Berkley Lightning Shock Casting Rods - $49.99 to $54.99
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.
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: terible... worst thing iv ever bought... i wouldnt buy another one if it was 50cents... i got one at wallmart and got it home and when i was putting line of it the tip sanped right under the 2nd guied. do your self a favor and dont by them...
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: cheap rod broke easily save your money don't buy
From: Bear: Ohio
Comments: this rod sucks 2 day fishing with it snapped on a bass under 4 lbs mh 6' 6'' 12 lb floro shallow crankbait
From: Kee: 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 calli,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
Comments: I bought one of these the first year they came out (7'MH casting). Which was 3-4 yrs ago when i started getting into bass fishing. I've kept 40#-50# stren sonic braid on it the whole time. It's been put through the rigors. Pitching jigs and rippind lipless cranks in the spring on kentucky lake, frogging in NY...i've caught hundreds on fish on it. After a couple years the guides ripped out once when i set the hook on a frog fish (i used some normal thread and super glue to put them back on), the reel seat came loose once (used gorilla glue and put it back in place). There has been a chip in the exopy just above the reel seat for a couple years. The rod now looks like crap from the abuse, but it still pulls 5lbers out of the wood and matted grass like it did on day one. The most durable rod that i know of on the market. Whether u're fishing tournaments or a recreational angler on a tight budget these rods won't let you down. I'd like to buy a new one, but I don't think the ol' trusty is ever going to break. A back-up is just not needed.
From: Aaron: NY
Comments: I have already left a review on this rod, but I have got to let everyone know i have one of these with a catalyst burner in a 7' mh and it is a stellar rod! This year alone this rod has landed 7 fish over 7lbs and i have had no problkems what so ever. I have other rods that are top dollar ranging from loomis, falcons, shimano all the usuals and this rod will hang with all of them, most of these fish were caught in a private farm pond with steep banks so im lifting them out onto the bank basicaly a boat flip, I use 15lb seaguar invisx and i can do anything with it. dont be scared to buy this rod its light balances well with reels in the 7 to 8 oz range. You will not be disapointed! you can view these fish and many others on facebook, Will and Nikki McKinney feel free to view them
From: Will: NC
Comments: i bought 5 of these rods last year... 3 of them broke. The first two broke at the tip lifting a 1lb 14oz and a 1lb 6oz bass into the boat. The other broke setting the hook on a similar sized fish. Junk. I have never had a rod break like that... ever.
Comments: this is the best rod on the market for the money. PERIOD.
From: Julian: Amherst, MA
Comments: It is a great combo. It handles all the fishing i do (mostly flipping texas rigged soft plastics) and holds up very well. i have caught some large bass and even some catfish on this rod and i love it. i think i will buy another!!
From: Scott: USA
Comments: i was fishing with a swim bait after having the rod for 4 months and i casted hard one time and the rod broke right above the real seat. dont get me wrong... its a decent rod but i was very disapointed
From: HC, Georgia
Comments: for $50 you get what you pay for honestly i have other expensive rods that i use alot and i have this as my jig rod im replacing i cannot feel the bottom and it is not sensitive at all i cannot feel a fish bite like i can with my expensive rods therefore i am missing fish that i should be catching
From: Candlewood: Connecticut, USA
Comments: I bought this rod last week after a lot of waiting. I've wanted this rod since they came out a few years ago they are definitely worth the wait. I went fishing in my kayak with the 7' MH with 50 lb. PowerPro braid. This was an incredibly comfortable combo and like others have said, I could have done anything with it. I threw a flipping jig, swimming jig, weightless lizard, strike king Ocho, and flipped texas rigged soft plastics. Each technique was just as easy as the next with this rod. I will have more of these as time goes on, for $50 this quality is very hard to beat.
From: Luke: Lake Charles, LA
Comments: I bought one of these about a year ago to go along with a mixed bag of gear I had in my boat. What first caught my attention was the light balance and general controlled feel of the rod- and that was just handling it in the store! I paired it with a BPS 6.5:1 and very soon after the first cast I made the decision to invest in several more. The action is fantastic, really sensitive and well balanced enough to cast and tug all day with no fatigue. The best facet of this rod is that it is multifunctional. I can go from tossing a 1/2-1 oz spinner bait to swimming a jig to even flipping tubes around trees and it performs excellent with either use. I can't say that I've had the same issues with the reel slipping out of the seat as others have, but I have my reels zip-tied to the rod in order to prevent just this problem!
