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||Posted: Jan. 02 2008,06:43
Numbers talk, bull**** walks...
Well, well I can hear the din and cry now. There is probably not one of us who hasn't shelled out a lotta shekels for an expensive rod. The gentleman kayakers have no issue with taking a G. Loomis or St. Croix to sea. Guys like me with thinner wallets do some research end up with maybe a Redbone or Star.
Then comes the day you forget your rig and you've already driven to the Keys. In my case I zipped over to Wally World with the intention of finding and buying the cheepest outfit I could - good enough to fish the day only - and ended up with an all Shakespeare outfit - $18.95 reel, $6.95 (yes, $6.95!) rod, and 700 yards of line at $2.95, total $28.90 (Read about it HERE).
And after spending many hundreds of dollars on rigs, the dang all-Shakespeare has become my smooth, reliable go-to rig for everyday fishin - served me very well and at a price that losing it won't even cause me to pause. Which is exactly what happened - paddled under a marker sign which caught the top of my rod and kerplunk.
I didn't even look around. Not so if it hadda been a St. Croix. In that case, Sue Sea would be asked to do her snorkel thing amid my knashing of teeth.
But I'm just a fishin idiot. How bout the real fisherman?
An excellent question. Just what DO the pro's use? The guys who set records. They couldn't possibly use a Shakespeare rod like me, could they? Performance is their gig, and they surely wouldn't wanna risk a record on anything less than "the best", right?
I combined the 2007 IGFA record setting rods to find the Top Ten rods used in both fresh and salt water. And Shakespeare was second only to Shimano. In fresh water Shakespeare was the leader by a wide margin. Penn numbers are weighted toward salt, G. Loomis toward fresh.
The poll above lists the Top Ten Rods for both salt/fresh combined, in order.
Check em out, and while yer doin it, be sure to enter your favorite rod...
Note: Guests may vote in this poll.
As for me, I'm gonna plunk down another $6.95 for a replacement Shakespeare, lol...
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