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TICA: TICA is better know for providing some very nice and affordably priced reels, but also carries a whole lineup of rods that range from ultralight to big game. This year there are two of their rods that really caught our attention. TICA introduces a new line of Muskie rods that are outstanding. They are made from the company's powerful TC3 graphite blank and make use of quality Fuji components. The longer models have a telescoping section at the foregrip thatís not even noticeable until you retract the blank. Being able to shorten the rod will be very useful for those traveling to remote lakes in the hunt for trophy Muskie.


Tica had some excellent Muskie rods that can collapse into the cork handle

TICAís big game reels are well complimented with their big game rods, and this year they introduced an entirely new line of TICATEAM boat rods. These new models are amazing in built and have an incredibly nice feature. These boat rods are very easy to transport on the plane or in your vehicle thanks to the ability to take the handle off. This makes a solid two piece big game rod that you can take along with you to those international deep sea adventures along with your favorite matching reel.


TICATEAM Breakaway big game rods allow anglers performance on the go

Ahi: Ahi USA isnít known to be a rod company but they do offer many useful and innovative fishing products from nets to squid jigs to bait catching tools. New for 2006 is their Sabiki Bait Maker Rod. This new rod is designed to be used for fishing with any Sabiki bait rigs. Right now thereís only one model with one action but can be used with both spinning and baitcasting reels. The rod is designed with one feeder guide near the reel and then threads through the center of the tubular rod. When a Sabiki rig is tied on it can be retracted completely inside the rod for no hassle and tangle-free storage on the boat. The rod is a 3 piece design that can be easily packed and transported when not in use. We gave the Ahi USAís Sabiki Bait Maker Rod a quick try and the hooks slid in and out of the rod smoothly.


Ben Hong shows Zander the new Sabiki rod that is able to retract the entire rig into the blank

Conclusion: With the weather scorching hot outside on the Las Vegas strip the competition had also heated up within the walls of the convention center in the rod category. It is getting harder to create truly new rod solutions with each passing season. A rod is no longer just a rod, and rod companies are going farther then ever in 2006 to separate themselves from the pack with use of new exotic materials, and downright spectacular designs and finishes. The rods we saw at ICAST are a good example of manufacturers designing and producing tackle that not only address current needs but help foster contemporary techniques to catch more fish, and fresh new ways to approach the sport as a whole.












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