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ICAST 2012 Coverage

At the top of their game, Pinnacle Fishing


Date: 7/31/12
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Pinnacle
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Introduction: Pinnacle has been working hard with their prostaff, which includes popular Pro Angler John Crews, to refine and introduce new reels and rods that are designed to stand up to all the rigors of tournament fishing.


Meet Pinnacle's latest Optimus baitcaster, the LTE


The company built on their established Optimus baitcaster line with the introduction of the lightweight Optimus LTE reel which features Pinnacle's "X-Bone" rigid metal frame and metal side covers to minimize torque and keep the gearing in perfect alignment under heavy loads.


The LTE features a tandem cast control system


The new reel makes use of nine double shielded stainless steel bearings plus the roller bearing and comes with a "tandem" cast control which basically means that the reel has both a magnetic and centrifugal anti-backlash system. This system is controlled via an external dial.


The LTE also features a "Quick Flip Button"


The LTE is designed to be lightweight and weighs only 7.4oz. thanks in part to a concave carbon fiber handle that is ported. The reel is designed to excel at both long and short distance casts and even has a quick flip button. The LTE will be available in three retrieve ratios, 5.5:1, 6.4:1, and 7.3:1 and all models will retail for an aggressive price of only $159.99.


New this year are Perfecta Micro Guide rods


Pinnacle's Perfect rods are designed to pair with the company's Optimus, Performa, and Producer reels. All of these rods feature multiple high density carbon tape layer wrapped in opposite directions around a high modulus graphite prepreg core, Fuji alconite guides, and Fuji reel seats.


The Perfecta Series rods make use of Fuji components


New for this year are Perfecta Walleye rods as well as a new series of Micro Guide rods. The new micro guide rods are fitted with Fuji Micro Concept guides with alconite rings. These are the lightest Perfecta rods to date and there will be rods addressing applications ranging from traditional spinning and casting to flipping/pitching and even tossing swimbaits.


Pro Angler John Crews shows us the Optimus LTE


As with the original Perfecta series rods these new micro guide rods are a great value at $189.99-$199.99 each depending on model. At the booth John crews was on hand showing us his favorite combos. In his hand was the new Optimus LTE which is likely going to be a new workhorse reel on his tournament rig.










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