Fishing tackle FAQs

Common questions regarding Jarvis Walker Brands products, answered by the experts.
What knots should I use when fishing with Rovex braid lines?

Yes, it is true that some knots traditionally used with monofilament (mono) lines do not hold as well when tied the same way using braid. However, if you use braid-friendly knots, they will be as strong as standard knots tied with mono lines.

It is recommended you use a ‘double’ when tying all braid-to-mono-leader knots. (A ‘double’ is a loop formed at the end of your main line to create two strands of main line, the thickness of which creates additional knot-hold strength.)

Always tie a ‘double’ in your braid main line with a 50-turn 'bimini twist knot'. (All knot names used here are referenced from Geoff Wilson's Fishing Knot books, which feature illustrated instructions on how to tie each knot.) Then, using the double, connect the braid to your mono leader with either an 'albright knot', a 'slim beauty knot', a 'twisted leader knot', or a ‘braid leader knot’. Each of these knots offers excellent holding strength when tied correctly.

If you forget how to tie any of these knots when you’re on the water, as a back-up, you can tie your standard mono knots, but multiply the standard amount of line wraps by two. For example, if you usually tie a uni knot with four wraps, tie it with eight wraps when using braid.

This will never offer the same strength as one of the braid-friendly knots listed above, but it will make the standard knot a little bit stronger. If you’re forced to do this, lighten your drag to decrease the pressure on the knot. Then, when you get home, try again to memorise the best knot for each fishing situation. Big fish can only be beaten with good knots.

I have always used fibreglass or composite rods but have just bought a new graphite rod, are they as strong and how do I avoid rod breakage?

Graphite rods offer equal, and sometimes better, fish-fighting power than fibreglass and composite rods. They are physically lighter, making them more comfortable to use and reducing angler fatigue. They typically cast further and more accurately, and they offer more sensitivity, so the angler can feel exactly what is going on at the business end at all times. Graphite rods are very strong when used correctly; however, if not used correctly, you can cause your graphite rod to break.

But don’t stress! It’s easy to use them correctly. The golden rules are:

  1. • When fighting fish, only use 15° to 45° rod angles.
  2. Never hold a graphite rod vertically when it’s under load.
  3. Always remember that graphite is designed to be strong when lifting, not when bashing into things. Treat them with care and avoid knocking graphite rods into solid objects because you can cause fractures that can later break when under load.
  4. Graphite rods are not designed to bend the same way as fibreglass or composite rods. Graphite rods offer better performance but must be used and treated differently than fibreglass and composite rods.

To better understand how to get the most out of your graphite rod, here’s more information on how they work:

Imagine a standard garden hose. When you bend it, it compresses throughout the bend from its original round shape into a flatter shape, the building pressure wanting to spring back to its original round shape. This is similar to how a graphite rod behaves when it is bending. It wants to spring back to its original shape; this is where the power comes from, but that’s also influenced by the strength and thickness of the material. For example, the thicker the material, the harder it is to bend in the first place, so there’s more energy in the bending process which converts to more energy in the rod’s responsiveness to spring back to its original shape.

Another important facet of graphite rods that’s handy to know is what the different parts of the rod are designed to do. Typically, the top third of a graphite casting rod is light and ‘whippy’ compared to the bottom two thirds. This section of the rod is designed to make casting and bite detection easier. It is not designed to fight fish. When a fish hooks up, the top section of your graphite retires, folding to allow the bottom section of the rod to take over and do the fighting. That is why the bottom section of your rod is thicker and stronger. It has the power. With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to utilise that strength by using rod angles that keep the pressure in the mid-to-bottom section of the rod? You’ll land a fish much quicker if it has to fight the strong meaty section of a rod rather than the light tip section.

How do you do this? It’s easy!

Rod angles distribute pressure between fish, line, reel and angler. Knowing when to use high, low or power angles comes with experience, but there are some basics to follow to maintain consistent pressure on fish; remembering that slack line costs fish.

A rod angle of 15 to 45-degrees is best for most situations because rods are designed for maximum leverage power through this range. The best method is to use smooth controlled movements as you lift (without winding) from 15 to 45-degrees, and then wind fast to retrieve line on the down-stroke to 15-degrees, keeping tension on the line at all times. Repeat this process, remaining calm and patient, as you gradually work the fish to the landing net.

Remember that rods can only do the job they are designed to do, which is generate lifting power throughout optimum power angles. If you raise the tip section higher than 60°, you risk snapping the tip section of your rod. Take our earlier example: If you bend a garden hose gradually, it won’t kink and fold. However, if you were to hold the garden hose straight up, at 90°, and bend the top towards the ground, it will kink and fold sharply at the weakest point. That’s exactly what a graphite rod will do.

Do you want to be able to cast further, fish longer, feel more and catch more? Graphite rods offer better performance than fibreglass and composite rods. However, like any equipment, fishing or otherwise, they will provide you with trusty service for as long as you look after them and use them they way they are intended to be used.

Check out the all the graphite rod ranges available from Jarvis Walker Brands here.

What makes XRC-48 carbon graphite rods stronger than other rods?

Australian tackle manufacturer Rovex has released new carbon graphite fishing rods built with a revolutionary new resin that makes them 50 per cent stronger than normal carbon graphite rods.

