Until recently, the brand Cinnetic wasn’t one that I was familiar with. When the guys at Dogtooth Distribution approached me to try out some Cinnetic gear, I jumped at the chance to try something entirely new. I was given a Cinnetic Crafty Lagos Light game 2.10m rod and a Crafty CRB4 FD Hybrid 3500 reel – a combo that retails for a touch over $300. My plan was to target, bass, bream, flathead and other estuary species with it.
ON THE WATER
After spooling the reel with 8lb braid, it was time to hit the water and get a feel for what the Cinnetic outfit had to offer. It is clever to match the Crafty Hybrid reel with this rod. Weighing in at a meagre 197g, the lightness of the reel compensates for the rod being a little heavier in the hand than you would expect for a full graphite rod, and provided for a nicely balanced outfit. This is a must if you intend to cast lures for hours at a time. I knew it wasn’t going to be an issue with this Crafty combo.
CRAFTY LAGOS LIGHT GAME
I find it amusing that people put so much emphasis on the ‘wiggle test’ when they pick up a fishing rod. How often have you heard the words “that feels good” being uttered after a quick wiggle of a fishing rod? Other than feeling the weight of the rod, it really doesn’t tell you anything. Get somebody to load the rod up for you, as it would if you had a fish on, and you’ll learn a lot more about what’s in your hand. In the case of the Crafty Lagos Light Game rod, you have a medium to fast tapered rod that’s surprisingly powerful. There is no variation in the taper resulting from its two-piece construction, and because of the taper it has the ability to cast quite light lures through to heavier ones that weigh almost an ounce.
CRAFTY CRB4 FD HYBRID REEL
I’ve always been wary of reels that are super teched up without a matching price tag. Some claim to have all the right things, but don’t deliver. On paper, the Crafty CRB4 has plenty to it: nine stainless steel bearings, ultra-light carbon CRB4 alloy body, high-tensile HSG graphite rotor, 10kg multi-disc drag system, 6.1:1 retrieve ratio and much more. It is beautifully smooth and the drag adjustment offers you plenty. At full lock I couldn’t pull any line from it. However, I knew the only true way to see whether it could go the distance was to fish with it.
SIX MONTHS ON
After six months of using the Cinnetic Crafty outfit I am pleased to say that I am impressed. The surprise packet has been the Lagos rod. Although I wouldn’t generally use a rod with this taper, it has some serious sting in the bottom third of the rod, and dealt with everything I could throw at it. Although not all the fish have been big, a few memorable fish have hit the deck – plus a rather large stingray that tested the Lagos out to the nth degree. Its also has a hook keeper, which automatically gets big tick from me. The Crafty Hybrid reel has also done the job. It remains as it came out of the box – beautifully smooth to wind, with good castability. The stand-out on the reel is the drag; it is silky smooth and has impressed me when fighting the bigger fish. I don’t think mister stingray liked it much though. It was given the full drag treatment of ‘break the line or come here’, and it made it to the net. Bear in mind that some care is required when hopping plastics for long periods, just to ensure that you minimize those loose loops of line to avoid wind knots. But with a little angler care this isn’t an issue. As a combination, this rod and reel are well suited, and I’m now keen to explore more of what’s on offer from Cinnetic. To find stockists and learn more about the range you can go to www.dogtoothdistribution.com.au. – Peter Jung