First impression out of the box was to send it back. Wayyyy too light. No way this can handle larger fish. Glad I gave it a shot. Fantastic rod. Sooo much fun handling lakers.
I really like this rod. It is a joy to fish lake trout. It makes controlling my lures very easy. It is by far the best rod I have seen for using a baitcaster which is my preference. It would be even better if the blank went all the way through the handle. I fish mostly outside and have not had trouble with icing on the guides. Haven't caught any really large fish yet but it handles 10 lbers easily. Have also used it for walleyes a few times. Probably should have purchased the medium instead.
Hi David - we are pleased to hear our rods handle your specific fishing application well and provide an enjoyable experience. All of our rod blanks do in fact go through the rods handle. Your detailed feedback is appreciated by our team and we are working on adding information to the site to better direct our consumers to the rod that will best suit their needs. - Dan
This rod was very effective in landing 15 to 25 lb lake trout through the ice. Perfect action. Appreciate the quality of construction fit and finish very nice. I appreciated the technical support in finding the right weight rod also.
We need more cold weather so I can try it. Looks great.
I am also hoping to use it for squid this summer.
I gave the rod to my husband for Christmas. He was super pumped about getting it and can't wait to use it.
It’s a really great rod and the quality is on par.
Definitely the best rod in my arsenal,very good for fishing blade baits. Thank you Haat Rods!