Rovex’s new XRC-48 resin recipe is the fruit of a scientific breakthrough at a specialist resin laboratory. Resin boffins discovered a new formula allowing molecules to move in synchronisation when a rod bends, instead of pushing against each other, as they do in standard resins. Put simply: rods made using XRC-48 work less to lift more weight, making them less fragile and increasing the life of each rod. Now, a lighter rod can do the work of what was once required to be a much heavier rod blank. That’s great news for Aussie anglers. Better yet, because Rovex discovered this technology, these high-performance rods will be affordable.

Rovex has taken this technology a step further, matching XRC-48 with new high-grade high-modulus graphite sheets to create nine exceptionally strong yet lightweight one-piece rods. There are 9kg, 15kg and 24kg-class overhead rods for targeting big fish on both inshore and offshore grounds. The 7kg, 9kg and 15kg class spin rods suit jigging, casting poppers or bait fishing. The 7kg, 9kg and 15kg baitcaster rods are designed for casting or trolling lures in lakes, rivers and estuaries. All Rovex Carbon-Tec rods are fitted with heavy-duty Fuji reel seats and silicon insert guides.

Rovex Carbon-Tec rods with XRC-48 create a new benchmark for how strong a carbon graphite rod can be. It’s no surprise this new technology is found in Australian-designed rods built for Australian-tough fish.

What's so good about the latest Tsunami Pro range of soft plastic lures?

The Tsunami Pro soft plastic lures are made using the latest soft plastics lure technology. The soft bodies, natural swimming actions and realistic colours mimic a fish's natural prey very effectively. Any fish that can be caught with bait or hard lures can be caught on a soft plastic lure. Now you can take your fishing to the next level with the new Tsunami Pro soft plastic lures. They swim just like the real thing underwater and now, with Tsunami's new Super Softie finish, they feel like it, too! So if a fish misses the hook on the first strike, the feel and the scent will attract a second strike, doubling your chances of a solid hook-up! Tsunami Pro Super Softie lures are available in heaps of great fish-catching sizes and colours. The new soft bodies make them easy to rig on your favourite jig heads. Match the size and colour of a Tsunami Pro Super Softie lures with baitfish found around your favourite fishing spots and start catching better fish!

What's the history behind Fin-Nor products?

The legend of Fin-Nor reels begins in the glory days of big game fishing: A time when Ernest Hemingway wrote the Nobel Prize-winning Old Man and The Sea; a time when only men with leather-like hands, salt-crusted beards and a steel determination would dare challenge the great fish of the sea; a time when gamefishing greats such Tommy Gifford and Alfred Glassell Jr. were expanding the sport's horizons.

The Fin-Nor brand was born in a Miami machine shop owned by Mr. Finley and Mr. Norwood, where the pair produced their first big game reel in 1933. It weighed 35 pounds and was large enough to fill a sizable water bucket. Capt. Tommy Gifford, collaborator on the reel design, caught a 527-pound bluefin tuna at Cat Cay on his reel, and Fin-Nor took off from there.

Fin-Nor's reputation for quality increased with the record catch of Alfred GlassellJr's 1,560-pound black marlin in Cabo Blanco, Peru in 1953. Caught during the filming of Hemingway's Old Man and The Sea, this remains the largest black marlin on record with the International Game Fish Association. It’s just one of more than 380 world records listed with the I.G.F.A. taken with Fin-Nor tackle.

Fin-Nor's heritage of fine craftsmanship and unmatched durability continues as today’s anglers float in the footsteps of yesteryear’s gamefishing pioneers. Each Fin-Nor game reel leaves the factory with the blessing to top Alfred GlassellJr’s long-standing record. The legacy of big game fishing is alive and stronger than ever at Fin-Nor, and in each crank of every handle on these exquisitely engineered reels.

What's the history behind Quantum products?

Quantum’s dominance of the American professional bass tournament scene is testament to the high level of innovation and research and development behind each of the reels. Quantum’s engineers and designers were given US$5 million to develop a new testing facility six years ago and the results of the rigorous in-house testing that followed are the latest Quantum Performance Tuned (PT) reels. Now, the second generation PT reels are even lighter, sleeker and smoother again.

Aussie anglers are especially impressed with Quantum’s PT Saltwater Series. Quantum’s engineers utilised the start-of-the-art testing lab to create SaltGuard: it’s a six-layer finish that protects with a dense molecular barrier on the aluminium, followed by two separate corrosion inhibitors, primer paint, a base coat and finished with a clear coat for the ultimate protection in harsh saltwater environments. SaltGuard is standard on all Quantum PT Saltwater reels.

Other popular features in Quantum reels are the highest performing bearings in the industry, which were developed from technologies used in large turbine aircraft engines. The hybrid bearing design utilises nitrogen-injected stainless steel combined with special polymers that shield the bearings to reduce friction and noise. The stacked ceramic drag system is just as high-tech: it features a special ceramic coating on the discs to dissipate heat quicker and reduce drag fatigue when big fish strip line, which is when you need consistent performance the most!

The full range of Quantum PTs spin reels and baitcasters are all feature-packed, and you can learn about the specific designs and benefits of each reel on this website.

Quantum’s specialist baitcasters are an example of Quantum’s engineering excellence. These reel were developed based on extensive research involving American bass tournament pro anglers, such as Kevin Vandam, who has won more than US$4 million in prize money exclusively using Quantum reels. They offer exceptional casting, smooth performance and durability.

Quantum engineers have equalled their excellence in reel design with a range of Quantum rods that match the high performance expected of Quantum reels.

Quantum baitcaster rods and reels have recently been tested on the toughest fish pound-for-pound in the world: the Papuan black bass. With that test passed with excellence, you can rest assured this gear is the real deal.