Wrench on ’em

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Durability issues have also been fairly common for me when testing rods in this price range. I’ve snapped my fair share on hooksets and there’s nothing that’ll ruin a day faster. 

The Ark Rods Lancer has proven itself to be a true workhorse, however. On my first outing with this rod, I caught a 20-pound limit fishing laydowns and the bites were very subtle; I’d lift my Texas rig over a branch and feel the slightest “tick” and when I reeled down and set the hook, these bass would practically go insane. Not one time did I get wrapped up around the cover, though. The IM-8 Power Graphite blank made quick work of the fights and got ’em in the boat quickly. 

When this rod is under a load, you won’t hear any of those worrisome “popping” or “cracking” sounds that you’ll sometimes hear when using inexpensive rods. It’s a solid stick and has quickly made its way to the front of my rotation.