Henry Gilbey
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Lure rods - Major Craft

LURE FISHING RODS - MAJOR CRAFT

A Japanese rod brand that I have got to know and seriously love in the last few years.


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Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’ 10-30g

Wow. The Skyroad rods have been discontinued, but now we have this Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’ 10-30g lure rod which to me is slightly better yet still a penny under the £200 mark. What a rod. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

Best lure rod that you can buy here in the UK 2018.

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Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g

As above, wow again! I can’t see how any lure angler could go wrong if they want a seriously good 9’6’’ lure fishing rod for a penny under the £200 mark. The new Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g is a serious bit of kit. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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Major Craft Triple Cross TCX-942SSJ Super Light Shore Jigging 9'4'' 15-40g

I really like this Major Craft Triple Cross Super Light Shore Jigging 9'4'' 15-40g as a bass fishing rod. It sits perfectly in the middle of the 10-30g and 15-42g Major Craft casting weights and is wonderfully versatile. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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Major Craft Triple Cross TCX-982SURF 9’8’’ 10-45g

A very easy lure rod to like, this Major Craft Triple Cross TCX-982SURF 9’8’’ 10-45g is really well suited to those times when you need to step it up a gear and you want that rod to be as easy to use as your lighter one. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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Major Craft Crostage CRK-902ML 9' 10-30g (discontinued)

This “budget” Major Craft Crostage CRK-902ML 9' 10-30g lure rod is in no way “budget” in how it feels and fishes. OK, so I will tend to go for a bit of a faster rod, but this 9’ Crostage is one easy lure rod to use and ultimately like. A class bit of kit for not too much money, and it’s worth every penny. See my review here.

You can buy this rod here in the UK.

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Major Craft Crostage CRS-726M/S 7'6'' 7-28g (discontinued)

The Major Craft Crostage CRS-762M/S is 7’6’’ long and rated 7-28g with a fast action. What a stunning bit of kit, and to bump all manner of soft plastics along the bottom with it is just a joy.

You can buy this rod here in the UK.

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Major Craft Firstcast FCS-962ML 9'6'' 10-30g

A 9’6’’ 10-30g rod from Major Craft’s new entry level Firstcast range, and this Major Craft Firstcast FCS-962ML is pretty damn impressive. OK, so it’s not quite as wand-like in the hand as say the more expensive Skyroad Surf, but it’s an easy rod to lure fish with. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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Major Craft N-One NSS-902ML 9’ 10-30g

This Major Craft N-One NSS-902ML 9’ 10-30g an absolute bargain at around £225. So easy to cast, so incredibly efficient, you just don’t need to lash into this rod to get the best out of it. A true all-round lure rod that would suit so many anglers and how we tend to do our shore based bass fishing. Check out my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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Major Craft N-One NSS-962ML 9’6’’ 10-30g

The new Major Craft N-One NSS-962ML 9’6’’ 10-30g just does it for me in a major way, indeed I can’t find a method or lure that I might use for UK and Irish bass fishing that trips this rod up. Check out my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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Major Craft Skyroad SKR-862ML 8’6’’ 10-30g (discontinued)

It’s just ridiculous how good these Major Craft Skyroad rods are, and this 8’6’’ 10-30g version is up there with the 9’ for me - as good a rod for the money (sub £200) that I have ever come across. An out and out bass lure rod of course, but I have also seen this thing land good pollack and wrasse from the shore as well.

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Major Craft Skyroad SKR-902 9’ 7-23g (discontinued)

I love the idea of a lighter, more sensitive lure fishing rod, and this amazing Major Craft Skyroad SKR-902 9’ 7-23g is one of the best ones I have come across. Just a joy to fish with, born to fish soft plastics rigged weedless and weightless, incredible with surface lures. See my review here.

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Major Craft Skyroad SKR-902ML 9' 10-30g (discontinued)

It’s almost ridiculous that a lure rod as good as this Major Craft Skyroad SKR-902ML (9', 10-30g) costs just under the £200 mark, because I’d gladly pay plenty more for it. Yes, I think this rod is that good. See my review here.

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Major Craft Skyroad SKR-962 Surf 9’6’’ 5-28g (discontinued)

Flat out one of the best lure fishing rods I have ever had the pleasure of fishing with, and the fact that as of May 2015 this thing is for sale at around £180 in the UK makes it an absolute steal. See my review here.

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Major Craft Skyroad SKR-1002 Surf 10' 7-35g (discontinued)

Sure it’s longer than I would usually use, but this Major Craft Skyroad SKR-1002 Surf 10' 7-35g rod is just so efficient, and for its length it really is quite something. See my review here.

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Major Craft Skyroad SKR-832MW Wind Custom 8’3’’ 7-21g (discontinued)

Designed for wind fishing (not entirely sure what "wind" fishing is anyway), but personally I reckon this is a seriously impressive, fast action all round lure rod for the slightly lighter side of bass fishing. See my review here.

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Major Craft Truzer TZS-902ML 9' 10-30g

This Major Craft Truzer TZS-902ML 9' 10-30g lure rod is about as awesome as a lure fishing rod can get if you ask me. Simply incredible for so many of the ways in which we might go about our lure fishing for bass, and I’ve also smashed some nice wrasse on it as well. Review here.

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Major Craft Truzer TZS-962ML 9'6'' 10-30g

As of December 2014, this Major Craft Truzer TZS-962ML 9'6'' 10-30g lure rod is right up there as one of the best lure rods that I have ever been lucky enough to fish with - and if you know how I tend to favour the shorter lure rods, this is quite something for me to fall so hard for a longer rod. See my review of it here.

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Major Craft Turel TUS-902M 9’ 7-28g (discontinued)

You aren’t going to go wrong if you’ve got around £100 (price drop since my review) to spend on an all round lure fishing rod, and especially if you want to fish some of the larger lures that are closer in weight to the 28g upper end of this rod’s casting rate. See my review of this Major Craft Turel TUS-902M 9’ 7-28g here.

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Major Craft X-Ride XRS-862ML 8’6’’ 10-30g

I have not fished with this rod for long enough to give it a full blog review, but I have used it enough to say that it’s one serious bit of kit. Plenty powerful enough, nice and fast but very easy to fish with, I can’t really see how much better an 8’6’’ lure could actually get.

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Major Craft X-Ride XRS-902ML 9' 10-30g

This has to be the same or near as dammit the same blank’s that used on the ridiculously good 9’ Truzer, so for around the £250 mark here in the UK, this Major Craft X-Ride XRS-902ML 9' 10-30g is incredible value for money. Check out my review here.

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Major Craft X-Ride XRS-962ML 9'6'' 10-30g

This Major Craft X-Ride XRS-962ML 9'6'' 10-30g lure rod is in my opinion at least remarkably close to the more expensive 9’6’’ Truzer, and quite possibly we are talking about the same rod blanks here. See my review here.

You can buy this rod here in the UK.

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Major Craft X-Ride XRS-962M 9’6’’ 15-42g

This Major Craft X-Ride XRS-962M 9’6’’ 15-42g lure rod is just so easy and effortless to fish with that I could pretty easily use it for much of my bass fishing - and it’s giving me the ability to whack those larger lures out there and also not have to push the lighter stuff that bit harder in rough conditions. Check out my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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