New Rods- First Thoughts

I’ve gotten two new rods in the past couple of months, and i wanted to post my first thoughts. Obviously here in Minnesota I won’t be able to give these rods a full test and review until spring so this is just going by the “feel” of the rod.

 

Abu Garcia Vendetta Casting Rod

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Specs:

Model#: VTC70-6

Length: 7’0″

Power: medium heavy w/ fast tip

Lure Weight: 1/4-1 oz. 

Line Weight: 12-20 lb.

Blank: 30 ton carbon

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Features: 

  • fuji reel seat and guides
  • machined aluminum reel seat nut
  • EVA foam handle
  • aluminum butt cap
  • texas rigged hook keeper

My Thoughts:

The first thing I noticed when i picked up this rod was how light it was for a rod in the sub-100$ range. I held it and played around with it for a while and the next thing I noticed how comfortable the real seat was, it fits very well in the hand. This rod seems to be stiffer than most other medium heavy rods that I have used, which is something I had heard before about Abu rods before, so be sure to play around with and get a feel for the rod before you buy it. I am going to use this as my flipping and pitching rod paired with a Quantum tour edition pt reel in the 7:1.1 gear ratio.

Conclusion: So far it seems like a great rod for the price, and I would compare it evenly to some more expensive rods. 

 

Daiwa Ballistic Casting Rod

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Specs:

Model #: BLS 691MHFB

Length: 6’9″

Power: medium heavy fast taper

Lure Weight: 1/4-1 oz.

Line Weight: 10-20 lb.

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Features: 

  • Daiwa custom reel seat
  • Fuji guides
  • mechanical hook keeper
  • machined aluminum reel seat nut
  • aluminum butt cap
  • EVA foam handle

My Thoughts:

First of all this rod has an MSRP of 109$, but tackle warehouse had it on sale for 55$. So I decided to pick one up to pair with my Daiwa Tatula that I am going to order soon, it was a bit of a gamble never having felt or even seen one in person I had no idea what to expect. The first thing I noticed when I un-boxed it  was that it had rather large guides not outrageously large but noticeably  larger than on the vendetta, and it was a little heavy for a 100 dollar rod. Neither of these are that big of a deal to me. This rod is also very comfortable in the hand, and is made of quality components. I am going to use this rod for spinner-baits, swim jigs, jerk-baits, and light crankbaits, iI will pair it with a Daiwa Tatula in 6:3.1 gear ratio.

Conclusion:

I would not buy this rod for full price (109$) I think there are better rods for the price ,but for 55$ dollars on tackle warehouse it is a steal.

 

Tight Lines, NSAangler