If I was involved in selling Major Craft rods, I’d either be begging Major Craft Japan to never, ever stop making the Skyroad range of lure rods, or else I’d be stockpiling them just in case they were ever discontinued - what a range of fishing rods, and I am still stumbling across different models that make a lot of sense to me for how we go about our lure fishing.
The slightly shorter and lighter rated 9’6’’ Skyroad Surf is a ridiculously good lure fishing rod, and when I have been away from the rod for a bit and then come back to it, I am reminded just how special a lure rod it is - and the longer 10’ Skyroad Surf is cut from the same cloth so to speak. Sure, it’s a bit longer, but you can feel that these two rods are close bedfellows. The Major Craft Surf rods are built for targeting flatfish on lures over in Japan, so there must be something about how they go about this fishing which really suits the way many of us target our bass on lures. Fastish action rods, easy to load up, nice and light, plenty of power - easily efficient?
Until I recently got hold of this Major Craft Skyroad SKR-1002 Surf 10' 7-35g lure rod for a bit of a longer play, my experience of the rod was about three hours of fishing with it over in Ireland back in early July, but that was long enough to tell me most of what I needed to know - and my thoughts haven’t changed at all really. A mate of mine who runs Absolute Fishing over in Ireland was looking for a longer lure rod for a couple of locations he is starting to fish, and with us lot raving about the stunning 9’6’’ Skyroad Surf, he decided to take a bit of a punt on the longer and slightly more powerful 10’ version. Because of the two marks we initially went where I got a chance to first fish with the rod, I ended up using a number of different lures and methods. Surface lures at range and into a decent breeze, shallow divers, larger senkos, medium divers and then bumping Black Minnows and other plastics down a very strong current where feel and control is everything.
The 9’6’’ Surf will punch the Xorus Patchinko out without too much fuss for example, but you can feel the rod working harder - clip the same lure on the longer and slightly more powerful 10’ Surf and this rod’s not even trying when you need to launch this surface lure into a decent bit of breeze and sea as we found ourselves needing to do over in Ireland. Slow down a bit, let let this slightly longer rod load up properly, and let those lures fly. And they do. Holy cow! 5-28g and 7-35g is hardly a serious difference, but it’s there, and it’s noticeable, and whilst at the lower end this 10’ version can do the lighter stuff pretty damn well, for me I still prefer a lure rod at 9’6’’ or shorter for fishing say with the white senkos at night. Would I buy this rod if I fished lighter lures all the time though? No - I’d go for something shorter and and rated to cast less, but then that’s just common sense. This 10’ Surf can’t be quite as “precise” as the ridiculously precise 9’6’’ Surf - it’s 6’’ longer and rated to cast heavier lures after all, but from what little I know of lure fishing with 10’ rods, this 10’ Skyroad Surf is pretty frigging amazing.
It’s up to the individual angler to decide what length of lure rod suits them best, but with what I hear about some anglers needing to really bang lures out or at least have the option to do so when needs be, there is no getting away from what a casting machine this 10’ Surf is. I never thought I’d say how easy it was to fish say an IMA Salt Skimmer surface lure on a 10’ lure rod, but this one does it just fine. I like the duplon grips, the handle is the right length for me, and the small Fuji guides work perfectly - do note though that if you don’t wash these Skyroad rods down that you might end up finding some rust on the metal parts of the guides. I do tend to hose my gear down after use and there isn’t a spec of rust on the Skyroads I have here, but a mate of mine never does and there is some rust appearing. I note that there’s no rust at all on the Torzite guides on his Major Craft Truzer, but then that’s one scary expensive set of guides on the rod with an overall price to match. How a rod like this Skyroad Surf 10” can come in at under £200 UK price is beyond me, and it’s another brilliant lure rod from the Major Craft Skyroad range. Please, please Major Craft Japan, never stop making the Skyroads! And if it helps, I have found two places in the UK that list this rod for sale - check here and here. Make sure to also call Absolute Fishing over in Ireland.