The Stuff of Wonder, Graphene Infused G-Rods
The G-Rod Pro-Bass weighs in at 4.6oz. which is light, but not really in the
superlight category. What G-Rods has done is create a pretty well balanced rod
that feels very good in hand with just about any 6-8oz. baitcaster strapped on.
The EVA grips are comfortable and grippy even when wet, and have held up well
over two seasons of use.
My favorite styling element of the
rod? The aluminum reel clamp
In terms of ergonomics like
almost everything about the design and layout of this rod, and when I say almost
there is one thing that I really did not like and that was the implementation of
the Fuji hook keeper. To start with I’ve never really been a fan of the Fuji
folding hook keeper, in fact I even like the removable Fuji Ez Hook Keeper
better as it can be removed or repositioned on different places on rods and just
accommodates different types of hooks and baits better. The Fuji folding hook
keeper always seems awkward to me, too small for certain hooks, unable to handle
drop shot rigs, and hard to secure really large lures. Combine all those
shortcomings with the placement of the hook hanger right above the rear grip and
I found it awkward to secure baits this far down the handle, making it difficult
to grab the rod and quickly release the bait.
My least favorite element of the
rod? The ill placed Fuji hook keeper
All of these are minor
gripes, but what really bothered me was the exact placement above the rear eva
grip which could be felt when casting with the rod with two hands. After a while
the hook keeper started to really dig into my fingers and even become
uncomfortable when casting. So much so that I consciously started making just
one handed casts, even with big baits.
Located above the rear grip I felt
it on two handed casts
A hook hanger should not
factor into ergonomics to this extent, and it should certainly not alter the way
you fish a rod, but that is exactly what happened. I literally got so annoyed
with the hook hanger that I pondered trying to snap it off with a pair of
pliers, but was worried about damaging the blank in the process or leaving an
even sharper obstruction. A fishing rod as good as the G-Rod deserves a better
open hook hanger, and one that is located somewhere where it doesn’t impact your
Paired with a Casitas this combo
still balanced out well
Price & Applications:
The G-Rods Pro-Bass rod is just about as multi-talented as they come. I was able
to use this rod for all but the most finesse bass applications and it was more
than powerful enough to stand up to moderate flip/pitch and paddletail swimbait
fishing, as well as the occasional ripping for stripers. This excellent “Search
for One” candidate is a good choice for any angler that is looking for that
first G-Rod that can truly be called an all-purpose bass rod, instead of one
that is too application specific.
The details in the carbon
treatment are really quite nice on this rod
The best part about the
G-Rods? The outstanding blanks. The graphene material helps set these rods apart
and gives them some unique properties, but the good news is that the rods are
attractive and just plain fun to fish with. This is not an example of technology
dominating design, but rather a great combination of rod building artistry with
the latest technology.
Reels sit nice and low on the Fuji
All of this “tech” comes at a
price, and the surprising thing is that price isn’t at all unreasonable.
Retailing for only $359 dollars the G-Rod is priced within reach for anglers
looking for a higher end rod, and an alternative from the near-premium high end
offerings from all the major brands. At this price, and considering all that the
G-Rods have to offer feature-wise, these rods are absolutely worth checking out.
The only tough part about that is finding one may be a bit difficult as the
distribution is still somewhat limited.
The G-Rod BA-7MH can do it all.
Plastics, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, jigs, and even frogs are good baits to pair
with this multi-talented rod
We hope to see more retailers
and e-tailers pick up the G-Rods lineup, and it isn’t just the bass rods that
are compelling, the company makes some very interesting trout and surf rods as
well. The news about these rods is still just getting out, and if you have one
you can consider yourself among the elite, at least for now.
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Pluses and Minuses:
Use of an
feel it on
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Can be used
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priced for a
rod of this
Every day companies across different
markets are finding new and exciting ways to employ the wonder material that is
graphene. Some companies are using graphene to charge batteries in a fraction of
the time, make stronger device screens, even purify water, so is it really a
surprise that we are now seeing the material being utilized within the fishing
tackle industry? G-Rods is the first company in the world to incorporate
graphene into fishing rods, and we can clearly see that these rods are designed
not by techies, but by serious anglers. The actions are right, the blanks are
both powerful and sensitive, and our test rod just plain fished great.
G-Rods are a proper blend of
technology and fishing rod design know-how. These graphene based rod handle big
These days it takes serious
intestinal fortitude to build a new rod company and brand from the ground up.
There is so much competition both from rods built domestically and overseas.
That is why it is all the more impressive that G-Rods has been able to not only
introduce a differentiated product but continue to expand their rod lineup at
such a quick clip. It is true that G-Rods are still somewhat hard to find today,
but with rods as good as the BA-7MHC there is no doubt in my mind that the
fledgling company will soon be expanding their distribution to make
their rods more readily available online and in tackle stores nationwide. The
G-Rods BA-7MHC is an easy pick for our Innovation Award, and in a sea of
sameness all the graphene based G-Rods are a breath of fresh air, offering an
exciting blend of technology and good old fashioned rod building know-how, to
create a state-of-the-art new rod that is sensitive, powerful, and above all
thrilling to fish.