My newest rod is my 7 foot, 2 pc, medium light Shimano Compre. I picked this rod up in 2013 for the sole purpose of jigging. My previous rod had been effective, but as I got better at picking up the bite, I needed a rod that was just that had that extra bit of sensitivity. Also, I was looking for a lighter rod in pure weight, as after a full week of jigging, I had a lot of pain from the stress in my wrist. So the Compre has been a great addition, and I pair it with a Shimano Sahara 500 series reel, so the total rig is super light.
I had this rod out for the Walleye opener in my home lake of Conestoga Lake, and was really pleased that the first fish I landed was a nice walleye, caught using a 1/4oz pink jig head with a Lindy Whatsit jig, tipped with a piece of worm. That has to bode well for the potential of the rod right? It’s just as sensitive as I’d hoped, and the flex in the rod really helps me get a good sweeping hook set, while I feel confident it does have enough back bone that if I do get into something a bit more substantial, I’ll be ok to land a bigger fish if I exercise some patience. This rod was a great value, I paid about $115 dollars for it, and so far, worth every penny. I’m hoping to test it out a bit more in a couple weeks, and I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes. Check out the video below, and learn more about the Shimano Compre Rod.