Rippin Lips unleashes new arsenal of ‘catfish catapults’
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US catfish brand Rippin Lips unveiled the SuperCat® Long Range Series at lCAST, two new extended length spinning rods engineered expressly for launching missile casts into near inaccessible locations.
Designed and tested by Rippin Lips ‘catman’ John Jamison, the new models include 10ft and 12ft medium-heavy action versions.
The company says that they both possess long-cast leverage and power in equal abundance and use S-glass blanks – a lighter more advanced fibreglass that is also stronger and stiffer than its E-glass counterpart.
S-glass is also said to offer nearly twice the modulus of the E, resulting in the optimal blend of blank strength, smoothness and sensitivity.
“SuperCat has become one of the most trusted names in catfish rods,” said Jamison. “We think folks who hunt big channels, blues and flatheads from the shore will love the way the new long range rods perform for them. When people first clutch and cast these rods, they can’t believe the incredible distances of the casts they make, nor the perfect comfort, power and balance they provide when battling catfish.”
Jamison added that for fishing slow currents and cats up to 50lb, the 10ft medium-heavy action (RL10MH-2S) is perfect. To further extend casting and hook-setting distance, the medium-heavy 12-footer (RL12MH-2S) performs like a ‘catfish catapult’.
Both two-piece rods sport eight extra-tough chrome-plated stainless steel guides, plus a high-vis glow tip for night fishing. To improve casting distance and ultimate leverage over big cats, the rods also feature custom EVA extended split-grip handles. “They tuck comfortably under my arm when I am battling a big blue or flathead,” said Jamison. “And I can use the extended butt to essentially catapult baits towards the horizon.”
Available in eight lengths and actions, for everything from small stream channel cats to big water blues and flatheads, all the SuperCat rods offer competitive price tags ($US35.99 to $US84.99) and come with a complete one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
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