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At this year’s South African Fishing Tackle & Agent’s (SAFTAD) expo an amazing array of new recreational fishing equipment was on show. As the show is only for the trade with no public access, here are some products distributed by Sensation Angling Supplies that should be on the retail shelves now or shortly.

Okuma Azores Surf Rod

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New from Okuma, the Azores Surf rod has been completely revamped and now features a smaller diameter, lighter weight, 3pc 24-ton carbon blank. The Azores Slim also benefits from a number of upgrades; all spinning models now come with an MCA (Mechanical Casting Aid) and are fitted with Okuma all-weather grips. A casting model has also been added to the range for those anglers preferring to use monofilament when sliding big baits. The same anti-tangle guides from the previous range have been fitted to the Azores Slim.

Okuma Makaira Blue Rod

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The Okuma Makaira range has been replaced by a new range, the Makaira Blue Rods. The Makaira range has become the workhorse of many Rock and Surf anglers and the new range promises to be even better. The new rods are lighter (but still featuring 40-ton Toray Carbon), pleasing to the eye and just as strong as the older models. Essentially excessive weight has been trimmed from the butt without sacrificing any power. A distinctive mottled blue Winn grip and blue marbling between the Fuji Alconite guides, give the Makaira blue rods a distinctive look. There are several new models, including 12ft spinning and casting, a 14’6”, 4-6oz spinning rod and a 13’6” 10oz casting rod to tame any toothy creature in the deep. As always, the rods are fitted with premium Fuji reel seats and guides and spinning models have the Mechanical Casting aid fitted.

Travel Rod: Okuma Nomad Range

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Okuma Nomad Casting 4 piece travel rod

Okuma Nomad Spinning 4 piece travel rod
Okuma Nomad Jigging 3 piece travel rod

As more anglers seek better fishing opportunities in exotic locations, Okuma saw it fitting to develop a range of travel rods, the Nomad Range. This range of rods is designed with the discerning angler in mind who demands the best, reliable equipment when tackling remote, exotic destinations. Designers used 30 Ton Toray carbon for the blank because of its high strength, yet durable features and 4pc blanks (jigging rod is 3pc). The Nomad rods are fitted with Alps Reel seats and Fuji Forzite Anti-Tangle guides. The rods are supplied in a padded, zipped travel case to ensure protection. The range includes rods for bass, tiger fish, surf spinning and jigging.

Interceptor Carp rod

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The new Interceptor Carp rods feature a 30 Ton Carbon, slim diameter blank with a progressive action which allows the rod to be loaded with ease. The Interceptor rods are fitted with Low Rider guides and an Okuma reel seat. Mixed cork grips ensure a positive grip no matter the weather conditions. Supplied in a cloth bag.

Okuma LS-6K Baitfeeder reel

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As anglers have become more demanding, Okuma has listened and has developed the LS-6K Baitfeeder reel. It features a compact body design with a Long Cast Spool and slow oscillation for smooth line lay. The reel is fitted with 5+1 Ball Bearings and has a worm shaft oscillating system. The spool has 2 steel line clips and is fitted with a double handle. A fast taper, progressive drag allows the drag to be locked quickly before casting. This reel will no doubt find favour with competitive bank anglers looking for a compact reel with long casting abilities.

Helios SX Rod

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The new Helios SX Rods are the pinnacle of Okuma’s bass rod achievement. The 40 Ton Toray Carbon blanks are extremely light and super responsive. Only the best fittings have been used and the rod features a new super light C-40X chopped carbon reel seat for ultimate strength. The reel seat hood is also Carbon for even more sensitivity transfer and is very eye catching with the copper trim. Notably there is a swimbait rod in the range, designed to cast oversize swimbaits (up to 2oz) for monster bass. There are also two 2-piece models (spinning and casting) for those anglers looking for a high-end travel rod.

McArthy Baits

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Since acquiring the distribution rights to McArthy in March, Sensation has been working closely with McArthy Baits to develop a new range of insane laminate colours (there are now 188 items in the bass range). The result is a unique range which promises to put this brand at the forefront of bass fishing in South Africa. The salt-impregnated baits are manufactured locally in exceptional moulds made by a master machinist. The result is a near perfect bait which is reflected in the care taken in the packaging of these masterpieces. Look out for the new colours like California Purple, Purple Smoke, Black Back Junebug, Black Back Watermelon Seed, Black Back Green Pumpkin and Mud Pie to mention a few.

Available in the following models:

  • Slinky (Paddle tail swimbait – 3.5”, 4.5” & 5.5”)
  • Stumpi (Stickbait – 3.75”5” & 6”)
  • Gambit (Long body grub – 4” & 6”)
  • Tiddler (Minnow style bait – 4.5”, 5” and 6”)
  • Buzz ’n Frog

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