Versatile bass fishing rods are some of the most important tools an angler can possibly have, but they’re not easy to find. Today’s rods are largely designed for very specific techniques, making it hard to find one that exceeds your expectations with a wide array of presentations. I’ve been using the 6-foot, 10-inch medium-heavy Lew’s Team HM85 Speed Stick Casting Rod quite a bit recently and I’m telling you—you can do just about anything with it.
Whether you’re on a tight budget or you just prefer keeping your tackle selection as simple as possible, I think you’ll fall in love with the Lew’s Team HM85 Speed Stick Casting Rod. I’ve used it with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, bladed swim jigs and Texas rigs and I can’t get over how well it performs. It almost seems like it’s tailor-made for each technique.
Built to last
I put my fishing rods through a bunch of crap—not literally, but you know what I’m saying. Constantly shoving them in my rod lockers, stepping on the eyes on my front deck when landing fish and riding them around in the back of my truck for evening pond adventures quickly shows me which rods are most durable. So far, the HM85 Speed Stick Casting Rod has passed with flying colors.
The line guides are firmly attached to the blank, which has eliminated my constant problems with bent eyes. When things get heated and I’m running around the boat landing a big fish, line guides are usually the first ones to break. With a bunch of rods lying on the deck, it’s not hard to accidentally step on one. I’ve inadvertently stepped on these line guides several times over the past few months and I haven’t bent one yet.
You’ll find a lot of rods that snap, crackle and pop when they’re under a heavy load. I can’t count the times I’ve set the hook and heard my blank making awful noises. Whenever you rod becomes noisy, it’s probably about to break. The HM85 Speed Stick Casting Rod Is extremely quiet when casting and fighting big fish. There’s no “give” or “play” anywhere in it.
Some rods will wear you slap-out after fishing an entire weekend with them. I’m usually on the water for over 20 hours each weekend with tournaments and guide trips, so I need lightweight rods. Heavier rods will work for some folks but I avoid them like the plague.
The HM85 Speed Stick Casting Rod is very light and ergonomic, regardless of the application for which I’m using it. It’s very well-balanced, which leads to a drastic reduction in annoying hand cramps over time. When you’re pulling against a big squarebill for several straight days, ergonomic rods are always—and I repeat—always worth the money in my opinion.
I get a lot of questions regarding versatile, all-purpose rods and I believe this rod fits the bill very well. I’ve had success using this rod for several techniques and I really think you will too. This series is priced starting at $189.99 and I think it’s worth saving the extra money and splurging a bit.