First off, I’m going to start things by introducing myself, as this is my first review here at HOOk1. My name is Chris Edwards, kayak bass fisherman out of Charlotte, NC. I fish with the Hardcore Kayak Fishing Team, and I absolutely love this sport. I want to post some reviews that will be helpful to all fisherman, more specifically to my kayak brethren. With that being said, let’s get to the nitty gritty.
I have fished with several higher end rods over the last few years, and I really can’t say a whole lot of bad things about any of them. My favorite rod up until 2 weeks ago was the St. Croix Mojo Bass Rod series. Absolutely love the feel and sensitivity. However, on a recent outing, I had a rod tip break off just past the second eyelet down, meaning I would have to send the rod to St. Croix for the warranty. This rod was my finesse/soft plastic rod, so I couldn’t be without for that long. I visited my local Bass Pro Shop and asked some general advice about bait casting setups, and the guys behind the reel counter hooked me up. Look for my review on the Abu Garcia SilverMax reel they set me up with later.
I got my hands on a 7’0 MH Fast action Shock series Lightning Rod, and it felt great. Lightweight, fairly stiff with a good feel to the spine. The tip felt like it had plenty of bend without compromise there on the sales floor. Then the associate pulled the “sensitivity test.” By this I mean he held the rod tip to his adam’s apple with the handle in my hand. When he cleared his throat, I could feel every vibration. I was sold, no questions asked, and didn’t care about price. This thing felt great, and with its orange and metallic flake finish, it had the looks to match. So when I went to the counter and found out it was only $54.99 at BPS, I was flabbergasted. The 7’0 rods in this series are $54.99 while the shorter rods are only $49.99.
Of course, feeling great in a store and performing well are 2 completely different stories. Let me tell you, this rod did and does not disappoint. I was in absolute shock as to how much I can feel compared to the Mojo rod. I am a braid user, and these rods are made with super-lines in mind. The Strike Amplifying Tip (S.A.T.) is a blend of fiberglass and graphite designed to give you better feel with the super-lines for better hook sets. The offset reel seat allows for better sensitivity, and the split grip is perfect with a low profile reel. The handle isn’t terribly long, which is another huge plus for a kayaker. I am completely sold on these rods, hands down. I am so happy in fact that 3 weeks later, my Mojo is still sitting in the floor waiting to be sent in.
If you are looking for a new rod without breaking the bank, I highly recommend checking into the Lightning Rod Shock by Berkley.