Berkley Lightning Shock Casting Rods - $49.99 to $54.99
Perfect for any superline fishing situation, the Berkley Lightning Shock Casting Rods are specifically engineered to accommodate today's braided superlines. Anglers have increasingly turned to braided superlines when targeting bass and other fish species anytime they need a zero-stretch line with extreme strength and a smaller diameter. However, these same attributes that make superlines such a valuable fishing tool also pose many challenges to fishing rods. Traditional rods often can't accommodate for the lack of stretch and extreme strength of braided line, resulting in the angler yanking the hooks out of the fish's mouth, bent, worn or grooved guides and even broken rods. In order to combat these issues, the Berkley Lightning Shock Casting Rods possess some key mitigating features.
Equipped with diamond-polished Aluminum Oxide Guides for increased durability and reduced friction, the guide frames are also precision engineered to sit closer to the rod blank. This helps the guides resist twisting and bending under extreme loads, while also decreasing the likelihood of wind knots and other line management issues. In addition, the tip-guide is rounded out toward the rod tip to reduce the occurrence of wind-assisted loop knots at the end of the rod - an issue often associated with fishing superlines.
The Berkley Lightning Shock Casting Rods also feature a Strike Amplifying Tip (SAT) to accommodate for the lack of stretch in braided lines. By blending fiberglass with graphite in the rod's end section, Berkley was able to produce a slower-reacting tip, which for the angler, results in better hookups and fewer lost fish. Delivering the power and strength necessary for heavyweight fights and steering big fish away from trouble, the rod blank's 1K Power Helix construction produces an ideal backbone for superline situations, while still remaining lightweight. Another key innovation is the Suspending Reel Seat, which removes the dampening effect of the reel from the rod blank, thus facilitating maximum sensitivity transfer into the angler's hands. Also equipped with a Split-Grip handle design for optimum balance and leverage, as well as, reduced weight, the Berkley Lightning Shock Casting Rods deliver the performance, innovation and features needed to fish braided superlines at their full potential.
-Backed by a 1-year limited warranty
Comments: Got the 7' med/hvy paired with a revo s. I throw 1/2 oz spinners and traps with this rod. Great rod for the money. 2 years of hard use and the only thing I can say is the butt cap came off the end of the rod, other that that it's been solid.
From: Jared: TX 2/17/15
Comments: amazing rod! 7'6 heavy I flipped all day and had not problem gettin fish out of any mat I came too. I'm in love with it!
From: Tanner: Dover, FL 2/5/15
Comments: Been using these rods for a couple of years now for every style of fishing. I have not been disappointed at any time. These rods hold up and I put them to the test. I would just like to see some more rod length options.
From: John: Dallas, TX 1/5/15
Comments: This rod is amazing ultra sensitive and nice tip I have brought in a lot of nice 6#ers on this rod have it paired with a lews TP good for frogging and Texas rigging
From: Glen: IL
Comments: Caught 91 bass using this as a trailer on a 1/4 swim jig. Works great on a very slow retrieve. Only complaint is durability. But @ $2.99 you can't complain too much.
From: Ben: MN
Comments: I have a 7Ft MH rod with a Lew's speed spool on it. I fish my tournaments here in Texas and have caught man 2-8lb bass and haven't broke it yet. My bait casting reel seats excellent on it. It's never came undone once. I plan on buying more.
From: Michael: Killeen: TX
Comments: Took this rod (7'MH) on a 3 day ocean trip, cathching yellow fin and dorado. Had no problems catching 10 to 17 pound fish. For those of you breaking this rod swinging 2 pound fish,I say "Bull Crap" learn how to swing a fish! This is a AWESOME rod!!
From: Chad: So. Cal
Comments: awesome rod for the money, really light, sensitive and everything. really do recommend it!
From: Dylan: KY
Comments: The only problem I have with this rod is that the back of my reel comes out of the reel seat when I set the hook. I don't know why, but other than that I have no complaints about it yet.
From: Cody: Wi
Comments: i recently bought a 7 ft medium heavy and the rod tip snapped when I swung in a 2 pound fish. I thought the rod might have ben defective so i bought another 7ft medium heavy, and believe it or not it snapped right above the second guide again. I spend 100 bucks on broken rods which i could have saved and bought a nice one. DO NOT BUY THESE RODS!!!!!!!!!
From: Joe: FL
Comments: I have the 7ft MH casting rod. It isn't a great rod by any means but it is decent. I've fished it hard locally almost 3 or 4 trips a week, and caught several fish on it. Nothing too big, but haven't had many issues. Biggest problems that I have personally had is the butt of the grip fell of on a distance cast, and the braid that I use (Spiderwire 50lb braid) screwed up the tips guide. Once I picked that out and was left with a clean metal guide no problems. It does have a stiff feel for a medium heavy rod, but is very sturdy, and I frequently frog, pitch, flip, and even have thrown a Spro BBZ Jr swimbait on it without issue. Its very sensitive and great for anything you would really use a rod of its size for. Great rod for the price, and it can't be beat in its price range.
