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ICAST 2016 Coverage


In Search of Practical or Elite? Abu Has an Answer for Both

 

Date: 7/20/16
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal








Introduction:
Seven years ago, at ICAST 2009, Abu Garcia debuted their Vendetta bass rods - a series that would set the tone for others to come in both style and value. This year, they re-imaged this series and introduced a more affordable version of their flagship Fantasista.

 


Abu Garcia's USDM Fantasista line is inspired by the JDM Counterpart.

 


This year, the manufacturer is introducing a lower tier version of their flagship rods.

 

Fantasista Premier: Abu Garcia's USDM Fantasista Regista series of rods were inspired by a line of similar name in Japan. It's been a successful introduction for the company but breaks a little from their tradition of high performing, affordable rods. Fantasista Regista rods begin at $499.

 


Powered by 3M's Powerlux 500 material.

 


The rods are still aggressively styled.

 

This year at ICAST, the manufacturer introduced a more reasonably priced subset of rods under the same Fantasista umbrella. The Fantasista Premier rods are built on carbon blanks featuring Pure Fishings exclusive 3M Powerlux 500 resin system These blanks are adorned with titanium framed guides featuring Zirconium inserts and a reel seat designed by Abu Garcia, but built by Fuji. The rods feature a 5 year limited warranty and begin with a price point of $299.95.

 

Casting Rod Specifications

Model
Power
Length
Lure
Line
Rod Weight
FNPC610-4
Med-Lite
6'-10"
1/8-1/2
1/8-1/2
4.3
FNPC610-5
Med-Hvy
6'-10"
1/4-3/4
1/4-3/4
5.1
FNPC70-5
Medium
7'-0"
1/4-5/8
1/4-5/8
4.7
FNPC70-6
Med-Hvy
7'-0"
1/4-1
12-20
5.1
FNPC73-6
Med-Hvy
7'-3"
1/4-1
12-20
5
FNPC73-7
Heavy
7'-3"
3/8-1 1/2
12-25
5.4
FNPC76-6
Med-Hvy
7'-6"
1/4-1
12-20
5.1
FNPC76-7
Heavy
7'-6"
3/8-1 1/2
12-25
5.5


The reel seat is designed by Abu Garcia but built by Fuji.

Spinning Rod Specifications

Model
Power
Length
Lure
Line
Rod Weight
FNPS610-4
Med-Lite
6'-10"

1/8-1/2

6-10
4.1
FNPS-68-5
Medium
6'-8"
3/16-5/8
8-14
4.2
FNPS-70-5
Medium
7'-0"
3/16-5/8
8-14
4.5
FNPS-70-6
Med-Hvy
7'-0"
1/4-3/4
10-17
4.7
FNPS-76
Medium
7'-6"
3/16-5/8
8-14
4.8


The butt end of the spinning rod is contoured for two handed casting.


Here's a look at the Abu Designed, Fuji manufactured casting reel seat on the Fantasista Premier.

Vendetta NG: The Next Generation Vendetta receives an updated, 30Ton blank built with the company's IntraCarbon technology that provides a barrier to improve durability without adding weight to the overall rod build. The grips feature the same, high density EVA foam from before only now with a contour for better ergonomics. Guides are stainless steel frames with Zirconium inserts and the reel seats feature a ratcheted hood design for a more secure fit for your reel.

 


Vendetta receives a re-imaging.

 


Vendetta is the series that started it all for the recent line of Abu Rods.

 

There are 25 models in all (13 casting, 12 spinning) to cover a variety of fishing situations and applications. Expect the Vendetta NG to retail for the same price as the previous generation which was right around $79.99.


These rods will feature EVA foam, split rear grip designs.


The grips ar contoured for a better grip.


Simiarly aggressive hood design.


The 30ton blanks are upgraded with Abu's Intra-Carbon technology.

Conclusion: From the solid performing series of rods for a reasonable price to the JDM inspired flagship series available at almost elitist pricing, Abu Garcia now has a wide selection of freshwater fishing rods to suit any angler whether they're looking for the best bang for their buck or a rod to make their fishing buddies envious. While most of it is the experience of being outdoors, a lot of it is about having fun and there's no better way to reach that goal than to have the gear that makes you smile each time you pick that combo up.



 

 

 

 

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