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Nicely balanced, lightweight rods with even tapers for tossing live bait or artificials, plus the legendary toughness of an Shakespeare® Ugly Stik®. Howald Process™ Triple Built™ blanks are fitted with genuine Fuji® guidesets. EVA split grips.
I originally purchased the medium light sppinning rod and matched it with a Shimano Stradic Ci4 for my wife as this combo is very light for her to cast all day without arm fatigue.
The action was so good I now have a second one for me matched with a Penn battle 3000 that is a flounder and drum machine.
I like the grip as I can detect strikes by keeping a finger on the rod blank when jigging.
For the money I like this rod for the light weight and great response to subtle pick ups, and still has the backbone for larger inshore species. Great product!
August 24, 2012
weak and fragile
I bought the ISSP11761MH and put my Okuma Coronado 40 in it with 30 lb braid. I was setting my drag just after I bought the reel, and the rod snapped between the reel seat and 1st eye before I even got to 7 lbs of drag. This rod has nowhere near the flex of my other ugly stiks.
July 31, 2012
Never been a Shakespear guy...always hated the feel of the U-stik, but this guy is lights out awesome. Have the 7'6" MH paired with a Sargus SG 4000. Chucks 2-3 oz weights easily but can also handle my swim baits n other soft platics. Caught big black drum (43") handled it with ease. Have since bought another to use with my Fierce 3000. Can't wait to try it out.
February 4, 2012
Held up great
Took this rod out the first weekend of december 2011, on the Chesapeake Bay down near the Gas Docks near Calvert Cliffs. Must have caught 50+ small fish and a few 20 inchers. While this didn't show off the great ability of the rod to handle large fish, I was able to cast all day long and real in one striper after the other. It worked all lures just fine as well I used everything from topwater poppers and plugs to jigging metal spoons and rat traps. Awesome rod, gonna buy a few more, and seriously deadly with a good reel.
January 24, 2012
Looking to purchase a rod to match up with a penn battle 5000. i will be doing mostly surf fishing and other places along shore, could end up goin into open water with it. thinking of spooling 20lb braid and a 30lb mono leader..also do you suggest backing before the braid?
It definately would..was fishing a couple of weeks ago and hooked something really big..rod was bent almost double..no problem for this Stik! I have since purchased two more, You cant beat the warranty and quality of this rod!
The rod will handle that reel but it will be alittle heavy. I was using a pflueger presidente with my rod, 7.6 mh, for stripers off a boat down near the gas docks (calvert cliffs) on the Chesapeake. If you're gonna be casting alot try to keep with a smaller reel to lesson the strain it puts on your arms. You can just load the reels up with braid if you are worried about lb test/yds
It will definately handle Redfish as I have already caught some ... have the 7 foot med. and just received a 7 foot 6 med. heavy. I have swapped over some of my more expensive reels to these rods because I like them so much.You will be happy with either one.
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