a 7.3:1 ratio lefty baitcaster. I brought down 2 of them and was pleased with their performance and each only weighs 6.8 oz.

Drag was smooth, and casting distance was good on minnows, but I struggled with jigs (likely impacted due to combo of rod and 65lb line).

http://www.quantumfishing.com/products/2185/Smoke-PT.aspx

In contrast I also brought down an Abu Garcia Revo Toro 50 and 60 High Speed reels.

http://www.abugarcia.com/products/reels/low-profile-baitcast-reels/revo/revo-toro

I thought the Abu's were superior in construction, the added synchronized level-wind, and the ample line capacity.

HOWEVER, they became very very heavy after a while of casting ... so after thousands of casts, I would leave the Toros at home and bring the Smokes on the next trip. Only exception is the Toros can work very well for a catfish set-up (especially the 60 series).

I tried the Curados a few times, b/c those were available from the outfitter, but since I prefer the lefties, it was not a fair comparison.

Rods:

I tried a few travel rods ... one from Quantum, one from Okuma, and one from our fellow poster Dink at Gold Rush Custom Rods.


http://www.quantumfishing.com/products/1955/Cabo-Inshore.aspx

http://www.okumafishingteam.com/family/398025/Nomad_Inshore

https://sites.google.com/site/goldrushcustomrods/

This assessment was very easy. The Okuma's are great for light tackle saltwater (but just too big for peacocks to be comfortable), and the Quantum's are a very reasonably priced option for peacocks, but those two really are nowhere near how perfect the Gold Rush rod was ... so light, well constructed, and strong. I am 100% sold on them now, and in the next few days I will put in some more orders to Dink to complete my setups. You will be very impressed with Dink's quality construction and fair prices.

Line:

I went 100% with Sufix 832 braid in 45/65/80 lb test. Seemed to work out great ... I never had a break-off, wind-knot, or mishap. The color held a bit longer than PowerPro (vs. my buddies reel), but eventually it lost most of its color after a few days of casting.

Hooks:

I opted for both the VMC 6x trebles and the Daiichi 7x trebles for my replacement hooks.

http://lurepartsonline.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=1428

http://lurepartsonline.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=2737

I had a large 20+lb peacock the hit my minnow and ran right into cover ripping off line along the way ... I did not end up landing it, but it did partially straighten my 7x trebles I had on the minnow ... I was shocked. The VMCs never had that kind of a test, so I can't say which is better, but I am a bit disappointed that the 7x didn't hold up.

Woodchoppers:

I opted for all Luhr Jensen's. High water is no fun! Zero hits on the few hours I tried my woodchoppers. The guides did say that they think the "Slim" versions are better than the regular versions I have.

Jigs:

I went with Caribe Jigs, and due to the high water, they got a lot of use.

I also used a few jigs from acute angling my outfitter. The Caribe had larger hooks and a longer trailing bucktail, but laced the rattle that the acute jigs had.

The acute jigs seemed to catch more fish, so I am not sure if that was due to the smaller size (we did catch a lot of smaller bass) and/or the rattle, when using the same color schemes.

As most would agree, the red/yellow jigs seemed to be fished the most and seemed overall most effective. In second place, I had success with both blue/black and red/white jigs.

http://www.caribelures.com/Catalog_caribejigs.PHP


http://www.acuteangling.com/Jig/peacock-bass-jig.html

Minnows:

Hands down, in high water, the smaller the better ... my Yo-Zuri Tombimaru was the only minnow that attracted any hits. I had equal success with blue and black colors. The guides said the green one is the best. Also, seemed to be about equal landing peacocks trolling vs. jigs, and you can catch Piranhas all day long on them.

http://www.yo-zuri.com/

Spooks:

I can't judge ... with the high water, they were totally ineffective ... I had zero strikes on multiple attempts. I tried both Heddon's and Rapala's.

Rat-L-Traps:

I had one that I didn't use, but another angler used one most days with nearly the same hit rate as jigs in the high water ... just don't forget to change the hooks and split rings on those (very small and weak from factory).

Rain Gear:

Wow ... it really rained on us ... I never knew rain gear could "fail" ... essentially, if you get hit with a heavy duty down pour in the Amazon and/or it lasts all day ... you will be soaked unless you are wearing a plastic bag!

I spent a good amount on the new Under Armor set-up from Cabelas only to be very disappointed with it saturating so quickly. Not many on the trip faired better, but I think my UAs went south faster.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Under-Armour174-Stealth-Rain-Jacket/1174371.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dunder%2Barmor%2Brain%2Bgear%26x%3D0%26y%3D0%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=under+armor+rain+gear&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

I need to do a much better job next time around selecting rain gear.

Fishing Pants & Shirts:

I went with all Simms. I love the Fly-Away shirts and pants .. they held up very well and I would use them again next time. Not to mention, they have built-in bug repellent. I did get bit the least of anyone on the trip.

http://www.simmsfishing.com/site/flyaway_solid_shirt.html

Buffs:

I went with the Buff brand of buff. However, I didn't have good luck with it ... no matter how I arranged it, it made my sun glasses fog up and it was too tight on my nose. I might need to try something else next time.

Gloves:

I was pleased with my Dr Shade Ascension Bay gloves. They were light and held up well. Would bring them again.

http://www.glacieroutdoor.com/products_sun.php

Shoes:

If it wasn't raining heavily, the Sperry Cabo Sports I wore were great. They felt worn-in day 1 and dried quickly.

http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/SiteController/sperry/productdetails?productId=7-131850&skuId=***7********0754523*M080&catId=cat90046DM&showDefaultOption=true

Tackle Bags:

I used the Spiderwire Wolf Spider Bag.

Not waterproof, but held up well ... I used it as a carry on bag while traveling. Might opt for a smaller, lighter bag next time .. with waterproof containers.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4030464

That's probably enough for one post. Happy to answer any follow-up questions.
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Large fish 
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:33 am Reply with quote
Art Weston
Joined: 17 Jan 2011
Posts: 238
Location: United States
Out of a party of 10, only 4 teeners were caught on the 6 1/2 days of fishing ... the largest being 19lbs. The "one that got away" that I had on was likely the largest of the trip. The guide had his hands on my monster 20+ lber under a bush, but he came up with only the lure in his hand. For this trip, anything over 5lbs was considered big ... and any single day catch of over 5-7 fish was considered good. Since I was relucant to give into the jigs, the 1st few days i only landed a handful. I can't wait to go back during correct conditions!
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here is a new review of the Quantum PT Smoke reel 
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:59 am Reply with quote
Art Weston
Joined: 17 Jan 2011
Posts: 238
Location: United States
http://www.tackletour.com/reviewquantumsmoke.html
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fishing tackle 
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:30 pm Reply with quote
Bob Daly
Joined: 09 Apr 2006
Posts: 255
Location: Whiting, Indiana
I use Owner hooks for all my fishing whether it be from monster tigerfish to giant dorado. No way can those other brands hold up to these hooks nor are they anyway as near sharp! Just my opinion as I have seen golden dorado turn these brands into pretzels!
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