Exclusive Shakespeare® Howald Process™ construction incorporates an inner spiral of graphite for superior hoop strength, covered by an outer layer of glass fibers for even flex distribution. Fuji® graphite-reinforced reel seats with stainless steel hoods and blank-thru-handle construction; AFTCO® HD heavy-duty roller guides; exclusive Clear Tip® (clear, solid fiberglass tip), the strongest, most sensitive tip to top off a rod (on some models the tip is painted over). All Ugly Stiks come with the Ugly Back 60-day/5-year limited warranty.
Rated 5 out of 5 by IABOWHNTR Good value standup rod
Was very impressed to see all top quality components on this rod, aftco aluminum reel seats & roller guides, the 5'6" model has a rock solid backbone for hoisting up heavy big game. It is a heavy rod but this should be expected of a 130# class rod. I use a penn international 50vw on mine for now, 60# mono with a top shot of 100# mono depending on the situation and what I am going to fish for. The all roller guides let the loop to loop connections sail right through the guides with no chance of getting hung up and plenty of clearance even if you have large knots. Rollers do need some looking after with heavy saltwater spray, but a little wd-40 makes aftercare quick and easy with no tools needed. The reel seat does also tend to work itself loose if trolling for a long time, so for safety make sure it is tight before each trip and should be fine. Comparable to the Penn tuna stick's in all components, but this rod just looks awesome with black blank and the gold wrapping of the silver HD rollers. Paired with a good fighting belt and harness there ain't much this rod can't do.
June 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LadyLuck Big Water Rods
I am very impressed with this Big Water rod from Shakespeare. I would class it with rods that cost two times as much or more. Excellent quality rod, excellent quality rollers. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to do some big water fishing! Good luck!
July 1, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Blueparrot GREAT VALUE
I use this rod with a Penn 114 senator reel and it works well for me. When I go off shore I want to have enough power when the larger fish strike. I will over power most of the 20 - 30 lb. fish that is a common hook up but when the larger bulls and Wahoo get on, I have confidence in landing them with this rod. I currently own four and have not had any problems.
March 15, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by CTOP THEY DONT BREAK
I HAVA A UGLY STICK STAND UP WITH A TLD25 AND 80LB. POWER PRO. AND THE COMBO MAKES YOU STAND UP. YOU PULL THE FISH TO THE BOAT OR THE BOAT TO THE FISH. AND THATS WHY I GIVE THIS ROD 5 STARS
May 19, 2008
This is s good tuna jigging stick so I'm assuming that you are asking about the heavier rod. You would want a substantial conventional reel, size 30 or bigger with heavier line (60 - 100 lb) for targeting pelagics.
A basic star drag reel like the the Penn Senator would work but I like the Daiwa Saltist because it is light weight. If you favor a 2-speed lever drag system, the Avet EX and Shimano Tiagra are my favorites but these are quite a bit heavier.