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Date: 8/22/10
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Accurate
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

As we wind up our ICAST coverage we come to Accurate, a company that is well respected among big game anglers that are looking for a premium reel with a quality drag system. Earlier this season Accurate revamped their lineup of Boss reels and at the show they introduced a series of new rods designed to pair perfectly with these small round reels.   


Accurate introduces new rods for their small round reels


DFS Slammer: The new DFS Slammer rods are not your run of the mill big game rods. These rods are designed to offer a blend of finesse and raw power and are geared towards jigging applications. Great for Lucanus jigs these rods feel light in hand and balance out well with Accurate's smaller BX reels. Accurate fans will recognize the "DFS Slammer" moniker as it was the name of a purpose built Accurate Boss jigging reel introduced years ago.


Ben Secrest at Accurate shows us the new DFS Slammer rods


As you would expect with an Accurate rod the styling features black blanks with red highlights. The rods feature sculpted EVA grips and there is a split grip that is finished with attractive anodized metal winding checks.


The new DFS Slammer rods are Accurate's lightest rods yet


There will be three models introduced at time of launch later this month, these include 250 gram, 350 gram and 450 gram versions which retail from $239-$249 dollars. All of the rods are 5'8" in length and feel like compact well balanced rigs when paired with Accurate's smaller reels.


The rods feature winding checks made out of aluminum


The rods have split grips


Something smaller? For years we have been begging Ben at Accurate for even smaller reels, possibly even a levelwind version that swimbait anglers could use for tossing the biggest baits. This year Ben pulled something out of his pocket that gave us a hope.... a very small machined spinning spool.


Is a smaller spinning reel on the way?


While we were unable to pry any more information out of him we can speculate the company is on the way to building a much smaller spinning reel then their current TwinSpin SR models. Is it small enough that freshwater anglers could add Accurate reel's to their arsenal or are they designed for saltwater anglers looking to break light line records? Only time will tell. 


Just a few examples of Halco product, the same lures the team at Accurate use when testing new equipment


Accurate is also sells Halco lures, an Australian brand. It is pretty obvious why Accurate likes these lures, they are designed to entice the biggest fish out there. Ben and the team at Accurate routinely use these lures when field testing their new offerings and have caught many fish South of the Border this year. Ben held up the Max 130 Roosta Popper and described it as the Puerto Vallarta Killer."


Ben shows us Accurate's latest creations, looking to take on big fish with small reels?


Conclusion: It is always fun to catch up with Ben and the team at Accurate, their passion for tackle and big game fishing in particular can easily be seen translated in their reel, and now rod designs. The DFS Slammer rods are designed for jigging applications but we have a feeling anglers are going to be using them for a whole lot more than just vertical fishing when they pair them up with their tank like Boss reels. Will Accurate further delve into the "finesse" with even more refined smaller offerings in both spin and casting reels this season? All signs point to YES. Accurate is the "Home of Small Reels Big Fish" after all.  











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