Cheater Dominating The Pelagics
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Since Nordic Stage's introduction to Australian shores we have focused largely on finesse gear. Now for whatever reason people have often chosen to push that gear to the limits which can be risky but cool. It was with this in mind the Cheater range was introduced, the name literally referring to these rods ability to cheat the odds. After pushing them to the limits in PNG some of the local crew have also been punishing them with great results. Despite being very light weight due to their low resin content they still have some serious back bone. Justin from the Sunshine Coast has recently been nailing a variety of pelagics on plastics with his Cheater 6-14lb rod... SE QLD based angler Sam bagged this very solid Moreton Bay tuna on his in under 10 minutes on the 10-22lb model. The was the same rod Nordic Stage owners Angus and Henry used recently in PNG to bag some cracker dollies on plastics. The 10-22lb rod comes in both a 6.9 foot and 7.8 foot length to give a perfect option ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2016-01-14
Views: 4396
Jacks On Kilts...
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Well with the new Kilt Collection out in the field as the weather has been warming up one natural target for the Nordic Crew has been mangrove jacks. The Nordic Stage Cheater has been so far extremely successful as spin option for these hard hitting fiesty critters. With the ability to feel super finesse but still punch hard these rods have been employed very successfully with both plastics and suface lures chasing down jacks. Kayak fishermen in particular have been enjoyign the sub 7 foot models and it is the CHS-672M and CHS-692MH that have taking most casulaties in this arena. It has been in the custom Artist builds however that we have been seeing the crazy results. The Cheater is quite intentially deisgned to tackle hard hitting, brutal fish. However, the Artist, being an ultra finesse light tackle rod is not exactly what we would upsell as a jack rod. Despite this, Ian Ferguson and Ian Goebel using their own respective custom built Nordic Stage Artist rods have been landing some very ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-12-13
Views: 3353
Cheaters Dominate In PNG
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Well we just got back from our 2015 PNG trip and what can we say! The trip was amazing and so much more than I hoped it would be. Baia is simply phenomenal offering so many river and bluewater opportunities. The lodge itself was top notch and the fishing was out of this world. Way more surface action than the last trip as well which is always a highlight. Sef, Henry and myself headed to the furthermost river for our first days foray to cast up some blacks... The blacks were there in good numbers and so were a lot of quality jacks... Henry and I both opted for Nordic Stage Cheater combo's, namely the CHS-672M and CHS-692MH... On the way to the Torio there were also some good bluewater captures including mahi mahi and yellow fin caught using the Cheaters as well... CHS-772MH, CHS-672M and CHS-692MH doing the damage. The fish of the trip were caught in a Pandi including a world class fish going to Henry... 36.6lb's of Spot Tail bass caught on his Nordic Stage Cheater CHS-672M... ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-12-08
Views: 671
Deep Water Cheater
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Most of the work I have done thus far with the Nordic Stage has been shallower water, cracking hards and jigging plastics out of snags etc. However recently I decided to put my Nordic Stage Cheater CHS-692MH to the test with plastics in about 70 meters of water. The decision turned out to be a good one with the rod relaying all hits very rapidly up through the blank into my hand. Although I use a longer model (CHS-772MH) for a lot of my casting from rocks or even boat, the shorter  CHS-692MH  was perfect for this deeper more verticle angling allowing for a more rapid pump and wind. It is something I look forward to trying out more over the holiday period on the reefs arounf SEQLD.  
Author: Angus
Published: 2015-12-08
Views: 296
Sensitive Surface Work
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The new Areal Pro has firmly cemented itself an excellent upgrade to the Areal range for the favorite past time of surface fishing for whiting. This style of fishing which has become so popular relies heavily on light sensitive gear. The Areal range of Nordic Stage rods used to fill this niche well leaving some people to consider what would replace it once it was phased out (which is happening in 2015). A nice fish taken on an Areal... Since the landing and subsequent testing of the Areal Pro however it has quickly replaced the Areal as a top water favorite. With walk the dog style lures being a favorite for surface whiting, the slightly faster action of the Pro lends itself to this form of fishing. Some stronger and longer models also assist with the fight, and the cast really causing this range to offer just that little bit more. The Areal will always hold a special place in many anglers hearts for their ability to tame solid fish for such light rods, but do not fret, the Areal Pro is the upgrade everyone ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-23
Views: 662
Categories: Areal, Areal Pro
Attacking The Rocks...
