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Shimano Introduces New Products at 2010 ICAST

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 by Melton Tackle

Shimano's ICAST booth has been buzzing with buyers and media alike, looking to catch a glimpse of their newest offerings. By the look of things, they did not disappoint. Some products are fresh and new while some are updates and next generation versions.
IN STOCK!
Shimano Waxwing Jigs look radically different than anything on the market today. These patent pending subsurface jigs swim with a kick that absolutely drives fish nuts. Though the kick is reminiscent of our beloved iron jigs, the look is a radical departure. Shimano Waxwing Jigs derive the seductive zigzag motion from the upper wing, while the lower wing acts as a rudder to prevent rolling. Fishing the Shimano Waxwing Jig is extremely easy. Simply cast and reel in. That's it.

Shimano Waxwing Subsurface Jigs
Shimano Waxwing Subsurface Jigs

The Melton Tackle staff has had the opportunity to field test these the Waxwing Jigs with great success off the Southern California coast. These lures are very durable and feature a paint finish that holds up quite well to fish bites, rocks, etc. The Waxwing Jigs feature incredibly sharp double tinned Owner hooks.

One of the amazing attributes to this lure is the fact that kelp and structure tangles are far and few between due to the fact that the hooks are upward facing versus a traditional iron jig that features a treble hook or single siwash hook. In our field testing, not one lure was lost in kelp or seaweed.

Shimano has introduced two sizes of the Waxwing Jigs - 'Boy' (88mm) and 'Jr' (118mm).

Click HERE to order and/or learn more about Shimano Waxwing Jigs

Anticipated Delivery - Mid-September
The most comprehensive product unveiling has to be the introduction of the Shimano Terez Rod series. These rods are truly unique and a big departure from traditional fishing rods as we now know them.

First Impressions
Visually, the first thing anglers will notice are the rod color options. Shimano has taken into account the most popular boat hull colors and incorporated them into this new series. For the very first time (that we're aware of), a major fishing manufacturer has produced a series of rods in different color options. Shimano Terez Rods are available in 5 colors; Aqua, Emerald Green, Fighting Lady Yellow, Pearl White and Sunset Red. Shimano Terez Rods are available in a wide range of sizes to accommodate a huge variety of angling situations, so theoretically a boat owner or angler can match his/her set with identical rods whereas the only way to accomplish this in the past was with custom built sticks.

Shimano Terez Rod Colors (from top): Aqua, Sunset Red, Pearl White, Emerald Green and Fighting Lady Yellow
Shimano Terez Rod Colors (from top): Aqua, Sunset Red, Pearl White, Emerald Green and Fighting Lady Yellow

Secondly, anglers will notice that Shimano Terez rod blanks are extremely thin in diameter. Simply put, these aren't your grandpa's broomsticks. Though thin, they feature a very strong backbone, allowing anglers to put a large amount of heat on a fish with little if any angler fatigue. To accomplish this, Shimano's employed their TC4 construction that is currently utilized in their highly popular Trevala Jigging Rods.

Fuji K-Series Tangle Free Guides with Alconite inserts
Fuji K-Series Tangle Free Guides with Alconite inserts
The third aspect that will catch your attention are the guides, more specifically, the aggressive forward facing angle of them. Shimano Terez Rods feature Fuji K-Series Tangle Free Guides with Alconite inserts, perfect for fishing PowerPro or any of today's braided line. With the Fuji K-Series Guides, say goodbye to annoying braid tangles.

Shimano Terez Rods feature durable EVA grips and custom aluminum skeletonized reel seats with the exception of Terez Waxwing Rods which come standard with cork grips and Fuji reel seats.
Models and Applications
There are a dizzying array of Shimano Terez Rods being offered, 33 models to be exact. Couple that with 5 colors for each model, it makes 165 model-color possibilities. By no means a small task for a manufacturer to accomplish.

