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    New Shimano Muskie Rods

    I can't wait for everyone to check out the new Shimano Muskie rods being introduced at the Milwaukee muskie Expo this weekend. There are 9 new Compre models from 7' to 9'6". Plus there a several new Convergence and Sojourn muskie rods as well.

    The Musky Shop will have a limited supply of the new Shimano muskie rods and there will be a complete selection in the Shimano booth.

    I'll be at the Shimano booth on Friday at 2pm and 5pm to talk about the rods as well as answer any other muskie questions.

    I included the Shimano Press release below with more information.

    NEW COMPRE MUSKIE RODS CAN TACKLE IT ALL –
    SERIES INCLUDES NINE MODELS FROM 7-FOOT TO 9-FOOT SIX

    IRVINE, Calif. – Special Milwaukee Muskie Expo Intro – Feb. 14, 2014 – As anglers come up with more techniques to tackle all sizes of muskies, Shimano looked to noted ‘Musky Hunter’ Jim Saric to assist with a new series of Compre muskie rods. The new line-up – being introduced this weekend at the Milwaukee Muskie Expo, February 14-16 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park - includes both standard lengths and longer rods, with models available to handle any type of muskie fishing situation.
    The new Compre series consists of nine models, and “is our most comprehensive line-up of muskie rods we have ever offered,” said Shimano rod product manager Robby Gant. “Our Compre rods has always had a strong following, but with this new series, we’ve made major changes – along with relying on Jim Saric who field-tested every rod and provided valuable input to the final design.”
    On seven of the new Compre muskie rods, anglers will have a sensitive, yet extremely durable one-piece IM-8 graphite blank construction. “Plus on the 8-foot extra heavy and 8-foot-6-inch double extra heavy rods, we use our TC4 blank construction, the ideal material for the added durability needed when casting big cranking lures and large soft plastics,” said Gant. Shimano’s TC4 construction process includes an inner layer of dynamic T glass wrapped with an inner and outer layer of graphite. “We’re able to offer smaller diameter blanks that are not only durable, but also lightweight and sensitive,” Gant explains.
    On the longer extra-heavy and double extra heavy 8-foot-6-inch, 9-foot and 9-foot-6-inch rods, all are designed with a telescoping handle feature to make in-the-boat storage more convenient. Also featured on all Compre rods is a custom Shimano reel seat, Batson Forecast guides and flanged top with Zirconium insert, plus a Carboloy tip guide. There’s both a full cork rear and front grip, along with a compressed cork butt cap.
    “The new Compre series now includes the right rods – in the right lengths, power and actions – for use with the Shimano Tranx 500 low-profile reels and Calcutta 300D and 400D round reels,” Saric said. “Shimano has always been at the forefront when it comes the right reels needed by muskie anglers, and now they have the perfect rod and reel combination with Compre.”

    - NEW CONVERGENCE – SOJOURN MUSKIE RODS
    Also for muskie anglers from Shimano is a new line-up of Convergence and Sojourn rods, again designed with assistance from noted ‘Musky Hunter’ Jim Saric.
    The Convergence series includes five models – from 8-foot extra heavy power to 9-foot XX heavy power – all with telescoping handles and constructed with durable IM-6 graphite blanks. Each features Fuji AL Oxide guides with a Carboloy tip guide, along with a full cork rear and front grip and a compressed cork butt cap.
    The four rod Sojourn series – medium heavy, heavy, X-heavy and XX-heavy power – is offered in standard lengths and action for most muskie fishing applications, especially trolling and live-bait techniques.

    For more information on Shimano’s new Compre muskie rods (and new Convergence and Sojourn rods), see your local tackle dealer - visit the Shimano web site at http://fish.shimano.com - or call Shimano’s product support team at 877/577-0600 (6 am to 5 pm Pacific Standard Time).
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    Suggested Retail:
    Compre CPCM-70HD Heavy, CPCM-76MHD Med-Heavy -- $149.99
    Compre CPCM-80XHD X-Heavy, CMCM80XXHD XX-Heavy -- $159.99
    Compre CPCM-86MHD Med-Heavy, CPCM-86HD Heavy, CPCM-86XHTD X-Heavy -- $169.99
    Compre CPCM-90XXHTD XX-Heavy -- $179.99
    Compre CPCM-96XHTD X-Heavy -- $189.99

    Convergence CVCM-80XHTD, 80XXHTB - $109.99; 86MHTB, 86XHTB - $119.99; 90XXHTB - $129.99

    Sojourn SJCM-76MHA - $49.99; 80HA, 80XHA - $59.99; 86XXH - $69.99

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    Nice looking line-up. I really like the addition of a 9'6" rod. Thanks for the update.

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    The 9'6" rod lets you cast Cowgirls a mile! You can also make wicked figure 8s

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    I have two custom made 10'3" rods (one for double blades and one for heavy rubber) and like you mentioned, the Figure-8's you can make with these rods are incredible. You can get the lure down 4' without even bending over along with super wide turns. It is nice to see a company put out production rods that are longer than 9'. It looks like you are already having a positive impact on Shimano's direction when it comes to their musky rods. I can't wait to see what you have them doing with thier G Loomis line-up. Maybe a 10' Bucktail Rod?

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    Sounds good Jim, I was waiting for the new Compre rods too come out. Glad to see they have you helping them out.

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    Hi, was curious what the rating and weight is on the 9'6", would it handle mag dawgs? Thanks. Homer

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    what's the warranty on these?

    MikeH
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    The Compre has a lifetime warranty, Im not sure about the other 2 new rods. I been using the compre bass and musky series since they came out broke a few over the years and had no problem or questions asked from shimano warranty dept. Overall great rods especially for the price.

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    You can imagine why people get very confused about rods and ratings when the perfect rod for casting dbl 10's is rated at 3-12 ounces and a cowgirl is 2.8. It just doesn't give the impression that it is the perfect rod for this lure.

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    I understand your confusion. I think it's very difficult to try and match a rod/lure based upon lure weight and line rating alone. There are several Compre models that work well for Cowgirls. The 9'6" works well because of the rod length, longer butt section and overall action. However some will prefer the other lengths and actions for Cowgirls. I certainly would encourage anyone to check out the rods in person to determine what fits their own style of fishing.

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