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    A fishing session to kick off 2018

    First of all, I would like to apologise for the sheer laziness during the past 2 months, work has been flat out and I haven't had much time to write much as I haven't been fishing, but finally here is the comeback!

    First things first for those who haven't heard the news yet, the long awaited IFL Excalibur Type III is finally available for purchase and boy do we have some good news during the first session out with the complete model

    Previous testing report:!

    A little back ground info for those scratching their hands in hearing about a Type III. The team at IFL found a deficit in the ISO fishing scene whereby many ISO'ers seeking an affordable ISO rod that can withstand the power of a kingfish, groper and monster drummer in shallow water. We jumped onto the idea and designed a prototype which went through some vigorous testing before to completing the final model... For those who very patiently pre-ordered, waited and picked up your rods a big THANK YOU!

    Without further ado, the first ISO Fishing session of 2018 featuring the spanking new IFL Excalibur Type III.

    After a treacherous 2 months of robotic work at the shop throughout Christmas & new years we finally managed to sneak out for a morning fish. It was a small group with William, Jay Yang (not IFL Jay) and myself. Since the release of the Type III last week, we spared no time and got straight back into it and decided to chase kingfish. The burley was prepped the night before, accessories re-stocked and off we went.

    Float - Sujezzi XO Di-ISO 00
    Main line - HITENA RAPTOR PE2.5
    Swivel - HITENA 150lb rolling swivel
    Leader - Sunline V hard #7
    Hook - HITENA hook size 2/0

    Set up
    Rod - IFL Excalibur Type III
    Reel - Daiwa ISLA/Catalina 4000H

    The session was short and sweet from 6:30am - 830am. Jay was spinning, William I equipped the Type III's and began fishing with strips of fresh calamari with nothing but pickers. We began to burley hard and eventually the kingfish came to join. Spooking the school of yellowtail around they cruised back and forth, but strangely wouldn't eat the strips of calamari so I opted for plan B after I saw them feeding on the burley. William was the first to lock up as his float drained down and the rod buckled over. Excited, William was fighting the fish but it surfaced quickly and ended up being a nice bream around the 35cm mark that was released after a quick photo.

    A few pieces of pilchards were still intact in the burley mix so I put half a pillie onto the razor sharp HITENA hook and within minutes I was onto a rat king after many months of chasing them. The kingfish fought hard, but the backbone of the Type III was plenty to surface the fish for half of the fight and eventually with the helped of Jay a 72cm kingfish on the Type III was landed - good way to christen the rod.

    After landing the fish I helped William drift for some kingfish and within a few minutes he was also onto his first kingfish. A small mistake was made as his drag was too light which allowed the kingfish gain a head start and ran towards the reef as he adjusted the drag. The kingfish went for a second.... and third dive as it hit the reef and busted him off. By the end of this, the fishing slowed down so we packed it up and called it quits.

    Overall, the power of the Type III is on beastmode and should be manageable for a much larger kingfish too.

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    Couldn't make it last minute, after seeing the photos from Gabriel sort of regretting it now as this report would probably contain a lot more Kingys

    As Gabriel has mentioned, after a long time of testing the Type III the final version is out now and just like the name it says go Rambo with it.

    Its funny sometimes you can have the freshest strip of Calamari but they will prefer to just take a piece of pilchard from your berley, always a good option to have a variety of bait avaiable.

    Wasn't too sure if I was being replaced in Team IFL by a different Jay haha.

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    I'm still having nightmares from losing that kingy but I've got high hopes for another one using the type III

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    Very good Gab.... Finally u go out I nearly drag u out.

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