From: Clif: Louisiana, USA
Comments: this rod is in my opinion, the best rod you can buy in the $50 price range! it has good action, sensity, durabilty, and looks. i have a abu garcia orrra on mine with 17 lb flouro and use it as a spinner bait set up. i have caught hundreds of nice bass in the last year with this rod, and still... it keeps together well! the only downsides are the trigger is VERY uncomfortable on your hand ( but i sanded mine out a lil bit and its fine now ) and the hook keeper snapped off. but other than that i give it about a 9.2/10.
From: j dawg: Columbus, GA
Comments: the berkley lightning shock is the hands down rod,that ive ever held in my life;its dependable,i plan on spending my money on one of the sweet rods,it will continue to be the LIGHEST ROD EVER!!
Comments: I am a woman angler who has slight trigger finger on left hand and had to use all 7' rods less often (like in tournaments when it counts). This rod has been phenomenal. I flip reeds on local NM lake, cast top waters at Amistad. for the price it is superb!
Comments: berkley knows what there doing when it comes to making rods. i love this rods. and there chigger craws arnt bad either.
Comments: Berkely most certainly did not miss the mark with this rod. I have been using one for well over a year now and it has been a great rod. I use the 7' MH as a frog rod and a spinner bait setup. Works beautifully for both. I generally keep 50-65# braid on it and it works just fine.
Comments: I love these Shock rods! They are super light, cast a mile and have terrific action and handling...I was a bit skeptical to purchase this rod at 1st, only because I hadn't bought a new rod in some 15-20 years...However, with this said I have always loved Berkley rods...And I was replacing 2 old Berkley rods that needed to be retired...When I stumbled upon these rods I picked up 3, for the price, and the design...I love the sensitivity and action...The only drawback I have is the reel seat and finding a reel that will sit down properly without popping out once in a while...
From: Shark: Maryland, USA
Comments: Nice design, but I feel they missed the whole reason for using braid in the first place. 1st point of having braid is to feel your lure better - the rod tip is softer than usual, thus absorb's most of the braids feeling, rendering the feeling of the rod similar to using normal fluro line.... That's just my experience with it.
From: Hjalmar: Cape Town, South Africa
Comments: Not enough backbone power helix sux. treat yourself to something nice if u have the money buy a kistler helium or magnesium ts o r micro magnesium. if u don't have money buy the abu veritas or vendetta.
Comments: I bought one of these and mostly like it. I'd be happy to buy another if they'd redesign the trigger so it's actually comfortable in your hand. Otherwise nice rod. Sensitive enough to feel everything your jig bumps into with a solid backbone.
Comments:I have had a shock rod for several months now and I love it. It's light amd sensitive, even with braid you can feel every little peck. Just ordered my second one today, for the money you cant beat em! They look pretty sweet too!
Comments:Purchased two of these rods as soon as they came out. I must say that I was not a huge fan of Berkley rods (having snapped several of them in the past) but the L.S. is the REEL DEAL. I can use the 7 ft MH for a multitude of applications...Tube, Senko, Shallow Crank...
From:Mike: Endicott, NY
Comments:I have four of these rods in 7 foot medium heavy. These rods are awesome. Super sensitive and very strong. The elevated reel seat is a little weird at first but I will be buying more. For 50 dollars you can't beat it.
From:Joe: Indiana, USA
Comments:Pros: great action, light weight, sensitivity, price. Cons: small finger trigger with sharp molding that needed to be sanded, reel popped off rod on 6# bass. I would give this rod a 4 out of five rating and would buy another one.
From:Bart: Indiana, USA
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Because of braided superline's popularity and widespread use, Berkley introduced a series of rods specifically designed to fish braided superlines at their full potential. Very affordable given the features packed into each rod, the Berkley Lightning Shock Casting rods are perfect for any braided superline situation.