Shakespeare Outback Spinning Fishing Rod Review

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The Shakespeare Outback Spinning Rod is an awesome spinning rod available from 5 feet to 7 feet. Coming in two pieces, it sacrifices a little bit of the sensitivity and strength of a one-piece rod and makes up for it in convenience. Nowadays, many fishing rods come in two pieces so as to stay as close to the one-piece models as possible.

The Outback is made of tubular fiberglass, fortifying the body. Fiberglass is known to be strong, but stiff. Most rods in the present day have turned to the lighter, more flexible graphite material. Still, fiberglass has its benefits. The main benefit is the strength and durability. Fiberglass is extremely strong, and will definitely resist the pressure of the larger fish. The rod comes with an EVA grip that is split into two parts to make gripping easier, with a hook keeper to keep the hook from snagging onto your body as you carry it around.

Spinning rods seem to be a favorite amongst fishing enthusiasts. This is because they are fairly easy to use, and cast accurately. I would recommend this rod for freshwater fishing, going after large and small fish alike. Because of the fiberglass material, it is strong and can handle bigger trout, catfish, and maybe even sturgeon. Other rods that may be better are the Daiwa Wilderness, which actually doubles as a convenient rod that can be transported in suitcases. I would pair either of these rods with the Penn Battle Spinning Reel.


Company Mini-History

The Shakespeare fishing tackle company, started in 1896 by William Shakespeare, Jr. (no relation to the famous poet of the late 1500’s), was a testament to what keeps humans moving forward. Being a serious fisherman and natural problem-solver, Shakespeare built an instrument that helped him wind the fishing line evenly onto the spool. This has become an industry standard, helping to prevent tangles in the reel. This careful detail in design and function is one of the things that inspired their earlier slogan, “Built Like A Watch”.

Beginning with the production of reels, the company expanded their reach by acquiring Pflueger, another well-known fishing company that expanded their product line to include rods that are made for beginners and fishing enthusiasts alike. Within the last decade, the company released their Synergy Titanium series, which is comfortable and focuses on design. They also produce a very popular children’s fishing kit, containing cartoon characters such as Barbie, Scooby Doo, and Looney Toons. Being aesthetically pleasing and functional is what defines Shakespeare rods.



Dustin also writes about health at Strong Bastard Project and folding bicycles at Foldable Cycle.

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Dustin also writes about health at Strong Bastard Project and folding bicycles at Foldable Cycle.