I had the priviledge to fish this one a while longer. I paired it up with the smoke and 10lb Tatsu. From the get go it clicked for me. I did need to get a bit used to the longer rod, but in the end was not a problem. I fished it with light texas a rigged flukes and Baby UberShads, (also something shahid recommended).
I hooked some pretty nice fish for a light setup, including a 1.5kg fish in the divisionals and this rod handle them like a piece of cake.
I had the rod for the whole of pre-fishing for the vaal as well as the Vaal divisionals. It accounted for 17 of my 18 keepers caught during the comp. I just could not put the thing down.
Would I recommend this, Yup, without a doubt. It gave me better performance than the smoke rod ever did (which I loved) and yet does not feel like a rod I am gonna break in 3 fishing trips. Is roughly the same weigh but way more sensitive.
Now here is the fun part which I like most. Shahid showed me that the ALX guys like to make custom rods, which opened up a whole new world of options. I was in love with the blank and thus proceeded to order one.
I asked for the same blank, with the following changes:
With these changes the weight will get lighter and the fit in my hand even better, I could be onto a 10lb monster and can't wait!!
Still out of the box a awesome rod, One which in the last 5 weeks had 90% of the fishing done with it. Its lekker and worth a bash 100%