I am very fortunate to have Hobie Fishing as one of my major sponsors, we were able to have access two, decked out Hobie Pro angler 12s for our three day river trip in Western Queensland. Normally we would only be able to fish this river from a small boat or from the bank but having the Hobie’s allowed us to cover a huge part of the river and get into spots that would normally be unfishable from the bank or a boat.
I couldn’t believe the amount of gear we were able to take in them. It was like having all the luxuries of my Skeeter in a Kayak, we had spare rods enough tackle to sink a ship, water and food for 3 big days and everything in between.
Ian Miller’s family based business ‘The Australian Rod Builder Pty Ltd’ is located on the south coast of NSW Australia (a few hours drive from Sydney) and ideally situated to take advantage of nearby fishing grounds for such diverse species as billfish, tuna, bass, bream, trout and more.
Ian’s designing talents are also utilised by several tackle companies, most notably Shimano Australia with whom Ian has continued a close professional association since 1995, designing many highly successful Shimano rod ranges on an ongoing basis*.
However, the driving force of the Australian Rod Builder continues to be designing and individually handcrafting fishing rods of the highest order. The benchmark ‘Millerods’ range incorporates the myriad of rods showcased on this website and ‘one-off’ custom work. Ian’s customers have included Prime Ministers, Presidents, rock stars, sports stars, celebrities, tournament champions and thousands of everyday anglers!
ARB maintains a unique situation in the rod making business. While the range is extensive, each item is truly a highly handcrafted product in the best tradition of custom made rods. The limited quantity of rods are created each year allow the attention to detail, methods of production and quality control to be second to none. Ian is also able to quickly and continually upgrade each and every model with the latest and very best rod components available worldwide as well as his own custom built blanks and fittings.
Ian’s rods are uncompromising, his designs cutting edge. They have been proven the world over and are the proud possessions of anglers in every corner of the globe.
BASSCAT – FEEL THE RUSH
My 2017 ride is the Bass Cat Eyra teamed with Evinrude, this package is a weapon!
Wrap getting sorted at the moment by Xfactor Signs, Australia and then I give you all a guided tour, so excited
When one bite can make or break your tournament result only the best will do. I fish with confidence when using my Shimano Reels. Made from the highest quality materials, every component is designed to endure the rigors of bass fishing. When you read the philosophy of Shimano from the beginning you understand why this is the best gear on the market.
From an angling perspective, every individual who has owned and enjoyed using Shimano tackle has a reason to thank a Japanese visionary named Shozaburo Shimano, who in 1921 declared “I aim to make Shimano’s products the best in Kansai, then the best in Japan, and finally the best in the world.”
For over 80 years, Shimano has concentrated on precision engineering, one step at a time. Creating the most innovative products and processes you can hold in your hand today.
Ignite a Feeding Frenzy – Are You Ready?
HydroWave™ emits the natural sounds of bait fish and predatory fish feeding on them. By hearing the sounds and feeling the vibrations the fish are drawn in the direction of the HydroWave more eager to strike bait.
The mission of HydroWave is to provide products that help to make the experience of fishing more rewarding through the best technology and techniques available whether our customer is a professional angler, an experienced amateur or someone completely new to the sport.
The response we have had from Australian species has blown us away almost every trip! My confidence in fishing is so much higher when my HydroWave is turned on! To see Australian fish up close and still feeding in there natural state like I’m not even there is something I have never seen before! This is by far the most exciting piece of technology I have used in a long time.
“I’ve always paid attention as to how fish seem to feed and respond to each other while in competition for food,” VanDam said. “Like most bass fishermen who spend a lot of time on the water, I’ve witnessed situations where a school could be fired up by getting just one fish to bite. Igniting those kinds of flurries during a tournament day can be a huge advantage. HydroWave is about providing that stimulus for that first response to get things going.”
MHD™ Maxim Horizontal Displacement Technology
Light reflected from the water’s surface is “Horizontally Polarized”. Amphibia’s polycarbonate lenses were designed to maximize the horizontal displacement of the surface reflective light. Amphibia’s polarized lenses contain a special filter that also blocks intense reflective light, with maximum glare reduction.
AirCel™ Flotation Technology
Simply put “Amphibia Sunglasses “FLOAT”. Never lose a pair of sunglasses in the water again. Waterphobic Lense Technology – Amphibia’s lenses are specifically designed to repel water and snow on both sides of the lense.
Amphibia’s TiBridge™ technology uses titanium alloy encased in highsilicon rubber to provide a custom fit for your face, no matter the shape or size.
Amphibia frames use rugged TR-90 polymers for maximum durability. High silicone rubber is used to eliminate any slippage and provide a custom fit.
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From 1/8 oz for trout and bream right through to the heavy weight 2 1/2 oz for deep trolling for Murray cod, xl yellowbelly and any other large predator. These individually hand crafted spinnerbaits, mumblers and buzzbaits are constructed with quality components.
- One of the world’s best spinnerbait ball bearing swivels.
- Stainless steel spring wire.
- Round bend Chemically Sharpened hooks.
- Pulsating silicone and metal flake skirts.
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