Rated 5 out of 5 by rockchalk06 Great value
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by bassfisherman81 AWESOME rods !!!
I have about 5 of the lightning shock rods 3 are spinning rods and 2 are casting rod . I have had the for about 4 years an going .... They are a great rod cheap price too. I have never had a problem will breaking them . I take care of my equipment so if you do the same they shouldn't break . I have caught a lot of 2 lb bass on them , also I'll admit I have dropped them many of times and no damage was done they still fish like new . So I highly recommend them if you want a sensitive rod that don't cost so much also it won't hurt the wallet .
December 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Djman72 Good Rod
A buddy of mine both bought this rod from BPS to pair with our first baitcasters (7' MH casting). We both have different opinions on it. I love the rod, have caught plenty of large bass and recently took it out to catch some SteelHeads in the creeks near Lake Michigan. Holds up great, has sensitive enough tip to feel a bass hit a jig or senko, while having enough backbone to land some bigger/stronger fish.
On the other hand my buddy loved the rod for the same reasons but has his break about 12 inches from the tip while landing a 2-3 LB bass. I Was with him and we were both pretty surprised the rod would snap like that as the fish was still in the water. Could have been a defect rod, but we go fishing alot and I've seen him land plenty of fish the same size or bigger on it.
I would give the rod a 5/5 but after seeing the snap im not sure I'll get it again.
August 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bassgal I finally managed to break it.
I bought a 7 foot MH triggerstick a couple of years ago, specifically to use with braid. I have been using 50 lb braid on it, to present lures to fish in cover, like stickups, trees and downed timber. It has been a very good rod, well balanced, fairly light and with a soft and fast enough tip to compliment the use of braid and be nice and sensitive. I used the braid so that I could pop and rip snagged lures out of the stickups, instead of breaking them off, or having to go in close with a lure retriever. Well, Yesterday was my unlucky day....I finally jerked back on the rod a little to hard and fast on a snag. It didn't bend the rod very far, but was just too much with unforgiving braid. Oops. Oh well....luckily, the rod isn't very expensive, so I'll certainly be picking up a replacement soon. And I'll be a little less enthusiastic about trying to get snagged lures loose this time around.
July 25, 2013