Daiwa has long been leading the way for light tackle sport fishing equipment. It began with brands like Gekkabijin, evolved to SilverWolf and now has come full circle, with the release of the 20 INFEET rod range. Gleaned from years of experience in creating the pinnacle of finesse rod designs in Japan and Australia, combined with the insights and expertise of top Daiwa Australia Pro-Staff, the 20 INFEET range is like nothing ever released before.
INFEET is the most technique specific rods to ever be released into the Australian market, with three price ranges covering all anglers’ budgets, there’s nothing a serious light tackle angler would need that INFEET can’t deliver. Designed with deliberately shorter butts than all other Daiwa rods before them, INFEET has benefitted from all the hours of experience from Daiwa’s R&D team and group of anglers.
INFEET EX is the flagship of the INFEET family. There was nothing left to chance with the development of the INFEET EX range. Utilising the newest of Daiwa technologies including Next Gen X45 graphite for the full length of the blank, SVF Nanoplus graphite and the latest in Airsensor reel seat technology. The features don’t end there either, INFEET EX features a combination Fuji Titanium SiC and Daiwa AGS guide train, with Titanium framed stripper guides and AGS carbon-fibre tip guides to keep weight to a minimum and maximise sensitivity. Certain INFEET EX models also feature solid-tip constructions for unmatched combinations of light, fast action tips and the perfect fish controlling action down low. Finishing off the piece is Daiwa’s Airfoam grips for unmatched comfort and further reducing the weight.
BEST APPLICATION PER MODEL
Designed in collaboration with rack fishing gun Kris Hickson, the 671MMLXS is the ultimate no holds barred rack rod. Built off the ever-popular Kingbolt action, this INFEET incarnation features an ever so slightly lighter tip, with an equally powerful butt section. The perfect handle length to lock in on an angry bream or bass in tight cover, this is one of the most sensitive blanks we’ve ever made. The ultimate in heavy cover bream fishing but equally at home chasing Australian bass.
A really interesting blend of a solid graphite fast tip section, with a moderate action ultralight blank makes the 6101ULRS-ST the undisputed finesse crankbait specialist. Whether you like twitching hard lures underneath boat hulls or along a rocky shoreline, if it’s ultra-finesse crankbaits you like then this model will be the blessing you’ve been searching for.
Arguably the most popular rod in each series, the all-rounder is the rod in which you build your quiver around. The 702LFS is the ‘do-everything’ rod but is particularly effective with a single hooked lure like a BaitJunkie 2.5” Grub rigged on a light jighead. The insanely sensitive blanks thanks to the SVF Nanoplus graphite and AGS guides means there is no way you’ll miss any tell-tale bites or inquiries when using the 702LFS.
A heavy-crankbait specialist, the 722LRS is the rod you’ll want to turn to when throwing larger sized crankbaits or when cranking around heavy cover such as wash zones or heavy reefs. A technique popularised in Tasmania, the 722LRS is equally at home as the specialist Double Clutch rod when the ABT tour travels south and encounters kilo plus sized black bream! A forgiving regular taper and the extra bit of length makes this rod an incredible distance-casting machine, if you need to get a treble hook bait out far, look no further than this one!
Another unique action made possible by the use of a solid graphite tip; the 742LRS-ST is a true two-piece mid-join rod making it the travelling anglers’ perfect companion. The combination of a solid tip means this rod can cast even the lightest of lures such as unweighted plastics with ease. The combination of this light & fast tip with a moderate tapered bottom end means this rod is truly versatile. Hard or soft lures, fast or methodical retrieves the INFEET EX 742LRS-ST can do it all.
This rod is the brainchild of Daiwa angler Mark Crompton. An angler well known for his love affair with fishing lightly weighted plastics over the expansive ribbon weed flats of coastal NSW, Mark wanted a rod that could deliver even the lightest weight bait effectively over long-range and deliver the sensitivity required to detect bites at long distances. Far from a one-trick pony, this rod is also a favourite for long casting topwater lures. Anglers preferring a slightly more ‘crisp’ feeling rod might also fall for this rod as a crankbait option.