Outstanding King fish rod
October 22, 2014
I participate in a few of the local king fish tournaments here in Tampa Florida. I have been shopping around for a decent conventional rod for this application for a couple years. I am accustomed to spinning gear which with braided lines surely gets the job done, however I felt it necessary to utilize mono main line in my arsenal as well due to the stretch and its translucence in the water providing better presentation. You cant fit 300 plus yards of 20-30 lb mono on a spinning rod unfortunately. Utilizing a lever drag high speed reel for the ease of drag adjustment and pairing it with this rod is a dangerous combination for slow trolling sport fish in the Gulf of Mexico. This rod has a nice soft tip and a strong back bone making it easy to stay tight to the fish without pulling the hooks. I was able to take it out for the first time this past weekend to pre- fish an upcoming tournament and I have to say I am impressed. I have an arsenal of Star rods as for the money they just can't be beat. We caught 6 kings up to 30lbs and 10+ cudas in the 40lb+ class utilizing this set up presented both on the surface and down riggers slow trolling live threadies and pilchard in about 5 hours of fishing. The water temp is still in the 80s and the herds of kings in masses have not reached our area just yet. Can't wait to get back out this weekend and do it all again.
Pros:Everything is a pro with this rod when it comes to fishing for pelagic's with this rod. And its backed by Stars warranty!