Sometimes we have to live vicariously through our customers and I have to tell you I would have loved to been on this saltwater adventure that took place on the northern coast of Australia, with two of our long time customers Gary Addison and Grant Slack.
This all started a few months ago when Gary and Grant started sending us emails about this trip they were going on in Australia. After a lot of emails we nailed down the gear for Gary and Grant and the “backbones” were going to be GLoomis NRX rods and Tibor Everglade reels.
A few days ago Gary sent us an email about their trip which was a huge success, but they had a small problem with a line connection. Gary explained the issue in detail and I talked with Stewie, our main rigger and warehouse manager, about the issue with a failed connection. Stewie immediately hit our main contact at Scientific Angler, Phil Cook regarding the issue with a line that separated from the backing knot.
We spool between 5 and 10 reels a day and this was the first failure we had come across so we were puzzled as well as concerned. SA gave us some specific instructions regarding the connection knot for their saltwater intermediate lines. Apparently the coating on these lines sometimes do not “bite” hard enough into the coating and can fail. They suggested moving away from a glued Albright knot to a looped triple nail knot with knot sense which is used to glue the tag end. Lesson learned and thanks to SA’s Phil Cook for the information and to Gary for bringing this to our attention. So if you rig your own intermediate saltwater lines from SA I suggest using that knot combination.
Now onto the trip; 26 species over several days of fishing, including GT, Bludger and stripy trevally, mac and long tail tuna and bunch of other fish I have never heard of. To cap it off Gary was nice enough to send us quite a few pictures of their incredible trip.
Check out what can bend a GLoomis NRX 9 wt rod and put a Tibor Everglades through its paces.
Thanks Grant and Gary, I think this trip just hit my bucket list!
Here is the species list.
GT (free range)
Stripy sea perch
Finger mark bream
Brown tusk fish
Long tail tuna
Red throat emperor
Gold spot trevally
Needle skin queen fish
Leopard jaw fish