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Rod Review

The Search For One… Abu Garcia’s Vendetta Is Anything But Cold


Date: 5/23/10
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Abu Garcia
Reviewer: JIP

Total Score:

In our continued slow economy, consumers are seeking the best bang for their buck and the fishing industry is not immune to this syndrome. It’s no surprise then, that at ICAST 2009, battle lines were drawn early and it was obvious the theme of the show amongst the mainstream rod manufacturers was value. One of the more impressive value driven rods debuted at last year’s show was by Abu Garcia. The Vendetta has since made its debut and to very good fanfare across the country. Presenting our review of Abu Garcia’s VTC69-6 Vendetta.


Abu Garcia Vendetta VTC69-6 Specifications

Material 30 Ton Graphite
Length 6'-9"
Line Wt. 12 - 17 lb
Lure Wt. 3/16 - 5/8 oz.
Pieces 1
Guides 7 Guides + Tip Top, SS Frames with Zirconia coating by Pac Bay
Power Rating Medium Heavy
Taper Fast
Rod Weight 5.1 ounces
MSRP $79.95


Impressions: When I first laid eyes on the Abu Garcia Vendetta prototypes at ICAST 2009, I thought for sure these sticks were a new, high end offering from Abu. The styling cues and materials were very modern and the rod felt very refined off the display rack. My review specimen was just as impressive although the rod does feel a tad heavier than what I remembered from ICAST. Perhaps I was just caught up in all the excitement of this new, stylish, eighty dollar ($80) rod from Abu Garcia!


At last, our take on the Abu Garcia Vendetta.


Lab Tests: First stop for our VTC69-6 was the lab and an appointment with the RoD WRACK where we discovered this stick’s RoD value is almost spot on with our TSFO baseline rod, the MBR783C GLX2000! Of course, while similar in overall value, the actual deflection curves show a bit of a difference. Additionally, while the VTC69-6 is just a little heavier than the GLX2000 (5.1 ounces for the Vendetta versus 4.8 for the GLX2000) it is quite a bit more tip heavy despite being touted as designed for balance.


Fig 1: This chart illustrates the deflection characteristics of the Abu Garcia Vendetta VTC69-6 as compared to our The Search For One baseline rod, the GLX2000. Note how the VTC69-6's curve (yellow) matches that of the GLX2000 until about 20 ounces of load is applied where there is a slight jump. The VTC69-6's backbone then sets back in and its rate of deflection is constant again.

Of course, off the rack and without our baseline rod for comparison, the VTC69-6 feels like a very nice stick with a balance point of 7 inches above the midline of the reel seat and a balancing torque of 0.25 foot pounds. For comparison’s sake, the GLX2000’s same numbers are five inches and 0.11 foot pounds.

Lab Results for Abu Garcia Vendetta VTC69-S

Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Abu Garcia Vendetta VTC69-6
MBR783C GLX2000
TSFO 26 Rod Avg

Field Tests: The VTC69-6, as are all the Vendetta casting rods, was designed with a specific reel in mind, and that’s the tuned for 2010 Abu Garcia Revo SX. Of course, we here at TackleTour always mix things up and while I did fish this stick for a while with a Revo SX, my new Quantum Tour Edition KVD casting reel also spent a lot of time on this stick. The new Tour Edition KVD shares a similar color scheme albeit a bit more flashy than the Revo SX, and is a half ounce lighter than the SX as well.

Matched with a Quantum Tour Edition KVD reel and ready to go.

Casting: The greatest aspect of the VTC69-6 is its casting ability. This rod loads up really nicely with baits both within its rated casting range, and as Cal pointed out in our Delta Striper trip with Kenny Schmitt last fall, above that range. The rod’s 30 ton graphite blank feels sure and solid with each cast and doesn’t feel overloaded even with a one and three quarter ounce, six inch, Triton Mike Bull Shad tied to the end of the line.

The VTC69-6 is an excellent casting stick ...

Power: Perhaps this rod’s second greatest aspect is its power. Because this blank feels so solid and sure, you can really lean into it without feeling like it might break. Maybe it’s just the fact I didn’t have to feel worried about breaking an eighty dollar rod, but when I hooked up, I routinely tried to just muscle fish in to see what this rod had and not once was I disappointed. Schoolie striper out on O'Neil Forebay were particularly easy to muscle into the boat after each hookup. This rod’s performance in this category is impressive at any price point.

... sensitivity is on par with rods in the $150 price category ...

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