Customers sometimes ask us to explain the difference between the old school 30 size game reel Avet EXW30 and the new breed HXW Raptor.
Now, when i say "old school EXW30" that's not really the case either because Avet has whacked a twin drag system into this 30 size reel, making it a 30 with the capabilities of a 50 size. Except for the line capacity, so braid backing is a must. I have spooled mine with 750m of Tasline 80lb hollow and topshotted with 180m of 24kg mono, giving me a total of 930m, making this a very capable 24kg reel in every sense and a pleasure to fish at only 1389 grams.
But there's another Avet that is a very unique animal, the twin drag HXW Raptor, featuring even more drag of up to 50lb and a very light 907 grams.
So here is how they stack up next to each other:
So whilst the EXW30 is a more traditionally, heavier built trolling reel with some more line line capacity, the HXW Raptor actually packs more punch in a much lighter package and if backed with braid it is a serious contender for serious fish like this 308lb Yellowfin Tuna, which was caught on the narrower HX Raptor.
So there's some food for thought.
In recent months we noticed an ever increasing request from young anglers and sometimes even their parents for sponsorships. As much as we like to help where we can, there must be a limit and also there must be a value to a business of some sort.
Just because the youngsters start a Facebook page and manage 1000 likes on it, doesn't mean that's a value to a business.
In the past 3 years we have been sponsoring a few anglers and running promos and in the 2017/18 financial year we spent over 10k which is huge for a very small operator like ourselves. After all, we still only do this part time.
And over those 3 years we have approached anglers who we thought could first of all promote our products well but also give us much needed feedback. We have been very selective with this as you can imagine.
Ed Nicholas from No Boundaries Oman has been running Tasline braid for about 2 years and his main concern with a lot of braids was fraying, especially on the casting finger. His feedback was great. Ed was also one of the first anglers to really get our Bee's Knees Reel Spooler out there as he sees first hand what can happen when reels are not spooled up tight enough. Ed is a fair dinkum guy and doesn't push products for the sake of doing so.
Adam Charles Epifanes or "Epi" as we all know him has been instrumental to making some changes to our Ultimate LBG gaff which you can see in the background. We are also working together on some new projects.
Adam Epi Epifanes Fishing 4 Life
Aron and Chris Dixon have been with us now for about 3 years and are running a lot of our gear and they run it hard. The Dixon brothers have 3 different gaffs and are currently testing the new Ultimate. The guys also consistently point out how abrasion resistant Tasline can be.
Dixon Brothers Fishing
As of a few months ago we also been working together with young Flynn Cypher from Christmas Island who fishes almost daily after school. His feedback was fantastic already
So please don't be disappointed if you are looking for sponsorship and get turned down. It's not always as easy for a business as to throw a few free products in the hope you become a fishing rockstar. And first and foremost we will look after our guys that have already helped us of course.
In the meantime, shoot us an email and we will keep it on file, you never know what happens, however at the time of writing our 2017/18 budget is filled.
And most importantly, don't forget to enjoy yourself, it's not all about a gopro on your head and a facebook post. Connect more with nature and less with a USB port.
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