How often do you head off on a few days fishing sojourn and realise that you almost require your own personal caddie to carry all the rods you deem necessary to get the job done. As they are loaded on board, from a distance you boat begins to take on the appearance of a floating porcupine. In most cases by day’s end we rarely use half the rods we end up taking and those deemed so necessary just end up cluttering the boat. Truth is this is the nature of angling and I am as guilty as the next when it comes to being over prepared. This angling affliction doesn’t just stop with rods believe me. There are many pieces of equipment that are over compensated in preparation for the variables that come with a day on the water, don’t even get me started on lures.
It’s been twelve months now since my angling related disorders became a little lighter. I was introduced to a rod that has taken most of the clutter from my boat and rendered my caddie all but redundant. Perhaps I should have gotten two of these rods.
My angling takes on many facets from the briny blue to that of estuary, stream and the mighty Murray River. Species across the board are abundant and methods used just as many. One rod to rule them all was no doubt the Holy Grail that up until now was serviced by many sticks. That was until I picked up and loaded my first Shimano Terez at Tackle World Canberra. I could not wait to get out on the water and put it to the test. My selected stick from the range was a 7’2”model with a medium action and fast tip. Braid rated at 10-20lb it seemed light enough to fish small yet had the grunt to hurt big. It was time to give it a run and test the possibilities and as I was to find, some more so than others. Perch were first on the list and most accessible at the time. Lure choice was a range of ½oz spinnerbaits and a small Sebile Flatt Shad lure. Small by standard I was running 20lb braid and leader of similar strength, as cod were a real possibility in the waters I was fishing. The trick with any small lure is feeling and there was more than enough as the shad styled lure has fished in a lift drop motion past a vertical stick. The tight action travelled up the line and down the rod visually working the tip hard. Totally in touch with the small lure the strike a ripper tore the rod down hard and pinched line from the Rarenium 4000 reel at a slow steady rate. Small lures often attract big fish and in the case of the shad, it was now buried in the mouth of a sizable cod. This would be a great test for the rod and for the next five minutes or so the battle saw the cod make several good runs before the back end of the stick stole its strength. Pushing the metre mark the fish was as fat as mud and while unexpected it was a great way to christen any new stick. That afternoon had several solid goldens landed on a small spinnerbaits whose action was easily detected through the rod. Mark that one down as a great freshwater stick with the sensitivity to work small lures and the grunt to stop big fish. As a bait rod it’s a ripper and has now caught countless golden perch along the Murray not to mention some thumping carp.
A trip to the salt in South Australia was its next real test and at first it was taken purely to catch salmon and other smaller fish that could be used as bait. A great whiting stick it scored a feed or two of these before the small reel screamed off under the weight of an unseen giant. We were only fishing in three metres of water but the head bumps were defiantly that of a snapper and after what seemed a 50m run it slowed and was worked back towards the boat before charging off several more times on shorter runs. All but beaten into the net went a good snapper of at least 8kg plus. Not a bad fish or fight for that matter but nothing on the freight train that nailed the very next bait and headed for the horizon. Now I’m not big on rays of any description but if you have to hook one that fights then it might just as well be an eagle ray as dust you they can. Twice it left the water during the fight and threatened to empty the spool as many times but the Terez stood fast and a good 30 minutes on the sting was all but stolen from the ray as it was lead boat side and cut free. I have now boated, bank fished, baited and lured a number of other fishes on what I have come to call the one rod to rule them all including a couple of small mulloway from the beach. The mulloway were unintentional as I was after live bait but the rod still did the job against the rolling surf.
If you’re looking for that one special rod to cover a host of jobs then this is the one for you. From fresh water bait and lure fishing to shallow bay and estuary work it covers the lot. And if you are like me and enjoy the clutter in the boat then buy yourself a couple more; you’ll be glad you did.
Jock Mackenzie with a couple of solid Golden perch he caught on the Terez rod fishing the Murray River.
Hooked up solid on the Terez to a hard running eagle ray.
The light weight Terez had more than enough power to handle this sizable snapper.
A ripper cod on the shimano Terez and not a bad first fish on the new rod either.