In high hopes of chasing some Snapper on plastics on my OBS71MH this weekend, I was fairly disappointed to hear of dirty water and strong current on the inshore reefs. But with the forecast as nice as it was, I couldn’t just sit at home and watch the Aussies get destroyed in the rugby!
I decided to go old school and have a crack at float-lining some Snapper. We had a very solid session releasing some nice Snapper and also keeping a couple for the table. The idea behind float-lining is to present the bait as naturally as possible without hindering its free fall on the way down.
Generally when float-lining I would fish an overhead with 50lb braid but because of the current the thicker diameter line creates a lot more drag, causing a huge belly in the line. I decided to use my OBS71MH running 25lb braid. The lighter line minimizes this to an extent, but it does still happen. We were fishing in about 18 metres of water and still letting 60-80m of line out.
This is where the OBS71MH really impressed me. Due to the belly in the line the bites become much harder to detect, with conventional float-line (glass) rods these bites would have been near impossible to pick up on. The fast action and super high modulus of the OBS71MH blank really helped in picking up on bites that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. On top of this, the rod length really aided in hooking fish and line recovery when there was a belly in the line.
Overall I was super happy with the feel and functionality of the rod. Now I just need a chance to throw some plastics at them!
Ps I forgot to mention – the fish had no chance! This thing is Ballsy.