Couldn't be happier with my custom built McSmalls. After speaking with Alex, I had them build me a McSmalls with the Enox reel seat and grips. Build quality is excellent and turnaround time was great. Even though it's 7'6", the rod balances perfectly with a 2500 size Shimano Stradic CI4+. I've only had a chance to fish with the rod a handful of times so far flinging a 1/15oz Ned rig around. It's by far the best casting rod in terms of distance I've used for light Neds so far. It's also a real pleasure to fight fish on with light line. Its handled 3lbs+ smallies without issue using light fluoro leaders, never felt under gunned. They really nailed the action and power of this rod. The light tip and medium light backbone are perfect as far as I'm concerned, much better than the typical straight medium lights I'm used to fishing Neds and other light finess baits on.
I can’t get over the versatility of this rod. I wanted a small bait rod that would work for crappie, perch and small bass. I got that and than some. I’ve pulled in 5lb bass on this thing and while you’re not muscling them in the fight is incredible and the rod kept the hook pinned the entire time. Micro jigs, mini cranks, drop shots, this rod throws them all with ease and throws them unbelievably far. It makes catching panfish actually fun when everything else wants to be picky. The backbone is incredible when you have to drive a heavier hook home and the sensitivity is mind boggling, you feel every bump pebble and piece of grass in the bottom.
Wanted a rod specifically for hair jigs - this rod works great for that application - shipping was extremely fast - rod arrived in excellent condition AS USUAL - Thanks ALX
I bought this rod because I was looking for a specific action throwing small 3" and under swimbaits , tubes , and neds in 20-40 ft of water for smallies. this rod came as a suggestion to me from an ALX pro staffer so I went with it and i am super glad I did. I have it paired up with a shimano twin power 3000 which is the same size as a vanford 2500 but its way nicer. first time out I caught 6 smallmouth all around 3lb range in 37 degree water and I fell in love with it. its now one of those rods that I like so much I would rather go try to catch smallies or go finesse for largies. such an amazing rod thank you tony mac and ALX.
I bought this rod to use with small crankbaits. The action of the rod handles the light line and big fish perfectly! The length let’s you cast a small bait a mile as well. Would highly recommend. Love my other ALX rods as well!
The ALX Rods ZOLO Series Bass Fishing Rods are designed for the tournament angler and offer the widest variety of models to address specific techniques. The innovative design improves vibration transmission and overall smoothness which results in responsive, durable performance. All of this adds up to a rod that is light in hand, gives you an edge on feeling bites, and loads right to increase your landing percentage.
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- Precision-rolled with over 100ft/lbs of intense pressure
Fitted with 100% braid-safe Z Series Kigan guides
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