G.Loomis Crankbait Series Trigger Rod
I own several GLOOMIS rods and reels purchased over the last 25 years. Several have had problems. The latest was a CBR 783 crankbait rod that the ceramic ring came out of on the tip top. I called Shimano Customer Service wanting them to send me a tip top that I could install on the rod (they did this several years ago when another GLOOMIS rod had the same problem). However, the rep. I spoke with refused to do this. He gave me two options, one send the rod back to shimano at my expense and have it repaired or two, he directed me to an online store website and suggested that I purchase a tip top from them and put it on the rod. As I told him, this was the last Shimano or GLOOMIS product I would buy because the GLOOMIS rod was supposed to have a lifetime warranty. All Shimano had to do to keep a happy customer was send me a $4.00 tip top. Is this too much to ask for a $240.00 rod with a lifetime warranty?
May 15, 2014
Wont be dissappointed
Well to start off with i am a big G-loomis fan. I say that in case i start to sound too bias and i believe in honest reviews. Ive have used many rods from different companies and do believe you get what you pay for. I will use DF for Deep flex for short in this review comparing it a little to this original Crankbait series.
I have used this rod and the Deep Flex Crankbait series so i will try to compare the both in this one review so those of you who are torn between the original crankbait rod and the new Deep Flex might have some better insight. This rod is a little stiffer then other crankbait rods from other companies. My friend used it a couple of times and is use to a more softer rod, i told him to just relax his hand so that when a fish hits it will have a little more give and get rid of his death grip. I have absolutely no problems with it. With that said don't be alarmed. This rod is very sensitive and casts a country mile. You can feel every little piece of grass or rock you might bump into. Even though it is a little stiffer i rarely miss any fish. Line type makes a big difference and changes the sensitivity and casting factors for both this rod and the DF. What i mean is you get more sensitivity with this rod with light braid or a low stretch line like floro. On the other hand it will cast farther with a more supple line. The DF rod is softer of course with more flex and i love it when fishing offshore structure that is free of grass such as rockpiles, brush or when fishing for suspended fish. The original crankbait series really shines when there is some sort of grass. Because it is stiffer it is easier to work your bait through the grass and ripping grass free is a little easier then it is with the DF. You will not be dissappoionted with either.
To sum it up i use this rod when cranking around grass and the DF for structure that is usuall free from grass. Both cast extremely well and again the line type you use will alter the castability and sensitivity. For those of you who like the more traditional softer rods for cranking will love the DF, for those who like a little more responsiveness will enjoy this rod. I like the DF for fishing rattletraps more then this rod but both will work well. The original crankbait rod works a little better then the DF with jerkbaits and buzzbaits in my opinion but again its all about feel and what you like and how you fish.
April 26, 2011
Great Rod worth the Money
Top half of rod gives enough to stop big fish from tearing crankbait out of its mouth.
April 23, 2011
Class of all rods!
When Bass fisherman discuss fishing rods Gary Loomis is always at the top of the list. The crankbait series of rods have the perfect soft middle that allows the bass in inhale the crankbait. There is sufficient power in the butt section that works well with the tip to lauch the bait for the required distance. You won't find a better rod!
July 12, 2010