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Rod Review


Trippin' In Abu Garcia's IKE Finesse Series


Date: 1/29/20
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.66 - GOOD

Abu Garcia's recent refresh of their Mike Iaconelli signature series of rods is divided into three sub-categories. Our recent look at the MIKEC76-6 introduced us to the Power Series. Today we're concentrating on one of seven sticks from the IKE Finesse Series. Introducing Abu Garcia's IKE Finesse Series MIKES74-4.


Abu Garcia IKE Finesse Series MIKES74-4 Specifications

Material 36 Ton Graphite
Length 7'-4"
Line Wt. 4-10lb
Lure Wt. 3/32-1/2oz
Pieces One
Guides 8+tip (SS/Zirconium)
Rear Handle Length 10
Power Rating Medium Light
Taper Medium Fast
Rod Weight 4.2oz
Origin Made in China
MSRP $149.99

Ike goes finesse with the MIKES74-4 rod

Impressions: Abu's IKE Finesse Series MIKES74-4 is a seven foot, four inch (7'-4") spinning rod built on a blank rolled with 36 ton graphite. Many high end rods feature 40 ton or higher raw material while many more mid-level rods feature 30 ton. Of course, we have no easy way of verifying this information, but it appears the MIKES74-4 is made from material sitting between these two levels.


Abu Garcia's IKE series of signature rods includes an entire subset of finesse oriented rods


The IKE Finesse rod's guide train features stainless steel framed guides with Zirconium inserts and it's built with a split rear grip of EVA foam. Unlike the casting rods from the IKE series, the spinning rods - or at least this one - does not have any ergonomic contours molded into the grip.

Not a bad slogan to latch onto

Real World Tests: Every good signature rod series deserves a matching set of reels and Abu Garcia has done this with their IKE series. I matched the MIKES74-4 with their Revo4 IKE30 spinning reel spooled with 6lb YGK G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon.

The Finesse series receives the same purple highlights as products found in the rest of Ike's signature series

Casting: The trend towards longer than 7'-0" casting rods has finally caught up with the spinning side as we're seeing more and more spinning rods in the 'tween 7'-0" and 7'-6" category. The MIKES74-4 is nestled safely within this ambiguous zone at 7'-4" and because of this, just a little extra time is required on the back cast before you swing forward to release your bait.

Stainless steel framed guides with Zirconium inserts

I like to make snap casts with my spinning rods and the slower taper and extra length of the MIKES74-4 don't really allow for that. But what you can do with this stick that is a little more difficult with shorter spinning rods is pitch your bait a decent distance because of the longer pendulum effect.

Made from a good grade of graphite (36 Ton)

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