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Fishing Abu Garcia's New Pro Series Rods with Elite Series Pro Angler Hunter Shryrock


Date: 7/29/22
Tackle Type: Rods
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: Abu Garcia introduced a lot of new tackle this ICAST including their completely revamped Revo spinning reel series, lightweight Zenon baitcasters, and a new Pro Series Rod lineup that was designed to meet the favorite techniques, actions, and styling of their tournament pros.


Abu Garcia's newest rod lineup is designed for Anglers by Pro Anglers


Abu Goes Pro: Abu Garcia has continued to expand their identity and while they still offer products that are rooted in their storied history they also have become the more edgy and modern brand within the Pure Fishing portfolio. The team at Abu Garcia has been working side by side with their prostaff to develop new products, and this year's Pro Series of rods speaks to just how closely they have been collaborating.


Each of the Pro Series rods features one of Abu Garcia's Pros and their signature technique and style


To create the new series the Abu Garcia product team worked directly with their MLF and Elite Series Pros to dial in specific rod actions that cater to their preferred and signature fishing styles. Want to fish a jerkbait or bladed jig? Hank Cherry has two rods. Looking to toss a topwater or shakey head? Justin Lucas has you covered with his two signature rods.


Like other new Pure Fishing rods the Pro Series leverages Powerlux 200 resin


This new rod series was engineered with a focus on performance in tournament fishing applications using 36-ton graphite blanks infused with the company's Powerlux 200 resin. The Abu team describes this blend as being designed to deliver "excellent strength and durability needed by serious anglers, while remaining both lightweight and sensitive."


The Pro Series rods look and feel great paired with the new Zenon reels


The new Pro Series includes an assortment of 16 different technique specific rod models aligning with Abu Garcia's Pros which means they not only are designed for specific techniques that these anglers are known for, but they also bear the same cosmetics as their tour wraps for instant identification. As an example Josh Bertrand's drop shot rod is purple and white, Justin Lucas's topwater rod is red and white, and Hunter Shryock's heavy flipping rod is green and black. All of these colors are found on the split grip portion of the rods and add quite a bit of extra flair to this series.


Josh Bertrand's Dropshot rod sporting his signature wrap


In total there are eight Pro Anglers that have rods in this series including Hank Cherry, Justin Lucas, Josh Bertrand, Bobby Lane, John Cox, Adrian Avena, Hunter Shryock, and Shane Lehew.


Justin Lucas's topwater rod. Notice how they are all labeled with the Angler's name and application


All of the rods feature high density EVA grips, a custom designed Abu Garcia reel seat with a carbon style fore-nut, and the guide train on all rods consists of titanium guides with lightweight zirconia inserts.


Justin's rod paired with a Zenon rod spooled with braid to fish topwaters

Next: Putting Hunter Shryock's Heavy Flipping Rod to Task









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