The pike and predator season has now started almost everywhere or will start very soon. Time to take a closer look at a completely new pike rod. My choice was the Iron Claw High-V Pike in 2,7 m with a casting weight of 28-90g. On the blank it says “Designed in Germany” – I am curious. The rod is also available with the same casting weight in 2,4 m.
When you take the fairly well made rod in your hand, you immediately notice that the rod is quite a board: nothing is buffing here. It is the ideal spinning rod for rubber fishing for pike and you should also have no problems with the first shot at distance. I also suspect
that the rod is absolutely suitable for zander. The rod should also be suitable for jerkbait fishing. Personally I prefer to use softer rods for spin fishing for pike, but that’s a matter of taste. A striking feature is the ornamental pattern on the first part of the blank up to the guide ring. Whether you like it or not is a matter of taste, as so often, but I personally don’t care. The screw roll holder easily takes small 2000` to bigger 5000` rolls and holds them very well. At first sight I don’t like the handle very much
so the transition from the cork handle to the roll holder doesn’t look so nice either. Also the foam rubber handle does not feel so good for me.
Furthermore the rod is equipped with a stable three-bar guide ring, the other rod rings are getting smaller up to microguides. This saves weight and should make precise casts possible, which is often an advantage when casting pike directly from shelters.
The indicated casting weight range of my rod seems to be very realistic. Of course the rod casts lighter plugs and rubbers, but then not so far. All in all the casting characteristics are decent in practice.
With my rod 85g lures can be cast wonderfully (far!) without feeling overloaded.
On May 1st, right on time at the end of the pike season I was in Bavaria with the rod and fished it for about half a day. Of course I also caught the odd pike, even though the fish were rather small. The rod did quite well in the fight against pike, although my heavier version is clearly made for heavy pike. I had one dropout baby pike after a jump. But that was fine with me, I don’t really need to crank up small pike. All in all I was still quite happy with the rod and I will fish it for zander on the Rhine. An update will come on May 15th, where the closed season ends in BW, the rod will be back on the water and maybe I will get a big one on the line.
A rare catch
Update: Now on May 16th the pike in BW was open and we went early to the water at a weedy shallow lake. With the first cast with a Real eel in 30 cm then a “Tock” in the handle I think to myself only bite, but nothing hangs. On the fourth cast I let the real eel sink into a hole in the herb and suddenly a clear “tock”, which I immediately acknowledged with a stroke and after a short resistance I was completely surprised about a good zander with 75 cm. Even though the fish “brought” a lot of cabbage as extra ballast, it was no problem for the rod. This was an absolutely surprising catch for me, as zander are extremely rare on the lake and I didn’t expect to catch one at all. The following day I was able to land two pike with about 70 cm. The bite transfer of the rod is absolutely ok and the bite comes through the hard blank without any problems. Also the bite recognition is top with the rod.
Unfortunately the fifth time I fished with the rod the decorative ring on the top of the reel seat came loose, which is a bit annoying. I was able to glue it back on without any problems and it doesn’t really work, but that doesn’t have to happen and it gives prints.
The rod is definitely for fans of hard rods and for rubber fish and for (smaller) jerkbaits and sliders. The rod is also suitable for classic rubber fishing for zander. All in all the rod is quite solid and not a bad buy, but there are also alternatives see below. You can’t complain about the price, although it should drop.
- For more money you can get the Daiwa Prorex (Link to the test >>) an ingenious rod where other lures are fun to use and at the same time it is lighter in the hand and in my opinion the Iron Claw is superior in almost all aspects.
- Cheaper is the Daiwa Procaster Spinning (test will follow check the price at Amazon >>) which is a very stable and stiff rubber pike whip for little money.