On the conventional front, 15 Terez Rods are available for angling situations as light as fishing an anchovy 20 lb. to as heavy as fishing for monster tuna with 80 lb. and everything in between. Here's the breakdown:

Shimano Terez Conventional Rods
Model Application Length Power Action Braided Line Class
TZC80ML 20# Anchovy/Sardine 8' Medium-Light Fast 20-50
TZC80M 20# Sardine 8' Medium Fast 30-65
TZC80MH 30# Sardine / 40# Squid Slider 8' Medium-Heavy Fast 40-80
TZC80H 50# Squid Rod Holder 8' Heavy Fast 50-100
TZC70M 20# Sardine 7' Medium Fast 30-65
TZC70MH 30# Sardine Squid Slider 7' Medium-Heavy Fast 40-80
TZCX70MH 30# Sardine Squid Slider 7' Medium-Heavy Extra Fast 40-80
TZC70H 40# Sardine / Mackerel 7' Heavy Fast 50-100
TZC70XH 50# Dropper Loop 7' Extra Heavy Fast 65-200
TZC66H 50# Bait 6'6" Heavy Fast 50-150
TZCX66H 50# Yo Yo Iron 6'6" Heavy Extra Fast 50-150
TZC66XH 60# Bait 6'6" Extra Heavy Fast 65-200
TZCX66XH 60# Yo Yo Iron / Bait 6'6" Extra Heavy Extra Fast 65-200
TZC66XXH 60# Bait 6'6" Extra Extra Heavy Fast 80-200
TZCX66XXH 80# Bait 6'6" Extra Extra Heavy Extra Fast 80-200

For spinning tackle, there are nine models to choose from. Included in their offerings for the Terez Spinning Rods are the long awaited debut of popping rods.

Shimano Terez Spinning Rods
Model Application Length Power Action Braided Line Class
TZS72ML Shrimp / Crab 7'2" Medium-Light Extra Fast 15-40
TZS72M Sailfish 7'2" Medium Fast 20-50
TZS72MH Sailfish Jig & Bait 7'2" Medium-Heavy Fast 40-80
TZS69M Sailfish Cockpit 6'9" Medium Fast 20-50
TZS69MH Tuna / Sailfish Cockpit 6'9" Medium-Heavy Fast 40-80
TZS69H Tuna Live Bait 6'9" Heavy Fast 50-100
TZS69XH Bottom Fishing 6'9" Extra Heavy Fast 65-200
TZS78H Popper 7'8" Heavy Medium-Fast 50-100
TZS78XH Popper 7'8" Heavy Medium-Fast 50-100

Shimano Terez Waxwing Rods were produced specifically to fish the new Shimano Waxwing Jigs. They are available in nine models.

Terez Waxwing Rods
Terez Waxwing Rods
Shimano Terez Waxwing Rods - Conventional
Model Waxwing Size Length Power Action Braided Line Class
TZCWX80M Boy 8' Medium Extra Fast 20-50
TZCWX80MH Jr 8' Medium-Heavy Extra Fast 30-65
TZCW70M Boy 7' Medium Fast 20-50
TZCW70MH Jr 7' Medium-Heavy Fast 30-65
TZSW72M Boy 7'2" Medium Fast 10-30
TZSW72MH Jr 7'2" Medium-Heavy Fast 15-30
TZSW70M Boy 7' Medium Fast 20-50
TZSW70MH Jr 7' Medium-Heavy Fast 30-65
TZS70XH Boy/Jr 7' Extra Heavy Medium-Fast 50-100

Shimano Trinidad 10A
Shimano Trinidad 10A
Shimano Trinidad A Series Reels
16A, 16NA, 20A, 30A In Stock!
When the original Trinidad Reels were introduced over a decade ago, they were hailed as a revolution. Other than the obvious transition from gold to the sleeker silver/gunsmoke color scheme, the new Trinidad A reels feature updated gearing and drags that are found in later model reels. Also noteworthy is the addition of a 10A model Trini. Sizes introduced: 10A, 12A, 14A, 16NA, 16A, 20A and 30A.

Click HERE to pre-order and/or learn more about Shimano Trinidad A Series Reels
Shimano Trinidad A Series Reels
High Efficiency Gearing (HEG) X-Ship Gear Support System for enhanced Efficiency, Power and Smoothness
Dartainium II Drag for High Pressures and Durability Super Free (SF) for incredible freespool and castability
E.I. Surface Treatment for extreme corrosion protection Ultra-Lightweight Cold Forged Aluminum Magnumlite Spool with E.I.
Compact, One-Piece Cold Forged AL Frame and Left Sideplate Deign with E.I. One-Piece Cold Forged and Machined AL Right Sideplate with E.I.
Super Stopper® with Silent Twin Pawl Assist Stopper Manual Metal Clutch Lever with Corrosion Prevention Pad

Talica 20II (left) and Talica 25II (right)
Talica 20II (left) and Talica 25II (right)
New Shimano Talica II Reel Models
Anticipated Delivery - Mid-September
Shimano has expanded their Talica 2-Speed offerings with the addition of the 20II and 25II reels. These reels are great for trolling or casting applications. The Talica 20II and 25II are topless and feature harness lugs.

