Kotare is the Maori word for the sacred kingfisher bird. This bird inspired this purpose-built range of rods by being fast, light and purpose built.
New for 2020, the Kotare range has been developed to provide the highest level of performance in the Okuma range. This range of rods is made from the highest modulus carbon we could find and coupled with the best components provides a lighter, stronger and more responsive rods that are designed for Kiwi’s by Kiwi’s. The 46T carbon construction is coupled with Okuma’s patented UMR (Ultimate Matrix Reinforcement) technology so while you maintain the sensitivity of a high modulus rod, you do not have to forgo on durability. Every rod has its limitations but with UMR, it maximises the performance of the materials adding enhanced reinforcing to vulnerable areas strengthening the overall action and minimizing weight.
The Kotare range will be the flagship range for Okuma New Zealand and each and every rod has been designed and tested in New Zealand. We guarantee these rods will impress, but we’ll let you be the judge
Designed specifically for throwing stickbaits for NZ kingfish, the Kotare topwater range is exceptionally lightweight yet incredibly powerful. Featuring Winn Grips, 46T graphite blanks and top of the line ALPS and Fuji componentry the Kotare topwater rods are super responsive and cast like a cannon, while the tip sections fold away to allow the angler to work any lure with ease. The UMR technology means you don’t sacrifice anything in terms of durability and the parabolic action means you can exert huge amounts of pressure on the fish while making it easier on the angler.
Super high-modulus 46T carbon blanks
Revolutionary Ultimate Matrix Reinforcement technology to increase durability
Designed specifically for New Zealand conditions
Winn Grip on foregrip
Fuji reel seat
ALPS SiC guides
Kotare 8’ PE3-5
A truly outstanding topwater rod for chasing kingfish around New Zealand’s coastline. The lightweight 46T carbon blank and ultra-comfortable Winn Grip foregrip makes casting and working small to medium sized stickbaits all day a breeze. At 8ft in length it is a great option for both boat and land-based stickbaiting. With its softer tip and powerful mid and butt sections it will swim stickbaits throughout its weight range with ease, and has some serious stopping power when required. Perfectly matched to a reel around the 8000 size range and will tackle most topwater kings around the country.
Kotare 8’3” PE5-8
A truly outstanding stickbait rod for chasing mega kingfish around New Zealand’s coastline and offshore islands. The lightweight 46T carbon blank and ultra-comfortable Winn Grip foregrip makes casting and working medium to large sized stickbaits during long casting sessions a breeze. At 8’3” in length it is a great option for both boat and land-based stickbaiting. With its softer tip and powerful mid and butt sections it will swim stickbaits throughout its weight range with ease, and has a huge amount of stopping power for turning big fish out of gnarly territory. Perfectly matched to a reel 10000-18000 size range and will tackle big kings around the country and tough topwater opponents like GTs around the globe.