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Friday, 9 December 2016

Tackle Friday ... Shimano Baitrunner ST RB

Shimano Baitrunner ST RB Evaluation

Shimano Baitrunner ST RB - what's all hype?  Well you need to go back to the first Shimano Baitrunner ST, which was undoubtedly one of the best selling baitrunners on the market.  It was reasonably priced and presented the angler with outstanding reliability and bang for buck. If you were ever in the market for a bait runner and didn't wan't to fork all your budget on a reel, the ST was a great first choice.

The newer Shimano Baitrunner ST RB serves the function that all Baitrunners are built for, namely to have a controlled free spool when fishing.  This is achieved with a secondary drag function which essentially means that if you are fishing with baits, you can allow the fish to take the bait, give the fish enough time to run with it, then get a good hook-up. 

Baitrunner ST RB Rear Lever

The lever at the back of the ST RB controls the Baitrunner feature.  The lever offers the ability of little or no tension without opening the reel's bail arm or changing your main drag setting. If you leave the  lever off, then the drag is engaged.  Conversely, when you flip the lever, the spool disengages from the drag which releases tension and the drag function switches to the drag controlled at the back of the reel.  This explains why a lot of reels include RB, FB etc, an abbreviation of 'Front Drag' or 'Rear Drag.'  The rear drag will only put a small amount of pressure on the spool and with minimal impact, the Baitrunner is able to control running fish efficiently.

Once the fish has taken the bait and run with it, you can either make a turn of the reel handle or flip the Baitrunner rear lever and engage the main drag allowing you to fight the fish normally.  So ultimately the positive benefit of a Baitrunner is the ability to allow the line to be let out, under very little tension, not free-spool, to allow the fish run until you set the hook.  The ST RB does this, and some!

Baitrunner ST RB Features in Detail

The new Baitrunner ST RB replaces the best selling ST RA Shimano Baitrunners with a host of new improvements.  It features a Varispeed, AR-C line management system which essentially means good quality line lay.  This is extremely important for precise, long and accurate casting and in the new Baitrunners this is possible through two specifically designed gears, one oval and the other is square shaped.  These gears achieve consistent spool speed by altering the oscillation cam, therefore resulting in superior line lay on the spool and delivering excellent casting and overall manageability

The ST also has an XT-7 body and spool make-up which gives the reel additional strength and protection.  XT-7 is Shimano's new graphite which is 200% stronger than current graphite using Shimano's latest technology for improved rigidity and longevity.  Another great feature of the Baitrunner ST is the new 'Dyna Mode System' which eliminates wobble during retrieve by counter balancing the rotor to enhance sensitivity and smoothness.  This effect is similar in car wheel balancing where there is a re-distribution of weight to create a smoother rotation and greater elimination of vibration.

The ARC System in Baitrunners is particularly clever.  Through thousands of hours of casting tests and computer simulations, Shimano have been able to create a new spool lip design which provides longer casting distances than a standard spool lip design.  This also prevents backlashes and wind knots from forming.  The ARC System also allows line to flow off the spool in smaller loops during the cast which means less 'slap' on the stripper guide and longer casts with less friction.

Lastly, the oversized power roller is a special design feature from Shimano that reduces line twisting during retrieve and is a massive advantage when using thin lines such as monofilament and braid lines. The long term bail arm spring on the ST RB will give you years of reliable use and silky, ultra-smooth rear drag which also  gives you greater confidence in controlling the fish but giving you enough slack to enjoy the tussle.

Baitrunner ST 6000 RB 

The Shimano Baitrunner ST RB comes in two models, the 6000 RB or the 10000 RB.  The 6000 RB weighs 550g, has a line capacity of 300 yards of 10lb line and a gear ratio of 4.6:1.  It's smaller than the 10000 RB so it's an excellent choice for the match or river angler who likes to fish feeder tactics for big specimens such Carp. So the target might be big but the 6000 RB gives you additional confidence and security when bites are aggressive.  The 6000 would also be suitable for Predator fishermen who fish with thicker diameter lines.

