ROD REVIEW

These review are based on REAL EXPERIENCES with the rods that I own. I assure this is the most HONEST review of these products you can get. My job is to educate you all on the gear and let you make the determination if it is right for you.

These review are based on REAL EXPERIENCES with the rods that I own. I assure this is the most HONEST review of these products you can get. My job is to educate you all on the gear and let you make the determination if it is right for you.

Overview

Alright love them or hate them you have to give them a try. Ugly stik is what I started on so I am definitely a fan. The tiger series basically provides a beefier rod style and action to these ugly sticks. The tiger series rods have been around for while and have seen little to no changes. That is probably for a good reason… THEY WORK GREAT! With an E- Glass outer shell and a graphite core this rod is strong and light. It is a versatile rod that can be used for many different species of fish. And you can’t forget the color scheme 
Alright love them or hate them you have to give them a try. Ugly stik is what I started on so I am definitely a fan. The tiger series basically provides a beefier rod style and action to these ugly sticks. The tiger series rods have been around for while and have seen little to no changes. That is probably for a good reason… THEY WORK GREAT! With an E- Glass outer shell and a graphite core this rod is strong and light. It is a versatile rod that can be used for many different species of fish. And you can’t forget the color scheme 

Rod Action

If you are experienced you can BLAST this thing out there. It casts like a dream. The sensitivity of the tip and the backbone provides a great slingshot effect from this rod. The rod bends about 20-25% while the rest is backbone. I would say somewhere in between fast and moderate fast.  The softer tip allows you to see those finicky bites much easier. If I had to choose what line to pair this rod with it would be mono. Braid I have found is kind of difficult to keep up with due to the rod having minimal bend.

 I do have a few videos down below if you would like to see the rod in action. 

If you are experienced you can BLAST this thing out there. It casts like a dream. The sensitivity of the tip and the backbone provides a great slingshot effect from this rod. The rod bends about 20-25% while the rest is backbone. I would say somewhere in between fast and moderate fast.  The softer tip allows you to see those finicky bites much easier. If I had to choose what line to pair this rod with it would be mono. Braid I have found is kind of difficult to keep up with due to the rod having minimal bend.

 I do have a few videos down below if you would like to see the rod in action. 

Rod Guides

 I definitely have a love hate relationship with the guides. They have been slightly improved from the model I have so I am speaking from my rod model. The eyes are stainless steel with no inserts and are EXTREMELY smooth. The line flies right through the guides as it should. Never had an issue with line not coming through the guides. They are solid, as in no bending or moving around. As far as toughness and staying in place they take the cake.

 They are stainless steel so I have guttered them at least twice. Braid does not mix well with this rod. Especially because I was catching hard running fish such as shark and stingray. However, I was easily able to sand out the gutters, and apply a clear coat to solve the issue. Also to note, since I have started targeting slower moving species like catfish, and striper I have not had the guttering issue.  If you fight hard running fish such as tuna, shark, stingray, bonefish, jack, etc… I personally would not run braid. I don’t want to have to worry about my guides. 

 I definitely have a love hate relationship with the guides. They have been slightly improved from the model I have so I am speaking from my rod model. The eyes are stainless steel with no inserts and are EXTREMELY smooth. The line flies right through the guides as it should. Never had an issue with line not coming through the guides. They are solid, as in no bending or moving around. As far as toughness and staying in place they take the cake.

 They are stainless steel so I have guttered them at least twice. Braid does not mix well with this rod. Especially because I was catching hard running fish such as shark and stingray. However, I was easily able to sand out the gutters, and apply a clear coat to solve the issue. Also to note, since I have started targeting slower moving species like catfish, and striper I have not had the guttering issue.  If you fight hard running fish such as tuna, shark, stingray, bonefish, jack, etc… I personally would not run braid. I don’t want to have to worry about my guides. 

Rod Grips

The grips are on the cheaper side, made from foam. May I state that this is not a key factor to me in buying. The foam does the trick to get a good grip on the rod. The only thing I think I dislike about it is that when it wears out the grips become smooth and more slick. It is an Ugly Stik, they are not known for their grips, but for their BULLET PROOF rods. The butt is actually relatively long for it being a 7ft rod. This is why you are able to launch it ocean deep. It is a good handle to use when launching baits far. I would say it is more comparable to a surf casting butt then a usual short one with any other rod. The reel seat is plastic, but it works well. I have had some issues with it coming loose before but this was due to my error. I had used at least 5 different reels on this rod and they have all fit just fine. 

The grips are on the cheaper side, made from foam. May I state that this is not a key factor to me in buying. The foam does the trick to get a good grip on the rod. The only thing I think I dislike about it is that when it wears out the grips become smooth and more slick. It is an Ugly Stik, they are not known for their grips, but for their BULLET PROOF rods. The butt is actually relatively long for it being a 7ft rod. This is why you are able to launch it ocean deep. It is a good handle to use when launching baits far. I would say it is more comparable to a surf casting butt then a usual short one with any other rod. The reel seat is plastic, but it works well. I have had some issues with it coming loose before but this was due to my error. I had used at least 5 different reels on this rod and they have all fit just fine. 

