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Team Ala Rod Review Part 1

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I traded a friend my Daiwa Grandwave 5500BR for his Team Ala rod. The reel was cool, but im a Shimano Groupie! LOL Anyway I had this rod for a couple weeks but didn't have a reel to put on it. So like any Tackle Whore would do I used that as an excuse to get me a reel.. So after some research I decided on the Shimano Power Aero Prosurf. The reel arrived, and was promptly filled with 250yrds of 15lb Suffix braid (with mono backing). So anyway I decided to go fishing today, and today I would test out the rod..

Well today the fishing sucked, but it gave me time to put the rod thru a couple test cast. Let me first start off by saying the rod is not built for the uni-tech, overhead thump or any other cast that requires a stiffish tip. However with a fishing OTG cast it excels. Once I figured out the correct drop, it seemed to launch my baited rig (homemade single drop rig w\ 4oz) pretty far i would say 130-150yards (maybe more).. I can't be positive but I'll take it to the field tomorrow afternoon, and hopefully get video\pics. Anyway first impression are positive, but it's way to early to say for sure.

My intended purpose for the rod is for the Bay\DE Surf spring run. It seems to be perfect for 4-5oz and a worm, but Im not postive about larger baits.. Time will tell..[/img]"]IMG_4245-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4243-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4244-1.jpg

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Ok I was able to get out today to get some proper measurements. Not the best conditions, but it will have to do. The temp was about 92degrees, and there was very little wind not to mention the grass was not short and overrun with crab grass and ant hills.. Warning***** This is the second time I ever really tried to OTG cast with a spinning so keep that in mind..[/img]"]IMG_4260-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4259-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4258-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4257-1.jpg

The rig was one of my clip down rigs with a piece of a plastic lure to simulate a baited rig. I decided to tape down the rig, to keep it from snagging on the grass, weeds, etc I used two different weights (100g, 125g) both were distance sinkers. In a real fishing environment I would use a breakaway sinker, but at $3.00 each I didn’t want to risk damaging them.. But they are close to the same shape…[/img]"]IMG_4251-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4250-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4256-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4254-1.jpg

All the cast were measured with a laser rage finder, and a relective sign mounted on my fishing tripod.[/img]"]IMG_4261-1.jpg[/img]"]IMG_4262-1.jpg

Ok here we go... I think with a little practice I could get comfortable with throwing a spinner OTG but im happy with my distance for now.


Cast1 (Spool Slippage) 153yds or 459ft

Cast2 166yds or 489ft

Cast3 165yds or 495ft


Cast1 (Spool Slippage) 155yds or 465ft

Cast2 172yds or 516ft

Cast3 163yds or 489ft

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