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New products at the 2007 International Sportsmen's Exhibition, San Mateo, CA (continued)

Lamiglas: Greeting us in the Lamiglas booth was Ron Mukai who was both proud and anxious to show us the redesigned XMG50 bass rods that now feature a now foregrip design. Other details of the rod remain unchanged including the comfort Finish reel seat, knurled graphite rear grip, and Titan framed guides with Nanolite rings made by American Tackle. Cal, in particular, was so excited to see this new design that while Ron showed Zander and JIP the new 7’6” Skeete Reese cranking stick, he was busy looking through the different XMG50 models to see which one he was going to purchase and take home!


Ron Mukai shows us the new XMG bass rods


In Lamiglas’s signature series of rods, the afore mentioned Skeete Reese cranking stick, the SR765R, is brought in to provide anglers with a versatile, light, long casting, moving bait rod. It’s a fiberglass stick featuring Fuji components and is amazingly light. The SR765R retails for right around $180 - $190.


The new XMG rods feature a unique no-foregrip treatment...and we like it!


A rack full of new steelhead rods featuring the graphite grips


Also in Lamiglas’s booth this year was a teaser: An empty rod wrack featuring the logo of the new “Dobyns Rods” company. Ron appeared as anxious as we were to see these new sticks, but there was product for us to see…yet.


Dang, no rods.....yet


Cal and Zander check out the new Super Seeker


Seeker: We already knew what we wanted to see when we visited the Seeker booth....the highly anticipated "Super Seeker" rods. These rods make use of state of the art materials, and feature a deep brown finish and a double coat of epoxy. Designed to match up with the biggest fish the Super Seekers make use of titanium frames and SiC guides.


The Super Seeker blanks are a rich brown color


The blank is covered in two layers of epoxy

It took the company three years to develop this new series. They learned that when blanks break they usually break on the bottom side of the blank. The top side of the blank can stretch more than the bottom side can compress. By using the “S” glass tip and the EH04 resin system it gives these blanks three times the compression strength of “E” glass and produces faster recoil.

Titanium frames and SiC guides

By using carbon fiber transitioning into an "S" glass tip they have built their most powerful and fastest recoil blanks to date. The paired these blanks up with a unique Hypalon hybrid grip that is extremely dense yet lightweight. At the show when we gripped the rods they felt extremely comfortable, when we loaded the tip we found that they also provided more support without feeling spongy. The new Super Seeker rods are starting to ship now and will retail for 250-325 dollars a stick.     

Have you ever seen a grip quite like this?

Stan Sagi holds up the new Super Seeker

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