After winning the Major Craft Crostage Rockfish Model Solid Tip 0.5-5gr rod in the Cornish Lure Festival(thought I’d just get that one in quick), I was undecided whether or not to keep the rod. My initial thought was I already have an LRF rod why would I need another. Well after a lot of debate with myself I decided I would give the rod a try and see what I thought.
First look at the rod and I was very pleased. The black and silver blank is very nice and the finish is good. The whipping is neat and well finished and the fuji reel seat is smooth and comfortable. The eyes are also fuji. I personally wasn’t keen on the handle but that’s because I prefer a split handle.
Well Initial thoughts on the rod were not great I’m sad to say. I was fishing in tough conditions with a lot of wind but felt it was lacking feel compared to my Graphiteleader Corto. Now a couple of hours on a windy night was not a fair test so this evening the wind was light and the tides were ideal for another go.
How my opinion has changed. I tried various lures from hard lures to soft plastics and really did my best to but the rod through its paces. My initial plan was a spot of wrasse fishing but they weren’t really biting so decided on a species hunt. Now in the few hours I had 5 or 6 species all on soft plastics.
Before I talk about that I just want to say how well the rod chucks hard lures of about the 3.5-5gr range. This rod is leagues above the Corto when it comes to this. Although the Corto does handle the lures better on the retrieve, probably due to the stiffer tip.
Now my first fish of the evening was a common blenny and a small one at that. Now I had a much better feel and very clear bite detection without the wind. I would still say the Corto has a much more positive bite detection. Don’t get me wrong the bite detection is very good on the Crostage but it is superb on the Corto. My next fish was a nice little Pollock and in the swell put up a great fight, nice to see a good curve in the rod.
This rod has a nice through action with plenty of power in the lower quarter/third for those sneaky larger fish. My next fish was a small ballan wrasse which gave me a bit of a run around by now i’m starting to like the rod and playing fish on it.
Also I had a couple of gobies one being a massive 20.5cm now not sure if this was a giant goby or a huge rock or black goby, if anyone could shed any light on this that would be great. I also caught my first lure caught rockling.
By now I’m starting to fall in love with this rod. The handle that initial I didn’t like has grown on me. I still prefer the look of a split handle but once fishing with the rod you just don’t notice it. Using this rod has made me realise how different these light rods can be. I’m so glad I tried this rod and it will not be leaving. I love my Corto and nearly love this rod as much. Need some more sessions to test it fully which I’m already looking forward to.
Over all a very nice rod, and one I’m very happy to add to my arsenal. Will do a more complete review once I’ve had chance to really use it.
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