Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 10
Rated 1 out of 5 by Doomsday07 Stay away from these rods
Bought 4 of them. They are similar in design to the Shimano Trevala rods I have so I thought I'd give them a shot. XH and rated for up to 200 lb line. Right. Three of the 4 blew up in my hands the first time out on mid sized (30 to 50 lb) amberjacks. Bass Pro Shops was generous with the refund, they gave me the normal price in store credit, although I explained that I bought them on sale. And they also took back the unused rod with no questions. But that doesn't compensate me for the $1,000 in fuel tit takes to get to the Bluewater and back. I still shop at BPS, but I don't buy their rods or reels. If you're looking for a dependable jigging rod, look at the Shimanos. They aren't much more expensive and they have a lifetime guarantee.
July 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RebelsWingman Over rated, but a nice pole
I bought the 6'6" XXHeavy rod, rated for 80 - 200lb test, in March 2011. I mounted my Penn GT320 with 80lb braid and proceeded to go shark fishing. The rod is a beauty, but I'm glad I didn't hook anything larger then 30lbs with this outfit. I felt like if I pressed this rod too hard it would snap. Now I believe you can break any rod out there, but this one is very over rated. I have since mounted my Abu Garcia 7000 with 50lb. braid which makes a much better combo. Now if you are careful with with this rod, it makes an excellent striper rod. Light weight, great feel in hand, very sensitive, and did I say quite a pretty thing?
March 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Beck1 Trash
These rods are trash. I purchased two of the XH models. Both shattered into pieces on a Gag Grouper fishing trip by 20 lb fish. Bass Pros would not replace the rods since they were 18 months on a 1 year warranty.
I have several Shakespeare Jigging rods that are 1/2 the price and 2 times the quality.
What a shame, these Freestyle rods have a great feel.
September 22, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by FrankP1 Not strong enough for Stellwagen Cod
I went to the Bass Pro Shops outlet in Foxboro, MA and talked to the salesman. I told him I was headed out on a party boat that weekend to do some cod fishing on Stellwagen Bank and I wanted a new rig. I mentioned that we'd be jigging norwegian jigs, and also bottom fishing with clams. He steered me to this rod.
I was surprised at how thin the rod seemed and told him I would have thought a stiffer / thicker rod would be needed. He basically said, "Yeah, a lot of people think that but these new rods can do the job just fine and also give you that little bit of extra sensitivity for feeling bites when bottom fishing."
So I took this rod, along with a Daiwa Saltist 40H reel, 80lb braided line, and 50 pound leader out fishing the next day.
I even asked the deckhand to take a look at my setup.. since it seemed everyone else on the boat was using Penn 4/0 reels along with short telephone poles for rods. He said, yup.. no problem, that rod is rated for up to 200lb line. No worries.
The first cod I hooked into was not overly big. Maybe 10-15 pounds? The rod broke into 3 pieces as I was trying to get the catch up from about 150 feet of water. Fortunately I managed to land the fish, but I'll be heading back to BP Shops to replace this rod with a heavier model
April 26, 2010