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ICAST 2012 Coverage

Shimano Addresses Bass, Walleye, and Calico fishing with new rod introductions


Date: 8/2/12
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

We come full circle as we complete our ICAST 2012 coverage which kicked off with Shimano’s Calcutta D. Though we talked about Shimano’s rods earlier in our ORCA system coverage we wanted to take a closer look at the company’s upcoming rods which were unveiled at ICAST. These rods comprise both freshwater additions to existing lines as well as the complete redesign of some saltwater series rods including the Tallus.


Robby Gant shows us the new application specific Shimano rods

On the freshwater side Shimano made new rod additions to the Compre, Clarus, and Convergence lines and focused on new rods and actions designed specifically for the Walleye market. There are 14 models offered in each series, in 6’ through 7’6” lengths, including 2-piece versions in select sizes for travel and storage convenience, each with cork handles and Fuji aluminum oxide guides.

Walleye anglers now get new rods in a few of Shimano's popular rod lines

“Our rod development team did its homework, and worked closely with our field staff in key walleye fishing states and in Canada to dial in the right rods for walleyes from shore lunch size to double-digit ones out of Lake Erie and Lake of the Woods,” said Robby Gant, senior product manager for Shimano. “We’re able to provide walleye anglers with a huge assortment – three different series in various grades of sensitive graphite – IM-9 with Compre rod, IM-8 on the Clarus, and IM-7 with the Convergence rods, and back them all with our limited lifetime over-the-counter warranty.”

The new Convergence Walleye rods will retail for only $59-$79 dollars

The Compre rods will retail from $99-$119, while the Clarus rods will retail from $79-89, and the value oriented Convergence rods will retail for only $59-$79. In addition to these Walleye rods Shimano also jumped into the Umbrella Rig craze with the introduction of an application specific rod in the Crucial series.

Shimano's new Crucial Umbrella rig rod

On the saltwater side Shimano completely retooled the Tallus rods. Following the same philosophy of Terez with the braided line and smaller reels created in a lower price point. The Tallus rods will be available in two colors, which are the same two colors that the Teramar rods are available in, Blue and Brown. These colors match the inshore rods so that the anglers can match their inshore and offshore gear.

Shimano rods like the Compre Series make use of custom reel seats

With Shimano’s unique TC4 blank construction process, the rods feature a double inner horizontal layer wrap of advanced, dynamic T glass with an inner and outer spiral layer of high modulus graphite. “Because of TC4, we can make very small diameter blanks that are extremely durable and crisp, yet lightweight and sensitive,” said Robby. “These rods are ideal for use with our PowerPro braid to provide incredible pulling power – whether it’s sailfish and tuna, or bottom fishing with PowerPro up to 200-pound test, there’s a rod for in our new Tallus Blue Water series.”

The new Tallus Blue Water rods

On the conventional side, Tallus Blue Water (TLC) rods include four 6’6” models – in medium heavy, heavy, extra heavy and extra extra heavy power; four 7’ models - in medium, medium heavy, heavy and extra heavy power; and four 8’ models - in medium light, medium, medium heavy and heavy powers. The Tallus Blue Water spinning rods include four 6’9” and four 7’2” models – both lengths offered in medium, medium heavy, heavy and extra heavy powers; and two 8’ models in medium heavy and heavy power. All the Tallus Blue Water rods features a Shimano-designed reel seat, Fuji aluminum oxide guides and EVA handles Select rods also include aluminum gimbals with butt cap.

The rods are available with numerous different ergonomic EVA grips depending on application

Calico bass fishing is all the rage now and many largemouth anglers are now crossing over and employing similar techniques in the inshore environment. Shimano has rebuilt the Teramar West Coast rods to cater to this crowd with the introduction of 10 new Teramar casting rods, all designed specifically to throw big ‘freshwater type’ baits to calico bass. The series includes models for use with large jerkbaits, punch rigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and swimbaits, and all are one-piece rods designed using Shimano’s TC4 blank construction process. These rods will feature a split grip EVA handle design and come outfitted with Fuji aluminum oxide guides.

Fuji aluminum oxide guides adorn the new rods

Thus concludes our ICAST 2012 coverage and it is finally time to step away from the computer and get back into the lab, and out on the water, to check out some of the newly introduced tackle to see just how it really stacks up. Thanks for joining us on yet another ICAST and stay tuned as we kick things off with a closer look at some of the reels, rods, and lures that made this recent trip to Orlando yet another memorable show.









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