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
This rod is OK and the price is right. With that said, my reason for buying a new TS was that my older TS was such a good rod for the price so I figured the new TS would be the same. My comparison is that the new style falls short of the old style because of the split grip EVA handle. Cork was better. I know that good cork is becoming harder to find these days and more rods are showing up with EVA handles or composite cork. Regardless, to me the old cork handle offered more balance and a better grip. This new style just isn't the same to me. Still inexpensive and a decent rod.
February 11, 2015
Not as good
The newer version of this rod is not even close to the old one. I have 5 of the older ones, better quality and build. I returned the new one I bought. They should have left it alone, their was no reason to change it.
February 3, 2015