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Bob is an award-winning crime-thriller novelist and outdoors writer. "The Fishing Smart Anywhere Handbook for Salt Water & Fresh Water" is endorsed by Lefty Kreh and Angelo Peluso~online at Amazon.

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July 01, 2015

Update on Field-Testing Eposeidon's Reels & Lines—Also Alluring Lures

by Bob Banfelder

If you have been following my articles referencing Eposeidon Outdoor Adventures Inc., you know a bargain when you see one. Under the company's banner are the Ecooda (Royal Sea) spinning reels. Under the same umbrella is the Eposeidon KastKing label: KastKing's Copolymer blue-green line, KastKing's Copolymer clear line; Eposeidon's Superpower yellow braid.

I had reviewed the Ecooda Royal Sea ERS 3000 spinning reel along with the copolymer/braided lines in the July 1, 2014 issue titled Eposeidon ~ Professional Fishing Tackle: Affordable Pricing. Having had time to test these lines thoroughly for a year and report back to you as I said I would, they are, indeed, great reels and cost a fraction of what the competition charges. In the same blog, I urged you to log onto and discover lures that will lure you with both their hard and soft baits, and at unbelievable savings. For example: tins, plastic frogs, single and jointed crankbaits, buzzbaits, spinbaits, umbrella rigs, et cetera. The lures that I tested boast VMC hooks, rattles, and fine action. I'll focus on a few that I highly recommend in a moment, but first I want to expand on an article I wrote for my December 1, 2014 blog titled Shimano's Flagship Stella SW Spinning Reels Versus Eposeidon's Ecooda Hornet for Surf Fishing. The Ecooda 6000 is one hell of a deal of a reel. Not unlike the Ecooda Royal Sea ERS 3000, the Ecooda 6000 is a sweet tool for the suds. Both these reels offer quality at a fraction of the cost of the company's competition. I believe that folks believe that when I put my name to a particular product, the item has been utterly tested. I'll go you one better referencing field-testing. With regard to these two spinning reels, they have been exhaustively put to the test in an environment that shows no mercy; that being, the harsh marine environment of a pounding surf. Allow me to elaborate.

In terms of saltwater fishing, Donna and I are now pretty much relegated to fishing our local Sound beaches because we can no longer safely launch our boat from our property, situated along the Peconic River. Super Storm Sandy made sure of that. We have been spoiled, having enjoyed access to neighboring bays for twenty-one years. It's a rather long and sad story, for we can neither legally rebuild nor even repair a wooden ramp over a former in-place concrete ramp. The Department of Environmental Conservation gave us their blessing and a green light to do either; that is, to rebuild or repair. But the Riverhead town supervisor and town attorney said, "No" to either approach—even after councilwoman/town board member acknowledged the debacle and fought on Donna's and my behalf. Too, the town would not even accept the DEC's recent survey. It's the town's money-grabbing game. The story has been addressed in our local paper, the Riverhead News-Review, and will be covered in further detail on our Cablevision show titled Special Interests with Bob and Donna, along with other media venues. The point of mention is that virtually all of our saltwater fishing is now concentrated on surf fishing, whereas before we did the majority of angling from our boat. Therefore, our surf equipment (reels, rods, lines, and lures) are being put through the rigors of a severe marine environment as opposed to moderate field-testing. The two Eposeidon Ecooda reels (Royal Sea 3000 and Hornet 6000) have received some serious workouts: severe salt spray and lashes of wind-swept sand. Like a quality spinning reel should, they kept right on spinning, smoothly applying the brakes against big blues, fair-sized striped bass, and some nice weakfish. Of course, a good cleaning and lubrication followed these unfavorable conditions.

