Video Review of the Okuma Jerkbait/Crankbait Rod
Discover whether or not this rod is for you in this video review.
Hey, guys. This is Gene Jensen with bassresource.com. I want to do a real quick review on this rod right here. This is a new line of rods out by Okuma. These rods were designed by Scott Martin. This particular rod is the crankbait and jerkbait rod, square bill and jerkbait rod.
When I first got it in the mail, the first thing I noticed is how absolutely lightweight this rod is. I don't know what the weight is or anything else, but this son of a gun is light. It is a seven foot medium moderate-action rod. It handles line 8 to 15 pounds, and lures 3/8 to 3/4 of an ounce. I took it out; I fished with it for the last few weeks, and I love it. I absolutely love this rod. It is a dream.
I don't know if this was on purpose or not, but the type of reel seat this is, when you're cranking or especially when you're throwing a jerkbait, it just feels nice in your hand. You don't get worn out as much because you are able to turn your hand a little bit more and just kind of cup it with the reel in the reel seat. You just cup it and put your hand right here, and it's just a lot easier, a lot better angle to jerk your rod, and to use the square bill.
It's just phenomenal. If I had anything to change on it, I'd change the position of the lure keeper. The problem with the lure keeper is, it being right here, when you put a square bill on there the hook likes to hook into this handle right here. Eventually, it will tear it up. There's already a bunch of holes in here from the hook.
Another thing that it will do is, it being right there, you're throwing treble hook baits on here, and you have them hooked right here. Where's the first place you grab on a rod? You grab right there, and you've got a handful of treble hooks. So, if I was to change anything on this rod, I'd put that hook keeper up here somewhere just because I don't like grabbing treble hooks.
But other than that, this is going to be one of my favorite rods. When the fish are shallow and in the wintertime, I can only imagine how good it's going to be as a jerkbait rod; as good as it is as a square bill. I've caught dozens and dozens of fish on this thing. I couldn't be more happy about it.
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