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Shimano debuts new ultralight Cumulus rods at the Big Rock West show in Las Vegas (continued)

 

Tescata reboot: The Cumulus wasn't the only new product Shimano was showcasing. On our way through the booth we caught a glimpse at the reboot of the Tescata jigging rod. We were big fans of the previous version and were excited when we heard that Shimano was going to try and make the series even better. The new rods feature greenish-blue blanks built on Shimano C4S blanks.  

 


The Tescata is back in what we view as a reboot of the series

 

Shimano Tescata Rods

Model

Construction

Length

Power

Action

Line Rating

Jig Weight

Pieces

TSC66ML

    C4S

6'6"

Medium Light

Fast

10-30

60-80g

1

TSC63M

    C4S

6'3"

Medium  

Fast

20-40

100-150g

1

TSC63MH

    C4S

6'3"

Medium Heavy

Fast

30-60

200g

1

 


The new rod is radically difference in appearance versus the original

 

The new rods are quite a departure cosmetically from the previous version and feature a more aggressive appearance complete with winding checks, a new custom reel seat and EVA handles. One of the biggest changes in the new version is the use of a split rear grip. 

 


New metal winding checks add an element of refinement

 

There will be three new rods in the lineup, all are relatively short at 6'3"-6'6" in length and are designed for boat fishing with Lucanus jigs. The rods make use of Fuji Hardloy guides and are designed to be able to handle both mono and PowerPro braided lines.

 


We paired the new Tescata rod with the Shimano 400LJV and it looked right at home

 

Designed with custom actions for Lucanus Jigging we are curious to see just how the split grip comes into play when it comes to balance, two handed casting and tucking under the arm when jigging. All three rods in the lineup will retail for $149.99 each and will come backed with Shimano's over the counter lifetime warranty. 

 


Perhaps the biggest change is the split grip design which immediately separates the new Tescata from Shimano's other jigging rods

 

At the booth we paired the new Tescata rod with the Shimano TE 400LJV and found the combo balanced out reasonably well. The new refinements in the series should only increase the Tescata's appeal among anglers looking for a lightweight finesse stick to fish Lucanus jigs. If anything the new rod looks and feels more like a freshwater stick, this helps distance the rod from the Trevala jigging series. Like the Cumulus series we will reserve our final judgment when we see what the Tescata will do in the field but it certainly looks like Shimano is making a serious effort to continually hone their line of rods, and we are excited about what we see thus far.

 

Looking for the Cumulus and Tescata Rods? Hi's Tackle Box will be among the first to have them in stock come March. Until then stay tuned for more from the Big Rock Show



 

 

 

 

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