As an added note, the Peconic River and its neighboring bays have recently had an influx of tens of thousands of menhaden (bunker), lining both shorelines in a decaying smelly mess. "This was the result of a bunker kill brought about by marauding bluefish compounded by algal blooms," [referred to as the mahogany tide], said marine biologist, Chris Paparo, manager of the Marine Science Center at Stoney Brook–Southampton. Just prior to that event, hundreds of diamondback terrapin turtles washed ashore, believed to be impacted by the algal bloom, a biotoxin absorbed in shellfish, a food source consumed by the turtles. Riverhead Town officials see no connections to pollution such as 2.5 million gallons of raw sewage from Riverhead Town's sewage treatment facility that was dumped into the Peconic River toward the end last year, which is only 1½ miles from our shellfish grounds [as reported in Riverhead News-Review, 12/06/2014]. One might conclude that Riverhead Town stinks, both figuratively and literally speaking. Note that the Hudson River recently had a menhaden kill, but no turtles washed ashore. I invite you to read one of my award-winning thrillers titled The Author, which covers the issue of irresponsible polluting of our environment (air, land, and water) as it pertains to the alarming cancer rate in Suffolk County—thoroughly researched and explicitly expounded upon in startling detail.

Eposeidon places new equipment into angler consultants' hands for field-testing. Comments are sent to the company and products never hit the market until they pass muster. One such item was a baitcasting rod and reel combo that showed great potential. Back to the drawing board it went for fine tuning. As a team, that's how Eposeidon operates. I can't wait until that reengineered baitcasting rod and reel is put back into my hands with refinements set in place for additional field-testing. I believe it's going to be an absolute winner. I'll keep you posted when this ultra-lightweight gem of a reel with its unbelievably smooth drag and matching rod is reevaluated.

Focusing on the lures that produced for Donna and me along shorelines, estuaries, and inlets are MadBite lures, once again under the Eposeidon banner.

The MadBite Mad Pop 90 Floating/Topwater Popper is available in five color models: Blueback, Airbrush, RedHead, Fire Breather, Hot-Chartreuse. All five models boast #4 VMC hooks. I field-tested the Blueback, 3½ inches, 11/16 ounces, floating/topwater popper. This topwater popper was one of my favorites in the popper lineup, rattling its way into first place. A great value at $4.49 each.

For a super soft, virtually weedless topwater killer baits, give MadBite's Big Bully 55 Topwater Hollow Body Rattle Frog a shot. Available in nine color patterns: Leopard/Chartreuse, Bruiser (a black/yellow pattern), Tan Toad, Yellow, Mutant (yellowish/light-green pattern), Skid-Mark (a darker green/yellow pattern), Natural, Freaky (an orange/chartreuse pattern), and Green/Yellow. My Big Bully rattling Mutant design pattern proved deadly in both salt and sweet water situations. The lure's overall length is 4-1/8 inches, inclusive of a 2-inch trailing skirt (simulating the lure's froggy legs); weight is approximately ½ ounce. The body is constructed of a softened but durable plastic, sporting three-dimensional eyes (not painted-on orbs). The lure is equipped with a 4/0 double hook and sells for $5.68 each. It is a must for those areas covered with thick vegetation.

MadBite's Break Down 130 Versatile Swimbait is a rattling, floating, jointed minnow measuring 5¾-inches from tip (lip) to tail, weighing in at 13/16th of an ounce. It can dive to depths of 4–5 feet. MadBite states that it may be worked as a jerkbait, swimbait, or crankbait. Hum. There are arguably different definitions among the three body types, whether sporting a lip . . . no lip . . . jointed . . . not jointed . . . hard body . . . soft body, et cetera. Definitions may even be derived regionally. Here are my general definitions regarding the trio: jerkbait (imitates a wounded fish by utilizing short twitches of the rod tip), swimbait (a natural, realistic swimming action created by a steady retrieve), crankbait (worked more than less in a straight line, yet somewhat erratically). Body design determines action; no one body style does it all. I utilized MadBite's Break Down 130 Versatile Swimbait as described by its model name; that is, a RedHead Shimmer swimbait. Period—end of story. It works well and is offered in seven colors: Blueback, Green Tiger, Shocker, Air Brush, RedHead Shimmer, Red Tiger, and Gold Dot. VMC #2 hooks. $6.69 each.

Referencing the three lures, consult Eposeidon's web site at for precise coloring and shades thereof.

Robert Banfelder
Award-Winning Thriller/Mystery Author & Outdoors Writer
Senior Editor, Broadwater Books
Co-host, Cablevision TV, Special Interests with Bob & Donna

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