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Date: 8/1/13
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Okuma
Reviewer: Zander

Okumaís recent rods have paired very nicely with their latest generation of reels and the Helios Series is a good example of what happens when reels and rods are designed in conjunction, not only are elements like balance taken into account but so is styling. As Okuma continues to forge ahead with their latest generation of baitcasting and spinning reels they are now working closer with their prostaff to introduce quality professional grade rods in parallel, the new Tournament Concept rods were designed by Scott Martin specifically with tournament applications in mind.




The new TCS rods feature a split grip design and the blending of EVA and cork materials together to create a clean and aggressively styled rod. The blanks are 40-ton graphite and designed to not only be sensitive but be able to stand up to tournament abuse.


Okuma introduces Scott Martin's new signature rods


For superior ergonomics and weight reduction Okuma customized C-40X carbon reel seats for both casting and spinning models and the foregrip was also specifically engineered so that no threads are exposed.


Scott Martin shows us the new rods and has been fishing the prototypes earlier this season


The hardware on this rod comes from ALPS and are stainless steel with hard aluminum oxide guide inserts that are designed for use with braided line. Intermediate guide sizing on the casting rods provided plenty of feel like traditional micros but allows for improved knot clearance.


These rods have a split grip design


Scott Martin has been fishing the prototypes and commented on the rodís overall durability and design. He particularly likes the new Matt Daddy and Flipping/Jig rods which integrate a specialty flipping guide on the rod making it easier to reach forward and just grab the correct flipping length of the line. For easy access to the bait an open style hook keeper is strategically placed in the split grip area.


A cool feature for the flipping rod is a flipping guide which makes it easier to grab the line in the right spot and flip away


The new rods look sharp and match up well with the new Helios Air reel and Okuma is rolling out sticks in the series that are specifically designed for jerkbaits, cranking, jig/worm, frogging/swimbait, mat fishing, wacky worming/skipping, drop shot/finesse, and shakeyhead.


These rods pair very nicely with Okuma's new Helios Air reels


All of the rods will be a standard one piece configuration and will retail for a $139-$149 depending on model. Okuma continues to make significant advances in their bass rod lineup when it comes to refinement, the value was always there but now we are looking at some very compelling offerings that really stack up when it comes to performance, ergonomics and sheer fun-factor.










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