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NEW Okuma Prototype HCS 9'6" Shoreline Plugger! #14029331 06/12/21 05:12 AM
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Field Testing Okuma's NEW Prototype! Rod! Now My Multi-Purpose Rod!

Now you're going to see the 3rd rod to be inducted into Okuma's HCS "Hawaiian Custom Series" along with the Menpachi & Ulua rod. This is one of three plugging popping rods rods that i'm field tested in Hawaiian waters.

The 9'6" HCS Shoreline Plugger (HSP-S-962Ma) Statistics-
9+1 = 9 guides + tip.
310g = 10.9oz.
30-65lb braid.
30-60g (1.06-5.64oz).
Fore Grip = 5-1/2in.
Rear Grip = 20in.

This rod along with the other 2 NEW Prototype plugging rods were on display at The Fish & Dive Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii. This model was purposely designed for anglers who want to plug & pop lures all day long with no aching arms or shoulders. Some minor last minute changes were made & i think it's ready to be released. I've been using it for several weeks now casting plugs & grubs to irons & bait from shore. The rod was designed for long periods of medium to med/heavy casting. I personally can't pop & plug those 4-7oz large plugs all day long without muscle pulls the next day.

I decided to pair this rod with a proven winner. The 6000 Azores Blue Spinning Reel . Here's the stats-

Azores Blue Saltwater Reels Feature:
DFD: Precision Dual Force Drag System
Precision click drag adjustment for more precise drag settings
Multi-disc, Carbonite and felt drag washers for DFD
6HPB + 1RB corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings
Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing plus ratchet system
Dual anti-reverse systems for maximum security for sizes 55 to 90
Single anti-reverse systems for Z-40s models
Precision machine cut brass pinion gear
CRC: Corrosion-resistant coating process
HDGII: Corrosion-resistant, high density gearing
ALC: Rigid die-cast aluminum body, side plate and rotor
MSS: carbon Mechanical Stabilizing System
Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip
Machined aluminum handle arm for strength
Hydro Block water tight drag seal
Heavy duty, solid aluminum bail wire
Azores spinning reels are backed by a 1-year warranty

So i've been putting it (and me) through the ringer. Because some changes have been made i can't show the deep-water shoreline iron casting to popping a variety of plugs all day long. I've condensed today's activities from sunrise to sunset to changing locations so i could show this rig is versatile as a plugging rod & balanced as a multi-purpose rod.


Last edited by steve hummert; 06/16/21 02:17 AM.

Traveled the World diving & fishing. Became a ranked billiard player in Asia. Won a few senior bowling tournaments. I travel to the US, Australia & Europe working with museums & doing educational lectures.
Re: NEW Okuma Prototype HCS 9'6" Shoreline Plugger! [Re: Scuba Chris] #14029781 06/12/21 07:35 PM
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