In 2017 Bone fishing rods were introduced to Australia through the team at Wilson Fishing. There are a number of ranges and models available but my interest was sparked by the Voyage series of rods. It’s a travel rod series designed for the angler who doesn’t want to compromise with the gear they use while traveling. In my mind, the words ‘travel rod’ and ‘compromise’ have always gone hand-in-hand. In years gone by, we travelling anglers have been content to use rods that weren’t ideal, just so that we could go fishing. Having to compromise was a necessary sacrifice when venturing far from home, but not anymore.
My interest in the Bone Voyage BVC704 XXH was twofold. Firstly, I wanted to jump on board the swimbait/big lures for Murray cod revolution, and secondly, I knew that my only opportunities to do this type of fishing would be travelling.
THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE ROD
The blanks used for the Bone rods, including the Voyage series, are Toray hi-modulus graphite. The key with the Voyage series is keeping the integrity of what is an elite level blank in a travel configuration. The designers have achieved this. When loaded, the rod has a smooth bend (no flat spots) in a fast taper format. Fuji K-Alconite guides complete the package. There are 12 rods in the range in spin and baitcast configurations.
I have had the rod for over 12 months and it has gone to Lake Eildon, Lake Mulwala, Canberra and Glenlyon Dam with me. I cannot tell you how many big lures I have cast with it, from large swimbaits to 3oz spinnerbaits. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I have not compromised with this rod. It is well suited to the fishing I have used it for, and on each trip it has gone into a medium-sized suitcase (the heavy-duty soft case it comes with is great).
Having said that, I haven’t yet caught a big fish on this rod. You can see a photo of my most recent catch in the review above (a Murray cod at Mulwala), but I am yet to really test the Voyage BVC704 XXH on a better quality fish. I will continue to try, and am planning a trip north targeting barramundi on similar sized lures to really put the Voyage through its paces.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THEM?
Bone rods are built to a high standard so they’re not cheap. The Voyage series rods start from around $350 depending on the model you choose, and in my opinion they are worth every cent.
To see the full range of rods you can go the Wilson Fishing website at www.wilsonfishing.com, or you can check them out at selected tackle stores.
NSW Bone Rod stockists
Australian Bass Angler – Penrith
Tackle World Wagga Wagga – Wagga Wagga
Fishing Tackle Australia (MO Tackle) – Coffs Harbour
Complete Angler Batemans Bay – Batemans bay
Outback Angler – Dubbo
VIC/TAS Bone Rod stockists
Hooked On Bait and Tackle – Hoppers Crossing
Complete Angler Ringwood – Ringwood
Complete Angler Melbourne – Melbourne CBD
Tackle World Alpine Country – Sale
Mildura Outdoors – Mildura
Tamar Marine – Launceston
The Fisherman’s Shed – Kingston
QLD Bone Rod stockists
The Tackle Warehouse – Coorparoo
Charltons Tackle – Redbank
Davo’s Tackle World – Noosaville
Sporty’s Fishing – Bundall
Gold Coast Fishing Tackle – Biggera Waters
Tackle World Mackay – Mackay
Tackle World Cairns – Cairns
The Lure Shop – Cooktown
WA Bone Rod Stockists
Broome Tackle World – Broome