ICAST winning Terez leads Shimano show launches
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The array of new Shimano reels presented at ICAST is always a big talking point at the show. But the annual gathering of the US trade is also a reminder of the Japanese company’s prowess as a rod manufacturer – and this year was no exception.
Tournament pros, including 2013 Bassmaster Classic champion, Cliff Pace, teamed with Shimano’s developers to talk fishing dealers and media through its latest selection of new rods.
Here’s a run-down of some of the launches introduced at last month’s show that will soon be decorating rod racks in tackle stores in the US and beyond.
Shimano has extended its Terez Stand-Up series with a #2 short straight carbon butt version. By using carbon, the designers have shaved off ‘massive amounts’ of weight, but have retained the rod’s strength – a fact recognised by visiting dealers and media who voted the Terez Stand-Up the best saltwater rod in the Best New Product Showcase. These new rods are built on small-diameter, lightweight blanks and use AFTCO wind-on roller guides. Available in either black or pearl, the Terez carbon is available in medium-heavy, heavy and extra-heavy versions to handle up to 250lb test braid.
Shimano’s Crucial Series uses a new blank construction called C4S-HM in a 40-rod collection comprising 21 casting and 17 spinning models for a wide range of applications. The selection covers most popular strengths and actions and anglers can choose between a full cork or split cork rear grip. All the models feature Fuji Alconite guides and Custom Shimano reel seats.
Shimano has taken a minimalist approach to its new Expride bass rods. The blank construction eliminates twist to help with casting distance and accuracy, while the weight-saving C14 reel seat contributes to sensitivity. Expride rods are now available in seven 7ft and 7ft 3in glass composite versions for cranking, 7ft 3in and 7ft 6in for pitching and flipping and two 6ft 10in spinning rods for a variety of techniques. They join a line-up of eight casting rods and two spinning rods.
The Poison Adrena bass rods are the result of a joint design venture between Shimano and Jackall aimed at providing exceptional power. The rod is another to feature the lightweight C14 reel seat and also has a carbon rear butt section for added sensitivity. The series expands further with two new 6ft 10in models, a glass composite 6ft10in version for crankbaits and a 7ft rod for swimbaits and bigger lures. They join a collection of six casting rods and two light and medium-light spinning rods.
The Clarus rod range now uses a graphite blank that is lighter and more durable than earlier models. The new Clarus comes in nine casting and 33 spinning sizes. The rods all feature full cork grips, a Shimano reel seat and Pacific Bay Hialoy guides.
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