Shimano extraction Rods Review
Over the course of six weeks, I rigorously tested the new Shimano Extraction series of rods in Port Phillip Bay targeting snapper. As an avid snapper angler, I’m constantly on the lookout for exceptional snapper rods, but I have often found this niche to be underserved in terms of research and development. The pursuit of snapper, especially in Melbourne, demands a unique rod that can meet the challenges of this distinctive style of stray line bait fishing where anglers fish with multiple rods in snapper racks. When it comes to graphite rods, I don’t know of many that have the fundamental features under $300, and those rods that exceed this price range aren’t designed specifically for snapper but for casting lures or bait fishing offshore in other states such as NSW and QLD. I recently purchased two Shimano Anthem rods (model 762SP 20-30lb) that I consider the best Port Phillip Bay snapper rods ever, but at $370 they’re not cheap. I was therefore excited to hear of the new Extraction range, a similar concept to the Anthem range, where quality rod design meets robust and powerful builds at a more affordable price.
Shimano Extraction Fishing Rods
Traditionally, fibreglass rods have dominated the scene due to their affordability and durability. However, my personal preference has always leaned towards graphite rods with a fast action as they offer superior hook-setting capabilities when in a snapper rack, and in hand. I’m always looking for ways to negate the stretch from monofilament line, and fast, crisp graphite rods and low-stretch fluorocarbon leader are an efficient way of doing so. The sensitivity of graphite further adds to its appeal.
The All New Extraction Series
When Shimano approached me to test and review their Extraction Series, I opted for the 722 Spin (15-30lb) and the 682OH (20-40lb) models, carefully selected to cater to the diverse fishing conditions and species of not just Port Phillip but also Western Port Bay and light offshore work for tuna and kingfish. These rods are priced at $250 (+GST) each and we therefore wanted a rod that offered versatility and chose accordingly. I understand that these are rods anglers will be buying in groups of four or more, and if you’re spending $1000 on rods, it would be nice to use them across multiple species, techniques and locations.
Despite their seemingly heavy ratings, I was hoping to find rods that were light enough to detect subtle bites and keep the fight with smaller fish enjoyable, but heavy enough to handle the heavy sinker weight needed in Western Port and the hard-fighting gamefish you’d encounter offshore. Anglers are willing to spend more on their snapper rods if they have multiple uses; after all, most Melbourne anglers would spend more time fishing for snapper than any other species, yet at the same time spend the least on snapper rods. An $80 fibreglass rod will do the job and last a long time, but so will a cheap bicycle if you’re not riding to work every day. The point is spending more on a snapper rod makes sense – don’t use crappy gear, you’ll enjoy your snapper fishing more, and you’ll thank me if you make the investment.
The visual appeal of the Extraction rods was immediately striking. Fitted with Fuji Alconite guides featuring SIC inserts, metal checks for reel locking and added durability, these rods exude both style and functionality. The T45 high modulus blank from Shimano, with its impeccable finish, showcases a perfect blend of finesse and durability—a vital combination for a rod that is bound to endure its fair share of knocks. The full-length EVA butt provides comfort and durability and serves as an ideal length for double-handed casting, snugly fitting into the snapper rack, and offering a comfortable leverage point tucked under the arm. The inclusion of a gimbal butt is a thoughtful touch, preventing the rod from spinning in combing racks or rocket launchers.
On The Water
In practical testing over October and November, both the 722 Spin and the 682OH demonstrated their versatility and prowess. The 722 spin we used for stray lining paired with Shimano Thunnus 6000 reels, and the 682 Overheads we used with paternoster rigs paired with Shimano’s new Speedmaster 8 reels. Landing numerous fish of varying sizes, these rods exhibited a perfect balance, feeling light enough for smaller catches and effortlessly handling larger fish with power to spare. Engaging with formidable opponents such as gummy sharks and stingrays posed few problems, showcasing all the requisite features of a superb bait rod for handling snapper while seamlessly transitioning between both bays and light offshore ventures.
Priced at $250, the Shimano Extraction Series offers exceptional value for money, making this a worthwhile investment for anglers seeking a high-performance snapper rod. In a segment where innovation is often overlooked, Shimano has succeeded in delivering a product that not only meets the demands of snapper fishing but exceeds expectations in terms of versatility, durability, overall functionality and importantly value for money. If you’re using crappy old glass rods and junky old reels and you can afford to upgrade, please do – it will not only see your strike rate increase dramatically, but you’ll enjoy each fight a lot more.