From: Sean: Paso Robles, Ca
Comments: I bought mine a little over a year ago its now in its second season of fishing and its holding strong I don't see how these people are breaking them in half because I've smashed mine on over hanging tree branches with a pretty thrustful cast more then once lol line guides still strong and straight would like to buy a better rod but can't for see spending more then 100 it is a little stiff feeling but I kill bass crawling jigs so I guess its sensitive enough never really fished a really nice rod before tho good rod can afford better go for it I'm saving for a g loomis
Comments: i have bought several of these rods and i am very impressed the price is amazing and if they do break go get a new one its not a 200$ shimano so if ya break it no biggie. They are great for flipping and pitching but i wouldn't trust them froggin.
From: Sam: CA
Comments: great rod for the money, it's made for braid and does excellent at it..you know, there is a technique for "swinging fish" into a boat..you can't just lift it up and not expect your rod not to break..have several of these and no issues
From: Scott: IL
Comments: Have 2 older lightning rods and love them both. I have higher end rods but for the money these do everything I ask of them .Ive caught hundreds of bass on them and the one has so many scratches and nicks on it from rough boat rides in tournaments and it still performs like the day I bought it. Both are 7ftmh and throw a variety of baits very well, swim jigs, flipping jigs, spinnerbaits, cranks, frogs,spooks, senkos, you name it. 13 inch bass breaking the rod? I've caught stripers over 10 pounds with these rods. If your on a budget you can't beet these rods for the price.
From: Richard: Frederick, MD
Comments: I have the 7ft med-heavy. I've had this rod for 2 years of hard use and it is still holding up. I've hauled countless bass out heavy cover. A good rod for a good price. I just wish they would put on more guides.
From: Taylor: VT
Comments: caught my 3 biggest bass on the 6'6" med... one was a 10 pounder that i had to horse over some thick Florida pond grass.
From: Reid: NC
Comments: cheap rods, would not buy one of these broke in half 2-3 days after i got it.
From: Matt: AL
Comments: I have about 5 of the lightning shock rods 3 are spinning rods and 2 are casting rod. I have had the for about 3 years going. They are a great rod cheap price too. I have never had a problem will breaking them. I take care of my equipment so if you do the same they shouldn't break. I have caught a lot of 2 lb bass on them, also I'll admit I have dropped them many of times and no damage was done the still fish like new sensitive rod. So I high recommend them if you like a rod that don't cost so much also it won't hurt the wallet.
From: Erik: IL
Comments: I have had 4 of these rods and they are fantastic, minus the one that split down the middle. I have used these for everything and more and they ahve always performed. Last one I bought was for throwing jigs and it did so admirably, till it splt down the middle. The rest have performed well and I still plan on getting more.
From: Zachary: AL
Comments: Awesome rod wasn't to sure buying the rod because of the price .Was blown away great rod at the right price
From: Ryan: Temecula, CA
Comments: I fish allover the country I've fished in cali, tenn, Florida, Illinois etc.. And I can say that this rod is the main one I've used wherever I go this rod will and always will be with me to use. btw greatest rod for heavy swim jigs or football jigs
From: Patrick: USA
Comments: got the 7'MH for crankbait fishing. Has the soft tip and yet isn't as heavy as a fiberglass rod. Can't see spending $100 or more on a crankbait rod that this one will do the same at half the price and weight.
From: William: Long Beach, CA
Comments: I love these rods for fishing reaction baits. The parabolic action is just right for it IMHO. The 7' MH is a great frog rod, has enough tip to fling frogs a mile and enough back bone to pull them out of heavy slop. I can walk Spro frogs with it all day long because it's lighter than some $300 "frog" rods. The 6'6" M is a great jerkbait rod, and the 6'6 MH is a fantastic spinnerbait, squarebill, and swim jig rod. Spend your $$ on a good casting smooth reel, and get these rods for your reaction baits. You won't regret it. I spend a lot less time retying now, and keep my jigs/plastics on my "better" rods.
From: Brad: NY
Comments: I have four of these, and they are pretty damn awesome for the price. Good sensitivity and good backbone. As far as the previous comments on breaking "TAKE CARE OF YOUR GEAR, AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU"
From: Chad: So Cal
Comments: I use my 6'6" medium rod for surf fishing. I have a Calcutta 200GTB on it and it is awesome. I use this set-up to catch trout, redfish, sheephead, and bluefish. It is very sensative, and very strong. Well worth the money!!!
From: Norman: FL
Comments: All i can say is for $50 u cant beat this rod!! i love this rod for it is sensitive and has the backbone to pull out fish!! i have this baby paired up with a daiwa laguna 100HL by far a good matchup for jigs/worm and spinerbait!!
From: Ricky: CA
Comments: this is a great rod for the money. its super sensitive just don't hold it straight up with a fish dangling from it because it will break. i broke mine n bought another the same day worth every penny.
From: Daniel: NC
Comments: Great rod! For the price you can't beat it. I was a fisherman on a budget, got the 6'6 med heavy as a cranking rod and handles fish very well. Definitively worth worth the 50 bucks.
From: Scott: FL
Comments: This rod is bad to the bone. I have this rod and a duckett and i like this rod better than the duckett
Comments: These are nice rods until they break. I broke 2 flipping 13 inch bass in the boat. save yourself the trouble and spend the money on a decent rod, I wish I did.
From: Matt: IL
Comments: I ordered one of these rods and got it and it sounded like there was a crack in the handle. So i got them to send me a new one and the new one did the same thing crappie rod
From: Nick: TX
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