Megawave Soft-Bait Rod
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We got a lot of things spot-on with the 8’ long Microwave V2, but Mark Kitteridge wanted to look at the potential advantages offered by an even longer rod. The result is the Megawave, a rod measuring 8’6”, and it’s already proving to be a winner, with improved casting distances, line control, sensitivity and hook setting capabilities equating to even more fish caught!
- The same ‘perfect’ butt-section found on the V2: A practical length butt for doublehanded casting; a decent length and shaped fore-grip to effectively fight big fish; and a clever Fuji reelseat incorporated into the fore-grip for comfort over long sessions.
- Nine high-quality singlefoot Fuji guides plus tip for longer-lasting performance. • A small, unobtrusive hook holder set just forward of the fore-grip.
- Two-piece construction for your transporting and storage convenience.
Specs: Length, 8’6”; casting weights, 10-40g; line weights, 12-15lb (6-7kg).
On-the-water tips: The keys to successfully casting and retrieving soft-baits come down to:
- Casting good distances to cover more area so you encounter more fish. • Identifying good casting angles (which can be all around the boat, depending on how the tide and wind affect your boat’s drift and the descending lure) so your soft-plastic can reach the bottom whilst maintaining some line tension throughout the descent and while jiggling it back along the bottom to the boat.
- The lighter the jig head chosen, the longer it can remain up off the bottom or out of the weeds, where it can be more easily seen, but depth, current and wind mean anglers often have to increase lure-head weight to overcome these natural hurdles. You’d be surprised how many snapper bite Z-Mans as they descend.
- Watching your line at all times, as it tells you when something is biting the lure (generally well before the rod tip does), usually twitching, jolting, slackening, or zooming off. These signs are hard to detect if the line’s slack.
- Having a good hook-up technique. Keep your rod tip low and pointing along the line so the wind doesn’t blow it around as much and you stay nice and direct to the lure. If the line behaves unusually in any way, a quick handle wind will either make the snapper hang on harder to the lure (it feels as if it’s trying to escape) or encourage it to bite the moving lure again. In both cases, your tip will be pulled downwards, signaling it’s time to firmly lift the rod and hook-up. When retrieving along the bottom, always return your rod back to its inline position as soon as possible after each rod-jiggling movement