Rod Highlights from American Rodsmiths, Big Bear,
Kistler, Lamiglas, St. Croix
American Rodsmiths Adjustable Length Blanks and Grips for
Strike Predator Rod Series. The new Mag Strike
Predator series rods are unique in that they have an adjustable
length handle behind the reel seat.
"We realized each of our pros had a different personal
best length they liked their rod handles to be," says Bubba
of American Rodsmiths. "So we developed the adjustable
locking handle system to allow any angler to quickly adjust their
handles to their preferred length or for any fishing situation
they may encounter, whether they may need a shorter handle for
close in fishing or a longer handle for distance casting."
Once set where you want it, the handle locks securely.
Available on 10 new baitcasting and 3 new spinning models.
Titanium UltraMax Adjustable Length Rod.
"We took our most popular 7 foot Mag Bass Rod and added out
locking foregrip technology to make it adjustable in length from
6'6" to 7'2"," says Bubba at the American
Rodsmiths booth. Available in a single baitcasting model for
This adjustable length rod may prove most appealing to
non-boaters who are limited to taking only a few rods with them.
Also shore anglers who walk the bank with one rod. So the
adjustable length rod gives them one rod with some versatility
too handle different situations with the same stick.
A Bear-y Good First Showing from a Young Rod Company
This was the first ICAST show for Big Bear, a young company
that's been building rods since 2005.
The distinguishing feature is the grip. It does seem quite
comfortable, almost molds itself to your hand, and is firm yet
soft at the same time.
The good tactile properties of the grip leads to increased
cast control and even more solid hooksets according to Rob
"In cold weather, the grip is insulated and retains
warmth of your hand in cold temperatures, yet it isn't hot or
sweaty in the heat of summer," says Rob. "When it's
rainy, water runs off through channels in the grip."
There are 6 power levels, including one in between MH and H
called '3/4's Heavy'.
Big Bear rods are well-thought out, right down to the
ergonomically streamlined butt grip so as not to interfere with
the angler's body during rod movements. Also, the exposed blank
between the split grips is marked in big letters as to the length
and power of each rod, so you can easily tell at a glance which
rod you're picking up - a nice feature.
Overall, a good first showing from a new rod company.
Made in USA with a lifetime warranty.
The unique, tactile hand grip is
the centerpiece of Big Bear's rod designs.
Three New Alton Jones Signature Rods for 2009
Clifford Wiedman at Kistler emphasized three new Alton Jones
signature rod models for 2009:
- Football Head Jig Rod.
- Crankbait Rod
- Spinnerbait Special
The Spinnerbait Special seemed like just that. The Crankbait
Rod had a nice, supersoft yet strong action. The Football Jig
Rod, giving it the 'shelf shake' at the show, my first impression
(which can often be mistaken until you fish a rod), is it seemed
a scooch soft for heavier 1 oz football heads, but just fine for
1/2 and possibly 3/4 oz football heads.
One of Alton Jones Signature
Series by Kistler.
New Crankbait Rods and Texalium on Tap for 2009
Handle Rods. Lamiglas emphasized their new
Indian River rod series, featuring Texalium handles.
"These are inshore coastal light tackle rods, says Josh,
Cooper. "but smallmouth anglers in the Northwest (where
Lamiglas is located) have been using them with rave
results." There are 5 spinning and 2 casting models. All
feature fast actions for superior performance with artificial
lures. What's most unique are the blanks, a blend of high modulus
graphite that transitions to Texalium woven aluminum-impregnated
material used on the handles. There are no foregrips, and
Texalium is used as the rear grip material and butt of the blank.
In this way, every bit of available information that reaches the
rod tip is transmitted to the angler's hand on the exposed
Rods. New for 2009 are two composite e-glass
crankbait rods. Josh says, "These are e-glass fiberglass
blanks from tip to butt. However, the lower half of the blank is
reinforced with one single layer of graphite wrapped around the
lower e-glass section."
Crankbait rod (top) and Texalium
handle rods by Lamiglas.
Three New Series to Suit All Tastes
Jeff Schluter of St. Croix Rod emphasizes three rod
series - Mojo Bass, Legend Xtreme and Legend Elite - for bass
anglers in 2009.
Bass. "Geared for the young, aspiring
tournament angler, Mojo has a hot look with a black cherry
metallic finish and split-grip handle," says Jeff. Available
in 12 technique-specific models.
Xtreme. The Xtreme's are more radical or
adventurous with split-grip handles, REC Recoil guides and a
'blue/green flip' blank finish, Schlulter says. Available in 16
Elite. Feature a more conservative look with
Fuji SiC guides, standard cork handles and a classic forest green
pearl blank finish," Jeff says. 25 models available.
"The two Legend series feature similar levels of
performance," explains Jeff.
Special Features of ICAST 2008:
- Ardent: Ardent
Shows Pretty Nifty Products
- Daiwa: Daiwa
Stays in High Style
- Endless Innovation: Hundreds
of Hot New Products at ICAST
- Frogs: Gambler,
Gene Larew, Kanji, Mann's, Rein, Secret Lures, Snag Proof, Spro
- G.Loomis: G.Loomis
Goes for the GLX Excellence
- Hooks: Good-Looking
Hooks from Eagle Claw, Gamakatsu, Mustad, Owner, TTI, VMC
- ima: ima
Japan Debuts North American Exclusive Baits
- Jackall: Day
of the Jackall Lures
- Lines: New
Fishing Line from Bioline, Blackwater, Cajun, SeaGuar, Sufix,
- Lucky Craft: Feeling
Lucky and Crafty
- MegaStrike: Mega
- Optimum Baits: Optimum
Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
- Plano: Plano
Wins Best of Show Award in Tackle Management Category
- Quantum: Quantum's
New KVD Tour Rods and Reel Cover all Cranking Situations
- Rods: Rod
Highlights from American Rodsmiths, Big Bear, Kistler, Lamiglas,
World-Class Hard Baits by his own Principles
- Shimano: Shimano
Curado Voted 'Best of All' New Products
- Strike King: Kevin
VanDam Comments on Strike King's New Bass Baits