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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: 742
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: 329
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: 922
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: 741
Categories: CHEATER, SCOUT, Cool fishing
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: 626
Finesse Jigging For The Win
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A lot lighter than many would consider appropriate for deep water jigging... When I first started getting serious about fishing the terminology "Jigging" usually conjured images of huge kingfish, samson fish and other herculean denizens of the deep. Fish aside, gear expectations would have been nothing short of 10-20k reels, 100lb line and short powerful rods. In far more recent times however my eyes have been opened to a massively different understanding of jigging, specifically in a more finesse style. With several of the Nordic Stage Team actively engaging in this pursuit, I thought it was high time to ask some questions and present the answers to  the larger Nordic Stage fan base. A hefty bludger trevally jigged up on a Nordic Stage Favorite... Offshore deeper water has been the realm of heaver jigging for a long time now. However, for the patient angler finesse applications can be utilised in these conditions. A preference to go to a finesse approach can about either due to ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-08-07
Views: 10911
Inshore fun with the F1
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    I love my mangrove jack fishing but due to the recent cold snaps I’ve found myself venturing out to the inshore reefs of Noosa to satisfy my piscatorial desires. The main species I have been catching are some thumping Grassies, the odd snapper and freakishly late for the season I have been enjoying crazy sessions on school and Spanish Mackerel. I am starting to gather quite an arsenal of Nordic stage rods however lately the F1 has been my goto weapon for the inshore waters. I have been using it to spin, flick plastics and also for sinking a few baits back down into a burley trail. I have found the slowish taper of the F1 to be a great asset suitable for all these styles. I know it’s almost a sin to use a rod this good for bait fishing but when it’s loaded up you really appreciate the value of using a rod of this calibre. When fishing the burley trail with circle hooks the advantages of the rod came clear. F1 gave a little time for the fish to pull and firmly mouth ...
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Author: Justin
Published: 2014-07-18
Views: 947
The Light Tackle Cult...
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Tim with a smashing Queenie on the Nordic Stage Areal... Ultra-light tackle is nothing new, but the way it is applied seems to be evolving at an expediential rate. Finesse applications and gear have existed in Australia since rods and reels were first married up in a modern sense. Whether it be nibble tip whiting rods, or lightly weighted trout gear, there has always been a place for ultra-light gear.  The tournament bream scene also saw a huge increase in finesse applications. “Light” leaders went from 8lb to 4lb and lower as anglers fought hard to coax fish that were regularly experiencing the pressure of the hunt. However what we at Nordic Stage are seeing more and more of is not so much the downsizing of gear for the sheer necessity, but the down sizing of gear to dramatically turn the odds against the angler, and thus make the fight (successful or no) that much more memorable. Being able to pull big fish like this out of tough terrain is a true testimont to the rod, and moreso ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-07-12
Views: 523
Shoot'N Sharp.
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For the past few months I have been caught in an affair between man and rod, wherever I choose to fish the areals seem to follow like an extra limb. They really have proven themselves to me and in quite a good fashion. Kayak fishing is where most of my spare time is spent and I have been using the Areal sharpshooter on all of my recent ventures. The versatility in this rod is the main grabber of my attention. All I have to do is change spools or reels and it transforms into another ultralight piece of art to make my fun-meter skyrocket. Like most people, Now that the cooler months have rolled in the choices start to differ between target species.  First season has barely started and I am so fixated on Jew I can hardly help myself chase anything else. Waiting for the subtle tap felt though every inch of the sharpshooter, and then the screaming drag from its powerful tail. They are a remarkable fish and the thought of catching a 1m+ fish is what makes the early starts, Cold paddles ...
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Author: Keegs
Published: 2014-07-11
Views: 2772
Categories: Cool fishing, Areal
Putting the Nordic Stage Areal through its paces
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When Nordic Stage rods arrived in Australia in a local tackle shop I now work at, I just had to test one out! Knowing that some of the Noosa locals fish Nordic Stage and do very well, I was very keen to test one out! Out of the three Areals; the 6', 6'6 and the 7' I was keen to grab myself the 7' and give it a go! The Areals are a extremely light rod only weighing 75 grams with a great taper for the fishing I do. I was amazed at the lightness of these rods, the blanks, resin and guides weigh barely nothing but also make a great durable rod! As soon as I got mine I was ecstatic to say it is a great rod!            One of the many Noosa River jewies landed on the Areal Sharpshooter! Knowing that the Areal's are only a 4-8lb class rod meant for bream, but can handle catches up to 12kg tuna!            A respectable golden on 6lb on the Nordic Stage Areal Sharpshooter!     ...
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Author: Frisby
Published: 2014-07-09
Views: 654
Categories: Cool fishing, Areal
Young Raiders Blooding Their Nordics...