Baitrunner ST 10000 RB

The 10000 RB is the big brother of the 6000.  It weighs 555g, has a line capacity of 430 yards of 12lb line and a gear ratio of 4.6:1.  The 10000 is your choice for the big stuff including bigger Pike, Carp or Zander and given it's Baitfeeder abilities, you can hook into fish with confidence.  Just imagine.  You are lying on your bedchair relaxing, watching the rods like a hawk.  Then, all of a sudden the bait alarm goes off but instead of picking the rod up and striking into he fish like an impatient kid waiting for Santa, you wait, you let the fish run a bit and let the Baitrunner lever do it's job.  You simply make a turn of the handle or flip the Baitrunner rear lever and engage the main drag allowing you to fight the fish normally.  Bingo, you're in!

Summary of Baitrunner ST RB

The ST RB is definitely punching above it's weight in terms of quality and price so if you are in the market for a Baitrunner, the ST RB 6000 or 10000 will do the job nicely.  Here's a reminder of what you'll get:

  • Varispeed Gearing
  • ARC Line System
  • XT-7 mould body
  • Dyna mode system
  • Oversized power roller
  • Long term bail arm spring
  • Reliable bait-runner system
  • Rear Drag

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Waspi Antron Dubbing Box II

Waspi Antron Dubbing is one of the most versatile fly tying materials available to fly tiers.  On its own (neat) it adds greater attraction to your flies and gives them a new lease of life.  Alternatively you can mix Antron Dubbing with other furs such as Rabbit or Seals Fur to offer greater colour options.

When tying with Antron Dubbing, there are various methods you can use but one of the most popular is splitting the thread with a needle to make a loop and putting the Antron Dubbing into the loop and twisting the whole thing.  However this method of using Antron is better when you use thicker threads as thinner threads tend to break - and don't forget to wax!

Dubbing Boxes are great when you need a variety of colours for different mixes and the Wapsi Antron Dubbing Box is perfect addition to your fly tying collection.  Whether it's for Trout, Grayling or Salmon flies, Antron will add sparkle and texture to your fly creations, and at only a tenner, there's more reason to get your fly tying vice out and start tying with Antron.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Fishingmegastore's November 2016 Fish of the Month Winners!

The winner of the Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition for November 2016 is James Garvie with this picture of a nice brace of Pike caught at the same time! As usual the judging of our competition was left to our 39,000+ Facebook fans, who voted on their favourite pictures by hitting the Like button, and James was the clear winner with 731 votes in our November 2016 Fishingmegastore FOTM Facebook Gallery!
1st place - James Garvie - 731 Likes!
James wins £100 to spend at Glasgow Angling Centre on fishing gear of his choice plus a nifty GAC cap! We would like to thank everybody that took part, especially all of the youngsters who entered. It's always great to see all the amazing different species from up and down the UK and around the world we get sent in as well! You can check out all the entries here.
2nd Place - Greg Sutherland - 396 Likes
Every month our famous FOTM competition gets bigger and better, with amazing pictures of different fish species being sent in by our customers. We give an awesome new GAC Cap to the entrants that came in 2nd and 3rd place as well, so well done to the runners up, Greg Sutherland and young Zak Dickson, both with cracking fish that got a lot of Likes from the voting public - well done folks!
3rd Place - Zak Dickson - 244  Likes
If you would like to enter our December 2016 FOTM competition simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used HERE. You can also enter instore - just ask a member of staff for assistance. The winners will be voted for by our customers, simply by hitting Like on the image on Facebook in the entries album and will be chosen on the last day of each month. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the entries. Submit your entry here ...

If you are having difficulty using the the online entry form, simply email your picture and details to any of the usual fishingmegastore addresses, with FOTM in the subject line!  Don't forget to read our Terms and Conditions - please click HERE to see them!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Imax Thermal Fleece Black Undersuit

The Imax Fleece Undersuit is outstandingly warm, comfortable and prefect for wearing under your waterproof suit or floatation suit for extra warmth.  It's a high performance base layer for optimum heat retention and comfort when the temperatures drop.

