Shimano Trevala Butterfly Jigging Spinning Rods
Great jigging rod
I used this rod on a charter boat trip for blackfin tuna. I jigged all night and caught plenty of fish without getting tired. The rod is light weight, yet has plenty of backbone to put pressure on the tuna and control them at boatside to avoid massive line tangles. I recommend this rod to anyone that likes to jig for tuna or other fish.
April 20, 2010
Fomerly Favorite rod
I loved this rod, it was light, fast handling and seemed strong. Boated several nice ling cod (40+lbs). Unfortunately, while trying to set the hook and a very powerful hit, the rod exploded into 3 pieces. Very clean breaks, I thought this was unusual. I have two of these and I'm worried about setting the hook with the last one.
August 27, 2012
strong little stick
Vertical jigging is taxing so you want a rod that is light weight and yet strong enough for those AJ's on wrecks.
I use the Trevala when whip jigging and also for vertical jigging and it is tough and strong and easy on the wrist and arms. At around $120 it is hard to beat when matched to a good light weight reel.
May 27, 2010
My go-to rod
Consider this when reading other reviews: NEVER HIGH-STICK A JIGGING ROD!!! Do not bring the tip above the 2:00 position. All of the power of these rods is near the handle, not in the tip.
That being said, I have the 100lb. Trevala with a Stradic 8000. Spooled with either 50 or 65lb. braid. When I bought the combo the salesmen explained the warranty on the rod. I was heading out on a 36hr boat that day. He told me to put it to the test and I did. Hooked up with some nice aj's with the drag locked down tight. I horsed in each one being sure never to bring the tip high. One aj broke the 50lb. braid.
I have a Saltist on a G Loomis Pro Blue and a Saragosa on a Terez. The Trevala combo is what I always go back to. I love the combo. Light enough to fish all day with. Flexible enough to compensate for lighter mono. I had 20lb momoi on my Stradic's spare spool and never had trouble pulling fish out of 100+fow. Strong enough to handle aj's and grouper but still fun to catch the smaller snapper and reef fish.
You would not regret this rod. Just remember to keep the tip no higher than 2:00.
April 11, 2014