Shakespeare have just released a new range of Ugly Stik rods designed for kayak fishing. The range includes a 6ft 12lb class rod, a 7ft 6in 6-12lb class rod and a 7ft 6in 12-20lb rod. I love my 8ft 2in 12-20lb Ugly Stik Braid rods but have been waiting for Shakespeare to bring out a lighter version. As soon as the new range was available i ordered two 7ft 6in 6-12lb rods..... here is an initial overview....
1 x 6mm (internal diameter) tip eye
2 x 7mm
2 x 9mm
1 x 12mm
1 x 15mm
1 x 20mm
These rods are what i have been waiting for, a lighter model to go with my current 8ft 2in Ugly Stik 12-20lb Braid rods. The rod is very similar to now old style Ugly Stik braid rods, apart from a few cosmetic differences and being 8in shorter. The new eyes look great and will take both mono and braid. The whipping and finish look to be robust and high quality. The tip is sensitive and will make playing the smaller fish fun but the blank has plenty of winching power left from the butt eye down so should be able to handle the odd bigger fish that may find its way onto the hook.
I will be using these rods for lighter work drifting baits on clean ground as well as for estuary fishing and heavy lure work over reefs and rough ground. They will be paired with Abu 6500's. My 12-20lb rods will be reserved for heavier fishing for Rays, Conger, Tope, Bull Huss, Ling etc.
Theres not a lot bad to say about the rods apart from i prefer the spigot joint and all glossy blank finish on my 12-20lb braid rods. Time will tell how they perform on the water but so far the rod looks great!
The rod has a RRP of £59.99 and i managed to get 2 for £110 from Glasgow Angling Centre.