TAINAN TOMAN 
TULALA EU 180 TESTING
TOMAN
-tulala EU 180  
 
Tulala El Urbano 180 was a strong 3p travel rod, designing for river monsters, especially for cannal pike in the UK. The rod is so hard that it can pierce pike's palate and  pull pike out from the obstacle,such as water weeds at the first timing . Casting heavy lure is also its advantage.  
 
Comparing with the same level travel rod, you can choose Deps h2n64r, Tulala 61c, Shimano Shaula, and Dear Monster.  
 
It is hard to decide which one is better.
 
To be honest, there are  few people having these monster travel rods at the same time.It is not easy to get this info.
 
so I decided to compare them in two ways : 
 
1. One is subjective personal feeling.  
    For personal fishing feelings, I should choose pike
    for my testing target.  
    However, there are not many river monsters in
    Taiwan. 
    For testing this rod, Toman should be the best choice. 
 
2. The other is objective facts, such as action, senstitivity
    and strength.By comparing three travel rod,  
    it may help us to choice suitable one. 
 
 
PART 1 . SUBJECT FACT : TOMAN TRIP 
 
In Taiwan, there are three well-known reservoirs where one can fish snack-head, which are白河、烏山頭 and 曾文 reservoir. Unfortunately, too many people hunt them so it is quite hard to catch them recently. In the past, we could get 10 good size (60~80cm) snack-head one day on one boat easily. But now, if you can get 2-5 good size snack-head on one boat one day, you are lucky.
 
Besides, these reservoires are located in southern Taiwan. It is 4 hour's drive from Taipei to Tainan.
We need to drive 4 hours southbound and then keep casting hundred times for toma for 8 hours on the boat. Afterwards, driving 4 hours again back to Taipei.   
This 16-hour hunting toman trip is quite tiring...
ON BOARD - crossing the jungle 
 
The boat is parking near the river bank of mountain.
It means that you have to drive car crossing the jungle carefully and then park it near the river bank.  
After taking fishing tackle to the boat, we started our toman hunting trip! The strategy of hunting toman is searching for the hot fishing points quickly in early morning with topwater lure. 
 
Toman will hunt small fish at sunrise and sunset.
It is the best time to hunt good size toman.
 
 HARD SITUATION
- get nothing at the beginning
 
In early morning, it is easy to see the toman breath in the lake. Aiming at the wave of water  and casting the topwater to the wave is one of the fishing strategies. Besides, toman also like to hide under the bamboo. Skipping the lure into the middle of bamboo is quite an important skill to hunt them. By obeying these two rules, we believe one can get good results. 
However, things are not going smoothly.  
Since we are on a swinging boat, it is not easy to cast lure accurately. On the contrary,  it may hook the tree.  Additionally, too many people hunt them, which make toman become smarter than before. We cannot get good result at the begining. 
 
 
                     Toman Attack - Rod Testing
 
After hundreds of casting, the situation did not change.
The weather was getting bad and soon started to pour heavily. 
It disturbed our itinerary; we had no choice but to take a rest near the bank.  We felt down and exhausted. 
 
However, the rain also reverse the situation.
After raining, toman began to attack lure, and we started to have bites. 
 
Tulala El Urbano 180 is not suitable for topwater because it's too hard to msnipulate topwater naturally.  So, we use it to cast frogs and toman hiding in the obstacle. 
 
Finally, it did work.
One good size toman bit the lure !  The rod is so hard that it hooked his palate without too much effort. After fighting with the creature for 2 mins, we got him ! 
 
Rod: Tulala El Urbano 180
Reel: Antares RH220
Line: Powerpro 30lb 
Leader: Numbr 8 
Lure: Toman
 
Senstive Toman  
 
Toman in this lake is quite senstive and smart.  After getting a big-sized toman, the lake was back to silence, even we  could  see them breathe. However, they had become more cautious and did not bite the lure . This time, Topwater did not work. 
Changing fishing strategy is the only way.
 
In spring, small fish will gather together as a group, just like a small fish ball. Toman like to attack these fish balls.
We change the lure from topwater  to minnow, and aim at the small fish group to cast minnow. 
It did work, and we got more good size Toman. 
 
Besides, there are also some tailand snack-head hiding in grass near the river bank. Using frogs to hunt them is also quite a good choice. 
                     
Strength:
 
Tulala El Urbano 180                                                                                         Tulala 61c                                                              Deps H2n 64R  
 
                     
Lure Setting:
 
                           Tulala El Urbano 180                                                        Tulala 61c                                                              Deps H2n 64R  
 
PART 2 .OBJECT FACT  
- Action, Strength, Lure Setting
 
Action: 
Tulala El Urbano 180                                                                                           Tulala 61c                                                                      Deps H2n 64R  
                                                                      Conclusion
 
Tulala El Urbano is designed for pike fishing. For testing it by fishing toman is not fair. Nevertheless, it still got quite good size toman.   According to my fishing style, I am used to hunting toman by pencial and poper. It means that the action of rod cannot be too hard in order to mainpulate pencial vividly. 
 
Comparing with the same level rod of deps h2n64r, El Urbano 180 is quite difficult to mainpulate pencial naturally. 
However, I believe that it is a reliable rod in strength. 
You can use it to cast 50g big baits and get river monsters. In other words, it is extremely suitable for frog fishing (雷強)
 
In Taiwan, if you like the violence fishing style, this rod would be a nice choice. Its strengrh is better than 61c.
But if you want to use it for top-water... it is not a good choice.
 
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