Well I have been working with Lamiglas to put together a 6" swimbait rod that will handle the 6" Spro BBZ-1 baits and All other swimbaits out on the market that fall in that wheel house.
I am pleased to say I am very happy with the over all outcome of the Lamiglas XL 735C. With a price point for around the 150.00 mark this rod will be able to handle All 6" styles of swimbaits but is veritable enough to use frog fishing or even pitching your favorite jig around cover.
Here are a few reasons why this rod will shine.
While paired up with a Shimano Chronarch 100 with either 12/50 PowerPro braid or 18# test Maxima Line this system has a slight weight forward tip drop. This sets the rod up to easily walk to dog with your favorite Spro Bronzeye frog or ripping the BBZ-1 6" swimbaits. One of the other key things about the rod is we found that happy medium with the butt section length.
If the butt section is to short like in most flipping rods, you will fight throwing the bait because you hands with feel like they are handcuffed together during the cast.
We lengthened the butt section just enough to release that sensation. In doing so we were able to balance this rod to handle different techniques you can experience during a day on the water.
If you find yourself ripping your swimbait or walking your frog, the back part of the handle will come forward of your bicep if you hold the rod on the back side of you reel.
If the conditions dictate you to use another techniques were you must slow roll a swimbait or do hard directional changes with an upward rip, cradle the reel in the palm of your hands and this will lock the back section of the rod butt by your elbow.
In return the rod become an extension of your arm and create more power on the hook-set with out the rod blowing out from the side of your forearms.
Remember this rod was built to fit the nitch of the 6" swimbait market, but is versatile enough to cover a wide array of techniques you may encounter while on the water. Coming in at only 7'3" this rod packs a punch when looking for those lunkers.
Derrek flipping in a pig after ripping a 6" BBZ-1 over some outside grass.
This rod is a perfect fit for someone just starting out with the smaller swimbaits that will be easy on the pocketbook. For more information on the EXCEL line of rods check out www.lamiglas.com
"Keep it in the BBZ"