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Ohero “Carbonado”

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Ohero “Carbonado”

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MSRP ($):
89.95

Ohero’s newest rod series, the "Carbonado" series rods are light yet powerful, while priced at 50% less than other rods with similar specs. Weighing in at just 4.5 ounces, the Carbonado rods are perfect for kayak fishing or all day tournaments. The split handle with ergonomic EVA grip is comfortable and sensitive enough to detect even the slightest vibration. This is a great choice for any angler throwing artificial baits.

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Hooked up on the Ohero Carbonado
Robert with the Carbonado

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Overall rating 
 
4.5
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4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Ohero "Carbonado" kayak fishing rod

As much as I love 7’6”and 8’ spinning rods for flats fishing from my kayak, I’ve experienced two issues. The rod butts tend to get in the way when casting from a low seated position, and the leverage of the longer rod takes its toll on muscles and joints after hours of casting and “walking the dog” with a topwater plug. Enter Ohero Fishing’s new 7’ “Carbonado” series rods, specifically designed for kayak fishing.

When I first spoke with Sandy Fletcher, the Marketing Director for Lee Fisher International (Ohero’s parent company in Tampa, FL), she was excited about the Carbonado series. Sandy is an accomplished tournament angler who knows her way around fishing gear. Built around an IM-8 graphite blank, the Carbonado weighs in at only 4.5 oz. – great for a long day of fishing from the kayak. The “8 + tip” PacBay stainless steel guide frames with silicon carbide inserts will resist corrosion if you miss some saltwater when rinsing your gear. The EVA foam split grip is a good compromise between comfort and durability, and the shorter butt makes for easier handling when fishing from a seated position.

The Carbonado is certainly a good-looking rod. Appearance will get a buyer to pick a rod up off the rack, but feel, action, and performance will keep it in the rod holder rather than leaning in the corner of the garage. I balanced the rod with a new Ohero “SG3000” spinning reel. This rod was a medium power/fast action model, spec’d for ¼ - ½ oz. baits and 8-12 lb. line, and with the reel spooled with 15 lb. Ohero “Adrena-Line” premium Spectra® braid we hit the water.

My first outing with the Carbonado, I didn’t make a single cast. My son Robert was fishing the Addictive Fishing “Weekend Warrior Challenge”, and I was tagging along in a support role. I was interested to see how the Carbonado would fare in the hands of someone still learning the ropes of casting, lure management, and (hopefully) playing decent sized fish in shallow water. Robert is 10, and I was impressed with how much more easily he was able to manage the short butt for casting and working artificials from the kayak cockpit. He threw several different topwaters, spoons, and hard baits with no difficulty, until finally hooking up on a nice redfish on a 1/8 oz. Slayer “Predator XXX” jighead and “Sinister Stick Bait”. The 24” red gave him a good tussle, and I was able to watch the rod – the guide spacing spread the force through the blank perfectly. When the red made a strong run right under the kayak, I thought “Here we go…” and held my breath to see what would happen. The fisherman and rod managed the fish with no issues, and the cloud of graphite shrapnel I had envisioned didn’t come to pass. Robert specifically asked me to mention that run in this review, and to say he felt he was able to “stay ahead of the fish” with this rod.

I’ve had the opportunity to fish the Carbonado on four occasions since the tournament. I, too, have used it to throw the full range of baits in my tackle bag, and have been impressed at casting distances and accuracy that very nearly match my longer rods – especially when seated. Although I haven’t been a fan of split grip designs in the past, I was pleasantly surprised at both the comfort and sensitivity (so much so that I didn’t “notice” the split grip after the first dozen or so casts). I didn’t think the shorter butt would make much of a difference, but it is definitely easier to cast and manage when seated in the kayak. One significant difference for me is that after a couple hours of fishing a “walk the dog” topwater, my wrist and elbow are much less tired (and painful) than when using the longer, heavier rods.

The Carbonado comes in the following power/action/lure weight/line test combinations:
Medium Light / Moderate / 1/8-3/8 oz. / 6-10 lb.
Medium / Fast / 1/4-1/2 oz. / 8-12 lb.
Medium-Heavy / Fast / 1/4 - 5/8 oz. / 10-17 lb.

At $89.95, the Ohero Carbonado kayak rod is very competitive in appearance, feel, and “fishability” with rods costing more than twice as much. It does well in the hands of kayak anglers of all skill and experience levels. Quality components and excellent construction make for a rod that should give years of solid performance. To shop online or locate a dealer in your area, check out the Ohero website.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Equipment Model

Model:
Carbonado
Hooked up on the Ohero Carbonado
Robert with the Carbonado
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"loveing the Carbanado Kayak Rod!"

I have been using Ohero fishing gear for several years now. I was first turned on to the Ohero line through our local Arlington Bait & Tackle shop and owner Mr. Bill Lamb. he actually had just had Ms. Sandy Fletcher in his shop the day that I came in and purchased a large amount of the Ohero braid line in 10lb&15lb spools, along with loving there Ohero circle hooks to be used on my Carolina set ups. I now own a Ohero Platimum MH, and #2 Ohero Carbanado 7'MH Fast spinning rods, have zero complaints with the Ohero rods and tackle, love supporting the smaller fishing tackle companies, instead of feeding the huge chain store companies. Dollar for dollar, Ohero IMOI; is as good as any rod on the market today, especially when you compare price point & features against all the other brands, try a Ohero product, and you'll see why I will be Ohero person for Life! PS: Ms. Sandy, how about adding a 7'6" MH Extra Fast spinning rod to the carbando line??? Please

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Small Ponds
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Excellent quality; solid performance, good Price Point!
Cons:
I would love to see a 7'6" MH Extra Fast rod

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Paired my Carbanado
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