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Josh with a cracking sooty on his new Nordic Stage Favorite For a while now I have been following the exploits of 3 young anglers from far North Queensland. Otherwise known as the Bivouac Boyz, these three lads epitomise an adventurous, no holes barred attitude! Mitch, Cody and Josh (aged 6, 9 and 12 respectively) hail from Charters Towers, west of Townsville. Their page (Bivouac Boyz) caught my attention a while ago when I was researching some new Sooty Grunter grounds up north. What really appealed to me was the their apparent independence while fishing, geneurnly getting out there and giving everything a go! This "apparent" independence was confirmed on my recent trip up noth by their ad Joe (the local council member for Charters Towers). I his own words "the boys finish school on a Friday, pack their kayaks, fishing gear and swags and disappear until Sunday. They camp, fish, hunt the local wold peacocks for dinner and generally have a blast! Of course it helps living at the Bivouac ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-07-04
Views: 3820
Jungle Time: Short Rods Reign
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              Australia and even more specifically South East Queensland is a funny place in regards to perceptions on rod lengths relative to applications. By far and way the most popular lengths for lighter more finesse rods are your typical 7 foot models in a 1-3 or 2-4kg range. This of course makes perfect sense for those anglers casting lures over flats all day as longer casts by percetage equate to more ground covered. However, there are so many other forms of fishing regularly undetaken that really suit a shorter rod for several reasons. This fact was no more apparent than a recent trip I had to Townsville to visit Nordic Stage Field Staffer Vinnie Versfeld to fish with him on his home territory.                                                                  ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-06-14
Views: 877
Noosa River Barra: A Growing Viability
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Due to the Nordic Stage ranges success on QLD’s Sunshine Coast I often feel obliged to head up and visit the team at Davo’s Tackle World (the Sunshine Coasts exclusive dealer of the range) for a chat and of course a fish! One thing that has been of huge interest to me over the past few years has been the undeniable increase in the number of Australia’s iconic barramundi turning up in the system. For over 25 years I have been visiting the Davo’s store and there have always been the odd rumour, and even an even rarer photograph of one of these amazing fish being caught within the Noosa River, often as large flatty or jack by catch. However in recent times, a small handful of dedicated anglers have proved that barramundi have moved from being a species merely whispered about in passing, to a viable target species. A collection of fish caught in our 2012 mission testing the then brand new Nordic Stage Favorites... Despite many recent captures being made in the lower reaches, ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-05-11
Views: 1518
Light Tackle Surf Fishing
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One of my favorite forms of fishing is light tackle surf fishing and this weekend was prime for it! The main restrictions of this form of fishing is distance. Often with wind in your face, large swell and a big gutter light "flick sticks" just cannot a: cast a lure far enough or b: keep a lure out there! However every no and again on the east coast of Australia low swells combine with a westerly wind and the time is right! There are worse ways to start the day... My favorite rods for this application are my Areal and Areal Pro range. Although some would argue longer is better leaning towards the 7 footer Areal and 7.3 foot Areal Pro, as always a love my 6.6 foot rods. But that is all preference. Without a doubt natural coloured plastics are the best, and easiest for this application. Plastics allow for weight variation and adaption with you jig head choice. Plastics mimicking crustaceans or worms are my personal favorite and Damiki rippers or GULP turtle back worms are my main arsenel. From ...
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Author: Angus
Published: 2014-05-04
Views: 21802
Mangrove Jacks: Fish Light to Get the Bite!
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Mangrove Jacks are one of Queensland’s most iconic fish, with their aggressive, hard fighting nature making them a popular target for a lot of lure and bait anglers alike. It’s a common misconception that jacks will only feed when they’re ambushing prey from hard structure like bridges, rock bars etc. But did you know they can be tempted out in the open too? When conditions are favorable (more on that later) the jacks will move off their snags and out into the open in search of food. These open water jacks are not only a lot easier to handle due to there being a lot less structure for the angler to worry about, but also because you can effectively target a feeding area and land multiple fish from the same location. I've compiled some of the key ingredients you’ll need for open water jacks: The Cover of Darkness: Jacks are a shy fish at the best of times, so it’s understandable that the cover of darkness is most favored for this type of fishing. The moon also plays ...
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Author: Chris
Published: 2014-05-03
Views: 3407
Nordic Stage Areal – Not Just a Bream Rod!
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I used to think the Areal range was just for bream fishing, but boy was I wrong! I have been using these rods for about two years now chasing bream and I can easily say they are one of the nicest rods I’ve used. They are ultra light, giving you a really comfortable feel in the hand, they bend like mad but still have a crisp feel. With a highly sensitive blank i can literally feel every bite... At first i was a lil scared to push it to its limits but that all changed when i caught my first snapper, fishing light weight plastics for bream on shallow reefs.  All of a sudden your reel starts screaming you automatically start to think “I’m in trouble”, but after the battle was won and excitement had settled I'd inherited a new found respect for these rods. They can handle big fish and they will bend and bend and BENNNNDDDD, but can still handle what you throw at them. That day I landed two nice snapper, a 47cm and 50cm. Need less to say I ...
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Author: Jase
Published: 2014-04-28
Views: 953