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Rod Review


An Affordable Cranking Stick for Spinning Rod Fans - The Abu Garcia Veritas (continued)


I know. Sometimes I don't know what to do with myself either. Back to the VTSSW70-5 though, this stick has a very medium power feel to it all the way up to the point when you have a fish at the end of the line. As the pressure at the end of the line increases, this stick has a lot of forgiveness, which is a good thing because I was fishing it with very light, 6lb test line.

Checking out the taper

It's because this rod bends more through its length than a traditional rod, that gives you that impression it's soft, but really that pressure it puts on your catch eventually tires it out. You just have to be a little more patient than usual.

The Veritas lineup features clean styling

Design & Ergonomics: All of our lab measures for this stick came out to be pretty much on par with the competition. One really nice benefit of this stick, however, is its balance. It is not very tip heavy, which for a cranking stick doesn't matter as much. Still it's nice, just the same, to be using a stick you don't have to fight with all day while casting and retrieving small paddletails or other moving baits.

Lab Results for Abu Garcia Veritas VTSSW70-5

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Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Abu Garcia Veritas VTSSW70-5
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Titanium framed, Zirconium insert guides

Price & Applications: The wonderful thing about Abu Garcia's Veritas lineup and why they keep showing up in our review pages is these sticks only cost $99.99.

Once the threshold for enthusiast level gear, the one hundred dollar price point is now simply the indicator an angler is ready to get just a bit more serious about their tackle choices while not getting out of hand in the budget department.

A little wire loop serves as the hook keeper


Abu Garcia Veritas VTSSW70-5 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very clean build even with the painted blank 8
Performance What it lacks in sensitivity, it makes up for in smooth power 7.5
Price Difficult to beat at this price 9
Features Solid components that are what you expect at this price range 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Good overall balance and split grip design, though the minimalist seat ergonomics are a bit polarizing 7.5
Application If you're looking for a cranking stick in a spinning rod build, this stick is worth consideration 8

Total Score


Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ A moving bait stick in spinning configuration - Not as sensitive as the VTSS70-4
+ Very good balance  
+ Casts like a fast action rod  
+ Reel seat is unobtrusive and secure  

If you're looking for a moving bait stick to compliment your spinning arsenal, the VTSSW70-5 belongs on you radar

Conclusion: I know it's probably difficult for the hard core bass angler to comprehend, but there's a good segment of the angling public that still prefers spinning gear to casting. For those in that camp, dedicated cranking sticks are probably difficult to come by. Abu Garcia recognizing this deficiency, appropriately addresses it with the VTSSW70-5 and even makes a low speed reel to match up with it. Even better, the entire combo will only set you back about $260 before sales tax. That's about average what I spend on a rod or a reel alone, not the entire combo. If you're looking for a moving bait stick to compliment your spinning arsenal, the VTSSW70-5 gets the job done at an aggressive price point.


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