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Does anyone have experience with this rod? I see that they will be going on a prime sale next week and wanted to pick one up. It states it is rated to 4 oz, but most frog rods I have seen are up to 2oz. I am actually going to be using this for ocean fluke fishing and if it really is like a broomstick then great I can use it for bucktailing. 

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I haven't seen many reviews on any of the speed demon rods but my interest is indeed piqued. I would love to try a few that are not bottom contact rods. Id imagine they fish every bit as good as a $200 rod. Most of the reviews you find are from sponsors so of course they are going to say its the greatest thing since sliced bread. A 4oz rated frog rod probably wont have a fast enough tip to easily walk the dog bit who knows... Let us know when you get one. I think its worth the gamble.

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What lure rating are you looking for?  I suspect it will mostly match its rating, it's gonna be a stout, stiff rod.  If you look at the pro tournament speed demon series, their frog rod looks more appropriate at 1+oz.

Bass series, at 1-4oz, that cuts out a lot of frogs from min rating and the average frog isn't 2 oz...not sure what they are doing there.  It's like a short, medium swimbait rod.  It certainly would be nice to hear from someone who has one.

 

I checked Amazon questions and found that direct question to KK:

Answer:
Hi there,Yes that is the correct rating for that rod.
By KastKing Fishing Tackle Seller on June 1, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Speed Demon Bass Series ($80)

KRDCSTSD-72FR1

7'2" XH-F 1-4oz line 50-80#  weight = 6.1 oz

 

If that's on sale from $80, that's gonna be a steal...but not for froggin IMO.  And KK says the rating is correct...so if you want a 1-4oz, it looks like it may be just that.

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yeah i may give it a try, but just odd that it is such a stiff rod even compared to all the other frog rogs in their other line up. ultimately if that is true then it will work in my favor in the ocean

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Odd to the point that it looks like an error in either technique or rating.  KK says rating is good...crazy.

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Don't most frog weigh less than 1 oz?  would that rod work well with .5 ounce frog?

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37 minutes ago, Tizi said:

Don't most frog weigh less than 1 oz?  would that rod work well with .5 ounce frog?

Yep, the heaviest one I have is a 7/8oz Booyah Toadrunner.

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Thats a swimbait Bammy rig rod. I have a few KK rods but their ratings are a little on the heavy than actual side. Their Royale Legend Heavy is more MH.

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I don't know that rod, but it's either a frog rod, or fishes as labeled, not both. I fish inshore with flipping sticks a lot, I find they do better at jigging and fighting fish than frog or swim bait rods. Quincy is for Haddock and winter flounder, no?... :) 

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1 hour ago, BassWhole! said:

I don't know that rod, but it's either a frog rod, or fishes as labeled, not both. I fish inshore with flipping sticks a lot, I find they do better at jigging and fighting fish than frog or swim bait rods. Quincy is for Haddock and winter flounder, no?... :) 

 

quincy is for winter flounder haha but i go down to RI about an hr and 15 min drive to fish off block island. i am hoping it fishes as labeled and i can bucktail 4-6 oz bucktails for the fluke. for my lighter fluke rod i do use a 7'6" flipping stick for my 2-3 oz bucktails

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I have a few Speed Demon Pro rods and really like them but the frog rod isn't one of them. Those specs seem way off. 

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just a thought but i wonder if they just cut down the flipping stick from 8' ft to 7'2" I could imagine those ratings to be true then..haha

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I have 4 speed demon pro rods. They are nice rods for the price,

 I don't like the technique specific designation of each rod. 

I would personally just like to know the length, power, action, and number of eyelets on the rod.

One persons worm rod might be an others, fluke rod.

I mentioned the worm rod, because I think it is too light for that application. It does however make an awesome fluke rod.

I must be in the minority, because they seem to be selling a lot of rods.

 

 

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If you want a broomstick I would suggest an Abu Garcia Veritas 3.0 Heavy rod. Not that expensive at $100 and Abu rods run heavier than their rating to begin with so with a Heavy from them you'd probably be able to land a tuna...lol.

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2 hours ago, Brett's_daddy said:

If you want a broomstick I would suggest an Abu Garcia Veritas 3.0 Heavy rod. Not that expensive at $100 and Abu rods run heavier than their rating to begin with so with a Heavy from them you'd probably be able to land a tuna...lol.

Not to derail this this thread, but I have a gen1 heavy veritas. I saw a fish eat my jig in shallow water, set the hook and it came flying out of the water at me. I actually apologized to the fish. You are right about landing a tuna with it.

