SHIMANO YASEI 210 MEDIUM LIGHT 5-18g DROP-SHOT ROD
I’ll use this rod predominately for fishing with the drop shot rig, although it is very handy to use if you decide to vertical jig. It has a very soft tip which helps with bite detection but also in turn has some backbone so you can cast out comfortably while using heavier weights. I find this rod ideal for simply lowering baits down harbour walls and structure.
Again, with it possessing a soft tip, I find it great for using light jigs. The tip enables you to work the jigs effortlessly, but again, with it having good backbone and a responsive blank you can ensure good hook-sets.
SHIMANO NEXAVE 2500
I pair this rod with a Shimano Nexave 2500 front drag reel. Although not at the higher end of the Shimano range, it’s an exceptional reel for the money and has never let me down. It weighs 265 grams and I find it perfectly balanced when using it with the Yasei drop-shot rod.
This reel is loaded with Sufix Nanobraid 0.08mm braid, or 8lb breaking strain. I use a Sufix 8lb invisiline leader down to the hook, which is a VMC Spinshot, with an 11lb invisiline leader from the hook to the lead.
The reason I step up the breaking strain of the line to the lead is that the weaker line can damage and break when you clip the lead on plus it also acts as a rubbing leader when I’m fishing amongst rock and kelp.