As I mentioned earlier, I think the days of wimpy Texas rigs are coming to an end in my area; I think it’s going to turn into a lot of thick braided line and heavier-action rods with the introduction of hydrilla. I’ve been testing the 7-foot, 6-inch heavy-action Super Duty Speed Stick around some of this vegetation and I’ve really enjoyed the Winn Dri-Tac handles.
If you’ve ever fished thick vegetation, you’re well aware that you need a beefy rod and a solid grip when it comes time to set the hook. Especially when you run across a “scrape” of active bass in a particular area, you need to be able to put a bass in your livewell and immediately make a follow-up cast, flip or pitch. This rod allows me to be very efficient due to the Winn Dri-Tac grips they’ve put on it. I can catch a fish, unhook it quickly and get right back to casting without having to wipe the fish slime off my hands. So far, no matter the situation, I’ve been able to keep a solid grip on this rod no matter what.