Monday, July 17, 2017

2017: Info on Carpenter The Blue Lagoon series

"The Blue Lagoon" was born in 2005 as a rod to move a swim pencil such as Carpenter Gamma (γ) and  BlueFish more than 100g.  Testing period for this rod is in 2004 in Komodo, Indonesia.  3 models were tested i.e. TBL 80/30, TBL 711/35 and TBL 79/38 which end-up TBL80/30 and TBL711/35 were chosen to go for production in 2005.  During this trip also, BlueFish lures were tested and evaluated.

My first TBL is TBL711/35, bought from 7seasproshop, Bungsamran, Thailand.  Up-to-this-date, I manage to get 8 models of TBL rods with the last is TBL83/32
  1. TBL 80/20 RF
  2. TBL 84/22 RF
  3. TBL 80/30 RF-SHP
  4. TBL 83/32
  5. TBL 80/35
  6. TBL 711/35 RF
  7. TBL 80/40
  8. TBL 80/43R-P1

Note: some rods come with RF or RF-SHP.  I found out that RF = Regular Fast taper and SHP = Super High Power, thicker wall thickness of the carbon structure with higher damage limit.  Newr rods doesn't have extention name RF or SHP.

Most of the time i use TBLs 100% with stickbait and diving bait i.e Gammas, Bluefish, SS lures, Napalms, Bigfoots and HH Cherry Pies.  Current favorite rod is TBL80/35 for playing Gamma 120s & 140s and Napalm 200 & 220.
Currently testing TBL80/20 and TBL84/22 with Gamma 90 Super-L and Gamma 90L, although it is suggested that BLC rods are more suitable.  Also testing TBL83/32 with Gamma 105, although its stated "possible those who has become accustomed to the operation".
Suitable rod for Gamma 120 are TBL80/30, TBL83/32, TBL80/35 and TBL711/35.

Monday, June 19, 2017

and now...i am confused...!!!

there few rods that rated 40lbs
CV79/40, DJ83MH/40, EP86/40, F3 711/40, MH80H/40, MH80H/40 vII and TBL80/40.....
which one is suitable with chugger and which one is stickbait?
Max chugger?....Max stickbait?  Max divebait?....

to be continue.....will try used below rods on HH D cup & E cup

1. CV79/40
a. Stickbait rod with average weight 140g (excl hooks) and light o medium popper 120g
b. Easy to use for swim pencils such as γ-140 and  γ-160
c. Fight with the large GT is very easy to do
d. Feel the burden on the fight is very low
e. Easy to handle in the operation of γ 140g 160g 200g BF120, 140 and Pandora
f. Napalm 200

2. DJ83MH/40
a. Old production blank
b. Design of MH blank was based on DJ's construction
c. Two types of low elastic carbon and medium elastic high strength carbon highly versatile and is an all rounder boat rod that does not choose target fish
d. Easy to handle GT - γ 160g and 200g matching is also the best

3. EP86/40
a. Built for those who wants to challenge a big fish forever.
b. EP fly well in casting and not tiring.
c. In casting, fly the lure farther with less power .
d. In lifting, angler's lifting power can be efficiently changed to a rod's friction, and a heavy fish can be lifted.
e. Ease of handling fish and does not feel the length of 8 feet 6 inches
f. Stickbait 140-160 and Chugger 120-135g

4. F3 711/40
a. Power of the angler will become the force to raise the GT efficiently
b. When angler is tired between high load fights with GT, there is a feeling that angler will rest a little while loading GT. There is a feeling of being absent, but the load on GT is not missing.
c. Built for Gamma and Bluefish 120g ~ 250g
d. Fast winding pencil 120g ~ 200g
e. Popper of 120g ~ 160g
f. Sinking pencil of 150g ~ 220g Pandora Zeus
g. Napalm 200 and Napalm 220

5. MH80H/40
a. The MH (Monster Hunter) series is designed to withstand ultra-high loads and stronger drag
b. Emphasis on shock mitigation at fight with high load drag.
c. MH has a characteristic "shock relaxation" that the monster GT hunter had at the time of a high load fight, and a stable fight is possible It is becoming Impact mitigation of the monster GT hunter brings a stable fight to the angler, especially when the waves are high .
d. Stable fighting is possible even under high load.
e. When fighting "to build a resilience while sticky" so you can make a fight that fully utilize Angler's strength.
f. Corresponds to large swim pencil poppers. It has wide versatility to the kind of lure.
g. Lures = Cono-Cono 160, Cubera 150, GT3 150, Gamma 160. Gamma 200, Napalm 250. Napalm 220

6. MH80H/40 vII
a. Upgraded version of the hugely popular original MH80H
b. New rod is 20mm longer than the old and has the loading point further down the rod for improved angler comfort. 
c. With power in reserve this rod is a joy to use for long periods of time and thanks to the slightly more progressive action, it is very comfortable to fight big fish with

7. TBL80/40
a. Rod to move a swim pencil such as γ and Blue Fish
b. Gamma 120 to 200 g can be used
c. Tough blank

rough draft...pardon for direct translation

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017: Info on Carpenter Discovery Journey (DJ) Series

Carpenter Discovery Journey (DJ) series rod comes in two sizes i.e. DJ83ML and DJ83MH.
DJ series can be classified as La Grande Mer LGM ALL-ROUNDER rod.

It is said that Konishi-san of Carpenter took LGM series rods (6 series incl SP, WV, DJ, LR, LA and Tuna) for field testing in various GT infested water more than 120 days in a year between 1998 and 1999 before mass production begin.

DJ series was developed for popping when the waves are high.  It is a saltwater GT casting rod which has hybridized carbon material i.e. this rod consists of two types of low elastic carbon and medium elastic high strength carbon.
The tip and middle part of this rod have flexibility in the carbon shaft while at the same time, retaining a strong butt power.  This results in fewer mistakes while popping during high waves. Therefore, i consider this rod is the multi-purpose-rod for beginner GT angler.   Also due to elastic carbon content and if you do not have confidence in your physical fitness,consider the DJ series as a regular rod which help to reduce fatigue during fighting GT.

Note that Monster Hunter (MH) series was born from DJ blank.

DJ-83ML (33lb)
PE#5-6-8 / lure max 170g / weight 405g / max drag 10kg
DJ-83MH (40lb)
PE#6-8-10 / lure max 220g / weight 425g / max drag 12kg

My DJ series
DJ83ML is a rod of "middle style" design with both length and power action. It is recommended as the first beginer rod of those who can not have many rods.  Operation is "easy" i.e. casting, fight and lifting power. With DJ 83ML, it is relatively easy to move GT - γ 120g and 140g and pop Seafrog 120-170grams.

DJ83MH is 7 pound heavy version than DJ 83ML. Characteristic of the rod is a rod that is easy to handle like DJ83ML. DJ83MH is recommended if you are using a large lure (150 g or more) as the main lure. GT - γ 160g - 200g is the best matching.

Due to difficulty of LGM carbon material recipe, Carpenter has stopped DJ series production.

Please refer to official Carpenter site for accurate information : Discovery Journey

Carpenter builder Konishi-san with DJ83ML lifting 8kg weight
(pic courtesy of Carpenter website)

Carpenter builder Konishi-san with DJ83MH lifting 10kg weight
(pic courtesy of Carpenter website)

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Lure MAX and line MAX and notation of drag value are reference level. Please consider casting methods and fighting methods etc. as it changes with the person who uses it.
Those who are expert the basics of loading method properly can use bigger lures and even use thicker lines.
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