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  1. Certainly worth it if you buy some braid and some lures, plus maybe a cheap reel. Last order I did I picked up a double handle Shimano Sephia reel for $176 vs the $300 in Australia.
  2. Depends on exchange rate and which jigs you want. Last lot I bought were just Daiwa and YoZuri and they ranged from $8.91 to $10.70. Other times it might be about $12. It works out to be around the same price as the Rui jigs, but you get the higher quality jigs.
  3. The jigs I've posted are all pretty pricey in Australia and I wouldn't buy them if I couldn't get a really good price from Japanese online stores. Problem is you need to buy in bulk to get the shipping free, normally about US$100/AUD$135. It's a lot of money upfront but OK if you have mates or if you are buying a few squid jigs, a couple of poppers, some minnows, vibes and some soft plastics. This is what I do, stock up on a range of items, buying doubles of a few favourites as you know you will lose some to snags. Then when I need to replace some jigs one or two at a time, I buy Rui jigs, unt
  4. Last one is a Yamashita jig. This is from the OH K range. It's an excellent quality jig. Really nice fine cloth which supposedly holds heat better and is more attractive to squid. It doesn't show up in the photo but it has a reflective lateral line, much a fish. At the rear you can see a small clear plastic "keel" or hydro-fin as YoZuri call it. Supposedly this helps stabilise the fall and point the jig into any current. Other subtle elements are the additional balance weights at the top of the barbs and the holes in the keel weight which give additional points for attaching sinkers and allow
  5. The jigs below are Diawa jigs and they are superb. The attention to detail is probably the best in the jigs I own. The quality of the cloth, the excellent paint jobs underneath, the variation in colour of the feathers and flush set eyes all add up to a high quality jig. Both of these jigs are rattle jigs. The green jig is a glow in the dark jig, but its a bit muted compared to the Rui red head. The Daiwa jigs have their tow point set horizontally compared to vertically for most jigs and I find it's a bit harder to put on and take of a snap like a Breaden snap. The jigs have a really nice fall
  6. When compared to other brands higher end models, the Rui jigs are not to the same standard. Below is a YoZuri jig. I think the basic YoZuri jigs are very overpriced, but some of the other jigs like the one below are excellent. It doesn't show in the photo, but this jig has a very sparkly shimmer that I haven't seen in the Rui jigs I've bought. It also has a rattle. There is a wire that goes around the sinker, which YoZuri calls a snagless sinker. Unlike most jigs it doesn't have feather like fins, but rather solid rubber like fins that glow in the dark. This particular jig is phosphorescent (g
  7. Thought I would clarify, that when I was talking about the quality of Rui jigs in comparison to other brands I should have been clear that I was comparing with the basic models from these companies. So when I think of Rui vs Yamashita it's the Yamashita Egi Sutte R I have in mind, and in my opinion Rui is the better product. These are a couple of the Rui jigs I have. The cloth on them is very good, if it it has a foil underneath they are nice and vibrant, the double crown hooks are a good quality and don't rust (I wash my jigs in fresh water after every outing), the attachment point is so
  8. I stick with 3 and 3.5 jigs. I've got some in both sizes that a specifically for shallow water which have a slower sink rate. But for heavier jigs I just add weight to a standard jig. You can do this simply by putting a 3gm or 5gm ball sinker on your leader just above the swivel. Or better use specific sinkers that you can clip to the front of the jig. I use Nakazima sinkers. Rui sells sinkers for his jigs. I like adding weight rather than heavier jigs, so I can use any of the jigs I already have.
  9. No, I haven't used those. I haven't found that you need to match the hatch with too much with squid.
  10. I have a squid jig addiction and currently have jigs by Yamashita, Daiwa, Shimano, Duel (YoZuri) and Rui. I like the Rui jigs quite a bit. Overall the jigs are not quite the same quality as the Daiwa, but they would be close to the others. What sets the Rui jigs apart is the wide range of colours and size and how readily available they are at a good price. In the Rui jigs I really like the red head and this is the only brand of red head I buy (I use it a lot so have to replace it a couple of time each year due to snags). I've also had a lot of success with the mullet and one that looks a
  11. I like jigs that either reflect UV light (fluorescent) or glow (photoluminescent). Some jigs even combine fluorescent and photoluminescent elements. Aside from colour, try rattle jigs. Of the rattle jigs I like the Daiwa Emeraldas Gold Goma Saba. One jig I own, I really want to hate because I think it's ugly, but it has been very successful is a Duel Dartmaster. It combines fluorescence, photoluminescence and rattle. Last weekend I went to Brighton jetty for a quick flick. It was packed as usual but no one was catching any squid. I was having no luck and after 20 mins I put the ugly
  12. I'm looking at doing the same thing. I've ordered a Daiwa Legalis LEGSD902LBF. It's an import that I picked up cheap. https://www.daiwa-france.com/products/rods/legalis-squid-8. Rod should arrive in a week. It's only rated from #2.0 to #3.0 jigs (5-15gms), but that's fine as I also have an Atomic Arrowz AAE-83ML for #2.5-#4.0 jigs. 9 foot rod that weighs 125gms and can easily throw a 10gm Halco twisty or #3.0 squid jigs jigs.
  13. It depends what you call cheap. Personally I think $150 is cheap for a rod, so to me I think you can get a good rod pretty cheap. With a lot of fishing gear, particularly rods, your bang for buck has significantly increased over the past decade. Reliable name brands such as Shimano and Daiwa have graphite rods with Fuji guides and reel seat as little as $125. Fishing for KGW from a boat doesn't require anything overly expensive, it's basically a whiting winch. So if it has enough sensitivity to detect the bites and enough power to pull a KGW, then it will be more than adequate and yo
  14. Last night I snapped the tip off my Atomic Arrowz Bream Surface rod. I was flicking a 1/4 oz jig head and must of had a line wrap near the tip, as I flicked the jig the line snapped off and then I realised it had also snapped the tip of the rod just below the top guide. So the rod isn't a high end rod, but at RRP $147, it's not a throw away rod either. My question is how far is it worth going with the repair? I'm confident enough to get a replacement tip and glue it on, but what about the transition from the blank to the rod top guide? From the factory it has some whipping and epoxy
  15. MAH

    Light reels

    I like using 1000 sized reels, they just feel right for the type of fishing I do, which is land based mainly for garfish YFW and squid. I have normally stuck with Shimano and have a Sienna, Sedona and Stradic Ci4+ all in the 1000 size. The Sedona is just a smidge over your weight at 215gms and $99. I like this reel a lot and often grab it over the Stradic; there is a bit more weight in the spool, so there is slightly more effort to start turning the handle, but once spinning the extra mass feels nicer than Stradic. The Stradic has better water protection, so I take this when wading. If I had
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