Shimano Tekota 300LC reel line counter mechanism
20 Apr 2011

Shimano Tekota 300LC reel

The 300LC is the baby of Shimano’s Tekota range of boat multipliers and Des Westmore has been using it for several months. Here he offers his opinion on the reel’s performance and the pros and cons of an in-built line/depth

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Shimano Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod main guide
10 Mar 2011

Shimano Torium 16 reel & Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod

Tackle tart Des Westmore comments on the Shimano Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod and the Torrium 16 reel, both of which have seen plenty of front line fishing action over the past 12 months. I have been an admirer of the

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Shimano Talica 2-speed reel from above
30 Dec 2010

Shimano Talica 2-speed reel

The Talica 10 2-speed lever drag from Shimano is smart, slick and carries a price tag indicative of a of a top-end performance reel. Des westmore and the kit-crunching crew took the reel fishing and did their best to soften

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shimano sunglasses
19 Dec 2010

Shimano sunglasses

Boat anglers in particular know that without some sort of eye protection the low winter sun can at best be uncomfortable, and crippling at worst. Des Westmore looks at two competitively priced pairs of shades for fishermen. Sunglasses ain’t just

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Shimano Antares BX Braid 20-30lb rod butt guide
05 Dec 2010

Shimano Antares BX Braid 20-30lb rod

Des Westmore has watched the original Shimano Antares boat rod tame giant conger and huge porbeagle shark, and he couldn’t wait his hands on the latest Antres 20-30lb rod to sample what it could do. I had not fished with

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Shimano Baitrunner 8000D
22 Nov 2010

Shimano Baitrunner 8000D

Shimano’s Baitrunner system is legendary and it continues to earn worldwide acclaim as design and new fishing applications are developed. There are four different sized reels in ‘D’ range of saltwater Shimano Baitrunners. Des Westmore reports on how the 8000D

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Shimano Navi fixed spool
10 Nov 2010

Shimano Navi fixed spool

Gone are the days when sea anglers were forced to employ fixed spool reels designed for freshwater use, and there is now an excellent array of beefed up reels built specifically for saltwater fishing. The Shimano Navi speed jigging reel

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Shimano Tyrnos 12 2-speed reel on rod
13 Oct 2009

Shimano Tyrnos 12 2-speed reel

Fans of the famous TLD range of Shimano boat reels could find plenty to wax lyrical about with the newer Tyrnos models. Des Westmore gives the chunky Shimano Tyrnos 12 2-speed version the treatment afloat. My eyes were first drawn

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Shimano Trinidad TN14 multiplier reel
15 Feb 2009

Shimano Trinidad TN14 multiplier reel

In this long term test Des Westmore appraises the Shimano Trinidad TN14 reel, and investigates how the internals have withstood many months of unrelenting hard labour. I first saw the Shimano Trinidad reels in the States back in 2000. The Trinidad was originally

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