A Super Short Delay Is a Good Thing – Part 2

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Last time we talked about the two rods in my Abu Garcia Ike Delay Series that are designed for twitching techniques. This time I want to cover the other five models. I’ll detail what they’re designed to do and why I recommend you take a close look at them when it’s time for you to upgrade.

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I may have mentioned this before but it’s important enough to repeat: The name Delay was no accident. The idea behind these rods is to make them hesitate just a little bit before you feel the bite and set the hook. But, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea about that.

This is a big deal with treble hook lures. If you set the hook too quick, you’ll get a shallow hookset or jerk it out of the fish’s mouth. Neither one of those things will put it in the
livewell or give you a long and thrilling fight. A tailwalk is a great thing to
watch, but not when she throws your lure 20 feet off to the side.

For Rabble: Delay 6' 6" Casting Rod
For Rabble: Delay 6′ 6″ Casting Rod

The first three of the five I want to cover here are designed with a 50/50 bend to them. The last two have a 60/40 bend. The reason for that is that the first three are for lighter lures that have less resistance when they’re retrieved. The last two are for heavier baits that pull hard when you retrieve them.  

The 6 foot, 6 inch model is designed specifically for squarebill crankbaits. It’ll throw them easily and allow you to work them in and out of heavy cover, which is where you should be fishing them most of the time. It has a normal butt. You won’t be twitching a square bill very often and you don’t need a lot of leverage with these lures. A short butt doesn’t do a thing for your fishing with these baits.    

Delay 7' Casting Rod
The Workhorse: Delay 7′ Casting Rod

The 7 foot version is my all-around rod. You can do almost anything with it. It has a normal butt for the same reasons as the 6 foot, 6 inch model.  It’s a great choice for those who can only afford one rod or for those who want to try one of these out before they buy more. 

My 7 foot, 3 inch design is for medium weight and medium running crankbaits. It has a longer butt that’ll give you just a little more leverage. That makes a huge difference over the course of a long day’s fishing.

The 7 foot, 6 inch rod is designed for heavy lipless crankbaits. With
its longer length and longer butt you can throw one of those things a mile, and
do it all day long without fatigue or muscle cramps.

Delay 7'11 Casting Rod
For Deep Dives: Delay 7’11 Casting Rod

My final design is a medium heavy 7 foot, 11 inch stick that I designed specifically for deep-diving crankbaits. It’s the perfect choice if you like to crank deep ledges, creek channels or main lake points with a Rapala Ike’s Custom Ink DT Series Crankbait.

I designed the Ike Delay Series rods
for specific purposes and for lures that are armed with treble hooks. They’ll do exactly what anglers want them to do when they’re on the water. I suggest you give one a try the next time you upgrade your tackle. And, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. They retail for $149.99.

Which rod is right for you? In this video, Mike lists the specific baits that work with each rod, so you can match your preferences to the right rod.

Check it out. The Delay Series discussion starts at the 9:30 point.

The Full Lineup
The Full Lineup





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A Super Short Delay Is a Good Thing, Part 1

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Recently I received a really good report from a friend who’s a serious recreational angler about one of my rods — the 6 foot, 4 inch, medium power, moderate action Ike Delay Series made by Abu Garcia. I thought I’d share some of his experiences with you and give you my perspective on why they should be in your rod box.

He fished jerkbaits for smallmouth
with it. Here’s a mix of what he had to say and what I have to say.

First, let’s talk about the length and the handle. At 6 foot, 4 inches it’s short enough to be used comfortably by anglers who aren’t 6 foot tall or better. That’s a big deal because as you create a cadence with that shorter length you don’t slap the water with the tip and you aren’t dealing with a piece of equipment that’s heavy and unwieldy. 

Another thing — I learned this many
years ago from Larry Nixon — is that the shorter length slows you down. You don’t
move the lure as far with a twitch as you would with a longer model. My friend
is 5 feet, 8 inches tall so the shorter length suited him perfectly and, like
most of us, he has a tendency to speed up his presentations at times. The
shorter length helped him deal with that, too.

The last thing is this category is the
short handle. This
makes it easy to twitch with and the handle doesn’t slap against your forearm
or get caught in your elbow. It also helps balance the rod in your hand. That
might not make much difference during the first hour you’re fishing a jerkbait
but it’ll make a huge difference at the end of the day. And, my friend also
commented that it didn’t get all tangled up in his heavy clothing. (It was cold
where he was fishing.)

Abu Garcia Ike Delay Series Casting Rod – with soft tip

The second thing I want to talk about is the delay action that the soft tip gives you on the hookset. This rod is part glass so it has a soft, parabolic bend to it and a springy tip. This allows the fish to take the bait completely in its mouth before you feel the bite or are able to react to it. At the same time, though, the spring in the tip drives the hook home, clean and with force every single time. 

Don’t worry about the soft bend, though. The butt is plenty heavy enough to handle a big fish. My friend was especially impressed with this aspect of the rod because his bite was out, off the end of big laydowns. He had to move his fish away from the tangle of wood quickly or he would have lost them.

There’s also a 6 foot, 8 inch model that’s basically the same except for the length. It’ll meet the needs of taller anglers or those who want to make longer casts, or in unusual circumstances handle heavier lures. I like to call both of these rods twitch rods because they’re made specifically for baits that are retrieved with a twitch or a jerk. They’ll handle walking sticks, prop baits or any other lure as easily as they handle jerkbaits. Give one a try if you get the chance. You won’t be sorry.


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