A "Game Changer"
from G-Rods? (continued)
you read our review of the Pro-Bass Series you know that we liked almost
everything about the rod, but the one thing that we really didn't like was the
Fuji hook hanger, and especially the placement of that hook hanger right above
the rear grip, which negatively impacted two handed casting comfort.
A slick little hook hanger is placed above the
Changer rods ditch the Fuji hook hanger for an integrated hook hanger that is
angled forward to prevent line hang-up, and best of all it is located well in
front of the fore-nut. In this area we view this implementation as an upgrade
over the previous series.
The Fuji spinning reel seat is finished with an
additional G-Rods badge
The new series consists of multiple casting rods designed for everything from
power fishing with plastics to reaction baits, and specific applications covered
include jerkbait, crankbait, and flipping.
In the new Game Changer Series is one new
While there are seven casting rods in the new Game Changer lineup one of the
rods that we are most excited about is the GC-7M-1S which is not a casting rod
but the sole spinning rod in the new lineup. This 7'0" spinning rod features a
medium action and is capable of tossing lures from 1/8-5/16oz. on 6-14lb. line.
The spinning reel also features proprietary
The spinning rod exhibits a very similar styling to the casting rods, only the
hook hanger is mounted on top of the blank for easier access away from the main
line. Like all the Game Changer rods the spinning rod exhibits a clean matte
finish, with "Game Changer" etched into the grip. Like the rest of the series it
is also finished with a 1K carbon outer scrim on the bottom section which not
only adds durability but is also very attractive, and quickly becoming a signature look
The Fuji reel seat has a dura-touch finish and
when combined with the eva grips makes for a comfortable platform for your
The Game Changer spinning rod feels very crisp in hand and our initial
sensitivity tests are just as good as what we experienced with the Pro-Bass
Series. Is it possible that G-Rods has made the Game Changer rods so good that
they will cannibalize the original and higher end offerings? We certainly hope
Each of the rods is labeled with specifications
above the reel seat. We notice that all of the graphics on the new rods is a
little more subtle but still easy to read when rotated to reflect light
The GC-7M-1S looks like it will have a pretty wide range, capable of both
finesse fishing and even some reaction bait fishing with the right choice of
line. This new spinning rod is likely going to be sought after by anglers
looking for an all purpose spinning rod. One of the goals that G-Rods had for
this rod, and all of the new Game Changer rods, is to make them more affordable
and easier to procure. We can already mark this box with a check as it is
already available at
Tackle Warehouse for only $219.95.
It is surprising that G-Rods still ships each of
these more aggressively priced rods with a high quality individually screened
One very nice plus on all the new series is that G-Rods is still shipping each
of the Game Changer rods with a rod sleeve that is labeled with model number of
the rod so that it is easier to keep your rod protected and organized when being
stored or during transport.
There is no carbon insert on the butt of the Game
Changer, these details are reserved for the Pro-Bass Series, but there is still
a labeled butt cap
By definition a "Game Changer" changes the way something is done, thought about
or made, and it looks like G-Rods might just have just accomplished just that
with this exciting new series. When we first got a glimpse of the new series at
ICAST last year we were excited about how the prototype rods looked, but
wondered if G-Rods would really be able to bring them to market at the more
aggressive price point while maintaining the quality and graphene design
features. As we begin our field tests it will be very interesting to see just
how these new rods will perform for a much broader audience, and so far we
really like what we see and feel.
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