Written on: 26/11/2009
I have owned the Shakespeare salt travel for little of a year. I have to say its a great rod for the angler on the move. It is responsive to detecting good bites. This rod has a nice smooth action when in a full swing during the cast. You can feel the blanks talking to you as they compress. This rod gives you a good casting range depending on your casting ability. I would say this rod is a good all rounder for most sea anglers and is well worth the money at RRP £70, not forgetting its good looks,the convenience to be able to put into a carry tube without it taking to much room in your car, and its good performance. The only down fall to this rod however is its performance, I think it could do better, on the rod,carry case etc. It says 4 to 8oz casting weight, well all these weights can be casted with ease. well you set up a rod for the conditions you are going to fish in,still fishing with the guide lines given for the rod handling in mind! so you don't expect it to snap. well mine did and the biggest weakness on this rod is where your joins are as in most rods really. I would of thought it would of held out, but its the whipping used to strengthen the joint. Its just not strong enough so if you do happen to buy 1, have that in mind and if it does break ask Shakespeare to replace it or repair it your self with something like 30lb line tightly wrapped round your joints of the rod coated with super epoxy glue. Apart from that happy fishing and land your self a big one!
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