A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to buy a Nories Rock Fish Bottom 7′11″ from Matt Newcombe who is desperately after a boat. I dug deep, begged, borrowed and did all I could to raise the funds to get hold of what I’d been told to be an awesome piece of carbon.
Since picking up the rod I’ve done my best to put it through its paces. I squeezed in as many wrasse sessions as I could in the hope to bag a nice big hog and beat my 3lb 8oz PB. I teamed the rod up with a Daiwa Caldia 2508 high gear and some 16lb Castaway. This balanced the rod just right with the tip slightly elevated.
Initial session was not good and the curse of new kit was in full effect and I managed NO fish! However the way the rod handled the soft plastics was out of this world. Even with 5g on the end I felt I could draw a picture of the seabed that would out shine any fishfinder. I tried the rod with weights from 2.5g up to 14g and it cast them all well. 5-7g being my preferred weight to use when wrasse fishing, this rod was perfect.
The next session I was hoping to actually see what this rod handled a fish like. After an hour or so into a hard session I finally got to feel a fish tugging on the end. Caught just a couple of yards from my feet the fight was short but oh so sweet. The fish only being about a pound, but it still put a lovely curve in the rod but the power in the lower part of the rod was so surprising I lifted the fish clean out of the water.
My third session led me to a new mark and my expectations were high for this venue. We only had a couple of hours to fish so Ben and I hit it hard. It wasn’t long until I was into my first fish. Again this rod did nothing but impress. The second fish to take a fancy to my lure took off and it was clear early on this fish was big. After a good run I managed to turn the hog and bring her up through the water as soon as I saw her I knew this was a PB and Ben rushed over to land her for me. A whole half a pound heavier than my previous PB she tipped the scales at 4lb. I had a further three fish in this session.
I had a few more sessions and had quite a few more wrasse up to about the 3lb mark. By now my love for this rod was huge.
Ben and I decided to explore some more ground near to where I had the 4lb’r. We didn’t have long and as soon as we got the Ben was into a fish first cast. A nice wrasse about 2.5lb. Things didn’t happen quite so quick for me but nearly half hour later all hell broke loose. My lure was about 20 yards out when it was snaffled up and whatever picked it up stormed off with it. My drag was set quite tight and I was having to thumb the spool to try and slow this hog down. It made a dive for the weed and for a moment I thought it had done me but I managed to turn her and keep her out but she was still down and it wasn’t long before she shot of again. Thankfully she stayed in open water and I managed to play her nicely and it wasn’t long before I had another PB on the rocks weighing in at 4lb 6oz. I think my face says it all.
All in all a very enjoyable rod to use. It looks great and has plenty of power lower down without being too stiff, so even the small fish can be played and enjoyed. If you like wrasse fishing and ever have the chance to buy one of these rods please do, you will not be disappointed.
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