When I first got my hands on the Shimano Dialuna BS – the S710MH 7’ 10” model – it was matched with a Shimano Stradic 4000 reel loaded with 16lb braid and put to work targeting snapper over some 55m foul off Bream Head.
As I am used to a rod with a less parabolic action, it took me a while to get my head around the flex of the carbon blank, especially when the first test subjects were a couple of feisty kingfish in the 90cm range, but the more time I spent with the rod, the more I liked it.
I changed the reel to a Twin Power 3000 which had a smaller line return for each turn of the handle, effectively dropping down a gear when retrieving larger (7-inch-plus) softbait lures from the depths. This proved to be a great match and after five days on the water fishing it in various depths and situations, I have really grown to enjoy it.
Out with Mangawhai charter operator Tony Orton and his son Sami, we were discussing the merits of the rod. He described the action as ‘crisp’, and since then, I can’t think of a better word to associate with the Dialuna BS. Tony put ‘crisp’ to the test during the session, catching a trophy snapper that gave him a great run for his money in 40 metres of water.
Later that week an Aussie friend of mine, Ivon Ditcham, caught his personal-best snapper of 7.93kg on the rod and was singing its praises. He was surprised at just how strong the rod was for its weight. It is a bantamweight taking on the cruiser division and winning.
My personal preference for soft-bait rods is as light as possible, as wrists and shoulders succumb to the ravages of age. Fortunately, the weight and action of this rod does not compromise on lift. The Dialuna BS is strong through the butt section, and as Tony suggested, it has a crisp casting action. The blank features Shimano’s High-power X and Spiral X technology, which when combined with the Ci4+ reel seat and Fuji guides, creates a high-performance rod that meets all of my requirements for strength (lift) and casting.
I have only had one session in closer to the wash where long casts were required and I was impressed with the way the rod handled a range of jighead weights, from half-ounce through to one-ounce. The test rod was one of two in the series – the other is a slightly shorter version at 7’ 6” which features a lighter action.
We are seeing some great Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) product appearing in our retailers’ rod racks, with the parent company now owning its New Zealand operation. The Dialuna BS is just another example. It is not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Line Weight: PE1-2.5 kg
Lure Weight: 10-45 g
Blank Type: Spiral X & High Power X CARBON
Grip Assembly: Custom EVA
Length: 2.43 m / 7’10inch ft
Guide Type: Fuji SIC
Gimbal Type: EVA
Reel Seat: Shimano Ci4+
RRP: Approximately $400
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