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Suntech Aoi ZPRO 53 First Fishing

by Herb S.
(Southwest Michigan)

Spring has sprung and the fish have begun their annual migration back into the small warm water streams from their winter hideouts in deep pools and connecting lakes and rivers. I finally got out for the first fishing with my new Suntech Aoi ZPRO53. Yes, another winner! At 17’ the rod is the lightest long rod rated for 6X that Chris carries, just right for the old age/bad shoulder set.

It casts beautifully, in spite of a strong, gusty wind, with 15’ of #2.5 level fluorocarbon line and 3’ to 4’ of 6X tippet. When reflected sun on the water obscured the line, the rod’s sensitivity transmitted the lightest bites; a pleasant surprise and something I didn’t expect due to its length. By now I should be used to pleasant surprises with the rods Chris carries.

The fishing: The stream is still fairly high and fast. The weeds are just starting to grow and the fish are not in their usual spots. But there’s a backwater downstream and that’s where the bluegills were hiding. It’s a deep cut guarded by mud and the fish are too far back in for my other keiryu rods. The 17’ ZPRO 53 could reach ‘em, and it was a many day with upwards of a dozen 8-inchers and lots of smaller ones. There were even several small perch.

After casting cross-stream to the large pocket I headed back up and waded up a narrow channel next to an island. Casting upstream I was rewarded with two big river chubs in spawning colors and a gorgeous golden shiner. The fish liked a #12 Utah Killer Bug and a #14 Gold Bead Head Fox Squirrel Nymph. My fishing buddy went upstream with a spinning rod to deeper water and ran into a lot of smallmouth bass. This could be the start of a good season!

So, if you’re looking for a long, but light rod and won’t be disappointed if Mr. Big busts the 6X, the ZPRO 53 is outstanding. Actually, 6X is plenty strong, as Chris points out, for the fish most of us catch and this rod is both delicate and beefy at the same time. Great rod! I highly recommend it.

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May 23, 2016
by: TIMMY!

Tenbums site sez he's out of stock on this one, bummer!!!!

May 23, 2016
The Aoi ZPRO 53 is in stock
by: Chris Stewart

Timmy, the 53 is in stock. It is the longest one, the 68, that is out of stock.

Jun 01, 2016
by: Herb S.

The water is warming and the fish are gradually coming back into my favorite stream. Weeds are growing and I'm seeing bass moving in the main channel to bank side cover. A surprising number of bluegills are in the eight inch plus range and taking flies very well.

The more I fish the Aoi ZPRO 53, the more I love it. Yesterday was a many day and a real test for the rod's ability to protect the 6X tippet. The big 'gills really put up a fight, but it was a surprise 14" largemouth that ate a #12 Utah Killer Bug that proved how beefy and yet forgiving the rod really is. The bass jumped five times! The rod bent, the tippet held and I've got a lot of faith in the rod. Can't wait to hook some of the bigger largemouth and smallmouth filtering in as the season progresses. Maybe a streamer next time...

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