Although I’ve used several makes of rods over the years, I now fish exclusively with HTO. Although I own a few rods, I’ll predominately use three models that are from the Rockfish range. I first used a Rockfish rod, which was the 5g-20g version, back in 2015, which I bought for targeting the larger Ballan Wrasse and Pollock over kelp and rough ground. Although over five years old, this rod is still going strong and I use it regularly when using larger lures and heavier braids.
In 2019, the Rockfish range were overhauled totally to cater for modern trends and were given a new stunning look, plus they were introduced at an even lower price.
There are four models in this range, with all rods being two piece. They are built from IM7 Carbon and are rung with quality single leg SIC guides, feature a VSS style screw winch seat and have an EVA handle.
Look wise, you won’t find a better looking rod for the money. The rods are a dark grey blank with black whippings with touches of orange around the reel seat and butt section. There is also an orange accent to the tip ring which helps with visibility in darker fishing conditions on all the rods except the 1g-7g UL, which has a white tip section, ideal for spotting tiny bites from mini species.
The UL 1g-7g rod has a has a solid tip, which reduces the resistance felt by species that inhale a bait. This results in more positive bites from mini species or shy biting fish.
The other rods in the range have tubular tips, which are stiffer than a solid tip, making them better for working heavier lures and also giving you more feel, especially when using crank baits, heavier metals or bouncing jig heads around.
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