With the year winding to an end and polar vortexes becoming more common, it’s about time for you guys up north to start prepping or even fishing the hard water. Daiwa is expanding its fishing tackle lineup for you hard water anglers with its high-quality and high-tech Kage Ice Rods Series. These rods can be already found in select tackle shops in the ice-fishing belt. The new Kage Ice Rod series is comprised of nine rods made for targeting everything from bluegill, crappie, perch, and walleye, to predatory species like northern pike and lake trout under the ice.
As part of Daiwa’s design team on the Kage ice rods, Minnesota’s Jeff Allen, who brought years of on-the-ice and retail experience to the project, said “the actions and lengths offered within the Kage lineup mirror many of those found in some of the best custom ice rods on the market. Plus with many of the 750- and 1000-size spinning reels Daiwa offers, you can build your own combo based on your personal choice and budget.”
The Kage ice rod series includes five models made for a wide range of panfishing situations. The 28-inch ultra-light KAG24UL, the 30-inch light action KAG26L, the 32-inch light action KAG28L, the 32-inch ‘quick tip’ action KAG28QT, and the ultralight action 36-inch KAG30UL. Besides the 5 panfish rods, you have the 36-inch Kage KAG30DS rod’s ‘deadstick’ design great for soaking minnows and leaches while you jig. There is also the medium action KAG28M better for targeting larger species such as walleye and bass. Rounding out the Kage Ice Rod series is the medium action, 40-inch KAG34M, and medium-heavy action KAG40MH at 48-inches, both designed to target big fish such as lake trout and pike.
All of the Kage ice rods except for the KAG40MH, have Daiwa’s exclusive ‘Mega Top’ technology. Making for rods with extra strength, sensitivity, and reduced weight. The whole lineup of Kage ice rods are made with sensitive and durable solid carbon blanks and capped with premium cork handles. They are all backed by Daiwa’s limited five-year warranty.
“With many ice anglers relying on Daiwa reels for hard water use, it’s a natural progression for Daiwa to take a big step into the ice-fishing world with these Kage rods,” said Daiwa’s senior marketing manager Marc Mills. “We have a good number of other efforts in the works which you will see over the next few winters as we make a statement in being major rod and reel choice in ice-fishing tackle.”