Details & MSRP:
General Overview & First Impressions:
- Finally -- A bladed jig rod from G. Loomis. No longer will we have to decide between a heavier crankbait rod or one of their spinnerbait models to chuck around bladed jigs with.
- The action of this rod is absolutely perfect for bladed jigs. The action is designated as a fast, but it feels somewhere between a moderate-fast and a fast action. The tip shuts off somewhere between the 5th and 6th guides which gives way to a pretty stout backbone that will effectively set the hook for you when retrieving your bait.
- Much like the other newly released IMX-Pro rods, the blank on the BJR will look familiar to those of you that fished the old technique specific fiber blend rods. The glitter in the blank really shines through in natural sunlight.
Applications & Recommended Gear:
- There are actually two models of the BJR; The 862C and 883C. I chose to cover the latter model solely due to its versatility not only in the range of baits it can throw, but because of its ability to allow you to pair up your bladed jig with whatever trailer you'd like. Everyone has a favorite trailer, whether its a slender swimbait like a Keitech Easy Shiner or a chunky piece of plastic such as the Gary Yamamoto Zako trailer. The Easy Shiner will not add much weight to your bladed jig while the Zako trailer will add roughly 1/4 oz. to your bait, which is something you need to consider when choosing a rod that will best fit your needs.
- I am a huge proponent of having a few rods that you can do a lot with rather than having a bunch of rods that are handcuffed to a single technique. This rod can get it done with a multitude of techniques. I would be confident throwing square bill crankbaits up to a 2.5 size (The Spro Fat John 60 is one of my favorite), spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, bigger buzzbaits like the Megabass Jamaica Boa, and even bigger medium diving crankbaits such as the Strike King 5XD. Obviously this rod is made specifically for bladed jigs -- Our favorite is without a doubt the Z-Man Jackhammer.
- As for reels, I would choose something with a large handle like the Shimano Curado 200K. This rod IS a touch tip-heavy by design, as you will mostly be fishing a bladed jig in a tip-down position. That is something to consider when choosing your reel. Maybe consider a slightly heavier reel if you wand a more balanced feeling in hand.
G. Loomis has done it again with this rod... It took them a second to release this rod, but I think that is a testament to the attention to detail in their research and development phase of production. They put a lot of time into the action and it truly shows. Check it out if you're looking for the perfect bladed jig rod.