It was earlier this year that I received a phone call from Tom, excited as a kid at Christmas saying that he had just received a shipment of 1st prototype Omen Bream rods to start testing. I instantly fired 20 questions at him, what are they like? are they lighter? are they softer? what do you think of the action? etc etc before he could even answer.
He said wanted to get them down to me to put through their paces on the local Melbourne black bream population and to compare them with the current line of light bass rods we’re using (OBS610ML and OBS71ML), and it was only going to be a matter of days until I received them.
The current spec rods I had been using to great effect around some serious structure and they were proving very effective of pulling some solid units out from the barnacle encrusted pylons they were calling home, even on 4lb leader. What I had noticed is that if you put some serious pressure on the fish with a tightened drag it was possible to pull the hooks more often.
The next day off, the yak was in the water and was straight into the pylons again casting very light lures hard up against the structure. What i noticed was that the new prototypes were substantially softer through the mid section which gave them much more control over the lighter lures and resulted in many more accurate casts, this then resulted in a much greater hook up rate too.
They still had plenty in the bottom end to pull the fish away from the structure but far less possibility of pulling hooks, the only real issue we had was the temporary grips that were put onto these to test were a little too long.
I concluded that what I prefer in rod, was that we needed to shorten the grips, and give a tweak here and there but knew we were headed in the right direction with what feels good for an all round bream rod.
Reviews and comments were sent back and compiled and stage 2 were underway, stay tuned for the next instalment.