I like this rod...
March 20, 2014
I purchased this rod, though it was a 6'6" Medium Casting Rod w/ Gimbal, to pair with a Shimano Tekota 500. After buying the Tekota, I was on a slightly lower budget for a rod. Typically, I tend to steer towards St. Croix Rods. Not on the budget I was on.
I then came across this rod. At first glance, I really did not think much about it. And I almost passed it up. Being right in my budget, power and action, I decided to buy it. Driving home, I almost turned around to bring it back. I thought that one through, and drove home.
I first took this setup on a Sea Bass Trip. I brought my spare rod just in case the Ande did not work out. I was pleasantly surprised when hooking my first fish! This rod had incredible sensation. I could feel everything working on the other end of the rod, times 5. Then hooking a 3 lb Sea Bass, I had great control, a nice bend, and let the rod and reel do all of the work. Also, with the Tekota, it had very good balance as well, and light weight. Granted I did not have a monster on the end of my line. However, I did not think much of this rod at all at first. And now, I really liked it after hooking on fish! I used this rod for the rest of the night, and from that point on.
It is now one of my favorite rods. The butt will fit into a fighting belt/chair also. Just be mindful of the butt cover. It comes off easily. I already lost and replaced mine. Not a big dollar replacement, just wanted to mention it. You can do a lot better than this rod, absolutely. However, based on the price, this rod is really not bad at all. Be well!
Pros:Great rod for the price
very good action
Cons:Butt cover comes off easily
Based on price, this rod can easily be overlooked and under rated