Shakespeare sturdy stick

Discussion in 'Fishing Rod Review' started by vlparrish, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    I bought a couple of Penn 209s shortly before the holidays off E-bay and wanted some good rods for them for flatties. I already had considered the sturdy sticks, but shopped around before making my decision. A Ba$$ pro shop was recently opened within an hour from where I live and I got a chance to check it out this Friday. I thought their catfish selection was minimal and sucked. Especially the cat maxx rods fairly expensive for my taste and solid black. They would make a fine day rod, but unless you had a lot of light they would be extremely hard to see at night. So this afternoon I ordered two MH 6'6" sturdy sticks for my Penns. I would have prefered to get the heavy action, but didn't feel like changing the roller tip. Personally I don't like a roller tip rod. Vern
     
  2. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    I've got one of those rods with a Shakespeare 30L reel on it, that I received as a gift. The rod has handled some pretty big fish with no problem, but to me it just feels a little un-balanced (the rod, not me). Not sure why, unless it's the large reel, and the butt section is just a little longer than I like. I still like the rod a lot, though. I've caught redfish with it up to around 40# and cats around 30# with no problems from the rod or the reel.
     

  3. bro_catfish

    bro_catfish New Member

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    I bought one the same day I cought my Penn 9m and still have then together today and man thats a stout rod!
    Never gave me one bit of trouble, and I love it
    But I do wish it was a little long and a bit more action
     
  4. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I they are well worth their price. I think CC has them for $16
     
  5. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Hats Off to CC. I ordered 2 sturdy sticks Sunday evening and received them Wednesday afternoon. Wooo Wooo, now if I could get out and catch some fish with them. Vern
     
  6. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Those are about the best big fish rods out there for the money. I mean 60lb cats barely dent these rods.:eek:
     
  7. MadKater

    MadKater New Member

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    If they had a couple more eyes on em i would never buy another rod other then the sturdy stik,i just ordered antoher 6'6" MH casting rod and also a spinning rod for my wifes new reels and i bought myself one of thier power rods just cause im so curiouse to see if they are any good,they are a bit more then the strudy stiks in price but they have more eyes on em.we shall see i reckon.
     
  8. seaswirl

    seaswirl New Member

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    well guys, this is a very cheap strong rod to use, i have a penn 310gti on 1 of them, and a spinning reel on the other!! they are great for deadsticking, but if i were to throw lures, this is not the rod to use, it is a heavy rod!! great for a boat pole!!
     
  9. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I would trust the sturdy stik on any sized catfish, it is a very strong rod.
     
  10. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    All of my rods are ugly sticks. ever hear the saying you been beat with an ugly stick!! well that should be shakespeare's new motto
     
  11. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Here are my uglies!!
     
  12. lookin_4_moby

    lookin_4_moby New Member

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    late last season I purchased two sturdy sticks for my baitcasters and I must say that they're the best rod's I've owned personally. I hoisted in a 33 and a 41 pound flatty and they were almost skiing on the water. these poles with a good braided line and tough reel is pretty much like a winch!!!
     
  13. Cathunter Pete

    Cathunter Pete New Member

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    I just bought two of them yesterday at Gander Mtn. for $20 each. They definately seem like very good river rods for catfishing from a boat. They are definately sturdy and am anxious to catch some fish on them. In regards to the Power Rod I bought one of them 2 years ago for $25 from GC and the rod has been outstanding no issues with and it's definately a good rod for catching big cats. I have a 209 on that rod, and will be putting 209's on the sturdy sticks. Great value for the money.