Shakespeare Wild Cat Spinning Rod Review

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Shakespeare Wild Cat

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This Shakespeare Wild Cat Spinning Rod (no reel) is made of a tubular fiberglass blank. This means that this rod is flexible and very strong. Many of the older rods are made of fiberglass because of the strength. A lot of the newer rods are made of graphite for a couple reasons mainly: lightweight and sensitivity. The new fiberglass technology is more sensitive than its past counterparts, but still strong. Of course, the weight of the rod isn’t a problem when purchasing a fiberglass rod because they are used for larger fish. With this rod, you will be able to put a lot of pressure, maybe even abuse the rod a little, and it will still survive and be useful.

At a length of 7 feet, this rod is made for casting far distances.  In fact, with the spin rod paired with a spinning reel (like this Penn reel), you will have an easy time doing so.  Use this for those bigger fish, like sturgeon, which feed near the middle of larger rivers, like the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon. My grandpa used to fish for them all the time. When reeling your fish in, you will be pulling a line through stainless steel guides while holding onto an EVA foam grip, which is both comfortable and sturdy.

I would suggest this rod for beginners and avid anglers. The medium heavy action will be easy to handle for a beginner, and the durability and strength of this rod will be enjoyed by experienced fishermen. The Wild Cat is actually very flexible, which is a solution to the stiffness problem for a lot of fiberglass rods. Use this rod for larger fighting fish, such as flatheads, bluefish, catfish, and pike. You can pair this rod with the Shakespeare Agility Spinning Reel for a great combination.


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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.


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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.