iROD Genesis II Series Casting Rods - $149.99
Now 30% lighter than ever before, the iRod Genesis II Series Casting Rods take tournament level performance to a whole new dimension. Designed and tested by some of the best pro bass anglers in the business, including Fred Roumbanis and Marty Stone among others, the series features several new technique-specific, pro-designed models. Ultra-sensitive 30-ton graphite blanks with tapers and actions specifically designed for each pro’s favorite techniques furnish all the attributes you need to take your fishing to the next level. Each rod also comes equipped with quality Pac Bay Minima Guides with super hard zirconia inserts, as well as, new two-piece reel seats with a smaller trigger. The reel seats furnish complete access to the blank, and combined with harder, contoured EVA handles enhance sensitivity even further, while providing a comfortable grip. Lightweight, technologically advanced and perfectly balanced, the iRod Genesis II Series Casting Rods build on the success of the originals, putting quality pro-level rods in the hands of more anglers.
Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty
Comments: Fred's Magic Stick - I was originally recommended this rod by a friend for deep structure fishing smallies with 1/2-3/4oz football head jigs. Well let me say yea it does that and does it well but in reality it does everything well. This is by far the most versatile stick I've ever used! I never liked flipping close range pulling line with left hand while holding a tip heavy monstrosity in my right. This changed the game. The rod is so balanced it doesn't even make sense. Paired it with a Curado E, Chronarch E and a Tatula. All 3 reels felt like the rod kept same pivot point. Another reason I never liked flipping is because of stout broomsticks for rods. This rod has a moderate taper allowing you to wail the hook home but not ripping it out of its mouth either. Also it helps keep the fish pinned if you're pulling it against thick cover. Not a issue with this i was swinging in 5 and 6 pounders all weekend. Some brought 5 plus pounds of weeds in the boat. One thing I'm really happy about too is the customer service with Irod. You don't speak to some random person in a call center. You deal with Matt the owner himself. Add on a lifetime warranty you'll most likely never need and you have the best sub $200 rod made, period! Just a heads up though If you buy one say in August, by November you'll likely have 4,5 maybe even 10 more.
From: Dave: Stratford, CT 7/22/14
Comments: these rods are garbage. My fishing partner snapped a large swimbait rod casting a 3 oz bait 2 eyes down from the tip. He had it replaced first cast with the same bait it snapped mid cast again this time 2 eyes from the bottom. Needless to say he is done with irod and the broken rod is now sitting at the bottom of clear lake
From: Dave: Clear Lake, CA 5/26/14
Comments: Got Fred's Magic Stick during the last 20% sale. Just used it within the past month for the first time. On my second trip, (never caught a fish on it), the reel seat hood separated from the rod, so it won't hold down the reel. Because I waited to long from ordering it to using it, I cannot get a direct replacement, I have to pay the $50 warranty, rods not worth investing more in. So my 2 trips using the rod cost me $50, sux for me. TW refunded me the difference so I didn't lose all my money, but enough to say I won't be ordering any other irods, Rod was extremely light and felt good, other than the eyes are extremely cheap, they are not all the same, some don't appear to have a back side to them, and so noisy with mono. Moral of the story, if you order it, use it right away and return right away if something goes out on it if you want to even have a chance at getting it replaced without the warranty fee.
From: Northwest: USA 5/9/14
Comments: Just got the Large Swimbait rod in the mail and it looks top notch, I wouldn't write a review without using it generally but I wanted to address the Guide issue that is all over these reviews. Spoke to the owner, who picked up when I called cust. service concerned about the issue. The problem no longer occurs and has been addressed, so if this issue is making you think twice about getting one of these rods you can rest easy. Mine came in perfect condition and Ill update with a usage review soon as this dang ice melts.