Melton Tackle has been field testing the Talica 25II in Madeira, Portugal aboard the Grander and just recently landed a 180 lb. Bigeye Tuna on the reel. The crew reports that the reel has been performing flawlessly throughout the season.

Click HERE to pre-order and/or learn more about Shimano Talica 20II & 25II Reels

Shimano Talica 20II & 25II Reels
Model
Braid Line Cap.
Max Drag at Full
Max Drag at Strike
Gear Ratio - High
Gear Ratio - Low
Weight
Talica 20II
65/725
80/575
100/435
45 lb.
30 lb.
5.2:1
2.3:1
32.3 oz.
Talica 25II
65/1010
80/730
100/470
45 lb.
30 lb.
5.2:1
2.3:1
33.2 oz.

Shimano Slidend, Whirligig and Centervortex Shallow Water Butterfly Jigs
Anticipated Delivery - Mid-September
Shimano has added several models to their ever popular Butterfly Jigging system with the introduction of the Shallow Water Series. These jigs are intended for jigging in depths up to 100 feet. They are available in 7 colors and 6 sizes (55g, 75g, 90g, 110g, 135g, 160g). Each jig comes standard with assist hook and rings.


Shimano Shallow Water Butterfly Jigs - Centervortex (left), Slidend (center), Whirligig (right)
Shimano Shallow Water Butterfly Jigs - Centervortex (left), Slidend (center), Whirligig (right)


Shimano Shallow Water Jigs
Jig Action
Centervortex Unique rhombic body shape with center gravity. Moves multiple ways when jigging
Slidend Hexahedral body shape with front gravity. Side-to-side sliding action while giving a short-pitch jigging motion.
Whirligig Asymmetric flat body shape with center gravity. Moves a spiral action while jigging.

Thunnus 4000CI4
Thunnus 4000CI4
Shimano Thunnus CI4 Spinning Reels

In Stock!
Like the Trinidad, the original Thunnus spinners were introduced about a decade ago as a higher end version of the popular Baitrunner series. The CI4 series boasts many of the features found in higher price point reels such as the Stella SW and Spheros FE reels. This is Shimano's flagship bait feeder spinner. While Shimano Thunnus CI4 Reels are heavy on features, they are extremely light in weight. The Thunnus 12000CI4 weighs 7 ounces less that its predecessor.

Click HERE to pre-order and/or learn more about Shimano Thunnus CI4 Spinning Reels

Shimano Thunnus CI4 Spinning Reels
Model
Braid Line Cap.
Max Drag
Gear Ratio
Weight
Thunnus 4000CI4
15/270, 20/190, 40/145
15 lb.
4.8:1
12.7 oz.
Thunnus 6000CI4
30/245, 50/210, 65/130
15 lb.
4.8:1
18 oz.
Thunnus 8000CI4
40/295, 50/290, 65/180
20 lb.
4.8:1
19.4 oz.
Thunnus 12000CI4
50/505, 65/310, 80/230
25 lb.
4.4:1
27.7 oz.

Curado 300EJ
Curado 300EJ
Shimano Curado 300EJ

In Stock!
The Shimano Curado 300EJ is a souped up version of the popular Curado 300E baitcaster. The 300EJ features a faster 6.9:1 gear ratio for faster retrieval and a power handle. This reel is ideal for working artificial baits that demand cranking power such as the new Shimano Waxwing Jigs.


Click HERE to pre-order and/or learn more about the Shimano Curado 300EJ Baitcasting Reel
Shimano Curado 300EJ Baitcasting Reel
Model
Braid Line Cap.
Max Drag
Gear Ratio
Weight
Curado 300EJ
50/205, 65/120, 80/105
15 lb.
6.9:1
11.5 oz.

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