Berkley® Lightning Rod® Shock Series Trigger Rods
I had been hearing several good reviews on the Shock rod from Berkley for awhile now and wanted to give it a try. I was looking for a decent pitching rod. There were several things I wanted for my pitching rod a split cork grip, thick back bone, Texas rig hook keeper on top of the rod, and guides that would allow the use of braid and other super lines. This rod had all of these. Plus, it was very light weight. The price was good too.
I purchased the 7' MH. I would rate the tip as being a fast tip. I paired this with a Abu Garcia Silver Max reel and 50# braid for heavy pitching jigs. For 3/8 oz and smaller jigs with a trailer, this rod was fantastic. Balanced well and no issues with casting or pitching. The power of the rod felt perfect for the 3/8 oz and smaller. For 1/2 oz jigs, I felt it was a little to much for it. I tried some 7/8 oz jigs with trailers and that ended up causing overruns and was just too much. In the end, I ended up going with a Heavy action for the 1/2 oz and larger. Much better power for these jigs.
The rod has about a 40% exposed reel seat. I would liked to have had a fully exposed reel seat for that added sensitivity, but with the price range its to be expected. The rod paired with braided line, had good sensitivity. Not near as much as my 100 dollar plus rods, but when dragging a jig across the bottom, I could feel every rock and log just fine.
Several reviews have complaints about the tip breaking on this rod. Most are with the 6'6" MH, but I have not come close to breaking this rod. I have pulled in some fish carrying 5 pounds of muck and not had issues. I wouldn't put it in the garbage disposal or run it over with a truck, but so far its held up well for what I have put it through.
I upgraded my pitching rod to a heavy power last month. I loved this rod so much, I decided to keep it and put it to use. I switched out the braid and went with 12# fluoro and made this my dedicated swim bait rod. Using a 5" stick bait swim style with a 1/8 oz weighted hook seems perfect for this rod. Almost like it was made for it.
With the price and the features that come with this rod, its hard to beat. I am going on 7 months of heavy use with this rod and have not had any issues so far. Cork is somewhat stained, but still holding up very well. After repeated uses with braid and fluorocarbon, all the guides are still intact, show no signs of wear and no grooves at all. Berkley's claim that its a rod for super lines and can handle them, seems to be very true so far.
September 6, 2012
I got two of these Lightning shock rods for Father's Day. On my first trip, the tip of one started turning. Rather than returning it, I took the tip off and epoxied it back on. On my next trip, the other rod shattered into three pieces as I was setting the hook. I returned it and got an identical replacement. On my very next trip, the replacement shattered while setting the hook as well. I will not get another Lightning Shock rod. I've bass fished for 25 years and never seen anything like that. Just plain old POOR quality.
July 13, 2012
this is by far the worst rod ever. i bought one pared with my abu garcia silver max reel. it worked good for a few trips then i took one this morning becuase i was off work threw a buzzbait and the pole snaped in half. i will never buy another pole like this i geuss i am goin to cut my loss and buy a better pole
July 11, 2012
I bought this rod three months back and have taken it to Lake Gaston, OBX, everywhere. This rod is absolutely exemplary and will do any type of fishing whether it is flipping/pitching, frogging, crankbait, drop shot, topwater, et cetera. For the price, this rod is too cheap and should actually be around $120 or more. I would strongly recommend this rod.
June 3, 2012