Shimano's well-built TDR Conventional Rods are true workhorse rods ideal for downrigging or specialized light saltwater applications. The TDR Rods feature tough, balanced Aeroglass blanks fitted with reinforced aluminum oxide guides with stainless steel frames, lightweight graphite Fuji® reel seats with silver hoods, soft EVA foregrip and harder EVA reargrip for extra durability when using a TDR Rod with a rod holder. Guides: 10 plus tip.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ralphers Great Trolling Rod
This is an excellent rod for trolling for striped bass in east Tennessee rivers and reservoirs. I prefer the medium action. The only negative issue is the foam handle which can have chunks torn away by the rod holder if you get into a lot big fish - 20+ pounds and you have the drag set tight. I tape the foam handle with duct tape which solves this problem. You can spruce up your rod by using duct tape which has your favorite school's logo on it. You can pay a lot more for a rod but you won't find a better trolling rod - at least for trolling for large stripers. If you troll for smaller fish, say 10 pounds maximum, I would use a medium-light rod and the foam handle will not be an issue.
May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by thatguy2 not bad
First off for the money you can't beat this. Feels nice and worked great fishing for some kings.
March 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jclarke One of the best downrigging rods ever owned
I bought this rod because I had broken my previous rod, I just needed something cheap to get back out on the water. If I had known about this prior to spending 150.00 on the previous one I would have bought 5. This rod is extremely durable, and is pretty comfortable for the price. I use it for down rigging, and now using it when i jig for musky. This rod is a gem and I highly recommend anyone to pick it up the price is great, the durability is fantastic, and the action on it is great at the 8' length.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Liud Great Rod for Saltwater
I used this rod for Black fish (Tog) Here on the East coast. Great rod... love the feel. Cant wait to take it out for some Ling (red hake) and Cod action, basically bottom fishing. I have the HM 7' one and the feel and action is perfect. the PRICE!!! is cheap.. maybe a bit heavier.. compared to my H Compre muskie rod, but only maybe by 2-3 oz...
October 24, 2012
I haven't used a low profile bait caster on this rod, but I feel it would be okay to use, I don't see why not. The eyes are really low and close to the rod so it wouldn't interfere. I think it would just look a little funny.