Berkley Lightning Rod Casting
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- Heavy-Fast Action
- Telescoping Rod
- Lure Weight-5/8-1½ ounces
- Line Weight-12-25 pound test
- Eight Guides
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|Item Dimensions||—||7 x 87 x 5 in||—||—|
The Berkley Lightning Rod is constructed from Multi-Modulus Graphite. This construction gives the strength and sensitivity of a high end graphite rod. Fore-grip uses Hidden Thread Technology to reduce wear and tear on your fingers. Skeleton Reel Seat-Provides increased sensitivity while helping to reduce the overall weight. SS304 guides 20X tougher and 55-Percent lighter than traditional aluminum oxide guides and are factory tested for dependability. The rod length is 7'6"and is 1 piece.
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I will be giving this rod to my dad as he loves lightning rods. I have since moved on to using a 7' 6" extra heavy halo twilite rod, for $59 on clearance at tackle warehouse. Now THAT rod is the best rod in the world **FOR THAT PRICE POINT**. My dad asked me for a 7' 6" heavy action telescopic rod for snagging spoonbill on the Arkansas river. I'm not willing to give up any of my higher end, lighter and more balanced rods so he will get this. I still highly recommend these rods, they're still far and above the best sub $40 rod on the market. Be careful with those reel seats! Tight lines!
I have since started using this as a punching, flipping and pitching rod primarily. It's just too tip heavy for long term use as a froggin rod. I use a 7' 6" shimano sellus for froggin, and have found it to be very light and tough for that. Both are less than ideal for either task, but can handle both. BOTH of these rods I have experienced reel slippage at times (you can feel the reel torque and move on harder hooksets). I broke the part that tightens down on the reel on the lightning rod. I returned it to Dicks sporting goods and bought another from BPS, as dicks was out online. I've used up to 2 oz punching weights on the lightning rod with no problems, it handles it fine. Just be careful when you torque down on the reel as it's cheaper brittle plastic. Otherwise, I still love the rod. I also use a 7' 11" Abu Garcia veritas extra heavy for heavy duty punching and love that rod. Out of the 30+ rods I own, I like my skeet reese and duckett rods the best. Both are on cyber Monday sales at Dicks and tackle warehouse. Tight lines!
discovered this rod from my dad, who was a local jackpot tournament bass fisherman for over 35 years. He gave me a lightning rod from probably 15+ years ago and it's still as good as a lot of modern rods. Him and his long term fishing buddy both bought new baitcasting reels after I showed them the newer technology ( brake systems, smoother retrieves, lighter weight etc). When they needed new rods, they bought 6 ft medium action one piece lightning rods for basic Texas rigs. While showing me how to fish plastic worms, I was amazed at the quality and sensitivity of this rod. They said they were only $40/each from academy!
Naturally, I'm of the digital age and went straight to Amazon to look at pricing etc. Long story short, most places sell these rods for $39.99. I'm an avid Topwater bass fisherman (buzzbaits, Topwater frogs, floating plastics etc). When fishing frogs, you typically need a longer rod, with a good tip and definitely heavy action to help "walk the frog" and such. I looked at Duckett ghost rods, Abu Garcia rods, falcon etc. This 7' 6" heavy action one piece lightning rod just fit the bill, at a price that's very, very reasonable. You can get two lightning rods for the price of any of the listed above rods. I ordered the frog rod, and a 6 ft one piece medium light action spinning rod for crappie and panfish. Needless to say, I highly recommend these rods.
They have a dual tone cork handle, where the reel never touches the rod blank. Also, one of the better features to me, is the fact that the entire back side of the handle has the blank fully exposed, this increasing sensitivity. The Abu Garcia, duckett, and other comparable rods don't have nearly the blank exposure to increase sensitivity. Are these the best overall rods in the world? NO. Are these one of the best rods in the world for the money? Yes, in my opinion they are. Thanks for reading and hopefully this helps bass fisherman on a budget.