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It has been a long interesting process but the stones are starting to become familar territory... Now do not get me wrong, there will be forever more to learn and nearly each trip provides more surprises for us but the results are getting more and more consistant. The fish can be surprisingly spooky as we are not talking about a distant renote location. This leads to us using the lightest gear we can get away with which while producing a lot more hook ups, certainly equals a lot more smokings! Although surface is great fun plastics are the most productive lures worked with 20-30lb braid and 30-40lb leader. As robust as this seems and although this lb class is bale to wrangle some decent fish, there are still some absolute freight trains to appear to have no idea they are hooked. Rods of choice have included the 20lb 7.8 Dynamic, 10-22lb Cheater and 30lb 9 foot Scout. It is out firm hope by the end of the year to have at least a 1m Kingy and 90cm GT to show for our first! Good ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-04
Views: 664
Categories: CHEATER, SCOUT, Dynamic F1
Hervey Bay Trip: Trevally Town!
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Did a road trip with dad yesterday and spent the day on Hervey Bay with Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly & Sportsfishing...  The original plan was to head out chasing Tuna which was not to be as easy as hoped for two key reasons...  1: A 20 knot SE made heading far out of the Islands protection tough to say the least.  2: 6 Tuna were actually hooked with each one becoming shark food within a minute or so.  We made the executive decision to save more tuna becoming shark food and look for something else.  This is what I love about Andrew's knowledge and mind set... If something if not working he always seems to find something else to do. Yesterday it turned out to me copious trevally! Dad was the first to hook up with a solid Golden on a Nordic Stage Scout. A first for him on several accounts being style of fishing, species of fish etc... Soon we found the brassy trevs and they started coming in thick and fast with my Nordic Stage Dynamic F1 doing the hard ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-04
Views: 416
Categories: SCOUT, Dynamic F1
Finesse Start To The Barra Season
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Since the barramundi season kicked off a few months ago we have been inundated with awesome pictures of some great barra of Nordic Stage rods. The largest majority of these have been pretty great fish caught on rather finesse gear. The angler's in question have been relying a patience and great skill to pull these beasts from most often quite skinny water. Vinnie Versfeld has been having cracking success using a variety of rods including Nordic Stage Favorites, Areals and Dynamics. Most fish have been getting caught on the surface provding that little extra rush and some very interesting bycatch (pictured below) has been included! Some more of the many Barra Vinnie has been tangling with... Robbie Wells from Sun 2 Sea has also been getting in on the action up in North Qld... Stalking the banks of some pretty rugged waters after the cyclone he managed a fair few heatlhy and dark coloured barra like this one on his Nordic Stage Dynamic... Cracking the code to where the Noosa River ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-04
Views: 886
Putting A Prize To Get Use
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"This great little write up was sent to me by young angler Bryce Francis. This lad nows hoe to wrangle big fish on light gear"! Last year in the Summer Classic, I was won the lucky draw prize of a fishing trip with Andrew Chorley from Hervey Bay Fly and Sport Fishing valued at $600. Unfortunately due to strong northerlies, our first booking in early December had to be rescheduled to the end of January. It was forecast 12 - 18 knots but South East this time, so we would be protected by Fraser Island. We met Andrew at the boat ramp and headed out in the bay. We fished a few spots with only a small cod, so we headed further North along the inside of Fraser. Andrew took us to a little reefy spot that had heaps of bait and big arches on the sounder. Casting a Zman 5" grub I landed a small mid-60s GT. The next drift over the bait school I hooked into something solid with my Nordic Stage Dynamic F1 6'7 and after about 10 minutes I pulled  in an 86cm Golden. Things went a bit quiet ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2015-03-04
Views: 650
Nordic Stage “Artist” - The hunt for the Black Bream
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Nordic Stage “Artist” - The hunt for the Black Bream   So over the xmas break i went down to my home town of Narooma in nsw, I only had one goal fishing wise which was to catch my first black bream and it was gonna be on the Nordic Stage Artist, Only having this rod in my quiver for a short time it had not yet been properly blooded on a fish worthy of bragging about, I was gonna be in Narooma for approximately 2 and a half weeks so i had plenty of time to focus on my goal, i also had alot of mates down there with their local knowledge to point me in the right direction, This was also gonna be a battle of Gradpa vs Grandson LOL Well first day my grandpa beat me by catching the first black .... Spewin, I was only able to find small yellowfin bream,  During that week we were put off with some pretty bad weather, so that set us back a bit , after the storms passed we decided to go for a hunt up the tuross river , the water was extremely fresh , you could pretty much drink it , ...
