Snapper Combo

Downriggershop

Rod:
  • Length: seven feet
  • Type: spin, two piece, can be mailed meaning delivery not expensive
  • Construction: graphite
  • Rating: 6 - 12 kilo line, 5/8 to 1.5 ounce jig heads
  • Weight: 200 grams

Reel:

  • Ryobi 4000 spinning reel
  • Weight: 320 grams
  • Gear ratio: 5:1
  • Bearings: 7
  • Line capacity: 170 meters 15 kilo colour change braid (supplied pre spooled)
  • Drag: 5.5 kilos
  • Knob: Polished aluminium power knob


Our new snapper combo. I started testing it in April 2014, mainly popping dolphin fish out at the FADS and casting SPs behind when a kingfish hooked up on the downrigger, close in under the cliffs:

Andy using the Snapper Combo at Bonito Alley

Even though nothing big encountered, it was casting poppers out of sight. And distance is really important when you’re casting unweighted live baits or soft plastics. The rod tippy, to store casting energy, but with an even not progressive taper to it, meaning the full length acts as a shock absorber on a good one. A light matching size reel gives the combo a nice balance:

Two Snapper Combos ready to be shipperd

I took it up to the footy field for some distance testing, to find out exactly what it was capable of:

Testing the Downrigger Shop's Snapper Combo casting range

Results, best out of three casts:

  • 9 inch unweighted soft plastic lure = 41 metres
  • 40 gram micro jig= 64 metres.

Over the moon about that because it proved the concept works. The idea with this combo is light weight and long distance casting but with grunt in reserve- in case you hook a big red. Designed for casting poppers to kingfish, SPs and pilchards to snapper, unweighted live baits for dollies, metals for salmon, all as far as possible. Responsive tip, so light bites can be detected. Specifications on the rod:

  • Length: seven feet
  • Type: spin, two piece, can be mailed meaning delivery not expensive
  • Construction: graphite
  • Rating: 6 - 12 kilo line, 5/8 to 1.5 ounce jig heads
  • Weight: 200 grams
  • Price: $80

And the reel:

Two of the Snapper Combo's reels, spooled and ready to go

Model: Ryobi 4000 spinning reel

  • Weight: 320 grams
  • Gear ratio: 5:1
  • Bearings: 7
  • Line capacity: 170 meters 15 kilo colour change braid (supplied pre spooled)
  • Drag: 5.5 kilos
  • Knob: Polished aluminium power knob

Snapper Combo out in action about to catch great fish

So $275 for the combo including rod, reel, colour change braid and fluorocarbon.

Ross posted a positive review on the Facebook page:

"I have one of these reels I've had it for 18 months and I have tried to kill it but it seems indestructible. They are well worth the money it feels a lot smoother than my Daiwa Saltist. Mine has landed a 17kg kingfish jigging off Allmark last winter and did it with ease. For anyone who hasn't got one of these reels you should add one to your collection. You won't be disappointed. Tight lines"