I finally got to use my new Dragger for the first time this past March and it didn't disappoint. Carolina Rigging is my bread and butter technique and I was able to make better hook sets from longer distances. Strong and sensitive. I'll be adding more ALX rods to my collection very soon.
I have had my Dragger for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I always use my dragger for throwing a Carolina rig and throwing a 3/4 oz trap. This rod has a great backbone for driving the hook in on long cast and had a nice tip thats perfect for keeping them pinned with a heavy bait like a 3/4 trap. The reason I like to throw a 3/4 trap on the dragger is because when i was throwing a 3/4 trap in eel grass or hydrilla I was struggling to clean the bait off efficiently on longer cast with a 7'3" Med Hvy rod and I also felt like my hook sets were not as solid as I would like them to be. I then switched to a Dragger and it was the deal! I was able to clean the bait off a lot easier and get a lot better hook ups too! So far every fish that I have hooked up with on a 3/4 trap has gotten in the boat and thats saying something because if you throw a big trap at all you know your going to lose some, thats just the name of the game. The Dragger is the deal!!
I finally got on the water to use my Dragger. I matched this rod with a Shimano Curado K xg reel. I was using a 1oz brass carolina rig with a 3 foot leader. Main line was 20 lb braid and the leader was 15 fluorocarbon. I was fishing in depth of 10 to 25 feet on the Tennessee river. I give this rod 5 stars for sensitivity. I could actually count the pebbles I came over. The rod loads and casts like a dream. I love the 10 inch handle. I can get plenty of leverage for hooksets and not bruise my ribs. I have several rods with 12 inch handles (not ALX) and they seem to be in my way many times. I love the light weight of the rod. At the end of the day my shoulder wasn't killing me. I plan on ordering more in the near future. I am thinking I need a dropshot rig.
I purchased this rod for northern pike in Canada. Last year I bought a Deputy but wanted something with a bit more backbone. I paired it with a Abu Garcia Revo Beast X. It will not disappoint. After casting in the backyard, it throws baits like a dream. I’m sure that it will handle the toothiest pike that I can raise from the depths. I would have liked another 2” of length on the butt section. I can’t wait to make this my go-to for toothy critters...
I had ALX build me a Dragger to 7'6" for open water Hvy Texas rigs...WOW! Im sure it does other techniques well also but I have never had hook up rates like this fishing deep weedlines and humps with Creatures, Beavers and big worms up north here...Super sensitive and loads immediately to a solid hookset... LOVE THIS ROD!!!
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
- MidMicro Guide Train System reduces weight, increases line control and passes leader knots and thick lines
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