Abu Garcia might not necessarily be the first brand you think of when choosing a softbait or slowjig combo but the company is producing some fantastic gear.
The new Abu Garcia Velocity is another impressive rod and could prove to be a popular option for softbait fishos.
Our test model was rated at 6-10kg. It offers a reasonably heavy action without lacking in sensitivity.
The Velocity, twinned with the new Abu Garcia Revo 4000 which itself was a joy to use, was given a heavy workout on a weekend at D’Urvile Island, at the top of the South Island.
The Velocity was great fun to use when flicking 60g slowjigs at massive schools of kahawai that were the perfect test species to show what the rod could do.
It’s comfortable to use and, although it has a heavier action than a lot of the other models in its class, it is still incredibly lively when fighting fish.
Some big kahawai were easily dealt to by the Velocity with many of the fish putting an impressive bend on the blank.
The Velocity inspires confidence. Some rods are so incredibly light that you doubt if they are up to the job. Not so with this little number.
Abu Garcia has produced a rod that will be more than happy slaying big snapper and other species with softbaits and lures.
It feels solid in the hand and is extremely comfortable to use.
Matched with the Abu Garcia reel, it makes for a first-class combination that would give any of the other makes and models in its class a run for their money.
It’s difficult to find anything to gripe about with this rod. It’s sturdy, lively, well constructed and has a pretty flash finish to it.
The butt section feels rock solid, the blank is top class and the guides are as smooth as any you will find.
Another point that is worth mentioning about the Velocity is the price. With an RRP of $250 it is considerably cheaper than many of its competitors in the same class. It’s also a far better rod than many of them, making sure it passes the value for money test too.
In short, the Velocity is a rod that is well worth a look. Abu Garcia nailed in with this model.