Fast and Furious and Environmentally Friendly? KastKing Does it All
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Introduction: KastKing, a division of Eposeidon, has been making waves
since they won a Best of Show for their modern aluminum framed rod rack. The
company offers a complete range of fishing products including new reels and rods
for bass fishermen. This year they increased their number of high performance
baitcaster offerings as well as introduced a very innovative and environmentally
friendly BioSpool packaging.
Tom Gahan, head of marketing at KastKing, shows
us the extremely fast Speed Demon baitcaster
Speed Demon: It didn't seem like all that long ago when we were calling
7:1 reels "burners," and when it comes to retrieve the new KastKing Speed Demon
will put other reel's to shame with an extremely fast 9.3:1 retrieve ratio! The
Speed Demon is marketed as the "World's Fastest" baitcasting reel by KastKing
and is capable of pulling in 37.4" of line with each turn of the handle.
Fast and Furious! A 9.3:1 gear ratio!
The Speed Demon comes loaded with 12+1 ball bearings and a 4 disc carbon fiber
drag system that puts out 13.2lbs. of pressure. The reel weighs in at a
respectable 8.3oz. and best of all retails for only $69.98!
Spartacus, Spartacus!: Is the Speed Demon too fast for you? Maybe too
expensive? It is hard to believe KastKing is able to offer an even more
aggressively priced reel that you might still be interested to fish, but to that
end meet the Spartacus Plus. This baitcaster comes with a more traditional 6.3:1
retrieve ratio and a 11"1 bearing system.
A swept handle with cork grips
The Plus has a massive drag that kicks out 17.1lbs. of pressure and the reel
weighs in at only 7.6oz.. The Spartacus Plus is available in both right and left
hand retrieve as well. All this for how much you ask? Try $45.95!
Josh Rozas shows us two different kind of spools
Looking for a quality line to spool up your KastKing baitcaster? The company has
anglers covered with a whole lineup of mono, copolymer, fluro-coated, and
braided lines to select from. But this year it wasn't the line that was making a
big splash but rather the spool that the line is sold on.
KastKing has a complete range of line to select
BioSpool: KastKing innovated where no other company was really looking,
the spool that line ships on, and created an environmentally friendly spool that
is made out of bio-based wheat waste. The spool will replace traditional hard
plastic spools are will deteriorate in soil in eight to twelve months.
"As an angler, at any one time I may have ten to fifteen empty
fishing line spools to dispose of. I thought about the enormous number of
spools of fishing line KastKing ships daily," says Tom Gahan, KastKing's Chief
Marketing Officer who conceived the idea for the KastKing® BioSpool. "Even more
so, the number of hard plastic spools the industry as a whole produces
A prototype BioSpool. These spools are made out
of wheat waste
The wheat straw material used is what remains after the grain is
harvested and is a better option than even cardboard, which relies on harvesting
forests. In some countries farmers burn their wheat stalks after harvest which
only further contributes to air pollution, and the BioSpool takes some of that
what waste out of the cycle.
While high performance collapsible rods are not
very popular in the US they are extremely popular in other regions
Portable Rods: Though not very popular in the US collapsible rods are
extremely possible in many countries where space and portability are a premium.
KastKing's CEO Tate Cui showed us some new prototype rods that the company is
working on that are designed to change the perception of what a collapsible rod
feels and fishes like. Once extended it was hard to tell the rod was even a
collapsible rod to begin with, and the rod exhibited a very nice taper, and also
offered plenty of power under load.
Tate Cui, head of KastKing, shows us how good a
collapsible rod can be
In addition to these rods KastKing offers a complete range of single piece bass
rods, and as you expect they are all quite reasonably priced. In fact there are
many offerings under 80 dollars. How does KastKing offer so many products at
such reasonable prices? The answer is the company's business strategy, one they
affectionately call E=M2C, which stands for Manufacturer Direct to Consumer.
Tate has quickly grown KastKing's range of
offerings and sales over the last few seasons
Unlike just about every reel and rod manufacturer out there KastKing doesn't
sell to distributors and instead tries to eliminate that middle layer and
overhead costs to pass the savings directly to the consumer. The result is a
more aggressively priced product. The company's motto is "KastKing keeps Fishing
Fun...by keeping it affordable." While we have only had experience with the
company's very good rod rack what we saw at the show was exciting, and we were
constantly surprised by how aggressively priced these products were. Reasonable
prices and an environmental conscience? We like the way you think KastKing!