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Rod Review

Getting a Grip on Castaway’s new Invicta Spinnerbait Rod


Date: 7/13/14
Tackle Type: Rod
Manufacturer: Castaway
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 7.98 - GOOD

Introduction: Castaway was one of the early pioneers in the custom rod building industry, and though they may not have made as many headlines as of recent, the company is definitely looking to change that with their newest rod additions. Castaway already makes a number of high end rods but this season their new Invicta Series is designed to take the brand to a whole new level. Designed with 40 ton carbon these are the same rods that Pro Anglers Russ Lane and Toss Faircloth employ on the Elite Series tour.

Castaway Invicta INV-SB610M Specifications

Material 40-Ton, 12 Toe Carbon Fiber
Length 6'10"
Line Wt. 8-14lb
Lure Wt. 3/8 - 3/4 oz
Pieces one
Guides ALPS Bronze SS316 Stainless Guides, Bronze Zirconium Rings
Rear Handle Length 9.5" inches
Power Rating Medium
Taper Moderate
Rod Weight 3.7oz
Origin USA (Montgomery, Texas)
MSRP $249.99

Meet Castaway's new flagship, the Invicta Series

Impressions: The first thing anglers will probably notice about the Invicta HG 40 casting rods is the use of custom Winn grips, the same grips that are used on golf clubs to deliver a comfortable tacky grip. The next thing they notice will probably be the unique color scheme employed on the rod, orange grips and graphics paired with a blank that is painted green.

The first thing you notice about the rods are the Winn Grips which are borrowed from the Golf Club market

Under this green finish is a 40-ton, 12-toe carbon fiber blank that is constructed with carbon intruded resins for enhanced strength and durability.

Castaway Invicta INV-SB610M Specifications

Model Avg RoD (1-32 oz) Taper Measured Weight (oz) Balance Point (inches) Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Castaway Invicta INV-SBM610 2.09 mod 3.7oz. 9" 0.18

The rods feature a split grip design

The Invicta rods come armed with Batson hardware including the ALPS TexTouch double finger blank exposed reel seat and ALPS Bronze SS316 Guides with Zirconium inserts, which match the orange threading and graphics. In this lineup Castaway has introduced a complete range of application specific rods for both freshwater and saltwater applications. In terms of freshwater rods there are seven casting rods covering applications ranging from flipping to topwater, and there is one spinning rod in the lineup designed specifically for fishing drop shot rigs.

Features Ratings for Castaway Invicta INV-SB610M

Grip (1-5)
Guides (1-5)
Reel Seat (1-5)
Hook Keeper (1-5)
Rod Sleeve (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Guides are courtesy of ALPS and feature bronze zirconium rings that are great for everything from mono to braid

We have reviewed so many crankbait and worming rods of recent that we decided to do something different and take a look at the Invicta spinnerbait rod. The Castaway Invicta spinnerbait rod (INV-7MH) is 7’ in length and features a moderate action with medium power. It is designed to effectively fish small to medium sized spinnerbaits ranging in weight from 3/8 to 3/4 ounces.

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