Fishing with Pro Angler Jared Lintner and G.Loomis
Jared would approach the bass cautiously then when he knew the fish was pretty
locked down onto the bed would circle the fish with the boat until both his boat
and us acted as a barrier from the wind, only then would he deploy his
powerpoles. Within a minute the water would start to settle behind the boat and
we could better perceive the fish. In one such instance though we were able to
isolate the bass from the wind no matter what plastics we threw at the fish or
how many times we bumped it she remained cool and collected, never once turning
or charging the bait.
Bruce catches the male and the female moves onto
Jared decided it was time to once again mix things up and pulled out a Jackall
Gantarel bluegill swimbait. He retrieved the swimbait past the bed and let it
pause in front of the fish, but while it seemed to be intrigued it didn’t do
much more then swim towards the bait only to turn away. Jared decided to go
vertical and tied a leader and a weight onto the second line tie on the Gantarel.
He cast the swimbait past the fish and proceeded to walk it towards the fish. By
jerking his E6X rod tip the bait literally looked like it was bouncing back and
forth like a large drop shot. When he got to the bed he stopped the bait and
moved it up and down. From my vantage point it looked like the bluegill was
literally feeding on the bed, and that must have been what the fish thought too
because it didn’t take more than a few second before she charged the bait
viscously and was caught. This highlighted one of Jared’s sight fishing tactics,
to not be afraid to mix it up and use a variety of different bait types and
sizes in an effort to trigger aggression.
Jared shows us the Jackall Gantarel rigged with a
One of Jared’s favorite E6X rods for sight fishing is the 7’5” 894C FPR
(Flip/Punch Rod) which he used all week to toss heavy rigged creatures and tubes
at sight fish. He likes the rod’s ability to manage fish in heavy cover and the
tight quarters much like the docks we fished for example. He also commented that
he likes how the rod still feels crisp and lightweight even though is such a
heavy powered stick.
With a weight and leader the Gantarel fishes very
differently, much like a giant drop shot
As I logged more time on the water with the E6X rods I continued to find them
rather impressive for their price point. Comparing them to the NRX Series in
terms of sensitivity is an apples to oranges comparison, but when compared to
other rods at the 200 dollar price point they certainly seem like they can hold
their own. They deliver reasonable sensitivity, excellent balance and plenty of
durability all key attributes that mainstream anglers are looking for.
Jared lands a nice fish with the E6X swimbait rod
I also continue to wonder how these rods are affecting other G.Loomis Series
entry series rods, and with the initial success of these sticks it wouldn’t be a
surprise if G.Loomis rolled out additional actions over the coming season. When
comparing rod to rod with the E6X versus the GL2 Series I almost always
preferred the action and feel of the newer, and more affordable, E6X Series.
Jared shows us the moderate fast taper of the E6X
7'4" swimbait rod
When it comes to cosmetics the E6X also wins versus the more conservatively
styled GL2 Series hands down. The bright green threading used on the E6X rods
may not appeal to all G.Loomis fans but at least it has a lot of personality and
is instantly recognizable, something that I like a lot about the original NRX
(blue threaded) Series.
Clear Lake proved to be an excellent testing
ground for the E6X rods
As usual Clear Lake proved to be a great testing ground, and the fish that Jared
was able to put us on really put the G.Loomis E6X rods to the test. I was
surprised that we didn’t break a single rod the way we were loading up on the
rods, and there were times when we boat flipped fish that I was sure we were
going to snap a tip, but the rods held up to the pressure. We didn’t catch huge
numbers over the two day period but we caught quality with over ten fish that
weighed more than five pounds, and Bruce landed the largest fish on an E6X rod
with a white lizard, which weighed in at 9.55 pounds.
The biggest fish of the trip was caught by Bruce
with an E6X rod and a white lizard right off a bed
I had two key takeaways from the time on the water with Jared and Bruce, and the
first was that the new E6X rods are here to play. I had previously had the
opportunity to fish them at La Perla Ranch in Texas prior to the launch, and my
original thoughts of the rods were only reinforced now that I have more time to
fish a wider range of E6X rods, and on my home water. These rods are worthy of
the G.Loomis name and offer a good balance of features and performance, and at
the 200 dollar price point are a great entry into the brand for anglers that up
till now may have found the high cost of G.Loomis rods too great a barrier.
The new E6X rods offer plenty of performance at
the lowest price point of any G.Loomis rod yet
The second takeaway was that what I called “sight fishing” was just the tip of
the iceberg and I probably need glasses after getting downright schooled by
Jared on the water. Sight fishing, like any technique, takes time and patience
to get good at. No two bodies of water are exactly the same but principles like
how to spot attributes of fish, maintaining the right distance, a stealthy
approach, effectively blocking out current and light wind, and not being afraid
to mix it up when it comes to lure selection in an effort to get fish to commit,
are all things that are worth practicing if you want to successfully bed fish.