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Gladiator rods

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:47 pm
by laz
I would like to hear from any body that has used the following rod a Gladiator Cape Yorker .I am Thinking of buying a this rod its length is 1.2m line class 8-10 kg .thinking of teaming up with a ABU 1500c or 2500 c .

Re: Gladiator rods

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:51 pm
by Mully
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I have been meaning to get myself some snake skins from them as i know they are bullet proof thumbsupsmilie

Re: Gladiator rods

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:46 am
by flip
Hi Laz,

I have a 4-6kg. Nice rod and am pleased with it so far.
Bought it to use walking tight scrubby lined creeks. Less hanging up on casts! thumbsupsmilie
Carry it in a slightly modified (took a small amount of foam out of rod tip end) Compleat Angler Brand 1.2mtr rod case which also fits perfectly across the back floor of car.
Have an Abu 4600 on it with 10lb cryslal /20lb vanish just in case a Mary Cod jumps on in a spot I go bass fishing! ;)
Also carry an Abu 2500 / 2600 with me for another bass area without the Cod.
I probably wont be buying a 8-10kg though and I 'm hoping they'll bring out a 3-4kg in the same length which I feel would suit a 2500/2600 better.

Re: Gladiator rods

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:12 pm
by laz
Thanks for your info flip .when i get around to buying it I'll put up some photo .One of my sons has just brought the same out fit for himself can;t wait to See how he goes

Re: Gladiator rods

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:25 pm
by simon bruce
Laz I am interested to knwo what are you going to use this outfit for. I am thinking walking or kayaking (short rod). So 8 to 10 kilo would be a bit of a stump puller so thinking barra or jacks but the small reel throws me, maybe not the line capacity as you could need the stronger rod for tight in fishing, but the maximum drag capacity of the reel. i guesss a locked down drag is the same on a Abu 1500 or 10000 but the capacity of the mechanicals to absorb the shock load is less? But they are probably a lot better for casting in tight situations where you need the control?

Be great to knwo.

Re: Gladiator rods

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:25 pm
by brolly
G'day Laz,I bought my son one of these rods two seasons back to use on Bass &Yellas out of our Scanoe.He has a Calcutta 50 on it and to date this outfit has preformed brilliantly even on dozens of small Murray Cod to 5kg.We have quite a few higher quality rods but have broke our fair share (most times our fault) so this rod has suprised us with it's almost unbreakable nature.Whilst i chose to buy the 4-6 kg in my opinion it probaly preforms more like a 3-4 kg rod so don't hesitate to buy the 8-10 kg if it is of similar build it will still have enough tip to cast medium lures.Being only 1.2m in length can be a bit of a handicap fishing from the bank but certainly a very handy length out of canoe or kayak.These rods are as cheap as chips but i certainly reccomend them they have great reel seats and the guides appear to be of good quality with stainless legs.We will certainly be grabbing an 8-10 kg version now that you've alerted us to their availability.Once again great value for money and your reel choice would be adequate especially with an after market drag.I say GET ONE they're great.

Re: Gladiator rods

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:45 pm
by laz
Simon i will be doing a fair bit of walking with over grown banks so that's why i chose this outfit and there are Barra and the odd cod still in the creek the last cod caught ( by a work mates son ) just before x-mas weighed 17 kg .
Brolly got the reels just got to convince the missus i need another rod .