Reaction Bait Rod (RR6S7) Specifications
||Wraparound (Robert's Wrap)|
Handling wt. Range
Impressions: The first eye catcher when you look at the
R-series Reaction Bait rod is the split cork handle because it's highly
visible. But with another glance you will see something that's more
amazing. So what's so special about Competitive Edge's R-series
rods? Is it the blank? The weight? The length? No, it's the guide
placement! All casting rods by CE Fishing come in two series: the
G-series that has the conventional guide placement for the people who like the
more traditional style and the R-series with the "wraparound" guides, also known
as "Robert's Wrap."
split cork handle design increases sensitivity
The Reaction Bait rod uses 10 high quality Fuji guides. The first 3
guides from the butt are offset while the remaining ones are aligned like
spinning rod guides; unlike the other baitcast rods where the guides are all
"on-top" of the rod. The first guide from the butt is a double-foot while
the remaining are single-foot.
Complete Rig for
||Competitive Edge RR6S7|
||Shimano Chronarch 100A|
Stren Easy Cast|
The RR6S7 looked really thick and heavy, but it only weighs 5.6oz. which
is average for a fiberglass rod with those specifications. This
fishing rod sure does look good for throwing reaction baits and for muscling big
bass, stripers, and other large fish!
What is Robert's Wrap: A Robert's Wrap has nothing to do with
thread wrapping. It has to do with the position of the guides on the
blank. The first guide from the butt is placed on top of the blank with
the second and third guides rotating towards the bottom. The remainder of
the guides are installed on the bottom of the rod blank. This style of
guide placement is not a new invention, and has been around for approximately 75
years. Until recently the Robert's Wrap has been used mainly for ocean
fishing because this design helps reduce the torque on the rod and reel when
battling big fish in the big ocean. Some other benefits from this design
are rod stability, reduced line friction, line never comes in contact with the
blank, and a increase in sensitivity.
wraparound guides... also known as Robert's Wrap
Real World Tests: Usually one of the first tests we perform on
the rods is the telegraph test. (This procedure was explained earlier in another
article) This allows us to feel how sensitive the rod is even when the
slightest vibrations are transmitted. In this test the RR6S7 was
good. The VPR Pro Reaction Bait rod was optimized to be sensitive.
One way Competitive Edge Fishing improved the sensation in the Reaction Bait rod
is to use a lighter tip and more guides, especially with the wraparound guide
style. Since the fishing line is always in contact with the guides the
little bumps and hits are felt throughout the fishing rod because all the guides
are transmitting the vibration and not just at the tip. Another way to
increase the sensation in this rod was to use a cork handle but with less cork.
Everyone knows that cork is sensitive to vibration transmission, but what if
there's less cork? I think we know the answer. The Reaction Bait rod
utilizes a split cork handle design, and no cork is used at the foregrip.
By not having cork there more vibrations are transmitted to the angler's
hand. Also the trigger on the reel seat has a cutout exposing the blank to
further increase the sensitivity to the angler.
To further test the sensitivity of the rod I tossed and slowly rolled a
spinnerbait. Hitting every kind of structure near the bottom and each time
I was able to feel it. Being able to feel the difference between a fish
hitting the lure or just running into structure is important and can lead you to
landing more fish on your trips.
Aside from using spinnerbaits with the Reaction Bait rod I also threw
crankbaits and a Nemire Spoon Buzzer bait. The RR6S7 rod handles these
lures with ease in both deep and shallow waters.
Pro reaction bait rod handles big fish with ease, and notice the line is in
constant contact with the guides
When battling large fish this rod is tough! It has a strong
backbone, but that's not the only thing that adds to the performance. The
guides used by Competitive Edge Fishing on the Reaction Bait rod is superb and
fits the application of the rod perfectly. The Fuji guides used have a
lower frame and smaller diameter which reduces torque on the side of the guides,
and at the same time increases casting accuracy. Also with the wraparound
guide placement it gives the rod stability. Just like a spinning rod, this
one will not twist to the side. With the guides closer to the rod blank
the hooking power is improved because the line is kept closer to the
CE Fishing RR6S7
with high quality fiberglass and Fuji components making it
||Sensitive, accurate, powerful hookset, and stability
price for a sensitive rod that's built tough
||Design features added for sensitivity. Wraparound (Robert's
nicely in your hands, but the upper part of the cork handle is a bit short
for people with larger hands but not critical
for reaction baits and the rod excels in this area
Pluses and Minuses:
Cork too short for big hands|
Conclusion: The Competitive Edge Fishing rod RR6S7 with the
wraparound guide style was specifically designed for Reaction Baits.
That's what this rod does best and after my in-depth observation and tests, it
fishes well! The construction and components used on this rod made a good
match for it's application. The Reaction Bait rod also comes in a 6'6"
length which is perfect for boaters. If you are wondering where you can
purchase these rods online, Worldwaters.com is your place. Oh! One more
thing... All Competitive Edge Fishing rods come with an UNCONDITIONAL LIFETIME
fun and keep on fishin!