Respected fishing maven, Mark Harris, took a look at our Maven Stickbait PE6-8 rod from the Pacific Collection, and gave it an initial workout in Indonesia. Here's what he had to say:
I am a very, very lucky man to have in my hand one of the best built rods I have ever come across. Maven Rods in NZ put so much care into their build.
Specs are 8 ft 3, PE 6-8, suggested lure weight 150 to 250 grams. Weight 380 grams.
Built I believe on a CTS blank. Exceptionally well done cork grips.
I spent two hours test casting the rod this morning and even caught a bluefin trevally with it :).
This rod is just a delight to have in the hand. Casts a 160 gram stick bait brilliantly and the super soft tip makes working the lure as easy as could be expected.
I will definitely be using this rod in anger a lot over the coming months and will post updates.
My first real observations are that 160 grams felt absolutely sweet using PE6. It will be interesting to see if the rod will really cast lures as heavy as 250....
The rod was clearly built with monster NZ kingfish in mind but I am pretty sure that it will handle medium sized GTs very nicely.
Excerpt taken from Lures Only Facebook Group, Oct 14, 2016.
Thanks Mark, we look forward to seeing you land some beauties on it this summer!