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Lighter, mores sensitive, and still the power to move big fish, a guide to G.Loomis' new Jig & Worm Series
 

Date: 12/23/04
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: G.Loomis
Reviewer: Zander






 


Introduction: G.Loomis is already well renowned for their lineup of premium offerings, and over the course of the last year the company added a complete range of application specific rods to their portfolio. With Christmas just two days away it looks like G.Loomis might just have put the biggest present under the tree for anglers this year. G.Loomis' new series of rods, the Jig & Worm Series, are designed to be the lightest and most sensitive series of rods the company has ever brought to market.

 
About the Jig & Worm Series:
“Over the past few years, anglers have had exceptional fishing success with G.Loomis’ technique specific bass rods, such as those designed to be used with spinnerbaits, crankbaits and drop shot rigs,” said Gary Schaefer with the G.Loomis product development staff. “When the conditions find bass seeking their comfort levels when jigs and worms, flipping, or casting Carolina rigs or soft jerkbaits like Senkos are the ticket, the extensive line-up we offer in the new Jig & Worm series can handle it all.” The Jig & Worm series consists of 17 brand new rods, and G.Loomis didn't have to look far in their search for a material with the perfect balance of sensitivity and backbone, as all of these new rods are constructed from G.Loomis' exclusive lightweight GLX graphite. To further reduce weight G.Loomis chose to use Recoil guides, very similar to the implementation on their premium Stream Dance & Cross Current GLX Fly rods. These REC Recoil guides are extremely tough and resilient, but also provide a noticeable reduction in overall rod weight.

All of these new rods are designed with a unique fast taper that lowers the casting trajectory. This faster taper helps anglers to more easily cast into tight spots in and around structure, and provides more accuracy and lure control even on windy days. The distinctive taper on these rods are critical for both accuracy and fish fighting control. It is important to note that the rods will feel 1/2 power stiffer than traditional G.Loomis rods just because of the action. 

 

The core of the new series are 7 Jig & Worm rods. All rods feature GLX graphite and ultra light recoil guides


The rods are all a moss green tint in color and the fine details in GLX graphite are unmistakable. Like other G.Loomis application specific rods there are small diagrams detailing the lure application on each rod blank. While some die hard Loomis fans continue to object to these graphic depictions the fact remains that when you have a rod locker full of rods these illustrations make it easier and faster to draw the right outfit.

At the core of the new rod series are seven casting models designed primarily for pitching/casting jigs and worms - three 6-foot-eight-inch rods for use with 10-, 14- and 20-pound test line; and four 7-foot-1-inch rods for longer casting and deeper water use and in line weights up to 25-pound test.

 

Jig & Worm Rods

BCR802 — 6’8” length - 10-14 pound test line - 1/8-3/8 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium power rating.

G.Loomis Description: Smaller worms and jigs, grubs, spinnerbaits and topwater baits.  An excellent 10-pound line rod for lighter duty, clear water applications.  Nice soft tip for casting smaller, light baits, but has surprising power in butt-section for fishing jigs.

BCR803 — 6’8” length - 12- to16-pound test line - 3/16-5/8 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: Balances perfectly with 14-pound line and 3/8-ounce jigs, 6” worms and medium-sized topwaters. Moves big fish with surprising ease and still feels like a feather in your hand.  May be the best all-around rod of the bunch.

BCR804 — 6’8” length - 14- to 20-pound test line - 5/16-3/4 ounce lures - fast action - heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: A powerful jig and large worm rod for fishing in close around heavy cover.  It has a magnum butt to move fish to the boat in a hurry and still has enough tip to cast smaller baits when necessary.  It’s a 20-pound line rod for serious pitching.

BCR852 — 7’1” length - 10- to 14-pound test line - 1/8-3/8 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium power rating

G.Loomis Description: A nice, light tip with a powerful butt-section makes this rod a perfect choice for fishing lighter line and small jigs, especially in clear water when you need longer casts and more leverage for a long range hookset. An awesome buzzbait rod.

BCR853 — 7’1” length - 12- to 16-pound line - 3/16-5/8 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: A really well balanced worm rod for deep-water applications. Designed more for open-water situations where the cover isn’t too thick, but will surprise you when you need to put the pressure on even a big bass.  The extra fast taper makes this an accurate caster and a good choice for medium sized baits.

BCR854 — 7’1” length - 14- to 20-pound line - 5/16-3/4 ounce lures - fast action - heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: A very effective deep-water jig rod for fishing in relatively heavy cover.  Has the power to move a fish to the boat NOW, yet it’s light as a feather and you can fish with it all day long…  no sore muscles, no fatigue, no problem.

BCR855 — 7’1” length - 17- to 25-pound line - 1/4-1 ounce lures - fast action - magnum-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: The ultimate heavy-cover jig/worm rod.  Peg a one-ounce worm sinker on your line and pitch it into the nastiest stuff you can find.  This is “top of the food chain” stuff.  No sissy’s allowed.  Fish the hydrilla, the trees, the cypress knees, the buck brush… it just doesn’t matter.  Looking for a GREAT peacock bass rod?


These aren't your ordinary stiff flipping sticks. These flipping sticks are all one piece designs and emphasize precision, sensitivity, and ultra light overall rod weight making it possible for anglers to flip all day without fatigue

 
With more anglers becoming confident using and finding success with soft plastic jerkbaits, the G.Loomis Jig & Worm series address this technique with two rods. The heavy power rated 7-foot-2-inch model is designed to fish in timber and thick vegetation, while the 7-foot-5-inch model can cast lighter lures with its extra fast action.
 

