Microwave V2 Soft-Bait Rod
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It’s no fluke that the OA Microwave V2 remains the most effective and best value for money soft-bait rod available: designer Paul Senior, with input by Mark Kitteridge, are two of New Zealand’s best soft-baiters and they know exactly what is required.
Other features: Measuring almost 8’ in length, the V2 casts further to cover more potential fish-holding territory, controls the line better, and helps to achieve more effective hook-up rates. The innovative Microwave guide system sees the line brought immediately to a focal point and its spiraling movement removed so less friction occurs afterwards, enabling longer casts and for smaller, lighter guides to be used along the rod’s length, minimising weight. Other significant features include: a great butt length for powerful, double-handed casts and enabling good leverage while fighting big fish; a super-comfy reel-seat that allows a secure grip over long periods; and a rod action that allows all the popular lead-head weights to be cast and worked.
Specs: Length, 2.38m; casting weights, 7-34g; suggested line weights, PE 1-1.5 (12-15lb).
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