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Special rods (the product of several years of research and development), made specifically to help special anglers (incurable smallmouth bass fanatics) catch special fish (pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims, and that may be an understatement). All are meticulously designed with their quarry in mind. High-density, super-sensitive graphite blanks. Quick tips for great feel, with no loss of power through the backbone. And actions suitable for everything from light-lining tube baits, to slow-rolling spinnerbaits, to burning deep-diving cranks. Feature special reversed reel seats and extra-short foregrips.
Redfish in Nola!
Fished the marsh south of New Orleans recently. Paired the rod with a stella 3000. Both rod and reel worked to prefection on some 27 to 33 inch Redfish. Light and well balanced I was able to cast all day without fatigue. Fast action with plenty of backbone. I would recommend this rod to those fisherman who desire the very best tackle.
April 28, 2012
Worth every penny
I'm a dedicated small mouth fishermen without a boat so I was looking for a rod with enough sensitivity and length to cast and work jigs.
I've landed some foot ball sized small mouth with this rod and it has handled with very well. Lots of sensitivity but a ton of power for those long fights. I am happy with the rod and it is quickly replacing my other gear.
To play devils advocate, I would say this rod is a bit heavier than I expected. I'm not saying it will weigh you down but I didn't think it would be as heavy as it is.
I have the 7'4 M version.
May 15, 2011
This is an amazing rod.I have custom rods and other Loomis rods but this model is really magic.As its title suggest,it excels in casting smaller and or lighter lures.These lures call for great accuracy and this rod delivers it in spades.It is very light and very sensetive.The short (#1) handle contributes a great deal to the accuracy.It is the absolute best rod for throwing Rapala F-3s and F5s. The so called dinner plate placement is easy to accomplish.The smaller the strike zone the more you will appreciate this rod.Also it is not so long as to inhibit casting close into to the bank in trees or shrubs. It is the best, most accurate rod I have ever held in my hand. This rod instills great confidence.
June 24, 2010
Good plastics rod
I have the 811s and it is a great jig and worm rod. The tip is forgiving enough to dropshot too. Insanely sensitive!!! I can't over state that enough. It's no jack of all trades but it is master of one...plastics.
Would definately replace it if it was broken (but Loomis does that for you so I won't need to).
April 7, 2010
this rod would handle a 3lb smallmouth with ease i landed a 5 pounder with no problems but a catfish or carp would be a bigger challenge but the rod should hold them, if not its under a lifetime warranty youll be fine gloomis has great customer service and you can have a new rod in a day or two
Yes, it will definately handle a 3lber. Go by the line test limits. If it handles 12lb test, you can handle a 12lb fish if you had to. IF you had to. It is more geared to the 3lber though.
This is a high modulus rod so DON"T horse a large fish. Large fish at the high end of the line rating and no stretch line could spell disaster for the rod. I would use mono for it's forgiveness (streatch) if there was a high risk of picking up a 20lb catfish or carp.
I drag tubes for smallmouth mostly that range from 1-3lbs with the ocassional 4+.Mostly in depths of 6-15ft I have had a lot of trouble feeling and missing the bite. I like the sounds of the G.loomis Bronzeback but can not decide between the 6.3LF 6.3MF and the 6.9LF. Any help or other options in the same price range would be appreciated Thanks
If you're only fishing from a boat, the 6'3" LF would work. If you want to use it from shore as well, or will be making long casts, opt for the 6'9" to give you better casting distance. I personally have the 6'9" and love it for similar applications. Very good vibration transmission. I couldn't beleive how sensitive it was paired with braid and a fluoro leader! I was giddy!
Of the options you mention, the 6.3MF would be your best bet, IMO. While you surely can land 3 lb. smallmouth on light action rods, I've always felt under gunned doing so. Also, at the 6-15ft depth you mention, I'm guessing you're using somewhere between an 1/8 and 1/4 oz weight with your tubes. I feel like I loose sensitivity fishing even 1/8 oz jigs on a light action rod. Hope this helps.
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