By Nick Wood
The Samurai Pop 10 is a 50-80lb 7 foot 6 rod designed for use with stick baits and poppers on offshore reefs. Built using high end components, the rod weighs a mere 389 grams and the Fuji Ion coated guides ensure your line runs smoothly at all times, especially when under intense pressure as I discovered on a recent trip.
The medium/fast taper and length of the rod allowed me to get great distance and the low end pulling power really came into its own when tangling with the fierce GTs we encountered. Being lightweight and comfortable to use, I was able to cast repeatedly at bommies with no fatigue and despite the lightweight build, this rod is tough and will withstand locked-up drags and countless trips. It could even be used off the rocks which is where I also spend quite a bit of time.
Here is a smallish GT caught using a stick bait, Unitika 62lb J8 braid and the Samurai 50-80lb Pop rod.