Ike Series Rods to debut at Bassmaster Classic
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Abu Garcia is set to debut its new Ike Series Rods at this weekend’s Bassmaster Classic.
Following three years of intensive research and development with Elite Series Pro, Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli, the 15 models, which cater for a variety of techniques and situations, will be seen for the first time at the event in Greenville, SC.
Rod blank construction consists of 36 ton, high-modulus graphite for the majority of the range along with some unique, high-strain glass (HSG) cranking rods.
“Blank selection was paramount for getting the appropriate action and performance out of each rod,” said Iaconelli. “For example, we used high strain glass composite for the Delay series of cranking rods in order to deliver the right amount of delay needed for consistently hooking and landing fish. In the Power and Finesse series we used premium, 36-ton high modulus graphite to get excellent sensitivity and lightweight performance.
“Extensive R&D testing in combination with premium components, including Fuji reel seats, stainless steel guides and my unmistakable custom cosmetic, sets these rods apart from the competition. We spent countless hours with the engineers in the lab to dial in these rods. The result is a high performance series that is designed to give anglers an edge,” added Iaconelli.
The Ike Series is available in 10 casting and five spinning models.
“We take great pride in working directly with Mike to design and dial in specific actions,” said Andrew Wheeler, Abu Garcia Brand Manager. “The goal from the beginning was clear: create a set of rods that caters to Mike’s unique fishing style. Each rod in the series is technique-specific and we have taken steps to make this easy for the consumer to identify.”