Dendou Maru Plays deep

DEEPWATER bottom bouncing just became a whole lot more accessible, following the release of the Shimano Dendou Maru 9000 Plays.

The 9000 has a 3:1 gear ratio and metal reduction gears, so it’s more than capable of handling the heavy loads a couple of blueye, ‘pukas or bass groper represent. It has a maximum winding speed of 135 metres per minute, while its actual winding speed with a kilo of weight on the end is 118 metres a minute. With a two kilo weight, it’s 114 metres a minute.

The 9000 weighs 1.5 kilos and has three SA-RB bearings to keep everything moving smoothly, and a potent 25 kilos of maximum drag, which equates to some real stopping power when you’ve got a full stringer of deepwater ooglies.

Spool it up with fine diameter braid like Power Pro and you’re good to go. It will take 1150 metres of 80 pound, or 940 metres of 100 pound, so with that capacity virtually no deep reef or canyon is out of range.

Off-the-shelf rods for this sort of deepwater work can be hard to find, but Shimano have it covered with the TCurve Revolution Offshore Deep Drop.

Check them both out at your local tackle shop.

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