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2 hours ago, Brett's_daddy said:

If you want a broomstick I would suggest an Abu Garcia Veritas 3.0 Heavy rod. Not that expensive at $100 and Abu rods run heavier than their rating to begin with so with a Heavy from them you'd probably be able to land a tuna...lol.

i see the 7'9" heavy that is rated up to 3 oz. that could probably work. i have the kastking ordered and will get back to you on how accurate that lure rating is. i have a tatula flipping stick and a dobyns sierra 735 that i can give some comparisons too for heavy sticks

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so i have it in hand...initial impressions appears to be that it can cast 4 oz, but its at its limit. it could probably cast a 1 oz frog...but i would rather have a softer rod for most frogs unless im fishing in the thickest thickest stuff. on the other hand, this seems to be a very well made rod for the price and will see how the sensitive it is on monday when i bucktail with it in 80ft of water

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On 7/16/2019 at 11:57 AM, Russ E said:

I have 4 speed demon pro rods. They are nice rods for the price,

 I don't like the technique specific designation of each rod. 

I would personally just like to know the length, power, action, and number of eyelets on the rod.

One persons worm rod might be an others, fluke rod.

I mentioned the worm rod, because I think it is too light for that application. It does however make an awesome fluke rod.

I must be in the minority, because they seem to be selling a lot of rods.

 

 

As others have said many times... Kastking is a marketing company not a fishing company... which leads me to believe that yes they do sell a ton of rods. They just don't sell a lot of rods to people here maybe because we tried their reels and they are junk. These rods are new and people still have a bad taste in their mouth. Thanks for letting us know the rods are indeed good. You are the first I have seen with one and I too would like to check one out. The technique designation is another marketing tool that you see with most bass rod makers. It allows someone new to the industry a guide for what they want to do and also make them think they need 8 setups to catch bass... which most of us do :)

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1 hour ago, Mikeltee said:

tried their reels and they are junk

Care to share your personal experience to back up that statement? Or are you just saying that because you've read a few bad reviews?

 

If you've never tried them, then...well. It's easy to find bad reviews on nearly every product - just look on Amazon.  Simply repeating those negative reviews when you've never tried them doesn't seem to be much help.

 

My .02 - the fishing industry is a cutthroat industry.  It wouldn't be a stretch at all to discover that many of the "bad" reviews are contrived by competitors.  So unless you have personal experience with the product, take the "bad" reviews with a grain of salt.

 

That said, if you DO have any issues, well that's what warranties are for, right?  And all KastKing products have warranties.  Although I haven't had to use them yet, and I have 4 of their reels.

1 hour ago, Mikeltee said:

As others have said many times... Kastking is a marketing company not a fishing company

Who said that?  Do you have a link?  

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Agree with you @Glenn, I have a few of their products (Stealth bc, SharkyII spinner on Perigee rods), and haven't had an issue with them yet. Caught me plenty of fish on them. Just purchased 3 of their Royal Legend BC rods (which will replace my hodgepodge of different name brand rods on my boat matched up with my Lews reels) and a Speed Demon BC. I think along the line as you with these bad reviews, there might be a few legit complaints, but I think more are competitors or competitor "Fan Bois" bashing for no good reason. Do I think their reels are better than my Lews, no but they are great for the budget minded fisherman. As for me, I use them for my bank fishing excursions. If they get banged up I don't have to spend a ton of money to replace them.

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so wasn't able to use the rod much, since did not use bucktails more than 3 oz. but did cast it around a bit and it seems okay. since we are on the topic of reels, i will say for the price they are decent, but too much play, tolerances are not that great, but overall a good deal for the price (used an assassin). the thing is i can get a diawa fuego or a lews speed spool for not much more on sale( which you usually can find) that makes the reels not as great of a deal. i will report back to this thread after using the speed demon rod more

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just wanted to update. for an 80 dollar its pretty good. has decent sensitivity and when it loads up on a fish its pretty smooth throughout the rod. i will say that it is not the crispest, but that i think is to be expected at this price point. this may have just been my rod, but the hook keeper bent out really quickly. probably was a fluke...

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On 8/4/2019 at 6:59 PM, raoka said:

just wanted to update. for an 80 dollar its pretty good. has decent sensitivity and when it loads up on a fish its pretty smooth throughout the rod. i will say that it is not the crispest, but that i think is to be expected at this price point. this may have just been my rod, but the hook keeper bent out really quickly. probably was a fluke...

The hook keepers on mine bent easily as well. I absolutely hate the location of the hook keepers too. I don't know who thought putting them on the back of the rod below the reel was a good idea, but they're wrong.

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