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Rod Review


Abu Garcia and Ike Help You Take Your Show On the Road


Date: 3/3/21
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.67 - GOOD

With all the difficulty these days trying to fly with more than one suitcase, let alone a big tube full of fishing rods, it's a little surprising there aren't more options for multi-piece fishing rods made for the fisher-person who loves to travel. Abu Garcia recently introduced an option within their IKE series of rods consisting of a multi-piece stick with two different tips giving you two powers from which to choose when you string up on location. Here's our look at Abu Garcia's IKE Travel Spinning Rod.


Abu Garcia IKE Travel Spinning Rod Specifications

Material 36 Ton Graphite
Length 7'-0"
Line Wt. ML - 6-12lb : M - 8-14lb
Lure Wt. ML - 1/8-5/8oz : M - 1/4-3/4oz
Pieces 4 (1 bottom/handle, 1 middle, 2 tops)
Guides 7+Tip Stainless Steel
Rear Handle Length 9.5"
Power Rating Medium & Medium Lite
Taper Fast
Rod Weight ML - 4.6oz : M - 4.7oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $149.99

Introducing the Abu Garcia IKE Travel series of rods

Impressions: Abu Garcia's IKE Signature Series Travel rods are available in both a casting and spinning configuration. We acquired the spinning configuration for this review. It arrives in a very nice, rigid travel case with a little pouch to accommodate your reel when mounted on the handle portion of the rod.


We took a look at the spinning version which comes in four pieces


Opening up the zipper reveals four pieces to this travel rod, one handle section, a middle section, and two tips. One rated medium in power, the other medium light. I mostly fished the medium light tip. Once fully assembled the rod measures roughly seven feet (7'-0") in length and has the same look and feel as the one-piece IKE Finesse Series spinning rods.

That's the base, middle, and two different tips so you can set up the stick as a medium or medium light power

Real World Tests: I paired the MIKES70ML-3 with Abu Garcia's IKE Signature Series IKE SP30 spinning reel and gave the reel a fresh spool of 20lb Spiderwire Stealth Camo braid topped with a 6lb Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon leader.

Guides are all stainless steel

Casting: One of the concerns with multi-piece sticks is how they will perform once fully assembled. There is a perceived notion that sensitivity, among all of a rod's attributes will suffer the most, but not far behind that concern is how smoothly that rod will bend when casting and fighting a fish come into play. The thought is those rigid connection points between the rod's pieces will interrupt the natural progression of the rod's parabolic bend (and yes, all fishing rods bend in parabolic curve).

Ferrules are graphite to graphite so there's no change in materials

Well, out on the water, rigged with a drop shot and the occasional ned rig, the MIKES70ML-3 behaved as I'd expect any fishing rod to behave casting to target and for distance. There was no interruption or hiccup in how the rod loaded or released energy for the cast. I couldn't tell it was a multi-piece stick.

Like the one-piece counterparts, the blanks for this stick are made from 36-ton graphite

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