How Does a Budget, Value, Rod Dubbed Offshore
Dominate the Search for One?
Total Score: 8.25 - GREAT
Ark Rods continues to make a name for themselves in the bass rod market. By all accounts, their Randall Tharp Honey Badger series of signature rods has only served to help them gain a stronger foothold in a very hotly contested market. Today, we take a look at one of Tharp's favorite sticks in the lineup, his TS76MHFC Offshore Special.
Ark Rods TS76MHFC Offshore Special
||Toray 40T Carbon Fiber
||8+tip (Fuji F-Ring)
|Rear Handle Length
||Made in China
Ark's Offshore Special is a seven foot, six inch (7'-6")
stick made from Toray 40 ton carbon fiber material
Ark's Offshore Special is a seven foot, six inch (7'-6") stick made from Toray 40 ton carbon fiber material and outfitted with Fuji K-Concept F-ring guides. It has a split grip handle design made with high density EVA foam and features a custom made and designed, graphite reel seat. It's a nicely appointed stick, finished with a grey paint to match the EVA grip.
paired the TS76MHFC with Quantum's latest S3 Accurist casting reel spooled with
Finatic Pro Series 6-Strand Braid
Real World Tests:
I paired the TS76MHFC with Quantum's latest S3 Accurist casting reel spooled with Finatic Pro Series 6-Strand Braid. This new Quantum Accurist is an excellent performer at its price point and matched with the Offshore Special makes for a nice affordable combo.
This "Offshore Special" is actually a really nice all purpose choice
Casting: When I read "Offshore Special" as this stick's nickname, I assumed it was intended for Carolina rigging or something similar. Its length is well suited for that application. However, after tying on a swim jig to get a feel for this stick, I have to say, it's a really nice all purpose choice. The rod's tip loads nicely and its length allows for super long casts. Naturally, pitching is a no brainer with a stick of this length.
The custom graphite reel seat has an exposed blank and wings to help smooth the transition from the reel seat to the reel
Sensitivity: The Offshore Special's sensitivity is very good as well. Of course it didn't hurt that I fished the stick with braid primarily. Nonetheless, it has a nice, crisp feel that lends itself well to vertical and horizontal bait presentations.
A nice detail here at the top of the reel seat
I did switch over to a reel with some fluorocarbon line on it just to perform my due
diligence and sensitivity with this line type is also very good. The stick does a nice job of transmitting feedback to your hands so you can get a good sense of what type of bottom you're in contact with while fishing.
Section: This Badger's got leverage and power