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I'm looking for a good quality spinning travel rod that I want to take along for my travels. I looking for a medium spinning rod for catching mainly pike and zander. I've got a Daiwa Exceller Pro 3000 fixed spool reel (with 30lb braid) that I will be using with the spinning rod. The rod needs to be able to fold up in either 3, 4 or 5 pieces (ideally 3 piece) so that it is compact and so that I can either strap it to the side of my backpack or put is inside a suitcase or for taking it on a plane as hand luggage.

 

I've fished before with a Daiwa Exceller 7ft spinning rod (2 piece) and it was a brilliant little rod. The only thing is that Daiwas don't make a 6, 7 or 8ft rod that can fold up in 3 pieces or more. It is only then they are 9ft or longer that you can actually get them in 4 or 5 piece. Do you know of any other rods which I can buy that is simmilar. It needs to be a durable and sturdy rod that is not going to break on me when I'm in the wilderness somewhere. I'm not that keen on a 9ft rod as I will be doing a canoeing trip soon and it might be a little bit long for the boat. (I'm looking for either a 7 or 8ft max rod)

 

Can any of you recommend a good rod? Also, I'm not a big fan of telescopic rods but I might want to take a small, strong one along for back-up. Any ideas?

 

Thanks :)

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Got a couple of these http://www.eddieturner.co.uk/pike-tackle/R...r-2-Rod-11.html and they are great for the money ,they do a sneaker 1 as well which is not as beefy Steve.

We are not putting it back it is a lump now put that curry down and go and get the scales

have I told you abouit the cruise control on my Volvo ,,,,,,,bla bla bla Barder rod has it come yet?? and don`t even start me on Chris Lythe :bleh::icecream:

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I've never seen it yet alone used one but Shimano do an 8ft 3 piece rated for 10-30gms in their Diaflash XT-A series. A little light for big pike, but possibly just right for zander.

 

Has anyone used any of the rods in this series as I know someone interested in the 10ft 3 piece, either the 14-40gms or the 20-50gms?

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I've got a five piece Diawa spinning rod that I've had for years and has travelled the world with me, next time I'm in the garage, I'll get the details.

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I have the heavier of these rods.

I mainly use it with a 4000 Stradic for barramundi and mangrove jacks but it's nice for pike too.

The stated lure weight range is spot on and it doesn't feel like a snooker que with an 18g lure or like a piece of spaggetti at 60g.

Action is fast and I've basically had no complaints in five years of use.

 

For pike and zander with a 3000 reel, you might want to consider the lighter version.

Species caught in 2020: Barbel. European Eel. Bleak. Perch. Pike.

Species caught in 2019: Pike. Bream. Tench. Chub. Common Carp. European Eel. Barbel. Bleak. Dace.

Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullien's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.

Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub.

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I have the heavier of these rods.

I mainly use it with a 4000 Stradic for barramundi and mangrove jacks but it's nice for pike too.

The stated lure weight range is spot on and it doesn't feel like a snooker que with an 18g lure or like a piece of spaggetti at 60g.

Action is fast and I've basically had no complaints in five years of use.

 

For pike and zander with a 3000 reel, you might want to consider the lighter version.

 

Thx for all the replies so far!

 

@KenL: I'm not familiar with the rok-max make...do you know of any shops that store them in London? I don't want to buy something that I havnt felt before

 

@Jeepster: I think the rod that you've got might be Daiwa Wilderness 9ft travel rod?

 

@JV44: I had a quick look at that link. The rod seems to have a very nice action but again it seems like they only come in 9ft. Do you know if they do them in either 7 or 8ft 3 or 4 piece? I really don't want to go longer than 8ft.

 

Have any of you ever fished with a ET rod before? I know The Friendly Fisherman stocks them and apparently they are really good. They come in an 8ft 4 piece fixed spool rod in a round travel tube.

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Rok-Max is the store. They're now based on the south coast somewhere - Torbay I think.

They specialise in exotic fishing and the gear to do it with and I visited their shop many years ago when it was based in Warwick - so they've been going for a while.

Oceanmaster is an in-house brand of Bass Pro that Rok-Max import.

You can order the same rods from the US and see the reviews on the BassPro website but being able to order from within the UK saves a lot of hastle as well as tax, postage and import charges.

Species caught in 2020: Barbel. European Eel. Bleak. Perch. Pike.

Species caught in 2019: Pike. Bream. Tench. Chub. Common Carp. European Eel. Barbel. Bleak. Dace.

Species caught in 2018: Perch. Bream. Rainbow Trout. Brown Trout. Chub. Roach. Carp. European Eel.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullien's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.

Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub.

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Just FYI I was looking for such a rod a short while ago. Found the only kind of *short* travel rods available would be fly rods. All others are too big to go in hand luggage and will only fit in a very large suitcase. *Travel* rods.....hmmm

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Just FYI I was looking for such a rod a short while ago. Found the only kind of *short* travel rods available would be fly rods. All others are too big to go in hand luggage and will only fit in a very large suitcase. *Travel* rods.....hmmm

 

It does seem that there are a few travel rods out there. Have a look at these:

 

http://www.etpredatortackle.co.uk/search_r...p?section=17290

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Shimano-beastmaster-...=item2559e1df6a

 

Have any of you fished with the Shimano Exage spinning rods? I'm quite interested in them as they fold into either 4 or 5 pieces and they seem to tick all the boxes I'm after.

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It does seem that there are a few travel rods out there. Have a look at these:

 

http://www.etpredatortackle.co.uk/search_r...p?section=17290

 

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Shimano-beastmaster-...=item2559e1df6a

 

Have any of you fished with the Shimano Exage spinning rods? I'm quite interested in them as they fold into either 4 or 5 pieces and they seem to tick all the boxes I'm after.

Yes i have an Exage and very happy with it Steve .

We are not putting it back it is a lump now put that curry down and go and get the scales

have I told you abouit the cruise control on my Volvo ,,,,,,,bla bla bla Barder rod has it come yet?? and don`t even start me on Chris Lythe :bleh::icecream:

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