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First Assessment of Mag-Touch Casting Rod

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I decided to hit Lake Washington from the shore on my short lunch break to give my new Mag-Touch (from Cabelas) casting rod its first test and trial with bottom fishing. I wanted to see how well or poorly the rod would transmit feedback to me. My reel was spooled with 10# mono. I chose mono because I wanted to see how it would fare without the benefits that braid and fluorocarbon lines spoil us with.

Although it is a bit too early to give a full review, I will say that the rod possesses very good sensitivity. The first place I worked was loaded with a lot of grass and the Mag-Touch did a good job of painting the grassy picture. Whew!!!! The Mag-Touch is the first rod I ever bought site unseen without holding it and I was initially nervous. On my second pitch, I felt some nibbling that never got quite to the hook. Darn. The next cast yielded the same result so I moved to another area with a rocky bottom.

The Mag Touch once again painted a great image as I worked my drop shot rig. I placed what was probably the fourth or fifth cast next to some surface piercing wooden poles amidst the riprap and then, thwupp It was not a nibble, but a complete engulfing of the bait, as my rod bent slightly toward the water and my line got tugged straight down.

No Iaconelli'ing today from me. I brought the smallie in quickly and when I brought it close to me, I noticed that my bait was gone and the smallie spat out a beat up 3 senko type bait. I also saw that it might have been recently caught with the drop shot. There was a hole in its palette that was about the size of a hook's point, right next to where my hook was. I released him and headed back to work.

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What a Cutie Smallie. You can see the worn out senko in the background. I wonder how long it has been in his gullet.

I think I made a decent acquisition in purchasing this rod. It is an additional all around trunk rod.

Conditions: Overcast, about 70 degrees

Rod/Reel: 7' Mag-Touch casting Rod/Curado 101D with 10# Sufix Siege

Technique: Drop Shot, 3/16 oz pencil weight

Lure; 3 gray senko in the grass, 2 brown French fry worm in the rocks

08-05-09

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I think the woven graphite handle extracts every bit of sensitivity that a blank has to offer.   They aren't slippery either; I get asked that question alot in regards to my XMG 50's.  

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Hey can either of you explain how that handle does not get slippery. I have an old school Mitchel 308 on the way and i was thinking aobut hanging it off a mag touch spinning rod, but I was afraid of it being slippery

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Hey can either of you explain how that handle does not get slippery. I have an old school Mitchel 308 on the way and i was thinking aobut hanging it off a mag touch spinning rod, but I was afraid of it being slippery

Muddy,

Perhaps the best analogy I can think of is a snake's skin.  Because of its shine we would think that they are slick and slimy. However, when we touch a snake's skin, we realize that it is actually dry, and not slippery at all.

I wonder how this rod will handle in the winter.  ;D

Natch,

I'll call this a poor man's lami.  :(  Being that I live in the land of Lamiglas (and Loomis) you'd think I'd have an XMG or two. Someday.

BTW, I wound up getting the Mag Touch for less than $30 new, which is why I made the exception to make this purchase site unseen. :D It is definitely worth its $99 msrp just for the alconites alone, but for about $30, I am not complaining one bit.

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I have the 7' MH SB (lure weight up to 1 1/2 oz.).. instead of 3/4 like the normal MH)..I bought it for small swim-baits and big Spinner baits. So far it's ok .. it's very light and very balanced, it's pretty sensitive and really, it's not a cheap rod at 99 bucks with alconite guides... the grip is not slick. but not as good of a grip as the eva... ( I might add a small amount of that flocked shrink grip just behind the real seat maybe 2" or so).. also i wish it had a rubber butt cap. just has a brushed aluminum cap and the handle is long and gets me in the ribs...not so comfortable.. but it's a nice rod.. great looking.. and this particular model really plays big fish well... caught a 7" channel cat on a soft bodied swim bait tonight. i was able to pull that hard fighting cat where ever i wanted him... he would run and i was like oh no buddy get over here and he had to obey... i was impressed... i fished it kinda hard on purpose. (picked it up on sale for 49.99) wanted to see what it could do... good rod..

