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Nissin Cat

by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)

Zerosum suprize

Zerosum suprize

I have a Kiyose 43MF and Vic and Terry's big fish stories have me all fired up. I've been casting to some carp but haven't hooked one yet. In the meantime I seem to catch all my biggest fish on my Nissin Zerosum. This channel cat is a little over a foot long. The rod has also handled largemouth bass, a white bass, a gar and a drum all in the mid-teen range.

Chris has mentioned the need for backup capacity and it's very true. A bigger fish on this rod is an odd experience. You can't really control or pull the fish in any meaningful way. On the other hand, the fish has no leverage to use it's weight. The rod just keeps flexing until the fish wears out. The problem is landing a heavier fish on 6X tippet without a net (don't need a net for bluegill). The drum, gar and white bass all broke off with the line in my hand. I now have a Shimano folding net -- which is usually safely out reach in my backpack!

Hopefully carp pictures next time.

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Aug 16, 2013
Cool Cat!
by: TenkaraBum

I know what you mean. My largest tenkara-caught fish was on the little 8' rod I package with the Kid's Kit.

I'm not at all surprised that your 6:4 Zerosum was up to the task, though. As much as people want big, beefy rods, or even the 7:3 versions of the Nissin Zerosum or Pro Spec, the light, flexible 6:4 rods are remarkably capable of beating good sized fish. You can't muscle them in, but you can bring them to net. By the way, the net does have a nice belt loop on the pouch, so it could always be there when you need it ;-)

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