Sunday saw me heading out to a local mark in search of some wrasse. I thought I had fished most marks around the peninsula but after a bit of a rock hop and a short climb I was faced with very nice looking ground. Shallow boulders and deeper weed fringed gulleys looked perfect and I was sure it was going to produce a wrasse or two. How have I not seen this before?
Why Palms Sunday? No I have not been laying down branches awaiting for Jesus to ride into Cornwall, nor have I been fasting myself or abstaining, least of all from playing with new kit. I have managed to get my hands on a lovely little Palms rod from Anglers Republic. The Palms Shore Gun SFGS-80L with a casting weight of 7-21g. Initial feeling about the rod from first waggle was it will be a great light rod for working soft plastics and bouncing bottom, just what I was after.
With a sleek full cork handle and a traditional full black blank this rod looks good next to anything out there. With a Fuji DPS reel seat, Fuji guides and a nice finishing touch with the butt cap, and all on a rod coming in at well under £200 with a RRP of just £169.99.
Putting it through it's paces...
Back to the aforementioned gulley and some blatant product plugging. I teamed the rod up with my Daiwa Caldia 2508R-SH loaded with Toray Sea Bass Power Game PE in 18lb. On the end of that I had 20lb flurocarbon leader and a 5g worm weight with a size 1/0 Vanfook Worm 55B hook. Bait of choice was a Bait Breath Moysa 3".
It wasn't long, in fact two casts and I was bent into my first wrasse. This fish hit hard but was no monster and the rod ate it up.
This was followed by a few more of this size and rounded off with a nice 3lb fish after a bait change to Bait Breath Rush Craw 3.5" in red seed.
Initial findings are good, I love the look of the rod especially the cork handle and as a light wrasse rod it performs great. Although it states 7-21g it handles 4g no problem and gives fantastic feel when bouncing bottom for wrasse. How it will handle the bigger fish I don't know but I hope to find out soon enough. All in all I feel you are getting a lot of rod for the money.
I'm looking forward to trying more rods in the Palms range and I will keep you posted as and when I do.
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