Real winches

            In the Mediterranean, tuna is caught with spinning lures in the hunt but also, and often, with trolling sets. Trolling sets are rods equipped with rotating drum reels. These reels are real winches thanks to their parallel mechanics. The life span of a trolling reel is much longer than that of a rotating reel. But this is not the only advantage, the rotating drums have a greater line capacity, they avoid line rotation, they allow a precise brake adjustment, they offer a more important braking capacity, they shorten the duration of the fights and above all they allow any fisherman, no matter his physique, to catch fishes heavier than him... The trolling range is very wide because it is possible to fish with different equipment powers, fish from 30 kg to more than 300 kg, with rings or pulleys, with straight or angled heels, standing, on the fighting seat or on the rod holder. In the Mediterranean, tuna are on average smaller than those caught in the Atlantic. Depending on the fishing sector, tuna weigh between 40 and 100 kg, many weigh 60 kg and some can reach 200 kg. In trolling, the most common type of fishing practised by recreational boats is foot fishing, i.e. fishing with a "black magic" type of harness.

peche de thon rouge en trolling

Short, powerful, progressive

Even if there are no rules in rodbuilding, there are broad outlines:

  • For shallow areas and fishing under 80lb, straight heels are to be preferred. Conversely, when the fishing area is deeper and the fish are larger, angled heels are preferred. The aim is to fish with the best possible angle.
  • In stand up, short heels are used to have a better position in combat. Long heels are used for fixed fishing (rod holder or fighting seat and the shape depends on the orientation of the latter).
  • The longer a rod is, the more the leverage is in favour of the fish. 
  • The shorter a rod is, the less leeway and handling it gives the angler on the boat. The length is therefore to be defined according to the boat. 
  • The standard length of a rod for stand up fishing is between 1m65 and 1m90.
  • Blank trolling rods are generally between 4.8 and 6 feet long and as you add the length of the metal heel, you can cut the blank at the heel, up to 40cm (to cut the heel of a blank you just have to make a few turns of tape on the part you keep and cut it flush with a hacksaw).
  • The first 40cm of the heel of a blank trolling does not bend, so don't be afraid to cut and replace this part with a Bub (metal heel).
  • Unlike lure fishing, this is not a fishing that requires sensitivity and lightness. Carbon is not of much interest while fiberglass brings progressiveness and solidity. 
  • Bub Alps ferrules are interchangeable in the same size. So you can go from a bent heel to a straight heel by unscrewing the ferrule. 

In the Mediterranean, depending on the target fish and spots, fishing is done with 50lb and 80lb sets. Only a few fishermen use 130lb sets for the larger tuna, along the drop offs in search of records.

Light" fishing with 50lb sets allows you to target fish between 30 and 60kg in quantity. This is what is done in competition. These sets are often made up of a 50lb blank, size 50 reel with large spool, 50lb hollow braid, 100m nylon 50lb and 80lb leader. The 80lb sets make it possible to catch bigger fish with more confidence. The 80lb set usually consists of an 80lb blank, 80 reel with large spool, 80lb hollow braid, 100m 80lb nylon and 130lb leader. On stand up, the 130lb sets, are also composed of a 80 reel with a large spool, 130lb braided or nylon braid, and a leader equal or superior to 150lb. The reels of size 130 are to be reserved for "fixed" fishing.

The American Tackle blanks we offer have been designed for this fishing programme. They are made of fibreglass, without being solid fibreglass. The action is advertised as Fast, but they pull towards the Moderate Fast. They also don't have the progressiveness that jig blanks can have, but it gives them a much greater strength and lifting capacity. 

  1. AXST56H :1m68, 30-60lb. Perfect for targeting small tuna at the coast in 50lb. Blank to cut 25cm to obtain a finished rod between 1m80 and 1m85. 
  2. AXST56XH: 1m68, 50-80lb. A blank that allows you to target the majority of tunas in 80lb. To be cut by 25cm to obtain a rod finished between 1m80 and 1m85.
  3. AXST56XXHS: 1m23, 60-130lb. Ideal for fighting the largest Mediterranean tunas. Allows to make a finished cane of about 1m65.

AXST56H Blank

1.68m  30-60LB

Progressivity
Réserve de puissance
Lightness
Lever effect
value for money
Strenght
54,35 € Including taxes
AXST56XH Blank

1.68m  50-80LB

Progressivity
Réserve de puissance
Lightness
Lever effect
value for money
Strenght
54,95 € Including taxes
AXST56XXHS Blank

1.23m  60-130LB

Progressivity
Réserve de puissance
Lightness
Lever effect
value for money
Strenght
59,00 € Including taxes