ALX ZOLO - SPEED FURY - AUGUST LINGNAU

The review on this rod is my personal opinion and has to do with stuff I like and setups I prefer. 

Shahid Ebrahim (Bassaholic) from Blue Water Gear drove through to Klerksdorp for some business and was kind enough to bring along a 7'5" ALX Zolo Medium Speed fury. I liked it from the get go. The rod was light, really light, yet had so much weight to burn. The tip was soft but fast, it really did fit perfectly in to the slot which was open on my side. You could feel someone put some thinking into this blank for a very specific application.

 

 

I had the privilege to fish this one a while longer. I paired it up with the smoke and 10lb line. From the get go it clicked for me. I did need to get a bit used to the longer rod, but in the end was not a problem. I fished it with a light texas rigged fluke or Baby UberShad, (also something Shahid recommended).

There are three things that really impressed me about the rod:

  1. It was light. Yet it had a non split real seat, bulky EVA grips, it was 7'5" and had midi eyes
  2. It was sensitive like crazy. Really really nice
  3. The way it loads and releases when setting the hook and fighting a fish was near perfect!!

 

I hooked some pretty nice fish for a light setup, including a 1.5kg fish in the divisionals and this rod handled them like a piece of cake.

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I had the rod for the whole of pre-fishing for the Vaal as well as the Vaal divisionals. It accounted for 17 of my 18 keepers caught during the comp. I just could not put the thing down.

Would I recommend this, Yup, without a doubt. It gave me better performance than the smoke rod ever did (which I loved) and yet does not feel like a rod I am gonna break in 3 fishing trips. Is roughly the same weight but way more sensitive.

Now here is the fun part which I like most. Shahid showed me that the ALX guys like to make custom rods, which opened up a whole new world of options. I was in love with the blank and thus proceeded to order one. 

I asked for the same blank, with the following changes:

  1. Reduce rod to 7'2" - It will save more weight and be easier to pitch with
  2. Micro Guides instead of Midi Guides
  3. Change to Split Reel Seat
  4. Reduce the bulky EVA Grips to slimmer cork grips

Still out of the box an awesome rod, One which in the last 5 weeks had 90% of the fishing done with it. Its lekker and worth a bash 100%

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