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Event Article: 2006 ICAST Rod Coverage

ICAST Coverage Day 2 (Rods) - Perfectly matching reels in application, balance, and style (continued)

Quantum: The Tour Edition PT Signature series has grown so popular that this year Quantum decided to add a few more rods to their line up. These rods like the others that are already on store shelves, are developed and fine tuned by the pros themselves. For 2007 we’ll see the following new rods by Gerald Swindle, Tommy Biffle, and Greg Hackney. The Gerald Swindle rod will be a 6’6” Popping stick with a soft tip to produce a unique action to the lure.


The PT Signature series, no rod is the same, and each is designed to meet a particular pro's unique requirements


The soft-tip also allows the fish to take the lure before the backbone kicks in to provide a solid hookset. Next the Tommy Biffle rod is a heavy action 7’6” flippin’ stick for fishing nasty cover, but there’s another model, a 6’10” heavy action model that he likes to use for fishing jigs and plastics in deeper waters due to the great sensitivity and hooksetting power.


The Gerald Swindle popping stick


Greg “The Hack Attack” Hackey has a new all-purpose 7’11” jig rod. This rod he designed to have a parabolic action to make it more forgiving in fishing smaller and lighter ¼ to ¾ ounce jigs on heavy lines.


The Alliance application specific rods

Quantum added a few rods to the existing series of Signature rods but they have also introduced an entirely new series of fish specific rods called the Alliance. This new series, which consists of 28 different rods, will have an action for almost any type of lure you wish to toss – bass, musky, walleye, salmon, stripers, trout, just to name a few.

Everything from Muskie to Trout

The Alliance rods are construction out of HSX42 hi-strain graphite blanks using Fuji’s Aluminum Oxide Concept guide system, Fuji’s blank through reel seat, and depending on model will sport cork or EVA handle material. The best part of these fish specific rods is the price, ranging from only $49.95 to $69.95.

Each rod features a species identification

Fin-Nor: You saw it on the ICAST reel coverage. Fin-Nor has introduced two new spinning reels, the AHAB and OFFSHORE. To complement those buff reels they are also releasing a new series of rods. The new AHAB and OFFSHORE rods will have a model to match each reel. The AHAB comes in Inshore and Offshore actions and powers with an IGFA class ranging from 8 to 20 lb. Class, while the OFFSHORE will have 5 different line weight models.

Bob explains the Fin-Nor strategy to JIP


These rods look fantastic, and are designed to handle the biggest predators

Van Staal: This coming season Van Staal will have their own rods to match their reels. With the help of pros from Australia where demand for high-quality saltwater gear is needed, they have developed a series of rugged rods for saltwater anglers.

The Van Staal rods feature a split grip design

We were impressed with these rods from the first minute we set eyes upon on them, and as we got more information and actually got to play with these rods, we knew they would be winners. The Van Staal rods use a multi-layer construction process that produces parabolic strength and lifting power that’s designed for saltwater vertical jigging.

Quality guides that will stand up to the elements

All components on these rods are top-notch and will withstand any punishment saltwater guys put on them. Because new vertical jigging techniques are mostly done with spinning gear, we’ll see 8 spinning and 2 conventional models.

Australian Pro Ian Bailey shows us the perfect jigging combo

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