Thursday, February 26, 2009

Daiwa Pluton & Golden Mean

First saw this reel at Tackletour, when it was just a preview. Then few weeks later, there was a review. Then it arrived at Sykt Kepong a while after. This reel is like the Shimano Conquest, see liow die die also wanna get. But there weren't any pushing factor as it felt a bit redundant with the Cardiff, Conquest and Revo all of which serve similar functions. (CLEAR indicator that although I have a lots of rods and reels, they were all NECESSARY and purchased under perfect sanity.)

Thankfully, couple weeks back I went to Darren's shop to get some jigs for the Tukun trip and also to pick up something I bought a while back. Suddenly a strikingly blue rod caught my eyes... Golden Mean's Sabel Dance, PE1, baitcast, limited edition. And the price was slightly over RM300. Jeng Jeng Jeng!! Do I have something like that? No... Do I like the colour? Yes... Is my birthday coming? OH YA!!! So I started singing in my head 'Happy bday to ME! Happy bday to ME! Happy bday to KY!!! Happy bday to ME!!!!!!'. And off I left with the rod in hand!

So now the question is... what reel shall I pair with the rod? Cardiff, Revo and Conquest are all out of the question as they are for freshwater casting. And yes, it's all about SPECIALISATION!! It's also about having the perfect excuse to get a partner in crime for the Golden Mean. JENG JENG JENG!!! I started singing in my head again. After surveying around for the best price, as usual, I ended up at Sykt Kepong again, still singing.

There you have it, perfect pushing factor.

Anyway, here are some pictures and some review quotes from Tackletour -

'The Pluton feels extremely solid in hand, not only when examining the reel in hand but also when crankin'

'The Pluton was designed by Daiwa to be a multipurpose reel, one that can be used for tossing big freshwater swimbaits, targeting inshore species, or loading up serious big game with light line.'

The Pluton isn't flashy and features a clean utilitarian design that is simple yet elegant'

'The Pluton is all about power during retrieve is among the very best round reels we have tested to date.'

'Though solid as a tank the Pluton doesn’t handle like a big bulky machine, it does however react like a sophisticated sports car and each crank of the 90mm (center to center) handle is self-assured and the reel responds with profuse amounts of torque.'

'The Pluton it is also among the easiest round reels we have ever taken apart '

'The Team Daiwa Pluton is the best round reel we have seen from the company since the esteemed Saltiga hit our shores.'

'Daiwa took the high road with the Pluton and over-engineered the reel with extra robust gearing, a souped all machined frame, and a quality externally adjustable cast control system. '

Oh ya... still singing...Opted for the highspeed model . Less tiring.Pluton on black background.200m of 15lbs braid. Wanted to load it with 10lbs... but chicken a bit...Elegant plain silver all over.
Pluton on white background.Here's a quote from Tackletour -
'There is a black ring that encircles the non handle sideplate which rotates back and forth with an indicator that lines up with laser engraved marks engraved on the sideplate. The ring rotates easily by applying pressure with one finger and there is an audible click making it easy to make slight adjustments in the field.'

Golden Mean - Cheap cheap good good.Sabel Dance - Golden Mean Custom Saltwater RodLTD = Limited. Limited how? No idea...
Happy bday to me!!Why only once a year...? :-(
I brought the setup for my Tukun Perak trip last week and landed a Big Eye Trevally with it. Shiok shiok shiok. It looks good, feels good, jig good and fish good. The only thing left to do now is, if a reel is HOT, you've gotta make it HOTTER!!! So stay tune for some Pluton Pimping!!!


CJ said... you put any backing for the 200m of 15lbs braid line (powerpro?) loaded onto the pluton?


Ken FK Yong said...

Nope, no backing, just the braids. It was Xzoga.

QVSanpei said...

Great looking combo KY. I like the rod too so goggled it a bit, the limited one has double wrapping guides (under and over bound) with an additional silver trim at the butt end. Is there any chance I can order the rod from Malaysia? Buying from Jap sites is quite complicated and I don't think it's possible to find it here in Australia. Msn me if you have some spare time:

Ken FK Yong said...

HI Hi! Added you on MSN.

Anonymous said...

hi KY.. i'm from Kelantan n seriously dying want that Pluton.. please could u tell me where to get it (+ how much)...

Hibiki said...

If you will choose between Pluton 200H and Calcutta Conquest 200, which one would you choose? :-)