For a very long time, travelling anglers have had to make do with
some rather flimsy travel rods by various makers - it did not matter if the rods were telescopic or multipiece in nature.
The best out of this lot ,I found ,were the 3 or 4 piece ones made by Shakespeare
(Ugly Stik) - sturdy but rather unresponsive.
It seems that the manufacturers have finally woken up to this demand for quality travel rods and I am pleased to see that Shimano, Quantum and
Fox have recently introduced rods which will deliver the goods.
These cover the entire gamut of fishing from light estuary to heavy game fishing.
I tabulate below the range presently available in the event any of our
fellow anglers are looking for such an item:
QUANTUM CABO TRAVEL RODS:
These are all 3 piece .
Cabo 7903 6-10 kg (2.35m assembled)
7003 6-10 kg (2.10M ")
7603 8-15kg (2.30M " )
6603 4-6 kg (2.00 M " )
7703 4-6 KG (2.10 M " )
FOX TRAVEL RODS:
They have an extensive lineup, especially for heavier fishing such
as tarpon and sailfish.
The full range is listed at www.foxsportfishing.com
Both the Quantum and Fox seem to be priced at the higher end of the spectrum ( rrp A$201-400 for Quantum and A$ 450 for the Fox that I
purchased) and come in a rod rube about 21-27 in. length.
SHIMANO have now introduced their REVOLUTION TRAVEL series built
on their well known Tcurve blanks.
Their range consists of 5 rods, varying from 5-10 kg line weight upto
15-24 kg for game trolling or heavy spinning. They are either 3 or 4 piece.
These cost about A$250 but I found out that the Shimanos do not come with a protective rod tube, which I think is rather shortsighted of them considering that these will be subjected to some rather careless baggage handling when being transported.
Details of the Shimano products can be obtained on their website.
I have both Shimano and Fox models and intend to give them a serious workout next year. Anyone familiar with the Cabo?
Trust this helps.