Overall

I have caught so many species of fish on this rod. From shark, stingray, rockfish, and striper, to HUGE catfish. Like I said before it is an ugly stik so it is built to last. If you are into all the bells and whistles of fishing rods than this may not be for you BUT if you want a sturdy rod that catches all kinds of fish with no worry of it breaking I’d give it a shot. I have owned this rod for about 8 years now and I still use it all the time. 

I have caught so many species of fish on this rod. From shark, stingray, rockfish, and striper, to HUGE catfish. Like I said before it is an ugly stik so it is built to last. If you are into all the bells and whistles of fishing rods than this may not be for you BUT if you want a sturdy rod that catches all kinds of fish with no worry of it breaking I’d give it a shot. I have owned this rod for about 8 years now and I still use it all the time. 

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Overview

May I start this by saying this is one of my favorite rods to use by far. At 10 1/2 feet long you can launch thing thing pretty far. The rods are made from composite so they are EXTREMELY light. You almost feel like you are going to break it on the cast. These are great for getting your baits out on the beach, or even getting to those deep holes in the river. A surf fishing style rod that may I note, mustn’t be limited to the beach.  

May I start this by saying this is one of my favorite rods to use by far. At 10 1/2 feet long you can launch thing thing pretty far. The rods are made from composite so they are EXTREMELY light. You almost feel like you are going to break it on the cast. These are great for getting your baits out on the beach, or even getting to those deep holes in the river. A surf fishing style rod that may I note, mustn’t be limited to the beach.  

Rod Action

At 10 1/2 feet the cast ability is AMAZING! I can very easily get my baits to the deeper holes in the river. This rod is a medium heavy so it has some backbone. I think I would put it at about moderate fast. It has a very linear bend, not a soft tip, but gradually bends in half. With casting it took me a while to get used to it but once you do it is a game changer. I use this on just about every outing I go on as it is great for casting baits far off the river bank. It can handle big catfish, shark, and stingray so I am excited to put it to the test for more species in the future. 

I have linked a few videos down below if you care to see it in action. 

At 10 1/2 feet the cast ability is AMAZING! I can very easily get my baits to the deeper holes in the river. This rod is a medium heavy so it has some backbone. I think I would put it at about moderate fast. It has a very linear bend, not a soft tip, but gradually bends in half. With casting it took me a while to get used to it but once you do it is a game changer. I use this on just about every outing I go on as it is great for casting baits far off the river bank. It can handle big catfish, shark, and stingray so I am excited to put it to the test for more species in the future. 

I have linked a few videos down below if you care to see it in action. 

Rod Guides

The guides are ceramic and I have NEVER had an issue with them being damaged. A main concern for many rods is braided line damaging the guides but I have not had that issue. I must note I have not caught many hard running fish on this rod so I don’t know if they hold up after many long runs. They are solid, and they do have inserts. I have never bend, broken, or cracked any. The line goes through them very easily ESPECIALLY when using braid. 

The guides are ceramic and I have NEVER had an issue with them being damaged. A main concern for many rods is braided line damaging the guides but I have not had that issue. I must note I have not caught many hard running fish on this rod so I don’t know if they hold up after many long runs. They are solid, and they do have inserts. I have never bend, broken, or cracked any. The line goes through them very easily ESPECIALLY when using braid. 

Rod Grips

 The grips are less than appealing, you can tell it’s cheaper foam but for the price and action of the rod itself I don’t mind. I care much more about the action of the rod and how it performs. The reel seat is plastic but works very well. I have not had any issues with it loosening up. I have used at least 3-4 different reels on this rod so it is well versed for a diverse reel selection. The butt of the rod is very long and does very well for far casts. It almost feels like you are throwing your bait forward along with the cast. I am a big fan of this part of the rod, and I can say it holds up great. 

 The grips are less than appealing, you can tell it’s cheaper foam but for the price and action of the rod itself I don’t mind. I care much more about the action of the rod and how it performs. The reel seat is plastic but works very well. I have not had any issues with it loosening up. I have used at least 3-4 different reels on this rod so it is well versed for a diverse reel selection. The butt of the rod is very long and does very well for far casts. It almost feels like you are throwing your bait forward along with the cast. I am a big fan of this part of the rod, and I can say it holds up great. 

Overall

I can’t lie I love this rod. It is and probably will always be a go to for me. I cant wait to try it out for more surf fishing this year. It casts like a dream, it’s light, and sturdy. I have caught HUGE catfish, shark, stingray, and even perch. This is my main catfish rod I use here on my local river and it always helps to get my baits out far. 

I can’t lie I love this rod. It is and probably will always be a go to for me. I cant wait to try it out for more surf fishing this year. It casts like a dream, it’s light, and sturdy. I have caught HUGE catfish, shark, stingray, and even perch. This is my main catfish rod I use here on my local river and it always helps to get my baits out far. 

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Overview

It makes me pretty excited to share my thoughts on this rod with you. Lightweight, versatile, and so comfortable. From smallmouth, to pickerel, and perch, this rod has performed amazing. The cork handles compliment the graphite body perfectly. You can just tell it is built right. The guides are stainless steel with oxide inserts so this ensures the line glides smoothly through the eyes. In my eyes the Fenwick Eagle is the perfect finesse rod for many different species. 

