Custom Build Testing

by Michael Prybis
(Greenwood, Indiana)

Went ahead and picked up some 4# nanofil to use with this rod. Took a Shimano Sedona 2000 reel and loaded it with 65 yards of 6# mono then the 150 yards of the 4# nanofil. Armed with some small cranks and a couple of spoons, I headed to the retention ponds.

These small cranks with the nanofil really fly on a cast. Most of these crank baits are 1/16 ounce. I will need to exchange the trebles for single hooks. The ones in the lower right of the pic are 1" mini cranks.

Although I was not out long I did get a few bass and a couple of gills. Since I will be using this rod mostly in ponds, I really need to watch out for the weeds and moss. Keeping fish on these small hooks seem to be a challenge.

This rod will really come into play during the spring when the ponds are not filled in with moss and weeds. The other place it will shine is when I am kayaking the crystal clear strip pits in Greene Sullivan State Forest here in Indiana.

Here is a pic of some of my small cranks along with a bass I caught today.

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Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.