Every method requires properly adjusted equipment, and the set is only as strong as its weakest link. These two rules might seem simple and obvious, but as practice shows, following them isn’t always easy. For light and medium fishing a set with medium strength will be more than enough. It will let you fish comfortably and avoid getting your arms tired. But there are some angling disciplines that don’t allow any compromise – when durability is crucial, because it’s required by the size and strength of the fish you catch.
While in carp fishing the weight of the equipment you use isn’t as important due to the fact that it spends most of the time on the rod pod, when it comes to angling by hand, be it for catfish or cods, it’s worth finding a reasonable compromise between the durability of the equipment and its weight. Since I had the opportunity to visit our beautiful seaside recently and meet the cods that live there, I was looking for appropriate equipment. An experienced cod-fishing friend came to my aid. Not only did I get a well-fitting set right away, but I also had the opportunity to test out the sea equivalent of a reel that works very well on the land, that is Airspace Marine 6008 FD.
The real truly makes an impression. The 6000 size is, as they say, quite a piece of machinery. The futuristic look we are used to in the Airspace series in this model is underlined with black, grey, and their shades. Singular red additions (like the button that folds the handle) only add charm to the whole stylization.
The reel looks very well-fitted and compact, and this impression is confirmed in the first contact. The reel works very smoothly in dry run. Despite the rather large size it’s light, as it weighs only 491 gram. The gear ratio is 4.9:1, so you can’t feel the large forces when you wind up the lure or when you pump the fish from large depths.
At the same time the wide spool guarantees that a lot of line is wound up on one turn of the handle. Airspace Marine, just like other models in the series, doesn’t have any bolts on the outside, and there is no reverse gear switch. 8 covered bearings resistant to damage caused by salt water make the equipment trustworthy.
What you notice at first sight is the eye-catching, almost huge handle of the reel. Contrary to appearances, it lies in hand very well, and the finishing in rubber guarantees that your grip is sure. It doesn’t matter if a wave has just hit the boat and you’re completely wet, or if you’ve just picked up a fish and your fingers are dirty with slime, the grip still lies in the hand surely. Its size has another important advantage. There is no way to miss the handle with your hand. After lowering the pilker on the bottom I closed the bail and almost automatically found the handle with my hand. It’s important because the bites often happened right after the first jerk of the bait.
Another important element I need to point out is the way the line lies on the reel spool. Braided line is wound up very tightly and evenly and I never had a problem with it getting stuck, which would definitely cause tangles and necessary stops in fishing while the pilker was falling loosely. As I was winding it up I couldn’t feel the work of the transmission, even when the hauled fish was providing significant resistance.
The drag of the reel is also well worth mentioning. The wide spool cap provides an opportunity to precisely adjust the settings of the drag for what you need at the moment. Even though I didn’t have a chance to try my strength against any huge specimens, even hauling out a 2-3 kg cod or two smaller fish from the depth of almost 30 meters sometimes required that I let the line loose a little. The deep work of the rod and the precisely set drag guaranteed a safe haul and largely eliminated the cases of fishing falling off during the haul.
Airspace Marine is really quite attractive. But those who will only see it as a good-looking toy and gadget will be wrong. It’s solid and strong piece of equipment, which definitely won’t let you down even in a crisis. I think that since it was produced with very light materials, it could even be adapted to fishing by hand, e.g. for catfish. It’s a reel that I would definitely use for the toughest fresh water fishing and my sporadic trips to the sea.
Since I had a used reel, I can definitely say that the model is very strong and durable. The best proof of that is the fact that it is used by my friend, who has spent countless hours on the sea and who has successfully participated in the most important cod fishing competitions. He recommended Airspace Marine to me, and there could be not better recommendation . I had the opportunity to check it for myself, and now I can definitely second his opinion. Thanks to the good equipment, my “first time” with cod was very fruitful and I could think about the fish rather than equipment all day long.
Good luck on your fishing trips,