Swim baits have been one of the biggest things to hit the Aussie Cod fishing scene for a while, and while the big baits have become more available, suitable rods have been a bit thin on the ground. Baitcast rods that are ideal for casting lures in the 80g and up are also useful for species such as barramundi, mulloway and big snapper. Other uses include casting stickbaits over shallow coral reefs and even slow pitch jigging.
The rods we currently have in stock are from Zenaq and FCL Labo
Next month we should have stock of the heavier Zenaq Glanz B78-10X, which will cast right through to a monstrous 400g max – great for the massive soft plastic baits coming out for pike and bass.
FCL 73L and 73M Baitcast
If these rods sound familiar, that is because they are simply the overhead versions of the popular bluewater spin rods. The difference with the baitcast rod is that the extra binding (more guides on overhead) and the longer casting style used with two handed overheads mean that the cast weights for the rod are significantly improved the 73L is ideal for lures up to 100g and the 73M is fine for 130g baits. These rods have longer butt sections than the two Zenaqs, which takes a lot of the effort out of the cast, helps to balance larger baitcasters, such as for black bass fishing. The butt length is also handy if the rod is to double up for slow pitch jigging for reef species!
FCL Labo UCB Baitcast Rods
400g tip loading