I have several Uglies and like them a lot. A couple are paired with Penn 209's, one is paired with a Tidewater 30LB and one is going begging at the moment because I am undecided as to what reel to put on it. May get another Tidewater. Also have a Ugly Stik "Tiger" that will be paired with a 7000 C3 if I can find a new one made in Sweden and not in Taiwan.............. just a personal preference thing! Have many more R & R's, but that about does it for the Shakespeare's at present. Just need to hook up with some cats. Haven't had much luck lately.
ugly sticks are a good rod but i think the are to stiff after i used a nite stick.
but i have to give sheakespeare some credit on there rods they make them better than their reels in my opion, a year ago my cousin and i were fishin a dollar pond and and he hooked the 92lb blue tag fish, as the fish came to the bank the 11ft ugly stick snapped along with the line. so he called shakespeare and told them the situation, they said they wanted a picture of the fish, my cousin responded i cant produce a picture the line snapped along with the rod, thats when the service guy said right answer because if u landed the fish with the rod snapped we would know it wasnt the reason the rod had snapped. so after all that he sent the rod in they sent him a new one. and four days after receiving new one. he received a call from the service guy at shakespeare explaing what happened. the guy told him the that the line had snapped before the rod and amout of pressure that was applied to the rod .and backward force that was produced is what made the rod snap. so i geuss what im saying is that shakespeare customer service is pretty superior
I have two Ugly Stick Cat Rods, 7', MH. Both rods have Abu 6000's mounted on them. I also have two 6.5' Ugly Sticks. Both are MH. One has a Abu 6000 and the other a Diawa Millioniar 5H. Those rods are my cat rods. For other fishing, bass, crappie, and pan fish, I have IM6 graphite rods of various weights and styles. Four spinning rigs from ultra light to MH, and four other bait casting rigs. Two of these are bass pro reels that I'm sure are made my Shakesphere.
I have used ugly sticks 6.5' and 7' MH big water boat rods to snag for paddlefish for about 5 years now.I've yet to have any one break one, and have boated literally 100's of fish with them.This includes largest fish of 102 lbs.I do also use them as catfish rods at times.
i have one ugly stick catfish rod, got it for $20 clearence. it seems like a great rod. i put an antique abu 5000 from the 50's on it. yet to catch anything big on it but seems like its super sensitive at tip yet a good stiff rod. its a 7'.