After another trip to the local tackle shop to get another factory guide replaced on a “high end” fishing rod I decided that spending $200 on a fishing rod that is constantly getting factory components repaired is just insane. So my search began to find an alternative. I searched high and low to find a rod manufacturer that could stand up to my high expectations for a fishing rod. I had tested a few and wasn’t overly impressed with any of them, until I was at the Boondoggle up in Merritt Island, FL, last year and got to see a Bull Bay Rod up close. I had seen them online and always thought they were pretty cool but up until then I hadn’t ever held one. After seeing Bull Bay owner Kelly Phillips bend the rod in half I at least had to get one on the water and see what all the hype was about.
A few weeks later I got my hands on a 6-15lb Tournament Series Rod. At only 3.7oz it was about half the weight of the rods I was used to which was a nice change when flinging soft plastics all day. My first trip I was so impressed with the sensitivity of Senzi Grip and the amount of backbone that the blank has that I decided to toss at some rolling tarpon to really give it the ultimate test. After jumping a few 30-40lb tarpon I was sold and I had to replace my arsenal. A 3.7oz rod that can handle fish up to 40lbs is almost too good to be true and with the added bonus that Bull Bay Rods can make a custom rod to fit pretty much anything you want to do on the water I think I may have finally found my new weapon of choice while out on the water.