Despite the approach of winter, many spinning players are not going to give up their favorite pastime, especially since there are ice-free reservoirs in almost every area. And since the main option for winter spinning is jigging, in the next issues of the newspaper we will consider several models of spinning rods suitable for such fishing.
Norstream Favorite 80H
Nominal length 244 cm, actual 241 cm, shipping 123 cm. Weight 207 g, bait test 12-48 g, fishing line test – 12-20 pounds. The rod has seven access rings with silicon carbide inserts, three lower with two support points, the rest are single-bearing. The knee joint is of the spigot type. The handle is cork, 46.5 cm long, its length will be convenient for most anglers. The Fuji VSS-17 reel seat, its nut is aligned with the front of the handle, is twisted from above.
Spinning is tough and fast, while powerful, designed for decent loads and the fight against large fish. At the same time, there is no sensation of "bludgeoning" inherent in many inexpensive models of the heavy class. Perhaps this is due to the relatively small weight for a fishing rod of this class, perhaps due to a good balance of gear: the equilibrium point is 9.5 cm in front of the reel foot. Of course, this would be too much for gear of a lighter class, but in the case of heavy jig, many anglers prefer just such a balance of gear, with a point of equilibrium slightly shifted forward.
If sensitivity is used as a criterion when fishing for a jig, then the test of the rod seems to be a little underestimated, especially its lower limit. Touching the bottom with loads of less than 14-16 g spinning does not show very clearly. Sensitivity "in hand" begins with baits weighing from 18-20 grams. As for the upper limit of the test, then it could be several grams higher. The maximum casting distance of this rod is achieved with baits weighing 30-35 grams.
This relatively inexpensive rod is well suited for jigging and large swinging baits. If you keep in mind the jig, then this is primarily bait weighing more than 25 g. Rings of relatively large diameter make it suitable for winter fishing as well. Given the short spinning length, it is best to use it where you do not need too far cast. For example, on rivers up to 80 meters wide, they can catch a significant part of the water area. If the casting distance is critical, it is better to use the longer model of the Favorite series – FA-90H with a length of 2.74 m.
Sabaneev Foton Jig 270
Nominal length 270 cm, actual 268 cm, transport 140 cm. Weight 157 g, bait test 10-35 g. The rod is equipped with eight single-bearing Fuji Alconite rings arranged according to the Fuji New Concept system. The knee is put-over, the upper knee "sits" reliably and firmly. 54.5 cm long fishing rod handle, screw reel seat, Fuji DPS-18, suitable for secure mounting of reels of various sizes. The equilibrium point with a four-thousandth coil is 6 cm in front of the foot. Unlike other review models, Foton Jig is equipped with a wire loop for attaching the bait, located on the side of the form.
The rod was made in China from carbon fiber IM9 + with a minimum amount of binder, which allowed to significantly reduce the weight of the rod compared to other heavy Sabaneyev spinning rods. The rod is fast, but at the same time its structure can in no way be called ring-shaped, which is typical for many jig-oriented spinning rods.
Spinning is designed for experienced anglers and accurate handling of gear. If the Foton Jig 240 model considered in one of the previous reviews can be called a “universal with a jigging bias”, then this spinning is already purely jig in the classical sense of the word – very sensitive and “catchy”. According to this indicator, it is close to more expensive and hyped models. Spinning does not imply too much prey for catching prey: the material from which it is made is fragile enough, so it’s better to fish a little, especially since the rod is quite “viscous” and the percentage of retrieval will be minimal if successful.
The claimed rod test corresponds to the real one. Posting lures weighing 12-14 g already feels good both on the tip and tactile. But you should not exceed the upper limit of the test: with weights of 30-32 g, it is already felt that the tackle is working to the limit. This, however, is a characteristic feature of high modulus carbon fiber rods and is also associated with increased fragility of the material. As already mentioned, the rod turned out to be very “catchy”, casting it under 100 meters in the order of things, especially with baits weighing 26-30 g and a thin braid.
Spinning is suitable for coastal fishing in water bodies of various sizes, including large rivers, lakes and reservoirs. At the same time, do not forget that it requires careful handling. It is necessary to protect it from accidental damage and excessive loads when fighting. In general, in its price group this is undoubtedly one of the best jig models among those presented on the Russian market.
Sabaneev Team Kuzmin S-300
Nominal length 300 cm, actual 302 cm. Three-piece spinning, shipping length 100 cm. Weight 203 g, bait test 12–40 g, fishing line test 10–20 pounds. Knee joint put-over. Eight single-bearing Fuji SiC rings are installed on the rod, Fuji New Concept placement scheme. The handle is cork, 54 cm long. Fuji DPS-18 reel seat, nut is tightened from below. The equilibrium point is 10.5 cm in front of the foot, which is not bad for a treshka.
Spinning is made of carbon fiber IM9 at the South Korean plant N-S. Three-part fishing rods relieve the fisherman of transportation problems, which is typical for all ten-foot sticks. When folded, the spinning is placed in almost any case and in any tube. On the other hand, there is an opinion that an additional joint worsens the system and strength of the rod. True, during the tests, nothing of the kind was noticed. The only inconvenience is the need to assemble a rod with an already installed reel in order to align the line of rings with the axis of the reel.
When using large coils, there may be a problem installing them on a fishing rod. So, a four-thousander with a foot 7 cm long was placed in the reel seat only after a certain force, so when buying it is better to “try on” the reel with which it will be used, or, conversely, when buying a reel, keep in mind the dimensions of the reel seat. The rod is fast and powerful enough at the same time. The test corresponds to the real one: spinning does a good job with both 12-gram weights and baits weighing under 40 grams. If necessary, you can exceed the upper limit of the test by a couple of grams, but it is better not to get carried away with power casts. Posting feels good starting with goods weighing more than 15 grams. The rod also has a good range, especially with lures weighing about 30 grams.
In addition to jig, spinning is also suitable for catching asp with long casts on compact heavy baits such as a castmaster or Devon. The fishing rod has a good margin of safety, therefore, allows for forced survival of prey and increased loads. But, of course, given the high modularity of the material, this should not be abused. Unlike the Foton Jig, Team Kuzmin S-300 has small upper rings, which imposes certain restrictions on fishing in the cold: frosting of the rings in this case will manifest itself much more strongly. Spinning is suitable for fishing on water bodies of various types, including on rivers of the scale of the lower Moscow River or Oka, where it can be used to successfully hunt for zander or asp.
author Alexey VETROV