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Swimbait Rod Wars Installment #15: G.Loomis, Has the Baseline Been Surpassed? (continued)

Real World Test: We fished the SWBR955C with a variety of reels and a wide variety of baits. As the last in our line of rods to test, this stick both benefitted and suffered from our combined experience over the last several months in throwing the big baits.



Complete Field Test Set-Up for G.Loomis SWBR955C

Shimano Calcutta 201 DC
Daiwa Luna 253L
Shimano Calais 201-5L
90yds 20lb Sunline Shooter FC
100 yards 25lb Toray Bawo Polyamide Plus
125yds 22lb Sunline Defier Nylon Mono

Casting: By suffer I was referring primarily to this category of our tests. We started out taking it easy on the SWBR955C throwing mainly the six inch Huddleston Deluxe Rainbow. This bait is entirely within the stick's comfort zone and we were able to toss the six inch Hudd around like a crankbait on this rod. Overhand casts, roll casts, even pitches were made with ease. 

Rigged and ready to go with a Daiwa Luna 253L and six-inch Hudd.

Then we decided to up the ante a little and tied on the full sized, eight inch Huddleston Deluxe Rainbow, a bait still within the rod's rating but one we felt overloaded the two rods book ending the SWBR955C in our RoD tests. Even the full sized Hudd was no problem with this stick. So much so, we brought our KBSBS80 and 795ML back out on the water for some side by side tests and found, really, with sidearm lob casts, all these sticks handled the eight-inch Hudd just fine. It's when you try to go with the overhead cast that the rods feel more taxed. In this respect, the SWBR955C felt the best.

Zander readies for a cast...
To take it even more extreme, we tried this rod out with 3:16 Lure Company's Original Wake and Armageddon baits. These are both, ten inch baits weighing in excess of six ounces. While not ideal, to our surprise, the SWBR955C even handled these baits quite well. This seems to be one stick that really does fit well into our "All Purpose" designation of big bait sticks.

Note how the SWBR955C loads through the entirety of the blank...

Sensitivity: Back to the dragging of bottom bouncing big baits to test the sensitivity range of the SWBR955C. Matched with a six inch Hudd, we found sensitivity to be just okay. This stick doesn't seem to transmit bottom contact information with this bait as well as our 795ML.

... and away the bait flies!


I found this rather surprising since with G.Loomis, the one area I usually do not question is sensitivity, so to get to the bottom of this issue a bit more quickly, I borrowed from a solution we employed with the previously reviewed Dobyns 807MAGH. I cut off the six inch Hudd and swapped reels mounting my Daiwa Zillion HLC spooled with Sunline Shooter Defier nylon monofilament and tied on a Lucky Craft LV500MAX.

In this case, a full sized Hudd makes a splash just off a point in the distance.

At first, I wasn't able to feel this bait coming through the water, but then I noticed, on faster retrieves, I could barely feel the bait vibrating in the water. Strangely enough, I was able to feel more with the 807MAGH, a heavier powered stick.

G.Loomis finally enters the big bait arena with their lineup of swimbait specific sticks, a collection of four rods.

Next up was an eight ounce sized Luhr Jensen SpeedTrap (actual weight one quarter of an ounce) and after a hybrid flip-flycast casting technique to get the bait out far enough to retrieve in the water, I found I was able to feel this bait coming through the water though still not as well as I did with the 807MAGH. In the end, I was left a little disappointed with the SWBR955C's sensitivity.

The foregrip on the SWBR955C measures a full five inches


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