TackleTour's "Gear Up For Summer" Buyers Guide
(Phenix X10 & X12) It is
time to pick a casting rod, and since this is the
"Year of the Crank" here at TT a reasonably priced cranking rod was the natural
choice. Though there may be more refined rods, of all the crankbait rods we have
reviewed thus far in our crankbait rod wars none offers a better balance of
performance versus price than the Phenix X10. The X10 retails for only $189 and
yet manages to blend high modulus graphite, carbon fiber, and a glass tip all
together to create a cranking rod that offers the best of both worlds.
TT Girl Ms. Shayla holds up the
Phenix X10 cranking rod which retails for only $189.00
The graphite and carbon main blank help make this rod light and sensitive
and give the rod plenty of backbone when you need it, and the fiberglass tip
give the rod that forgiving action necessary to keep fish pinned on to fast
moving crankbaits. The X10 is good for shallow to mid-running crankbaits while
the longer X10 will help you cast bigger crankbaits farther. The only problem
with this pick is that the secret is out regarding the value that these rods
represent and they can be hard to find, and are even out of stock at many e-tailers.
Tackle Warehouse who should be getting some of these rods soon.
The Phenix X10 blends graphite and
carbon with a fiberglass tip
Application Specific - Frogging Rod
(Powell Frog Rods) When the weather warms up during the Summer we put down
our cranking rods for a short period to enjoy some explosive topwater frog fishing
action. Powell has a new rod series designed specifically for this purpose and
is a great choice for tossing frogs into heavy cover or walking them in open
water (Leo's favorite method).
What rod do you have there Ms.
The rods feature Powell's traditional clean motif but a frog emblem on
the blank ensures you will remember exactly what this rod is intended for. The Powell Frog Rod is available in 7'2" or 7'3"
lengths and features an extra fast tip that allows anglers to make extra long
casts, but has a ton of strength for quick hooksets and pulling a fish out of the
weeds with braid.
A closer look reveals a Powell rod
with a frog emblem
The Powell Frog rods look and perform like a
custom built rod, and yet they are more reasonably priced than a lot of the
application specific frog rods from the big-box brands. Retailing for only
$169.99 these rods are exclusively available only at
The Powell Frogging Rod has a fast
tip for casting frogs and pulling fish out of the nastiest slop
(Shimano Voltaeus) The Voltaeus spinning rods
are the epitome of "best bang for the buck." The Voltaeus line is aimed
squarely against the popular Ugly-Stik rods, and there are a total of 29
rods in the lineup so there is a Voltaeus rod for everything from fishing for
panfish and trout to striped marlin. In terms of cosmetics the rods feature a
sliver blank that matches nicely with many of Shimano's spinning and lower
baitcasting reels. These rods are designed to be extremely durable yet also
extremely lightweight and to acomplish this Shimano turned to an exclusive proprietary new
construction that fuses carbon and T-glass together to form a light, sensitive,
and extremely durable rod. Shimano is so confident that these rods will hold up
to stress that they back the rods with a limited lifetime warranty. So how cheap
are the spinning rods in the Volateus lineup? At only 39.99 a piece these rods
cost less than the gas to go on your next fishing trip. The Voltaeus spinning
rods are available at
Shimano's Volateus rods offer a
lot of performance and a lifetime warranty for only 39.99
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