Shimano has been a fishing company designed around quality craftsmanship and impressive warranties. Craftsmanship and detail are the two most important aspects of a rod because all the pieces need to work in harmony to give you sensitivity, strength, and versatility. Shimano’s Compre rod stood up to the challenge. It was my go-to-rod for the 2010 season.
The Compre CPC-66MB stands 6’6” tall with a recommended line weight of 8-17 pounds. Even though this medium powered rod has a recommended lure weight of ¼ to ¾ ounce, the fast tip allowed the IM-8 graphite blank to load up quickly – ideally designed for jigs and soft plastics. What about crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater, and small sized swimbaits? It handled these lures armed with single hooks and treble hooks quite nicely too.
While not the most efficient for all techniques, fishing treble hooked lures required a little more patience when setting the hook because a fast tip reacts quickly to your movements. The Fuji reel seat kept my Citica reel in place, and I ran all sorts of line through the Fuji Hardloy guides without damage, including monofilament, fluorocarbon and braid. The cork handles are light and can easily be cleaned up when soiled. As a package, the Compre lineup has the features and strength to help you succeed – at an affordable budget beginning around $100.
All Shimano rods come with an over-the-counter, Limited Lifetime Warranty. This covers your rod due to defects in materials and/or craftsmanship. As long as you don’t neglect the rod, Shimano has been known to take care of their customers. I have not had to test their return department as of yet, but I am comfortable knowing that my gear is covered.
From price to exterior styling, this Shimano Compre CPC66MB certainly held its own against all odds. From smashing the bucketmouths on jigs to throwing creature baits at smallmouth, this rod is one that I will continue to recommend because no one should sacrifice quality for quantity. If you are looking for an all around utility rod, make sure to check out Shimano’s Compre lineup.
Product Compre CPC-66MB
Material IM-8 Graphite
Line Weight 8-17lb
Lure Weight 1/4 - 3/4oz
Weight 4.1 Ounces Measured
MSRP $99.99 - Tackle Warehouse