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Crank-baiting for Zander
"A true classic in the SG program and one of my favorite crankbaits is the diving prey 90. Superb for trolling and casting on the big rivers where I like to fish. At a depth between 3,5 and 5 meter you can expect any type of predator when fishing with this little noisy fella. This zander had no mercy for the diving prey 90 in lemon back color! Gear used: MPP spin and twitch 20gr, Okuma Trio white 30 and Finezze HD4 0.10. "

-Daniel Van Der Kraan

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Blue Diamonds in the Adriatic
Team Okuma has once again travelled to the Adriatic in search for blue-finned tuna and this time with the best results ever! Here, Christian Moeller let's you in on, how the whole trip went down:

"A larger local knowledge, adjustment of the strategy and the willingness to adapt to the situation and not be afraid to try new ideas and methods resulted in the best-ever fishing we have experienced!

The weather turned out to be somewhat different from usual with significantly more wind and rain compared to previous years. Luckily, the boat has been upgraded to a Bayliner Trophy 2002 with a Verado 150 HP at the back, which provided an excellent presentation, and allowed fishing in this harder weather.

The setup consisted as previous years of Okumas Makaira reel 50 pounder and Makaira rods in 50 and 80 pounds. A new, 30-pound setup was also tested, which was something that gave a sweat during the violent fights when forced to work a lot more to get the fish up to the boat but of course, it could be done.

The very changing weather was something the tuna seemed to like, resulting in tuna in the boat every day, and the day when everything went up to a higher level with 11 tuna in the boat in just one day of fishing.

The experience with a large school of blue-finned tuna right behind the boat that ate up everything we threw at them should be experienced by all big game fishermen, it was wild! Three times it resulted in double strikes (and it should be mentioned here, that we could not fish with more than two rods at a time).

Our trips for blue-finned tuna will be intensified in the coming years, so it's just a matter of time before the gear will be tested by a 100kg+ swimming blue diamond".

- Tight Lines Lund, Nicki and Joker

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Pike on Line-Thru Trout
Here's the latest from our Croatian predator consultant, Dalien Vignjevic:

"There are some really nice baits on the market, but not many that at the same time look beautiful, have an almost unreal lifelike action and flat out catch fish!
The Savage Gear Line Thru Trout has it all!

The award winning line-through hook up system works brilliantly, so it is fair to say that this lure really is art in motion - just look at the details on this thing!

I got my samples today and I immediately went fishing - I just had to give it a go!

On my third cast this close-to-a-meter lady came out from the bottom and smashed the lure!

The hook positioning, wide action and pronounced fins on the body make for a quite weedless lure. It actually runs over and bangs away from pads.

For battling the pike in all the pad stems, I used a stout set up - Savage gear BIG Pike 300 gr rod, Okuma wide body Komodo and 50 LB Finezze braid.

This lure is truly something special!

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Topwater Asp Action
From our Croatian predator ace, Dalien Vignjevic, we have just received the following report:

"One of the most attractive freshwater styles of fishing is topwater asp fishing. Summer is a great time to do it and the Savage Gear Top prey 80 is the lure to throw. It`s hard to explain what it is like to see a several kilo fish explode on your topwater lure, especially knowing asp is one of the fastest river swimmers around. It is simply addictive! Asp tend to smack a school of minnows with its mighty tail and then pick them up dazed off the surface. Top Prey 80 has the perfect silhouette and zig zag action for mimicking these injured baitfish skimming on the surface.

The Okuma Octana 255 cm 10-40 gr rod and RTX 30 reel spooled with very thin 0,10 mm braid and 0,30 mm mono leader round up the ballistic combo tuned for extremely long 50-60 meter casts and tackling these hard fighting fish in strong currents!"

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Croatian Tuna Fishing
Mads Grosell and crew have been targeting tuna in the Adriatic Sea close to the Croatian harbour Jezera. They have enjoyed some spectacular fights with fully grown tuna, and their Okuma Makaira reels and rods have been put to the utmost test.

Here's Mads Grosell with yet another catch & release tuna caught out to sea.

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Dutch Asp Fishing
Here's a fresh report from Dutch predator expert, Daniel van der Kraan!

"Fishing with small crankbaits like the Diving Prey is just so much fun and can be very rewarding. Big advantage is that you can expect just anything to hit your lure, especially on rivers. Today we had variety of species again hammering our lures despite the high watertemperature.

Out of several asps we caught this was the biggest and also my new PB at 86cm. It was an intense fight on the light tackle! Gear used: SG MPP spin&twitch 20gr, Okuma Trio White 30 and 0.10 HD4 braid".

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Cantabrian Sea Bass
Spanish predator fisherman, Ot Nebot Santos, has once again headed out to sea in search for adrenaline kicks. This time, he was out targeting Dentex on the Cantabrian Sea, but something entirely different ended up hitting his Sandeel lure. The hard fighting fish turned out to be a beautiful seabass that measured 54 centimeters. It was fought using an Okuma Octana rod and an Okuma Helios reel.

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Summer Zander
Check out this amazing zander caught by Christian Wieneke. His trusty Okuma One rod did the job. This super lightweight rod is great to use for vertical fishing, where sensitivity and response is needed! The fish was caught on a Savage Gear Sandeel, which is a great lure for vertical presentation.

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The 'Beauty' and the Beast
Now, here's something you don't see every day:

Okuma consultant, Mads Grosell, caught this weird hump-back pike the other day on his Savage Gear Line-Thru Trout. He used his trusty Okuma Komodo reel for the job.

According to Mads, the fish went; "totally bananas and put up one hell of a fight. It was an incredibly strong Quasimodo, and it turned out to be another great day at the office! (Loads more fish were hooked and released!"

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