Light game fishing tackle is a joy. No regrets about all the years I spent strapped to big heavy 50/80s, but I’d never go back:
And I don’t need to. Because except for very specific game fish targets I can now do everything needed with a reel that’s half the size, half the weight and – half the price. The TICA ST 12:
Having said that, some things that cannot be compromised. The reel must have good line capacity. Check how fast the spool emptied on this mako we hooked at Browns Mountain:
So when we started to research our new 30-pound lever game reel options good line capacity was non negotiable. The other essential was a carbon fibre drag like the ones fitted to many of the jigging reels we offer. This material has revolutionised fishing reels. It doesn’t overheat, and it doesn’t produce flat or sticky spots in your drag, if the reel is stored with the drag full on.
So after lots of testing and considering options we’ve come up with a winner. TICA is a giant international tackle company.
They make quality game fishing reels:
Their model ST 12 lever drag reel ticks all the boxes for 30-pound game fishing.
Here’s specifications and pricing:
Two rod options.
If you haven’t tried a bent butt rod previously, take it from me, they’re brilliant.
So much more comfort and so much more leverage available, when needed.
Check out this video? It’s shows the rod we’re talking about, being pushed to the max:
Still a new line, so not many customer reviews received yet. But clients who’ve used them are very pleased indeed:
This combo ideal for bluefin and yellowfin tuna, mako sharks and marlin, any size fish for which 30-pound tackle is applicable.
If you have any questions whatsoever, send me an email?
Thanks for reading,