Reach for the sky

This 9ft 6in lure rod ticks all the right boxes for the mo­bile an­gler

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Henry Gil­bey checks out a 9ft 6in lure rod.


It is amaz­ing how much rod you can get for the money th­ese days if you shop around, and this Ma­jor Craft Skyroad Surf 9ft 6in, 5-28g lure ver­sion, sell­ing for roughly £180, is one of the most ef­fi­cient, easy to use and awe­some tools I have had the plea­sure of us­ing.

Lure rods have long ceased to be merely some cheap add-on fish­ing rod for me. I see no rea­son why the prices of lure rods should not be com­pa­ra­ble with beach­cast­ers. While £180 is not at the bud­get end of the scale when com­pared to what you could spend if you went look­ing, this rod is in­cred­i­ble value for money.

This 9ft 6in Skyroad Surf is light, well built, and I defy you to give this a wag­gle and not to want to take it out bass fish­ing. Over the last cou­ple of years I have come around to the con­cept of us­ing the longer 9ft 6in rods, mainly be­cause I started to stum­ble across rods like this. Yes, it is a lit­tle longer than what I used be­fore, but so wand-like and ef­fi­cient that I can’t see how I could be los­ing out over, say, an 8ft 6in or 9ft rod.

Of course, I like how the bit of ex­tra length can help me get lures out even fur­ther if re­quired – and this rod gets them out there.

AB­SO­LUTE DE­LIGHT For me, lure rods de­signed for bass fish­ing should do all that I want from one rod. I don’t want to carry two rods, es­pe­cially when so much of my lure fish­ing in­volves long walks, tricky ter­rain and the need to stay mo­bile.

I reckon this Skyroad Surf ticks all the boxes, ex­cept for those rare times when I might need to step up to much larger or heav­ier lures.

As com­fort­able with sur­face lures as it is with crank­ing shal­low-divers, and an ab­so­lute de­light for bump­ing weighted soft plas­tics down a run of cur­rent, this rod also per­forms im­pec­ca­bly with fish­ing the likes of senkos rigged weed­less and weight­less at night. Put it this way – try as I might, I can’t trip up this Skyroad Surf with the sort of bass lure fish­ing I do.

I have used this rod with 4000-size Shimano and 3000-size Daiwa spin­ning reels, and like how the out­fit seems to bal­ance well.

I’m a big fan of the con­sid­er­ably more ex­pen­sive Ma­jor Craft Truzer 9ft 6in, 10-30g (cost­ing £350+), but I have fished th­ese two rods side by side and, to be hon­est, I am strug­gling to find any mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence be­tween them.

My ini­tial feel­ing re­mains, the Ma­jor Craft Skyroad Surf 9ft 6in 5-28g is one of the best lure rods I have ever used, what­ever the price.

Quite sim­ply, one of the best lure rods I have ever used,

what­ever the price.

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