Soft-Jerkbait Rods

BCR893 — 7’5” length - 12- to 16-pound line - 3/16-5/8 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: Casting a soft jerkbait, weighted only by the size of hook you use, requires a very responsive rod tip.  Setting the hook requires a powerful butt and mid-section for a positive lock-up, especially when the bite comes just as the bait hits the water on an extra-long cast.  The advantage of this rod is an excellent combination of both.

BCR864 — 7’2” length - 14- to 20-pound line - 5/16-3/4 ounce lures - fast action - heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: Not necessarily designed for larger baits, just heavier cover, this jerkbait rod is the best choice when you fish in the timber or thick vegetation.  It has plenty of backbone to for handling heavy weights, long leader rigs and big bass in deep water. Oh yea… it handles larger baits too!

 

For flipping, the G.Loomis Jig & Worm series offers three one-piece rods in 7-foot-2-inch, 7-foot-5-inch and 7-foot-11-inch lengths. Unlike many other classic flipping rods these rods do not have telescoping handles. While these long rods may be harder to transport than collapsible sticks that is where the drawbacks end. These flipping sticks are more sensitive, and the combination of GLX graphite and Recoil guides make it easy for anglers to flip all day without the normal fatigue associated with the technique.
 

Flipping Rods

BCFR864 — 7’2” length - 14- to 20-pound line - 1/4-3/4 ounce lures - fast action - medium-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: For years, anglers have asked us for a lighter flipping stick.  One you can pitch or flip a smaller bait into lighter cover and along rocky shorelines.  One that doubles up nicely for a big topwaters or small to medium swimbaits.  Here you go!

BCFR895 — 7’5” length - 15- to 25-pound line - 1/4-1 ounce lures - fast action - heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: Imagine a rod so light you can flip all day long. One-piece construction eliminates even more weight and the titanium Recoil guides… well, you get the picture.  If not, try one out and decide for yourself it this isn’t the lightest, most responsive, most sensitive flipping stick you’ve ever fished.

BCFR955 — 7’11” length - 15- to 25-pound line - 1/4-1 ounce lures - fast action heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: If you’ve ever been a spot where you could only wish you had just a little longer rod, the answer is in this powerfully lightweight, “almost” 8-foot flipping stick. If you want to know why we stopped short, you’ve missed the point.  It’s a powerful, unbelievably light one-piece surgical instrument. It could change the way you fish.

 

Each rod is designed specifically for a particular technique. A good example of this is the extra long grip found on the Carolina rig rods which provide extra leverage for casting

 
For throwing Carolina rigs — long leaders and heavy weights with a plastic worm or lizard — the G.Loomis Jig & Worm series includes two 7-foot-3-inch rods, both with long rear grips for two-handed casting control. “The added length increases casting distance and provides sweeping hook-setting power,” Schaefer notes.
 

Carolina Rig Rods

BCR874 — 7’3” length - 14- to 20-pound line - 5/16-3/4 ounce lures - fast action - heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: This is the epitome of Carolina Rig rods. It has a longer rear grip for two-handed casting control that is really nice when you start using leaders over 3-feet long. A fast action and the extra length dramatically increase your casting range and hook-setting power.  Designed for mid-sized baits and weights.

BCR875 — 7’3” length - 17- to 25-pound line - 3/8-1 ounce lures - fast action - magnum-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: The magnum Carolina Rig rod.  A slightly longer rear grip for two-handed casting control and the overall rod length provides much more positive hooksets. This is the magnum version to get fish out of the thick stuff.


Spinning reel fans were not left out in the cold, as G.Loomis introduces two 6-foot-8-inch models intended for lighter lines, clear water and smaller baits, and a 6-foot-10-inch rod for deep-water light line/small bait fishing.

 

Spinning Rods

BSR802 — 6’8” length - 6- to 10-pound line - 1/8-1/4 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium power rating

G.Loomis Description: When you need to fish lighter line or smaller, lighter baits in really clear water, a spinning rod is a great option.  Not just any spinning rod. One with a truly extra-fast taper for accurate, pinpoint casts and enough beef to move a fish away from trouble in spite of the whisper-thin line.  Say “hello” to your new friend.

BSR803 — 6’8” length - 8-12 pound line - 1/8-5/16 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium-heavy power rating

G.Loomis Description: Small worm/jighead combos, 5” grubs, small topwaters, little jigs, gin-clear water, just enough wind to make casting tough and finicky bass.  A tough proposition? You bet!  Here’s our answer:  an ultra-sensitive spinning rod designed especially for finesse fishing.  

BSR852 — 6’10” length - 6-12 pound line - 1/8-3/8 ounce lures - extra-fast action - medium power rating

G.Loomis Description: The perfect solution for deep-water fishing where small baits and light line are a must to be successful.  The extra-fast tip allows you to cast un-weighted worms and soft jerkbaits a long ways with enough power to drive the hook home and pull the fish away from trouble.  Finesse could be an understatement!

  
Conclusion: G.Loomis' new Jig & Worm Series of rods are designed to really delve into the specific techniques that anglers use their rods for. These lighter, more sensitive, faster taper rods were all designed taking into account years of feedback from consumers and pro-staffers. G.Loomis' believes that matched with the right application these rods will "surpass the angler's wildest expectations." These rods won't be cheap, but then again they are intended for the most demanding anglers, those that know exactly what they plan to use these rods for. Kudos to G.Loomis for sticking to their guns and building these premium rods with GLX graphite, which has proven time and time again to bear remarkable attributes. While the rod descriptions in this robust lineup made everyone on our staff foam at the mouth, we will reserve our final judgment for our first set of Jig & Worm rod reviews. But one thing is for certain, G.Loomis knows how to build a mean rod, and if this new series is anything like some of their traditional rods then anglers are in for a real treat.

 

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