Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® Classic Spinning Rods -- the "Classic" name says it all! The Ugly Stik has been taming fish of every species for over 30 years. The Classic series carries the tradition of the original models, a tradition of unmatched strength and uncommon sensitivity. Manufacturer's Ugly Back 60 day/5-year limited warranty.
chrome-plated stainless steel guides
Aluminum oxide inserts
Conventional reel seats with stainless steel cushioned hoods
Rated 5 out of 5 by DeMarco Best Purchase Ever
very strong and durable rod great for striped bass and bends very far
April 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Boatbuilder Great rod
Have used the Classic Rod since it first came out, maybe 25-30 years ago? Still have it. You can't go wrong with it great sensitivity. I bought an other one three years ago same great rod. Maybe even better. For the pricie and the fishability you can't go wrong. I have felt the sucking of 6" catfish and caught them on it!
January 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by swampjuice Channel rod
These have been my rod of choice for channel cats for several years. Some of mine are 7-8 years old and still going strong. Both the spinning and casting models are equally good. I have never broke one or stripped a real seat or had any problems with the eyes. and they always get the job done. They easily handle the channel cats I catch most don't go over 17 pounds. They cast bigger weights well and are sensitive enough to pick up light bites. And have plenty of backbone for my needs. I use circle hooks and cut bait a lot and these rods are the perfect stiffness for them. When the rod loads up a little, I know that the fish is hooked and ready to just reel in. All that is enough but when you add in the low cost, it's a no-brainer to use them.
December 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by IABOWHNTR Love the classic!
I have one of each from the 6' up to the 7', all are great rods weather I'm at the river catfishing or on the boat for stripers. They are tough, only problem I ever had was had to replace a tip on my 6' heavy model after it got ahut in the door. Made repair myself in driveway and its still going! Still have a 7' classic from when it belonged to my dad from the 80's, the epoxy coating has worn away but that is only problem. I have the epoxy and will have it still serving strong for over 20 years!
June 12, 2012
Medium heavy action means the rod rod, overall, is stiffer than lighter rods such as a "medium" or "light" rod. Medium heavy is better when you need to make a hard hookset such as when using large, stiff hooks as opposed to thin wire hooks. Heavier rods are also better for heavier baits (at least 1/2 oz. or so) and when you are trying to pull fish out of heavy cover, such as vegetation.
Action is the reference of the rod's bendability (I know, not a word). A light action rod will bend very easily (making a crappie feel like a 5 pounder) while a Medium Heavy may make a 2 pounder feel like a crappie. The action is important on hook sets and controlling the action of lure. As a general rule, Medium is the best answer and I have the most of these. I do have a Medium Heavy as well and use this for more heavier work such as frogs through lily pads or weeds.
The medium heavy designation is actually teh rod power. Rod power designates what the rod is really meant for in fishing terms. For example, light and ultra-light rods are usually meant for either small panfish or very finesse style presentations (very small lures that require light line). Heavy rods are exactly the opposite, meaning they are meant for very heavy lines and lures and more towards power fishing techniques. Medium heavy is nearing the middle of this range, except meant a little more for power styles of fishing.
I have always assumed that the line rating is with respect to diameter and not stregnth, so since this is rated for a maximum line diameter of 20#, I would be comfortable using a braid with the same diameter as 20# mono.
You can put the heaviest. It's a question of how much line will be on your reel though. I have 30lb, 50lb, 65lb, 80lb test on different rod/reel combos. Each holds easily but the thicker the diameter, the less the reel will hold.
The heaviest I have used is a medium heavy and it's usage was not as good. The lighter tackle (rod/reel) has better reactions with what you're trying to achieve. My choice is a medium rod with Fluorocarbon line (I have been playing with test poundage for different choices) The Sluggo seem to work best on this and spinning reels.