From: EH: NY 2/25/14
Comments: Amazing rods for the price! I just mounted my 693C on a jdm shimano metanium and one word comes to mind "amazing" all I need now is for the ice to melt so I can go give it a workout! I will be adding a few more iRods to my arsenal this year ... top notch quality
From: CJ: PA
Comments: first off the guides on this rod were crap, one of them was shredding my 17lb fluorocarbon, after getting good customer service from the company founder matt newman himself of whether to send my rod in or not, well, after doing his pocket knife trick of taking the excess glue out of the inside of the guide (WHICH SHOULDNT HAPPEN TO BEGIN WITH) I was up and running, I used this rod the very next day and fourth cast i went to rip the grass off my chatterbait and this rod break in a way ive never seen a rod break before. it shattered in a way to where the two sections of the rod was only held by shards of graphite. Fellas so yourself a favor and get a St.croix, Fitzgerald,or even a veritas.
From: Matt: South Florida
Comments: If you're a mat fisherman bubs punch rod is a must have. The action is spot on which makes it incredibly accurate and it has the power to rip the big girls out of the thickest stuff you can punch a hole through
From: Bassaholic: FL
Comments: I as well think they are tip heavy. I noticed that right out of the box. Im probably shipping them back to get a powell or dobyns
From: Joey: Baton Rouge, LA
Comments: The first thing I noticed when I picked up my new Genesis ll rods was how incredibly light and nimble they feel. I purchased a 703C as a general purpose rig and a 712S for drop shot. I've caught a 6lb LMB on the 712 spinning rod and it is everything I ever wanted in a finesse setup. I've got a dozen sessions on the 703 and it's the reason my other rods are now collecting dust. Both my rigs balance perfectly and fit like a glove. No hot spots or rough edges. I called iRod because I had a couple questions about setting up a frog rig and Matt Newman went above and beyond what I call good customer service. If you're on the fence, pull the trigger. You won't be disappointed.
From: Eric: Thousand Oaks, CA
Comments: bought bubs punch rod and tried some salmon fishing(even tho its not made for it)and i landed some huge 20+ lb salmons. I was drifting beads and i felt every bounce off the bottom. NICE ROD!!!!!!!
From: TV: marysville, ca
Comments: I just bought the bub's punch rod. and so far its seems great I only caught about 20 fish on it but it seems like a quality stick. The action is perfect for punching and would be great for flipping. also would be a good for ripping a big spoon.
From: Jason: WI
Comments: i have the gen 2 large swim and it handles all bait perfectly. I can throw 8 inch hudd's along with other 8 inch baits with ease. I have been using this rod to primarily throw the 250 slide swimmer(7 oz) and it handles great. The customer service is also amazing, i had a problem with one of my guides and Matt himself sat on the phone and walked me through every step to fix it for a good amount of time. Needless to say the rod does not have one problem now. Two thumbs up for a greatly built rod and AMAZING customer service.
From: Nolan: So Cal
Comments: I love Fred's Magic Stick, you have to laugh at that!! Fished the Gen2 rod, probably the most out of all my rods, frog fishing is my favorite. This rod is beast, its sensitive, very light and very well balanced. I have also found a liking using this rod for a punch set up, up to 1 oz, and throwing 1/2 and 3/4 oz jigs. I also used this rod to throw the 5 inch lunker punker on 65lb sunline braid, and had an awesome hook up ratio. I recently tried a new omen 7'11 punch rod; now I know there is little bit of a size different, after about 10 minutes I didn't touch it again.. Its in the box ready to be shipped back, already purchased another Magic Stick to use to keep a jig on, or for any Texas rig application. As someone else said, this is just a very unique rod, thanks IROD!!!
From: Brett: NY
Comments: Used my 7'11" bama rig rod for the 1st time yesterday. One word. Unbeleivable!!! Launches the A rig a country mile and is light enough to fish all day without massive fatigue. Great price point. If you are undecided as to which rod to get look no farther.
From: James: TN
Comments: BEST ROD ON THE MARKET! These rods are great, I have 4 of these killers and I have no complaints at all! Great for the price and a very good recognizable look as well. Try one out...you will be thanking me!