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oh one more negitive... the reel seat is kinda flimsy... when i was fighting with the cat... it felt at times as the reel would pulll right out of the seat... it never did but i could feel it giving... in away though it reminded me not to muscle the fish to much

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I appreciate the heads up. Fortunately for me, I seem to be a dink magnet as you can see in the pic. I don't imagine the reel coming loose with the dinks I hook into.  ;D

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What does a mag touch rod do that my tried and true rods don't?

nothing...I'm  a little tired of your negativity my friend... some people like to collect all brands and types. or unique stuff..those people are called "enthusiasts"

just because it's not your tried and true rod means nothing...

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What does a mag touch rod do that my tried and true rods don't?

nothing...I'm a little tired of your negativity my friend... some people like to collect all brands and types. or unique stuff..those people are called "enthusiasts"

just because it's not your tried and true rod means nothing...

I was asking a legitimate question. Get off your box and tell me why this thing is so awesome. Relax, try not to be so emotional.  :'(

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What does a mag touch rod do that my tried and true rods don't?

nothing...I'm a little tired of your negativity my friend...

seriously, almost all of your posts read as "grump, grump, grump, grump"

It's a pretty unique style of rod that offers a new take on how to extract the most sensitivity out of a rod blank.

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What does a mag touch rod do that my tried and true rods don't?

nothing...I'm a little tired of your negativity my friend...

seriously, almost all of your posts read as "grump, grump, grump, grump"

It's a pretty unique style of rod that offers a new take on how to extract the most sensitivity out of a rod blank.

Thanks for the honest answer, that's all I wanted. I only act like a grump grump grump when some people are acting like babies. I don't have time for feelings, or anyone's current emotional state. ::(

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What does a mag touch rod do that my tried and true rods don't?

nothing...I'm a little tired of your negativity my friend...

seriously, almost all of your posts read as "grump, grump, grump, grump"

It's a pretty unique style of rod that offers a new take on how to extract the most sensitivity out of a rod blank.

Thanks for the honest answer, that's all I wanted. I only act like a grump grump grump when some people are acting like babies. I don't have time for feelings, or anyone's current emotional state. ::(

One look at the rod would have supplied that "honest answer."

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Is this the same magnetic shtick that sold all the people on the armbands? When I look at it I think it looks weird, and something that would come out of a sakespeare booth.

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Is this the same magnetic shtick that sold all the people on the armbands? When I look at it I think it looks weird, and something that would come out of a sakespeare booth.

It's a carbon fiber handle. You may see weird, others see a grip that is more sensitive than cork.

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Just like the foam grip crowd.

negative.........  :(

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Hey can either of you explain how that handle does not get slippery. I have an old school Mitchel 308 on the way and i was thinking aobut hanging it off a mag touch spinning rod, but I was afraid of it being slippery

I love my antique Mitchell 300, especially the clicking sound it makes with ever handle turn. I think it would look good on a Mag Touch. I have mine on a 80's Cherrywood. Back then Berkley made that rod with better guides and a tougher backbone.

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Nice review of the casting model and I have the spinning model MGTS664-2 Medium and it is a great rod. I haven't had a problem with it slipping from my hands at all. I agree for the $55 I paid for it off ebay its worth it and worth the $99MSRP also.

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Just like the foam grip crowd.

or that nasty "six pin" crowd, right?

negative......... :(

seriously...and doesn't your steez have foam?

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The foam on the Steez rods feels like very high grade cork.  Its very firm.  Same for the Zillions.

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I know, I have a Zillion. I'm just curious about this guy's contradictions.

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The term is "internet fisherman."

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Hey can either of you explain how that handle does not get slippery. I have an old school Mitchel 308 on the way and i was thinking aobut hanging it off a mag touch spinning rod, but I was afraid of it being slippery

Muddy,

Perhaps the best analogy I can think of is a snake's skin. Because of its shine we would think that they are slick and slimy. However, when we touch a snake's skin, we realize that it is actually dry, and not slippery at all.

I wonder how this rod will handle in the winter. ;D

Natch,

I'll call this a poor man's lami. :( Being that I live in the land of Lamiglas (and Loomis) you'd think I'd have an XMG or two. Someday.

BTW, I wound up getting the Mag Touch for less than $30 new, which is why I made the exception to make this purchase site unseen. :D It is definitely worth its $99 msrp just for the alconites alone, but for about $30, I am not complaining one bit.

  Thanks; it's either this , the new HMX, or another Fish Eagle II

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