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I hadn’t been able to get out since the previous Monday to play with the new Century HPR rod I have as a demo for a few weeks and I was itching to get out again.
My plan was to finish work on Sunday and get down to Throbshaw Point and to take Black and Blow Lug to Target the Plaice and Flounders. Just before we finished for the day a few guys who were fishing a match on West End Beach came in and they were good enough to ‘lend me some crabs’. This got me rather excited because I could smell BASS.
Anyway I headed down and got onto the left hand side of Throbshaw point at about 6.30pm. The wind was blowing straight on with a few rolling waves. I thought, this is definitely a night for Bass.
Sam came down to see how I was going and while I was baiting my second rod up I let him wind my Vercelli rod in. First fish, a small Plaice.
After unhooking the small Plaice and plopping him back in I set upon using the Century HPR Super match. I put my first cast out at about 70 yards with a 2 hook flapper and 4 oz lead. The rod tip compressed well through the cast with no bite.
Within about 2 minutes of my bait being out I had a good few knock which could only be from a decent flounder. BTW the tip on this rod is phenomenal, which im sure is down to the quick recovery produced by the HPR technology in the rod.
I was continuing to get to many bites on both rods so I decided to focus my attention on the HPR and wound my Vercelli in. After a few more harder casts to push the rod and a few more smaller flatties, things died down. On the plus side, Angling Addicts very own Kev turned up with my old rods for a little bit of fishing. He caught a few small flatties and a nice double shot.
By this time I had got a little bit distracted by the perfect conditions for a few shots instead of watching my tip. I’m positive I missed bites but I think I was worth it, only just.
After my photo shoot I decided to trying something a little different. I fixed my lure rod up with a Imax flattie rig and a 1oz watch lead mould and see how it went.
after about 10 minutes I got BANG BANG BANG…….
Unfortunately I forgot my scales and measure so I can only estimate at about 2 1/2 lb. After this fish I caught a few more Flounders and a Dab topping off a cracking evening fishing.
Back to the Century HPR Rod. The easiest way to sum up this rod in one word is effortless. Its main attribute is the very quick recovery produced by the HPR technology. It is just at home picking up small flattie bites as it is hitting a 6oz lead out with a big winter cod bait.
It is 13ft 6″, equal section and casts 125-200G and comes complete made in Fuji KWAG guides and with a Century Reducer, Bag and adjustable reel seat.
I truly believe this is the next step forward in beach rod design and its that good, I have ordered one myself, Its just a shame they wont sell me the Demo