Shakespeare® Ugly Stik® Inshore Select Casting Rods
Strength and Confidence
I read a few of the negative reviews and must say that those folks must have received defective stiks. I am running the medium with an Abu Garcia ProMax threaded with 30lb power pro braided, and have used this combo to pull loads of bass out of the Sac river in Southwest Missouri. I even pulled a large log to shore after snagging it with my rapala.
I own numerous ugly stiks and have never had one break. I've fished daily for around 16 hours a day throughout mid Michigan and now Missouri from Stockton Lake to Table Rock and Bull Shoals. Ugly Stiks are the ultimate security blanket for my fishing.
My only complaint is that they don't make a micro guide version yet....but I'm sure it's coming :-) It would be nice to do away with all the gold and red trim and just do a straight black or white. I plan to pair another one of these up with a Shimano Chronarch in a few days.
I've used this one for amazingly accurate pitches where when the fish weren't biting I was practicing my pitching on floating branches in a moving river :-) It's great for flippin, pitchin, skippin, crankin, and even finessing jigs and texas rigs. So sad how all these guys are waisting their money on junk that breaks left and right, like the veritas, carrot sticks, and carbon lites. You can read dozens of people on fishing forums taking it in the rear with return fees and more broken replacements.
March 1, 2013
I bought two of these rods because the Ugly Stik has a reputation for being almost unbreakable. Well both of mine have broken 6" from the tip. All I did was cast a lure with the first one and the tip broke. The second one I just picked it up from the deck of my boat and the tip bumped the side of the boat and broke 6" from the tip. I'm going to return these and hope I get something out of it.
April 20, 2012
worst ugly stik ever
I have bought two of these inshore select rods and have been an avid user of ugly stiks and still use the coastal and ugly stik lite and would purchase either of them again. However, both inshore selects that I purchased broke about six inches down the top of the rod, and not on large fish but a 4 pound bass and a 5 pound jack crevalle. I also have a buddy who I fish with at least three times a week and he had one break in the same spot. The rod looks nice but stick to the older ugly stiks they will last and will make your day on the water more pleasurable than frustrated as mine was the other day.
February 15, 2012
I do lot's of inshore fishing in South Louisiana and found this to be a great inexpensive rod for specks and reds. Very comfortable after a full day of fishing.
August 12, 2011