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 ...Read more
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... ...Read more
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.