Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod specifically the 5’6″ two piece model but the entire line is fantastic. The line comes in weights from ultra light to medium heave and lengths from 4′ 6″ to 7′ 6″. I have and will always be a light gear kind of guy. My idea of fun is a 20 pound snook in the surf on 12 pound line and a light action rod to give you and idea of what I mean.
I was also at one time big into the all graphite super sensitive type rods until I broke one to many tips off them. Years ago I switched to Ugly Stik as my go to rods and have been really happy with them, and I find them plenty sensitive for their weight class as well.
So recently I decided to add a new rod to the mix and wanted something light action and not too long for fishing creeks and over grown banks, etc. So I settled on the Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod in 5’6″ two piece and I am very pleased with it.
I paired this rod up with an Okuma Avenger ABF-30. The Okuma reel comes with a metal and nylon spool. So I rigged up the metal spool that I use daily with Spiderwire Ultracast Monofilament in 8lb line. This is a great set up for everything from sunfish to mid sized catfish. I rigged up the nylon spool with the same brand Spiderwire Ultracast Monofilament but in 12lb line for getting into larger catfish or rough fishing.
I previously reviewed the Okuma Avenger in the 65 size for surf fishing. Since that review I have purchased both an ABF-20 and an ABF-30. I am so impressed with Okuma reels I have pretty much switched over to them 100%. The bait feeder feature is just great and the quality and smoothness of the reels is like something that cost three times as much.
The 5′ 6″ light action rod linked to in this review would pair fine with either of them. What the 30 allows is more and larger line to get the most out of this rod. Because for a rod of its size and weight it is damn solid even with larger fish.
In any event the Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rods deliver exceptional performance for the price and if you ever break one you did something wrong, really wrong. They are marketed as the toughest rods on the market and in this case after years of using them I can say, it isn’t just marketing, it is a fact. Simply put I feel the Elite line of the Ugly Stick gets you a rod in the 100 dollar value class for about 50 bucks. That friends is the value to price ratio I always shoot for.
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P.S. – In all my years I have only seen one Ugly Stik break. It was on a beach on Sanibel Island and a guy hooked a very large bull shark with a Medium Heavy Ugly Stik running 100 pound braid. The fish was so large his two buddies were holding him by his waste to keep him from being pulled in, the rod snapped in three pieces and the center piece bloodied his nose. This fish was NEVER going to be landed with tackle of the size the man had, the line should have been cut, lesson learned!