I love my Ugly Stik GX2 Kayak Rods and I'm yet to find anything that even closely competes with them for a similar priced rod. Despite the Ugly Stik Kayak and Boat rod range being superb i have always been disappointed with the lighter rods in the Ugly Stik spinning and lure rod range due to their lack of backbone.... until i came across the new Elite range!
Whilst browsing the fishing section of a local marine chandlery store i came across the new Ugly Stik Elite Spinning rod and to my surprise it had the grunt and backbone i was looking for in a lure rod for kayak fishing! A quick bend of the different length rods (7ft, 8ft, 9ft & 10ft) and i settled on the 8ft 20-50g model being the right one for the lighter lure fishing and light bottom fishing i primarily wanted it for. Its long enough to both fire a lure out a reasonable distance and also get the line around the bow of the RTM Tempo & Abaco from the seating position without needing to lean forward to much. The 7ft model felt a little undergunned in the power department but would have been very exciting with a decent Pollack on, and great for freshwater lure fishing. The longer versions were just too long for a kayak. The 8ft rod was the one for me.
It hasn't quite got the solid backbone found in the kayak rods but this is a spinning rod designed for casting and thus a solid backbone would impede blasting a lure towards the horizon. It has a progressive medium action i.e. the rod bends with a fairly smooth curve to just above the reel seat when a decent amount of pressure is applied. Apply some heavy pressure onto the blank and the bit of backbone that was left in reserve comes into play to put the brakes on a fish if needed! This was looking promising.
Lets take a closer look at the rod....
Eye internal diameters as follows:
1 x 7mm tip eye
1 x 7mm
1 x 9mm
1 x 10mm
1 x 13mm
1 x 15mm
1 x 25mm butt eye
The visual design seems to follow on from the GX2 kayak and boat rod design with the matt black finish, tuff-eyes and the clear glass tip. An added bonus though is the cork handle!
I can see this rod being used quite regularly on my kayaking trips for lighter lure fishing in shallower water, trolling lures, light feathering for baitfish and light bottom fishing with weights less than 2oz. It will be great for the light bottom fishing during the species hunt competitions. I am quite looking forward to putting this rod through its paces and locking it up into a few big fish!
Time to get out on the water and find some fish!
Cost & Where to Buy
I picked up mine for £44 from Looe Chandlery - unfortunately they don't have an online shop but if your in the area pop in as they have a great selection of fishing gear.