Bass Pro Shops Tourney Special Spinning Rod
My family has several Tourney Special rod and reel combos. These are our workhorse setups, and they are great. The rod blank is a little more forgiving than other rods with faster actions, which makes them great for experienced fishermen and novices alike. The guides are high quality and attached well to the blank. If you are looking for a great item that won't break the bank - look no further.
July 23, 2013
Good rod, Could use some improvements.
I have 4 of the Bass Pro Shops® Graphite Series™ Spinning Rods (the $39.99 ones, see my review on those) and needed to replace one because it snapped while landing a fat 35lb Smallmouth Buffalo (the rod was old and already close to breaking). So I decided to upgrade one level and spend the extra $10 and try the Tourney Special. I compared both BPS series rods to the new Ugly Stix GX2 and found that both BPS rods had more stiffness at the tips and both where extremely lighter than the GX2. I've fished with both the cork and synthetic grip handles and don't have an issue with either, I guess it's a matter of personal preference there. As far as fishing and performance, the Tourney rod is a slight step up from the Graphite series and it works fine. For $50 it's not a bad deal. So far no issues for me. One thing that I noticed and prevents this from getting 5 stars is the hook keeper. It does catch the line every so often which can be a pain but not something that would prevent me from getting another one of these especially when they mark down all their rods $10 on sale. Get one and try it, you have 60 days to return it if you don't like it.
August 6, 2014
Forget the sale price; this rod is a steal at full price. I have never owned such a capable rod at this price: Adjusted for inflation over 45 years of fishing.
Not every BassPro customer is a professional angler, and not all of BPS customers can pay $200.00 for a competent spinning rod. The good news is, they don't have to...These rods are strong and tough, and very durable. They look good, too. I have the 6'6" ML, and it has proven to be a match for IM7 rods costing twice the price. This is a real winner. I catch and fight big, strong fish on the Willamette River, and these rods take the challenge. Buy one today.
June 30, 2013
I've bought ~30 of these rods thru the years taking many family member and kids fishing.. Great spinning and casting rods until you removed the cork grip. Totally changed the balance and feel of the rod.
Even my now adult son who grew up on Tourney rods and bought the new non cork handle ones, complained about them..He bought a different brand to replace them.. Please put it back on.. Change is not always better. Thanks
March 16, 2014