It makes me pretty excited to share my thoughts on this rod with you. Lightweight, versatile, and so comfortable. From smallmouth, to pickerel, and perch, this rod has performed amazing. The cork handles compliment the graphite body perfectly. You can just tell it is built right. The guides are stainless steel with oxide inserts so this ensures the line glides smoothly through the eyes. In my eyes the Fenwick Eagle is the perfect finesse rod for many different species. 

Rod Action

The Fenwick Eagle has a few different models however, the one I have has a moderate action. When the rod bends back into place, it doesn’t sway back in forth. It flexes for the cast, then bounces right back. The flex is great for casting though. I can get extremely light spinners, split shots, small rebels, and also small bobbers out fairly far with the Fenwick. Also I found when working my baits, the rod takes time to load up before feeling the fish. The tip has a bit of give before you get to the rod backbone, which I LOVE. It gives fish time to get that bait in their mouth fully before you set the hook. I never have to worry about keeping up with the fish because the rod does that for me. It stays loaded during most of the fish fights, so I rarely lose fish on it. Like I said before, I really do think this is the perfect finesse rod.

The Fenwick Eagle has a few different models however, the one I have has a moderate action. When the rod bends back into place, it doesn’t sway back in forth. It flexes for the cast, then bounces right back. The flex is great for casting though. I can get extremely light spinners, split shots, small rebels, and also small bobbers out fairly far with the Fenwick. Also I found when working my baits, the rod takes time to load up before feeling the fish. The tip has a bit of give before you get to the rod backbone, which I LOVE. It gives fish time to get that bait in their mouth fully before you set the hook. I never have to worry about keeping up with the fish because the rod does that for me. It stays loaded during most of the fish fights, so I rarely lose fish on it. Like I said before, I really do think this is the perfect finesse rod.

Rod Guides

BUTTER!I was trying to think of a good way to explain these guides so I had to start out right. They are made to allow line to flow smoothly without issue. I have NEVER had any issues with the guides. The casting is great, and sometimes it feels like there are no guides. They do bend slightly, but what guides don’t. It is a small profile rod so they have to be a bit smaller. You can easily bend them back to shape. I have tested the guides out with mono, but not braid. Mono had no wear or tear in the guides, extremely sturdy. I know some people can be picky on guides, however I am not too picky. If they can hold up with the line I plan to regularly fish with, then they’re fine with me. 

BUTTER!I was trying to think of a good way to explain these guides so I had to start out right. They are made to allow line to flow smoothly without issue. I have NEVER had any issues with the guides. The casting is great, and sometimes it feels like there are no guides. They do bend slightly, but what guides don’t. It is a small profile rod so they have to be a bit smaller. You can easily bend them back to shape. I have tested the guides out with mono, but not braid. Mono had no wear or tear in the guides, extremely sturdy. I know some people can be picky on guides, however I am not too picky. If they can hold up with the line I plan to regularly fish with, then they’re fine with me. 

Rod Grips

Okay I have stated before that the rod grips are not a big factor in me choosing a rod BUT I love these ones. Fenwick is known for having much higher quality rod handles, grips, high quality cork. After all the outings using this rod, The cork handles have no wear whatsoever. Nothing like a cheaper ugly stik, or a cheaper penn rod. Not knocking those rods, but man the Fenwick Eagle has them beat for sure. They are comfortable in your hand, it just fits right when casting with it all day. My hands never get tired from holding the rod. The butt of the rod has great length, this is one of the reasons it casts so well. It is another piece of this rod that makes it that much better. 

I have provided some videos down below if you care to see the rod in action. 

Okay I have stated before that the rod grips are not a big factor in me choosing a rod BUT I love these ones. Fenwick is known for having much higher quality rod handles, grips, high quality cork. After all the outings using this rod, The cork handles have no wear whatsoever. Nothing like a cheaper ugly stik, or a cheaper penn rod. Not knocking those rods, but man the Fenwick Eagle has them beat for sure. They are comfortable in your hand, it just fits right when casting with it all day. My hands never get tired from holding the rod. The butt of the rod has great length, this is one of the reasons it casts so well. It is another piece of this rod that makes it that much better. 

I have provided some videos down below if you care to see the rod in action. 

Overall

I have used this rod for so much, it has become my go-to for many species. Lightweight, casts a mile, and catches big and small fish. I stand by my statement saying this is the ultimate finesse fishing rod. Carp, smallmouth, sunfish, largemouth, perch you name it. In my opinion it is priced extremely well for such a high quality rod. The Fenwick Eagle is something I think all fisherman need. I have had a few friends try mine out and they all love it. 

I have used this rod for so much, it has become my go-to for many species. Lightweight, casts a mile, and catches big and small fish. I stand by my statement saying this is the ultimate finesse fishing rod. Carp, smallmouth, sunfish, largemouth, perch you name it. In my opinion it is priced extremely well for such a high quality rod. The Fenwick Eagle is something I think all fisherman need. I have had a few friends try mine out and they all love it. 

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