Converting the Skeptics

I guess that it is natural for people to be skeptical of a product that is so different to what they are used to.

Let’s face it, traditional rods have been around for a long time and have been constantly developed. But there is always a place for developement in a different direction. After using an EMMROD I would never use anything else in a kayak, and close to 100 customers over the last couple of months have found a raft of reasons to choose EMMROD over a traditional fibreglass or carbon rod.

How about the guy who rides a motorbike to work but likes to go fishing after work each day. EMMROD is ideal to carry on his bike and is less fragile than a telescopic rod. He chose a Packer ® to go with his baitcaster reel. Then there were the (several) guys with motor homes or caravans who wanted to carry a rod but didn’t want something that would either break or take a lot of room. One key issue for one customer was to get a rod that was compact but could be used for different species. He chose a Pack-Rod ® with an 8 coil casting rod for trout and a 6 coil spinning rod for when he was fishing with his mate in Coromandel.

There have been (many) kayak guys who could see the benefit in a compact rod and especially one that won’t break when the kayak rolls in the surf. In one case, my customer stated that it was a spare to store in the hatch in case he had issues with his other rods, but once he tried his Kayak King ® , he also bought a Rugged Flex and now uses only EMMROD. I also had a kayak fisher who bought a Kayak King ® then added a Packer ® which is the combination I have used for several months.

I’ve spoken to a hunter who liked to fish the trout streams in the area that he hunted. He had broken several rods. He chose a Pack-Rod ® with an 8 coil spinning rod to use with his light spinning reel. He commented that he could flick a lure out from almost anywhere on a stream whereas he had to choose his spot carefully with a traditional rod because of the bushes and scrub.

There was a guy who wanted spare rods on his boat that were easy to use, easy to store, and wouldn’t be broken by novices he often took fishing. He bought 2 rods. He tried one himself and decided that he preferred it to the rod he had previously used.

It has been fascinating to listen to the stories. EMMRODs won’t suit everybody, but they are the ideal solution for many people.

Send me your EMMROD fishing story, and pictures if you have them.


So Easy

I can’t believe how easy EMMRODs are to use. Compared to any other rod I have ever used in the kayak, they are streets ahead.

Hook the fish, wind it to the boat, pull it in – no mucking about with “keeping the rod vertical” so that you can get the fish close enough to net it. Wind it to the boat, grab the trace – or the fish – or use a net if you need to.

Casting from the kayak is easy as well, and one of my friends in a conventional sit-on-top remarked that it required much less movement than a long rod so there was less movement of the kayak for much greater distance.

Last week I tried spinning off the beach at a place I used to go quite often. I took my favourite 7 ft graphite and used the same size sinker on that as I had on my Kayak King ® 6 coil. After 3 casts I was getting 25 metres with no effort at all, and after a few more I could toss the bait 40 metres with each, but with much less effort using the EMMROD!

The fish are as big as the rod

Saturday 30th July – went out in the afternoon for a fish.

Full tide about 6.00pm but I had to be home to watch the All Blacks v Springboks so 5.30 was the limit. Between 2.00 and 4.00 I caught about 8 Kahawai and returned all but 2 to the sea.

Then we had a hit on the Packer ® – nice Snapper, then another, and by the time the next Kahawai came along I decided that it was time to head off home. Check out these photos though.

The biggest Snapper was 52cm long (around 2.5kgs gutted). The rod is 57cm long assembled.

The fish is almost bigger than the rod.


When I received my EMMRODs, everybody I showed them to laughed – well they are not what you expect a fishing rod to look like are they?  A common comment – W-T-F is that!

I got them around 25th of June and tried them out in the kayak the very next day – and caught fish. The sea was rough so I fished in the Ohiwa harbour and landed about 12 fish good sized fish (all kahawai). I kept the first 3 of these and released the others until I got one much bigger tha the first 3, at which point I decided it was time to go home.

I would not fish with anything else in the kayak. I had previously used a carbon fibre rod about 6ft long and a light boat rod about 4ft 6′. I really struggled with them – and had to let out line and hold the rod vertical to get the fish into a net. Emmrods are so much easier. Pull the fish in to the side of the boat and you can grab the fish or the line or – if you need a net you dont have to think about the rod and the amount of line you have out.

I tried a Kayak King ® with a 4 coil rod and a spinning reel and a Packer ® with a 6 coil rod and little bait caster the first time. Second trip I used 6 coil rods in both and hooked a very big eagle ray on the Kayak King ® . The 6 coil rod handled that well.

Since the I have used the whole range of rods – 4 coil, 6 coil, 7 coil and 8 coil. The difference in the sensitivity is quite marked, but they all seem to handle fish much bigger then they are rated for so I think that the choice of rod will be a personal one that will depend on how much “sport” you want.

Wednesday this week I caught a 38cm snapper on the packer with the same light baitcasting reel referred to above, and an 8 coil rod. That was fun. I suspect that the “common” use though will be 6 coil rods because they seem to suit vitually the whole range of fish we commonly catch in New Zealand.