I’ve been getting a bunch of poorly balanced rods this year. I don’t know what the deal is, but it has definitely been a head scratcher for me. I’ll admit, when I first laid hands on this particular rod, it felt a little tip heavy. When I put a reel on it, however, it balanced out very nicely and the results have been noticeable on the water.
Froggin’ for days at a time can burn up your wrist, forearm and elbow in a hurry. I can remember a few times in college waking up in the middle of the night with big ol’ cramps in my arm and hand. Maybe I should have gone to class more instead throwing a frog daylight to dark.
You’re not going to have that problem with this rod. I’m fairly surprised how good I feel after a full day of frog or any other topwater fishing. No discomfort whatsoever.
I’ve also been able to slide my finesse jigs and other creature baits underneath docks really easily with this rod. I made my buddy mad when I was in the back of his boat a few weeks ago. He was ringing the dinner bell on every dang dock we fished and I was just sliding my cricket everywhere perfectly with this pretty little rod.
If you ever get one of these rods, I highly suggest throwing squarebills and medium-diving crankbaits on the 7-foot, 3-inch medium heavy model. It has been one of the better squarebill rods I’ve put my hands on this year. Normally, I try to keep my cranking rods around the 7-foot mark, but the extra 3 inches on this model has made a notceable difference in regards to casting distance. Just this evening I was bombing casts to the middle of a cove targeting those surface baitballs that tend to come to the surface before dark. I was able to stay a bit further away from the fish because I can sling a crankbait so far with the High Roller.