By Jack Scrine
Pflueger has been producing some incredibly good lightweight modern spin gear of late, and we've been giving them a go.
The new Supreme range of reels is the benchmark of Pflueger’s steps forward in this genre, and the outfit in question – Supreme XT Spin 9035XT reel matched to a Trion PFLT SP701MXFT – is a snazzy-looking set-up with bling and snapper-stopping power.
Shallow-water soft-plastic snapper fishing in rough terrain is a great place to test an outfit. There is no room for error; casts need to be tight to structure, the soft plastics need to present well, and the drag needs to be able to turn big red heads before they can bury you in the kelp.
While we didn’t land the big snapper we hoped for, we put this outfit through its paces and it performed admirably. The 3-6kg Trion rod cast 5” soft plastics well, though wasn’t ideal for anything larger. We hooked an absolute beast of a red that warmed the XT’s drag before an unchanged worn leader let us down.
The outfit felt comfortable in the hands, was light yet strong, and proved itself tough in challenging conditions. The reel’s eye-catching gold colouration isn’t for everyone – though I personally don’t have a problem with it. It features an impressive 6.2:1 retrieve, and can hold 180m of 4kg line.
As an overall package, the Supreme/Trion combo is excellent. They find their place in a comfortable niche in the spin market. They’re not cheap – but they’re not as extremely priced as some of their competitors that share similar specifications. A mid-high-range combo with a lot of heart.
Contact: Pure Fishing, visit the website, www.purefishing.com.au.