The innovative Renegade Evolution Series by Hookhider
employs the latest patented grip for a great price, and is now available at Walmart!
Total Score: 8.33
some Anglers the cost of the product is a major determining factor in their rod
selection, but they still want the best features and quality available for the
best price. TackleTour goes to Walmart to see what kind of selection they
have available in the best bang for the buck fishing rod category. We examine one of Walmart's latest offerings, the Renegade Evolution Series by Hookhider.
Series by Hookhider Specifications
Impressions: When walking down the fishing rods aisle at
Walmart you will notice there's a new kid on the block. The Renegade
Evolution Series by Hookhider stands out from the others not because the rod
blank is different in layout or material, it catches your attention because this rod sports the
innovative patented Hookhider grip. This grip is tubular and provides a
home for sharp lure hooks when the rig is not being used.
Renegade Evolution Series by Hookhider is built using IM7 graphite and employs good components for an incredible price. This rod also uses the innovative
Hookhider grip that is useful for storing lure hooks when not in use
Complete Rig for
Evolution Series by Hookhider|
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Furthermore this lightweight but durable IM7 graphite rod utilizes 9
Titanium Oxide eyelets held in strong gold stainless steel eye guides while
applying Fuji's New Guide Concept. The handle on this rod uses quality
cork from Portugal for added comfort.
Hookhider's Revolutionary Grip: This new revolutionary grip design
features a slotted tubular section located within the butt of the Renegade rod. The
handle is constructed with glass-filled nylon to keep it light without
sacrificing durability. This ingenious grip design allows anglers to
conveniently rig up and store the hooks of their lures when they are not in use to
prevent something all anglers dislike... the hassle of unhooking snagged lures
on marine carpet, other lures, fishing line, their pets, kids, and much
The revolutionary Hookhider
grip adds a great value to the Renegade rod. As you can tell the grip does
not add any extra length to the handle
Hookhider grip that comes on the Renegade Evolution Series rod is 5 inches in
length and 1 inch in diameter. This size accommodates most hook
sizes with ease. At the end of the tube is a rubber stopper that allows easy access
to the lure at anytime. The tiny amount of weight the grip adds to the
overall rod does not
affect the performance of the rod at all. Instead it actually helps
balance the rod to counteract the weight of the lure at the other end.
Field Testing the Rod: In March we tested the Hookhider IM8 Pro
Series rod that received TackleTour's Innovation Award. Now we will test a
product that's a little less than half the price but still sports the
patented Hookhider grip design on a well equipped Renegade Evolution Series rod
that can be purchased at your local Walmart stores. We field tested this
rod under different fishing expeditions that involved largemouth bass and
Rigged and ready!
& Accuracy: When you take the Renegade Evolution Series by Hookhider
rod onto the water and make your first cast you will feel just how easy and far
you can toss lures with little effort. The flexibility in the design of this rod
assists in casting because with a nice whip of the rod you can present your lure
to a distant spot. Whenever a new Anglers start learning how
to fish they think that the solution to casting far is by applying as much force
as possible to the rod. This is not true. If you cast correctly,
release your line at the right time, and allow the flexibility of the rod do its
work, then one will achieve greater distances.
IM7 Renegade Evolution Series rod casts well for distance, but how about accuracy? Like
many people know already, when a rod applies the Fuji's New Guide Concept it
improves many things and accuracy is one of them. Aside from timing and
other factors, the 9 guides on this rod improves the overall accuracy when
presenting your lure or bait.
flexibility makes this a good rod for using reaction baits
During the tests I fished with many different types of lures ranging from
spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, and plastics. I found the IM7 rod to
be best for the hard-baits because of it's design. The flexibility is
great for fishing reaction baits, similar to using fiberglass rods because the
rod is softer and more forgiving. While hauling in largemouth Bass the
Renegade Evolution Series by Hookhider rod did an exceptional job. But for
striper fishing I would like to have more butt strength for more fighting power.
Not that you can't use this rod for stripers, it's just that having a stronger
butt would offer more power to muscle in larger hard hitting Stripers.
When fishing reaction baits sensitivity isn't looked at as much as other
performance factors. But it still is an important factor. This Renegade rod
good sensitivity when fishing plastics. Crawling the plastic worm rigged
Texas style allowed me to test the feel I was able to get from this rod.
Each structure or rock pile the worm rolled over, each hit received by small
baby-sized largemouth bass, I was able to feel it. For additional
sensitivity an exposed reel seat could be used, but for this price you really can't
Grip: To see the detail tests and results on the Hookhider grip, click
here, then scroll down to Section II: The Grip.
a Rapala topwater bait into the Hookhider grip is so simple even kids can do it
here's a quick summary of the Hookhider Grip that comes with the Renegade
Evolution Series by Hookhider rod... it's very useful, prevents the hooks from
snagging anything, and has great durability.
matter which way you turn your rod the lure stays securely in the Hookhider grip
to buy: Right now you can only get the IM7 Renegade Evolution Series by
Hookhider rod at over 450 Walmart stores in the following states: AL, AR,
AZ, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NY,
OH, OK, PA, and WV. Click here to find a
store near you that carry this exciting rod.
Series by Hookhider Ratings (?/10)
using a durable lightweight graphite, Titanium Oxide guides, and an
innovative grip that has a heavy-duty solid construction
this rod performs well, but for larger and harder hitting fish like
Stripers, a stiffer butt is preferred. The Hookhider grip is
extremely useful while fishing and when the rod sits at home with the lure
great price for a rod of this level that sports the patented Hookhider
grip that adds more than a value
slotted tubular grip that's durable, useful, and works really well for
your lures. An added feature such as an exposed reel seat would
increase the rod's overall performance, but that would lead to a higher
IM7 provides a rod with durability, but the weight of this graphite adds
to the overall comfort level. The grip actually counteracts your
lure balancing the rod
with good flexibility this rod is good for running reaction baits.
The grip on this Walmart rod provides anglers with a no-snag day when the
lure is not in the water
Pluses and Minuses:
more butt strength for larger fish|
Conclusion: For those who can't afford premium rods, Walmart
would be a good place to get yourself set up with affordable quality gear.
There are many rods to choose from on the shelves at Walmart, but if you spend some
time and take a closer look, you can find rods that are built well and utilize
average quality components at an incredible price. At
less than $30 you can pick up a Renegade Evolution IM7 graphite rod that has a very durable and
useful grip design that will give you a hassle-free day of fishing, preventing
your hooks from snagging when the lure is not in use. With so many features and
a very reasonable price the Hookhider Renegade is a great rod for anglers
looking for a balance of performance, features, and great value.