The Imax Fleece Undersuit also features an elasticated waist and lycra sock for better fit.  There is also a 2 way zip for easy access.  With a soft, supple, lightweight and exceptionally comfortable fibre, the Imax Fleece Undersuit gives you the same level of clothing performance demanded in other outdoor sports.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

12 Days of Deals 2016 - Christmas Angling Gifts at Fishingmegastore!

After the enormous popularity of the last few years' festive promotions at Fishingmegastore, we will once again be slashing prices on some of the fishing gear that we think will make great gifts for the anglers in your life for this Christmas 2016, but this time it will be bigger - in fact 4 times bigger!
As always we like to keep it simple; 12 Days of Deals, 4 new deals everyday, and some truly amazing bargains to be had in the run up to Christmas! To give you more time to get involved, every day from the 1st to the 12th of December 2016 we will launch 4 new and amazing offers that will run until right through until Christmas Eve - simply subscribe to our newsletters to get the deals straight to your email inbox or watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds to see the deals of the day!

Remember folks, please don't leave your Xmas shopping to the last minute, get your orders in to us as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, we have loads of stock of all of these deals in our warehouses at the moment but there is always the chance that these deals will sell out before the cut off date and we also need to get it delivered to you at this busy time of year too!!!

To check the last date for Christmas delivery in your area CLICK HERE or contact us by email - please check back regularly as these dates will be reviewed on a daily basis, our mail order team is already working extra shifts to get between 400 and 600 packages out to our customers daily!

Stuck for what to buy your favourite angler? Ask our team of expert anglers instore, by phone or email for suggestions - we just need a few clues as to what kind of angler you are buying for to help you choose the ideal present, and if they are a regular customer we will have a good idea of the kind of gear they like - or play safe and check out our range of Gift Cards HERE!
Our online Christmas Gifts section has gone through a massive overhaul to make it even easier to navigate an expanded range which now includes the Just Fish and Shoot range - click HERE to see hundreds of great ideas to suit any budget! We have also extended our Christmas returns policy, so that orders placed between the 12th of November and the 24th of December may be returned up until the 15th of January 2017 - just follow our usual returns procedure when returning items for exchanges or a refund!

Our new updated Christmas and New Year opening hours for both our Edinburgh and Glasgow stores can be found HERE!
To subscribe to our newsletter and be kept up to date with new products and promotions at all times CLICK HERE!

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for even more updates and cool stuff and don't forget, we are a REAL tackle shop with a world famous store in Glasgow and a new store in Edinburgh that you can visit in person, so why not come and see us!

All offers are available instore and online on a first come first served basis and while stocks last. Please check the website for the latest order date for guaranteed Christmas delivery!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Stillwater Beast Feet Spikes Keep You Surefooted

Winter is upon us, the temperatures are dropping fast and each day is getting increasingly icy underfoot.  In some cases it's impossible to walk to your front gate or even walk along the pavement!

However a pair of Stillwater Beast Feet Spikes will solve your problem, giving you confidence to walk on iced up paths, walkways and pavements.

Beast Feet Spikes can be added to a variety of footwear and are held in place by a stretchy rubber frame. The beauty is, when you've reached 'normal conditions' underfoot, you can take them off and put them away without having to keep walking around with metal studs on your shoes.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Entry November 2016 - Loch Ken Pike!

Robert Steel with a nice Pike from Loch Ken, caught on a popped up Sardine bait!
You can vote for this picture to win on Facebook by selecting it in our November 2016 FOTM gallery HERE and hitting the 'Like' button! Don't forget to share all your favourite entries to help them win too!

If you would like to enter our Fishingmegastore Fish of the Month Competition and have the chance to win £100 to spend at GAC, simply send us a photograph of you and your catch, when and where you caught your fish, and what tackle and method you used. You can also enter instore - just ask any member of staff for assistance. The best entries will be featured on both our Blog and Facebook page!