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Author: Jase
Published: 2015-01-31
Views: 645
Categories: Field Tests, ARTIST
Putting The Nordic Stage Cheater To The Test
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Recently I embarked on a trip that has been a long time in the making to the pristine wild rivers of West New Britain Province in PNG. I was to be the guest of Riccard Reimann who owns and operates Baia Sportsfishing, without a doubt the premier Black Bass sport fishing operations in the world. Needless to say the target species was to be the infamous black bass and their close cousins the spot tail bass would also be on the hit list. With everyone else on the trip toting rods in the 40-60lb class I was feeling bold and a little trepidations with my new Nordic Stage 10-22lb Cheater. Although being light in comparison to other peoples arsenal it was the heaviest rod in mine and I was dead keen on sticking to the Nordic Stage stable for the trip. To make a long story short... I was very pleased I did as the rod performed beautifully. 12lb's of spot tail subdued by the Nordic Stage Cheater... A full understanding of the gears limitations were needed as I went into the chase as I was running 30lb braid ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-11-12
Views: 689
Categories: CHEATER, SCOUT, Cool fishing
Nordic Stage Areal Sharpshooter Proves Successful for Josh Williams
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A recent submission by Tasmanian angler Josh Williams... "Two weeks ago I went fishing on the Swan River with my brother. The day proved very challenging with the bream spawning and not on the bite. But persistence was the key. The Nordic Stage Areal Sharp shooter was the ideal rod for the day with the lightness and easy cast attributes proving vital to a long day, targeting hard to get bream.  The ability to continually get the small hard bodies and vibes into the right spot was essential to bagging bream up to 40 cms. The power in the butt of the Areal sharp shooter was a key to fighting the big bream and keeping them hooked. All in all it was a hard but successful day and the sharp shooter proved it weight in gold with 10 fish landed between 35 and 40 cms".
Author: Angus
Published: 2014-11-11
Views: 487
Testing the Artist for the first time
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  Picking up the Artist for the first time i had very high expectation for this rod ive firstly noticed how the rod is abit stiffer than the Areal Pro expecially in the tip which will result in alot more accurancy in casting and easier to place the lure where i need it. Unique X-Torque technology in this rod is another massive avantage to my casting abilility when needed for tight areas where i need it less than a foot from my designated target. New tangle free Kigan 5G Guides are extremly benefical and super light weight, when casting ive noticed with these new guides give it alot more line management and has basically elimiated the drama of line tangling around the guides or tip of rod dramaically, New Fuji seat reel is just one of a kind perfectly sits in your hand for maxium comfort with premium grade cork handle which is very durable also very comfortable ...
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Author: Justin
Published: 2014-11-07
Views: 595
Categories: Field Tests, ARTIST, Cool fishing
Comments: 1
Fun With A Cheater
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The Kilt collection has just arrived on Australian shores and have been met with huge enthusiasm. Our field staff have been out and about for the last couple of months testing them in varying Australian conditions with huge success. One such angler, Ian Ferguson has grown a fast appreciation for the versatility and tenacity of the Nordic Stage Cheater. From the seat of his kayak to the banks of skinny water and even offshore Ian has been putting his Cheater to the test on many interesting Australian species. Initial feedback has been great suggesting the rod holds its Nordic Stage reputation by being sensitive and light in the hand, but still being able to pull decent fish backwards in tight terrain. Offshore the rod still has to power for lift and wind necessity of bigger fish as the above Jewy demonstrates. Overall the Cheater is a welcome addition to the stable and we look forward to seeing it more readily in action soon. With an RRP of between $280 and $310 depending on the spec, these ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-10-16
Views: 1085
Categories: Field Tests, CHEATER
Areal Pro 6'
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In the past I have experimented with a lot of high end light tackle rods. Daiwa Steez, G Loomis GLX, Duffrods, Megabass, St Croix and recently the new Edge series by Gary Loomis.  My interest has lied in finding the lightest, most sensitive blanks with handle and guide configurations that appeal to me. Each time I moved onto a new brand, I felt like I had found "the one for me".  Recently I have begun to build my own rods to satisfy my pursuit for the "perfect" rod.  However, all of these solutions have one discomforting flaw - they are too expensive! I used to use the original Areal range, but with one gripe, I am not a fan of single foot AT guides.  So when the new Areal Pro range came out, I was a little excited to say the least.  I have been using the 6' 6" and 7' models for a few months now and I am extremely happy with the way these rods have performed for me. My favourite rod in the original Areal range was the Gunslinger, so a few weeks ...
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Author: Justin Dez
Published: 2014-08-28
Views: 582
Areal Pro 6'
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In the past I have experimented with a lot of high end light tackle rods. Daiwa Steez, G Loomis GLX, Duffrods, Megabass, St Croix and recently the new Edge series by Gary Loomis.  My interest has lied in finding the lightest, most sensitive blanks with handle and guide configurations that appeal to me. Each time I moved onto a new brand, I felt like I had found "the one for me".  Recently I have begun to build my own rods to satisfy my pursuit for the "perfect" rod.  However, all of these solutions have one discomforting flaw - they are too expensive! I used to use the original Areal range, but with one gripe, I am not a fan of single foot AT guides.  So when the new Areal Pro range came out, I was a little excited to say the least.  I have been using the 6' 6" and 7' models for a few months now and I am extremely happy with the way these rods have performed for me. My favourite rod in the original Areal range was the Gunslinger, so a few weeks ...
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Author: Justin Dez
Published: 2014-08-27
Views: 269