From: Connor: Southern Illinois
Comments: I have the 7'11 punch rid and use it for Carolina rigging, I will be switching all my rods over eventually I can't believe how sensitive these rods are and light they are. I also have the 7'11 crank launcher and love it u can throw a series 6 a mile I love these new IRODS.
From: Jeremy: Dallas, TX
Comments: Picked up the bama rig model after previously using a flipping stick. This rod is built perfectly for launching your A-rig all day without fatigue. Matt's customer service is superb to boot! Do yourself a favor and get one.
From: Jacob: AZ
Comments: I was excited to try out the new A rig rod at Upper Bear Lake in Alabama. This rod preformed great. Very light and handle the A rig with easy. The lower profile eyes located on the last three eyes of the rod was awesome. I believe these eyes made the braided line handed the A rig better.The fast action tip made the bait easy to throw.
From: Michael: MS, USA
Comments: I just got in the A rig rod and it is awesome. I cannot wait to fish it tomorrow. I have over 25 rods and most are Shimano and GLoomis. This rod looks and feels great. Going to team this with a Lew's 5.4.1 reel for the rig. I will let you know how does tomorrow.
From: MCates: Fulton, MS
Comments: Had to get my Gen 1 fred's frog stick warranteed recently, and all I have to say was that Irod has some of the best customer service in the game. A big shoutout to Matt Newman, as he was very easy to deal with and had no issues replacing my rod. The Gen 2 frog stick is unreal for frog fishing, perfect tip and a lot of backbone, just like the gen 1, but only lighter and better components.
From: Cole: Ontario, Canada
Comments: The best punching stick i ever used took it for bass fishing in Africa and couldn't put it down Thanks to BUB Tosh
From: Chris: UK Oxford
Comments: got the 7'2 stone cold. Sensitivity is pretty good. Nice rods for the price
Comments: Magic stick is a unique rod, alot of backbone with a lighter tip. Besides a great frog rod, the 2 oz. rating lets me throw a bigger jig and it`s great for a smaller swimbait and flippin/pitchin. awesome rod for open water or heavy cover.
From: Mike: Lancaster, CA
Comments: i own 4 I Rods a 74 a 75 an two 79s love these rods best own the market in my opinion im gona buy 5 more of them they match up great with the new revo sx
From: Bruce: LA
Comments: the Jr. swimbait rod works real good for flutter spoons. I have been using the 4" and the 5" for last couple of weeks on it. A++++
From: John: AZ
Comments: Great rods and even better customer service. If you have an issue Matt will take care of you. Top notch!!
From: Jesse: Abilene, KS
Comments: The Gabe's Rip Rap rod is by far the best casting rod I have ever purchased. Nice weight, easy hook set. I would recommend this rod to any one.
From: R.J.: San Diego
Comments: Bub tosh rod is crazy sensitive and super light for a 7'11" rod! I fished with it all day at the CA delta without any strain! I flipped in a 6 and a half pound bass with ease! Ended up catching 16 bass between 3-6lbs all swung into the boat with the rod, amazing!!!
From: Vince: San Francisco, CA
Comments: These rods are extremely light and very comfortable, not tip heavy for whoever said that and I dont see how they think that at all. I sold all my kistlers for these and now have 12. To the guy with the line shredding, the number 5 guide (first single set is the problem). I had the same on all mine and called Matt and spoke at length with him about it, he took care of me and thensome. PacBay made an error on this guide. Since getting all mine fixed they are sweet rods and will stick with iRod for the great service, and product. Best feeling rods I have handled in a while. Matts service is as good as it gets!
From: Jeremy: Flint, TX
Comments: these rods are so AWSOME.I have 13 irods all different paired with shimano cores and core 50s.I have used many different rods and nothing is comfy than IRODs Way togo Matt.
From: Gary: Lancaster, CA
Comments: The Gen II I purchased is only able to be fished for about 45 minutes until the line guards shred my 17lb fluorocarbon to pieces. Thinking for replacing them all with better quality ones.
