When it comes to tackle reviews and tests you really can’t beat taking a look at gear that anglers have shelled out their hard-earned cash for.
That was the case with the Grauvell Teklon Concept Spin 1002M rod, which I had the privilege of taking a close look at recently.
I’d tagged on to a bass session hosted by top guide Robin Howard, which was a ringing endorsement in itself because his client, Stuart Jago, is a regular. Repeat business is the best confirmation that you are doing things right.
Going off track slightly, Stu had originally booked in with Robin to pick up some of the finer points of surface lure fishing for bass.
“I’d been struggling a bit with the surface work, so I decided to get some one-to-one coaching. I’ve worked as a golf coach, so I know what a benefit coaching can be, especially as it sets you off on the right footing straightaway, rather than developing bad habits,” revealed Stu, who had taken to the method very well, landing over 100 surface-tempted bass in the months since his initial coaching session.
It’s always interesting to see what gear anglers are using. On the yomp to the first mark I noticed that the butt and handle section of Stu’s rod looked familiar. Where had I seen this before? Then it came to me; it was a Grauvell Teklon Concept Spin rod, specifically the 1002M – a 10-footer!
The ones that I had been most familiar with had been at the lighter end of lure fishing, so it would be interesting to see how the rod performed on the open sea.
The Grauvell Teklon Concept Spin 1002M has some eye-catching details on a crisp, top class Japanese blank.
The Teklon Concepts are two-piece rods built on Japanese carbon blanks, with Fuji guides, a quality reel fitting and abbreviated Duplon grips. They have fast tip actions and really look the business.
As I mentioned, I had seen the shorter, lighter, rods in the range. The 1002M was clearly the big boy. Rated to cast 15g to 60g and 10 feet in length, it was a bit of a departure not just from the Concept Spin range, but from modern lure rods in general. We seem to be going down the route of ever-shorter rods for spinning these days, and I’m not sure that it’s right. I often use an 8ft rod, which is pretty much standard these days, but I’ll be honest, I’d be happier if it were a foot longer.
So, with 9ft rods looking like the maximum length commonly available these days, a 10ft spinning rod really does stand out.
It’s rare to see lure rods in this length that look as though they are designed for the job of modern lure fishing. A lot of 10ft two-piece designs that I’ve seen have full cork handles and rather slow actions. They might boast plenty of power but they appear to be harking back to a previous era of salmon or pike spinning rods where a fast, distance-casting action wasn’t so important.
One of the most impressive things about the 1002M is its weight, or rather, lack of it. It’s unbelievably light for a rod of its length, and easily light enough to use all day without fatigue. It cries out to be used with one of those very light but very expensive saltwater spinning reels for the ultimate in well-balanced kit.
The guides taper down very nicely towards the tip to aid distance casting and in use it was clear to see that they do the job very well.
The 1002M is a very tippy rod, fast actioned, and capable of putting lures out a very long way indeed, as Stu consistently demonstrated.
That extra length is also very useful when working lures. Techniques like, ‘walking the dog’ need a lot less arm movement than with a shorter rod, making fishing less tiring, and if you are positioned above the water the rod can be pointed down to reduce interference from wind.
Similarly, fishing sink and draw with plastic lures is easier; again that extra length helps you keep in contact, feeling the lures down more easily, which is key to making the method work, and the fast tip also responded well to indications of those on-the-drop takes that are part and parcel of that method.
Stuart Jago (left) and angling guide Robin Howard (right) discuss lures.
Surface or deep, Stu was able to work his lures well enough to winkle fish out on what was a hard-working day. The fish this time weren’t monsters but that makes the performance of the rod even more impressive. Bites were indicated and hit and the rod also had enough give in it to make playing the fish fun.
Stu has landed bass over 6lb on the rod too, so it will deal with decent fish without problem.
So good choice by Stu, who obviously has an eye for a bargain. He spotted the rod on ‘sale’ at Veals Mail Order and pounced, picking it up for less than £100 – quite a reduction from the normal price of just under £150. Result!
SSP: from £99.98
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