As frequent readers would know, we have tested and reviewed the Synit DeepShots a few times: here, and here, and dry-tested the Accurate Boss BX-600N here too. A few more fish later, it was time to see how they’re going!
We have had the pleasure of fishing the Accurate BX600XN and the BX600, and this is the two reels compared:
- Drag: we’re fishing PE5/70lb, or PE6/80lb and we have benchmarked the drag to 15kg and they seem to run that fine.
- Capacity: the BX600 takes 600m of PE6, the BX600N barely takes 600m of PE5. We really feel that is about the sweet spot for deep-drop jigging. So far we haven’t been overpowered on PE5 yet and do appreciate the reduced line drag in the water.
- Gearing: we really expected the high gearing to be less suitable for deep sea jigging, but it has so-far proved fine. You can’t grind small fish up on the high speed, you must pump and wind, but even 600g jigs can be spun up no problems. OTOH the low gear is fine and you can jig all day. It certainly provides a bit more turning power for those pesky Samson Fish.
- Palmability: the BX600N was a very good match for the Synit with the Fuji Palm Support System reel seat. The BX600 was a little wider and less comfortable, but if you need the capacity, go for it!
- Maintenance: both reels are going strong with nothing more than the occasional dab of the supplied Reel-X.
- Handles/Arms: its probably a touch on the short side, and you really only feel it with the high-gear.
If you want an all-round, all-day deep jigger, you can’t beat the Accurate BX600N, in either the high or low gear. We’re using 600m PE5/70lb for the cod, and swapping this out for 350m of PE8/100lb for the sambo sessions, hopefully a few more outings in the coming season.
We have grown fans of the awkward-looking Synit antacid wrap. Its really a step past the acid wrap a few brands are using. The oval guide very effectively zeros the spiral around the blank, and the taller reversed stripper keeps the line central for the narrow jigging reels like the Accurate BX-600N.
The blank is super tolerant of a wide range of jig sizes. We have successfully worked anything from 200g in 100m right up to 600g in 350m on it, and it handles it very well.
Our most recent trip was a good workout for the gear: a 4kn drift in 350m. We sized up to the 520g LJ Nasout jig and only really just managed to hold bottom, a fellow angler with the same jig and PE6 just couldn’t make it down. Lucky the fish found it!
Sambo Season as been a little slow here, but we did manage to get a few shots of the Synit DeepShot Seriola Pro against a range of targets.
Anesh was visiting from Melbourne to fish Al Bevan’s Shikari Charters with a few mates. Al operates a specialist charter targeting Sambos and other species, primarily on jig, taking local, national and international groups out from the Fremantle Fishing Boat Wharf.
You can see a mean bend put on the rod with the rampaging sambos, unfortunately this one didn’t come up, but here is one that did!
Just because the rod is the Seriola Pro, we have snuck in a picture of Anesh with another victim of the Seriola Pro. This time it was a nice big Yellowtail Kingfish, but the fish was taken on a recent trip to New Zealand, not offshore here in Perth, Western Australia.
I’ve personally been using the rod in depths ranging from 90-330m, with jigs weighted 200-500g and I’ve faired a lot better at the end of the day then I expected. Its accounted for some 25kg sambos without breaking a sweat, as well as a few tasty Nannygai.
Because this is a great rod over a wide range of line classes and jig-weights, its my personal go-to rod for any offshore deep fishing here in Perth/WA. Because of how it performs in other fisheries, namely Tuna in the USA and YTKs in NZ, I know its coming on holidays with me too.
Synit as you know, hale from New Zealand. Please contact Synit for availability in their region. They’re represented in the USA by SynitUSA, and in Singapore by Kaiser Pro Shop. Synit are represented in Australia by Fishhead
The BX-600N is a designed, manufactured and assembled in USA overhead, with an estimated capacity of 300m of PE8. It features a patended TwinDrag system, 7 Class 5 ABEC stainless steel bearings, Titanium friction washers and Stainless Steel gears.
Gear Ratio; 4:1
Gear Inches; 82.5cm
Weight; quoted: 680g, actual: 665g
We hope to do a little dry benchmarking over the next few weeks before taking it out to the barges for some some Sambo action. Those not familiar, Seriola hippos are a fantastic target when they’re really firing and best targeted by jigging on PE8. These fish reach sizes of up to 55kg and anyone with Seriola experience will know that these guys can really pull some string!
Ok we got you interested with our teaser Tackle Tester: Coming Soon Synit DeepShot Rods but here they are! The rods have landed, and they look fantastic. Synit have designed these as a very open-class rods for use with an especially wide range of jigs. Specification as follows;
Blank Synit DeepShot double axis carbon special, 5’1″
Drag Max: 22kg @ 45 degrees, Best: 8-18kg
Jig Weight 550g, Best: 180g – 450g
Line class Max: PE10, Best: PE5 – PE8
The Synit DeepShot Seriola is a specialist jigging rod designed from a combination of input from some of the worlds best jiggers and field testers.
The Seriola has been designed to work both jigs from light to medium heavy, this has come about by a unique combination of Double Axis carbons and a special fast taper triple rated mandrel.
As a result the blank recovers quickly with a wide range of jig weights without jarring the angler.
The DeepShot Seriola comes in both Spin and Synit’s Antacid spiral wrap. The Antacid wrap is unique to Synit and has been designed for use with todays specialist narrow spooled jigging reels like the Shimano Ocea Jiggers and the Accurate BX Narrow reels.
Unlike many other spiral wraps the Antacid helps to keep the line centered on the spool as the line is recovered when jigging.
All the critical components on the DeepShot are Fuji and Synit has added a few customized cosmetic changes to the Fuji Palm grip reel seat to give an attractive finish that has been tested to the max on large Bluefin Tuna up to 250lb.
Synit offers the DeepShot Seriola in two build specifications; the Pro Series and the fully custom built to your own colours Elite Series. The Pro Series DeepShot Seriola comes in traditional New Zealand colours of black, white and silver with 1/2 the blank resin dyed in Synit’s translucent black with a pearl fleck. The working tip section of the blank has been polished in natural carbon. The grips are AAA hard black EVA laser etched then inlayed with hard wearing white silicon rubber in the DeepShot and Seriola logos.
All Synit blanks and rods are built in New Zealand with Kiwi pride and there can be an 8-10 week wait for orders due to high demand world wide.
We took the time to take a few shots of the rod loaded with static loads. We’re now waiting for the Sambo Jigging to hot up, and then put the rods through their paces on some fish.
The Synit Jigging rods are building a solid rep worldwide.
In their native New Zealand, they’re accounting for many fantastic Yellowtail Kingfish and Hapuka. They love them in the USA too, where they’re bagging tuna up to 250lb on the Synit Venom V550FT, check this youtube link for the footage; NC 250LB BFT RELEASE. Just last month Synit’s Graeme Paterson visted Kaiser Pro Shop, and they all travelled up to Rompin for some sails. Pictured is Graeme with a Rompin sail and one of his Deepshots.
Great? But how do they go here on our local Seriola? Graeme from Synit is going to ship us a few of their new rods and we’re going to give them a good workout this Sambo Season, so stay tuned!