Comments: this rod is in no way tip heavy. I have found to love this rod. Especially with the unique reel seat. Its super comfy and sensitive. You will not regret buying this rod
From: John: Orange County, CA
Comments: I have been fishing the bama specical for a little while, it is by far the best bama rod on the market. Anyone using the a-rig owes it to themselves to pick up one of these. Just make sure you have plenty of line on your reel because you will empty it on a cast.
From: RJ: Phx, AZ
Comments: Love these new gen II rods!! Im hearing complaints that this rod rod is tip heavy. I have not found that to be the problem. This rod is suprisingly really balanced. Ive found powells to be much more tip heavy. As well as the sensitivity factor. Its an extremly sensitive rod and extremley comfortable to fish.
From: Jake: Lake Fork, TX
Comments: very sensitive great rods the best i have ever used. buy one you will love them
From: Nick: Madison, AL
Comments: I got the 7' Heavy and it's an ok rod. Big improvement from the Gen 1 but they still aren't as good as good as other rods at this price point. I would much rather have a Dobyns Savvy or Powell Max than an Irod for the price. These rods are still a bit tip heavy and don't have the sensitivity of a Powell or Dobyns. I would rate this rod at a 6. Get a Powell or Dobyns you won't regret it.
From: John: SoCal
Comments: Purchased Bub's Punching rod. Very impressed with this rod. The rod has a soft tip and loads nicely with a ton of power. Flips big bass into the boat with ease. Fished with it all day on the Cal Delta today and did not tire me out at all. Keep up the good work.
From: Joe: Walnut Creek, CA
Comments: I luv this thing. The beauty of simplicity. No fumbling for paper and pencil. No pushing buttons and storing weights.Weigh your fish and spin the thumbwheels to match your weight on the color tag you are going to use. Thumbwheels stay locked, and you can see all your weights at a glance. Comes with mounting bracket but I just lay mine under the console with my scales on tournament day.
From: Ronnie: Lake Fork, TX
Comments: These are amazing rods. My other rods are Loomis rods. These are light fast and NOT tip heavy. I have the Bama rig one. It will throw a rig across the lake. A must have rod.
From: Joe: Maine
Comments: The gen2 series has very little in common with the originals other than name. This rods are much lighter and extremely sensitive. I have been using the gen2 for a month now. The stone cold square bill is my favorite. It has a glass tip that's very fast until you load on a fish and the rod bends halfway down the blank. I use it more for spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, it does work well for larger square bills imo. cant got wrong with these!
From: Marshall: Paducah, KY
Comments: Just picked up the Jr. swimbait rod. It is the perfect rod for 6 inch hudds and 5"-7' bullshad. It has just the right amount of tip for ease of casting and also good backbone for hooksets. A+ rod and customer service.
From: John: AZ
Comments: Frekin Sick rods! If you thought the old ones were good than you are gonna think these are absolutely amazing! Much lighter and balance better. They are money! Get your self one or two or three or ten!
From: Christian: CA
Comments: These new genesis II rods are much different thant the gen I. These rods are much lighter and balanced compared to the genesis I rods. The EVA is now denser so it makes for a more countoured and lighter rod. Plus the new style reel seat really reduces weight and adds comfortability
From: Nicholas, IROD pro staff
Comments: the bama rig special is the real deaL Further casting , less fatigue and proper loading when you get bit. Top notch at any price point.
From: Ryan: Tucson, AZ
Comments: wow this is actually a very nice rod. I love the new reel seats and the new tighter foam grips really make this rod comfortable to fish. I bought the stone cold swim jig rod and its has done some dammage. I also plan to purchase the bama rig rod, and the 6ft9 cranking rod
From: Tim: Lake Falcon, TX
Comments: These rods are pretty tip heavy, to fish them all day you should work out.
Comments: oh my gosh these rods are so sick!! I got them when they first got out. Theyre are lighter and more sensitive than the genesis series. These rods are the bomb!
From: Nicholas: San Jose, CA
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