Bass Pro Shops Power Plus Trophy Class Spinning Rod
Excellent Rod for Big Fish in Big Water
I have 2 of these and they have brought in big Stripers, Northern Pike, Walleye, Catfish, and even the occasional trophy perch from big water like the Saint Lawrence River down to Norris Lake. I'm looking forward to trying them in saltwater.
A strong rod that can haul in huge fish year after year for such a small price comes with some catches. Compared to wallet gouging high modulus rods; these are slower, flex less, weigh more, and less sensitive. Apples to apples, this rod provides me the same durability as an Ugly Stick for a 1/3 lower price. The rod also has more backbone than Ugly Sticks, it isn't going to bend into a "U" shape every time you have a 15 pound fish on. I bought 2 GX2 Uglies already for light and medium use, but the PowerPlus is my weapon of choice when spinning for the big stuff.
I use Okuma baitfeeder reels on these to compensate for the slightly reduced sensitivity. With these reels, if a fish bumps the attached bait I can tell as well as or better than the twitch of a rod tip. When fishing lures like crank baits, there is still plenty of sensitivity to let you know to set the hook when the vibration stops.
April 16, 2014
Great Rod at a Great Price
I have the 7'6" rod which pairs great with my 4500 sized reel. On many occasions this season, I hauled large bluefish out of heavy current , and the rod handled it just fine. I used it from the riverbank, in the surf, on jetties, and from a boat, with no complaints.
The rod is rated 1/2 to 2 oz, and threw these weights well, but 1/2 oz was below its optimum range, especially while using 30lb+ braid. It really flings 1&1/2 to 2&1/2 oz, though, which suited me as I like to toss wooden plugs around those weights.
I wish this rod were available in longer models, it would be a solid and affordable choice for surfcasting.
November 8, 2013
I use this with my bass pro mega cast reel and my ambassador 5000 and 6500 series. Worth the money.
July 17, 2013
Great Rod For A Great Price!
I bought this rod specifically to throw the Alabama Rig, it does an outstanding job. My previous rod was only a medium duty and with the weight of the A-Rig it was an ounce or more of weight I and it eventually it bent the guide at the top of that rod. This bad boy, no problems at all. Can be used for catfish and saltwater fishing as well. Although its fiberglass construction its alot lighter than I thought it would be. I bought the 6' 6" Medium - Heavy (2 piece) I couldn't be happier with it.
December 29, 2012