Treble Hooks 4

2015 seems like the year of the mid priced rod. Every rod maker seems to be saying "out with the old and in with the new" when it comes to mid range rods this season. I will be taking you through the world of these new mid ranged rods one by one, starting with the Scott Tidal.

Scott has long been known as a leader in fly rod technology, and they prove it with the Tidal series of rods. These rods are offered in 7 through 12 weight models, all 9'0" in length. They're built with the same X-Core and Multi Modulus technology that are found in their higher priced rods, and at $475 these rods won't break the bank.

The rod casts like a dream in every sense of the word. Normally I prefer a medium action rod, but boy does this baby sling! I was able to launch an easy 80 foot double haul with very little effort. This rod is a little heavier than other mid range offerings from other companies, but the softer tip and ease of cast more than makes up for the heavier weight. I was able to pick up to 80 feet of line and accurately cast it back out with a single over hand cast, something that every saltwater fisherman knows is a great ability for a rod to have. Not only does this rod truly sling, it's accurate from 20 feet up to 60 and beyond. I set targets at 20, 30, 50, and 60 feet, taking 15 casts at each I only missed my target twice, and only by an inch at that.

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Some of those boats were pros too. The pro I was with knew them and they were talking about fishing back and forth. Then we started fishing. I was using a Charlie Twitchin Shad, Salt and Pepper and threw my lure out. I only fished a couple of minutes and hard my first bass. The pro hadn't caught anything yet. I kept fishing and within a few more minutes had another bass. Then I caught my 3rd and my 4th bass. I heard the pro say something but I didn't understand what he said and kept fishing. I kept on fishing. Pretty soon he said something else. I said, "You're going to have to speak up because I can't hear you". He said, "I can't believe you're doing this". I said," Doing what?" He said, "I was nice enough to bring you here, we're in my boat and you have caught 4 bass and I have caught none". Well, I thought he was just joking around. So, I said jokingly, "Well, I give bass fishing lessons every Tuesday". I found out he wasn't joking fast. Now I was upset because he was fishing like he was in competition and I was just fishing and having fun. Once I found out he was serious and took all his fishing seriously and was truly upset because I caught 4 bass and he caught none, I quit trying to catch anything. I wasn't having fun anymore. I didn't want to be there in his boat or even with him.

We hardly even talked the rest of the time he was fishing. After several hours, he had caught 4 bass and was in a better mood but still a little upset. I wasn't happy at all and just wanted to go home. We fished for a few more hours. We'll I just had my line in the water not really trying to catch anything. I had enough of catching fish. I had enough of him too. Now it was time to go home and I was happier then so off we went at 90 miles per hour and quit going that fast when we got the canal. We loaded the boat and was on our way home which I was glad to be going. All the way home we hardly said a word. We finally got there and I said to him, "You know I like you as a person but please don't ask me again to go fishing". I said, "You just to serious about this for me, I quit fishing tournaments a long time ago and went fishing just to relax and have some fun". So, we parted ways and left it at that. I just couldn't believe he acted like that. He spoiled my day for sure.

Now here is what he should have done. I offered him some Twitchin Shads because he didn't have any he said. He should have watched my technique since he hadn't caught any bass at all and I had caught 4. Once he saw my technique he could have used it on a lot of lures and caught more fish but since he was a pro he knew it all already apparently. He missed a chance to learn something new and missed out on catching bass because he wasn't there to learn anything, he was there to fish. He didn't want the other pros that were there to see me catch bass while he caught nothing. Instead of learning a technique that could have helped him even in tournaments he just ignored what I was doing. Like so many other Pros he didn't want anyone to know he didn't know everything about fishing.