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Suntech FMX Keiryu Stiff 45 review #3

by Herb S.
(Southwest Michigan)

Boat fishing is one major reason I bought this rod and I finally got to fish on a lake today in my buddy's 17' boat with him, his brother and my cousin. They were fishing with spinning and spin-cast outfits with slip bobbers.

My FMX Keiryu Stiff 45 rod was rigged for tight-lining with 11' of 8 # Spiderwire EZ Clear Fluorocarbon & about 2.5' of 5X Power Pro tippet with one BB split shot and a #8 gold Aberdeen hook.

We all used wax worms; Gulp maggots didn't work. The other 3 guys occasionally caught a very few small bluegills. They are all good fishermen, but...

It was impossible to not catch fish with the FMX! Besides felt bites I discovered that the very sensitive tip would often dip, too, adding another method to detect the nibbles of lots and lots of bluegills: several 9" and 8" and many in the 7" range with some smaller ones.

The "technique", if you want to call it that, was to raise and lower the rod slowly to find which depth the fish were at. It was easy to guesstimate the depth of the bait in conjunction with the depth of the fish on the fish finder which showed them rapidly moving in and out at different levels. After each 'gill was unhooked it was fast and easy to get back in the water and that made for fish after fish being caught and released. By the way, all were lip hooked.

What a day! What a rod! I LOVE it! To be fair, it was no contest between spinning and fixed line. Actually my friends and I NEVER compete; it's a rule we have. But to change depths rapidly is difficult with slip bobbers, and even slower with fixed bobbers. The only advantages of spinning are casting for distance or going very deep. Otherwise, keiryu is much more fun...and deadly!

I never did get around testing another experiment I have in mind; stay tuned...

Happy fishing,

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Jul 31, 2017
Restricted Distance
by: Les A.

Great Report Herb!
Almost everyone I have talked to about fixed line fishing seem to get hung up on our distance restriction. There are so many advantages to fixed line fishing. You mentioned at least two in your article. I was down at one of the ponds yesterday morning and there were two guys fishing in float tubes with fly rods. (I'm headed down there again after his cup of coffee and emails for an hour or so of fishing.) What I noticed because like today it is perfectly still is how noisy fly line is hitting the water. I wasn't competing either, but in the time I was there, they caught no fish. I had a "many" day.

Now that I have 40 more of these wonderful hooks, I would like to recommend the Gamakatsu R10-B size 14 hooks that Chris sells. I have been doing a lot of testing of hooks for grubs, red wigglers and mummy worms. He sells them for the chenille worm. The accentuated bend in this hook and longer point really holds the worm or the grub on. I like that it is barbless too. With the slightly longer point it really holds the fish well too. I have used this hook with my 8.1 meter Suntech Fieldmaster, and haven't lost a worm, grub, or mummy worm while casting yet. This hook is thin even though it says "standard wire" on the package and very very sharp. Most hookups are very solid due to the deep penetration you get with this hook. They are great for tying flies on too. I have tied several kebari style flies with these hooks too.

Speaking of experiments, I just tied up what may be the ultimate worm hook. Stay tuned, field testing starts today.

Jul 31, 2017
by: Herb S.

Thanks for your kind comments, Les. That's a good point about fly line slap which can be helped some by using a lighter line weight and longer leader with proper casting, but fixed line lands softer and quieter by far, no doubt.

Another advantage of fixed line I might have mentioned is the ease and rapidity of changing lines. I've had occasional tangles, mostly due to operator error, and it's a simple matter to pull out the spare spool (yes, knowing myself I always carry spares) from my shoulder bag and get back in business. Of course, it's also quick to change line types when I haven't caused a disaster ;-)

Your mention of float tubes reminds me that I have one still inflated in the basement. Hung from the garage beams is a 12', 22# Poke Boat. Actually, my intention was to use one or the other for tight lining with this keiryu rod. Raising and lowering the line would be even more of an advantage when fishing without electronics to find what depth the fish are holding or cruising. But who can refuse a ride in a craft you don't have to paddle?

Also thanks for recommending the Gamakatsu R10-B hooks. I checked 'em out and the look really cool and very versatile as you found out. Next order will include a box.

Happy fishing,

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