Good question and, the lures you mention interesting.Mark Sleep said:I am looking for suggestions please. If you had around £200 buring a hole in your pocket, and you had to choose a rod around 8ft to cast light hard lures, around the 10-15g mark, what would you choose? It would be used occasionally with light soft stuff, but be predominantly lures like the Vision 95 and 110's etc. I want something balanced to that weight of lure. My Shukan is rated 15-40, but I want something like 5-25g or along those lines. Had my eye on the ESG II, which is at £300, but wondering whether there is anything slightly less expensive.
All input welcome!
ok, IF you fish the visions jerk style then (without the right action) the lure will move the rod,
considerably. You have to adapt your fishing style to accommodate it.
I personally like a rod bar type action for Jerkbaiting (vision 110 is a jerkbait, but also a minnow bait) I do not
know how you fish it. Remember, the vision 110 gained it's reputation as such and, it is, in freshwater, a suspender.
So, we jerk it down and wait X amount of time or, we use a slashbait style with said plug. Both methods require
a faster stiffer tip. Why ?
Because smaller rod tip movement's to gain larger lure movement means less slack and more control.
Hit a 110 down on a rod like a bar and you'll feel a 1 second buzzing of the lure as it dives, even at 50 yards out.
On the injection, same thing at 35 yards is difficult without sweeping the rod right around around your body to
achieve a similar buzz and attained depth.
So, I would choose any rod carefully based around what you want.
I'm only suggesting that you look at the supermix 240 and maybe the superdistance, not purchase them.
Look at them.
The Supermix action will work soft plastics quite well, has a sensitive enough tip whilst retaining
enough juice to move jerkbaits of the size you mention.
I've not yet come across personally, a rod which will do both jobs equally well but the supermix whilst
obviously compromising in some area's comes close. So use those actions as a guideline.
Hope this helps.
We could get together if you want to try a few rods so we can determine your individual style.
That latter point can be important as we ALL fish differently. if you are spending £300 on a new stick,
spend wisely, or regret it.
Hope this helps, sorry for the long reply..