Prohunter Safari Multiverse Offshore Travel Popping Rod
Please Read Section on Common Sense Use and Care of Multi-Section Rods
SMOC76-5XH - 5pc / 120-200g / PE10 / 7' 6"
Thank-you for your purchase. Even if you have a fully warranted rod, common sense calls for its proper use and care.
Pre-assemble sections by slowly aligning and slowly rotating sections into each other. Do not snug up connections yet.
Once assembled, align the sections by sighting along the rod and rotating sections to ensure that the guides are all aligned correctly. The sections of all the rods we ship have been checked to ensure that they fit correctly. A thin layer of wax has also been applied to ensure that the sections do not get stuck together after prolonged use.
Once aligned, snug up sections firmly. The rods are designed to have AT LEAST 70% of the exposed male portions fit inside the female part. DO NOT force or jam sections together excessively. That means there WILL BE a portion of raw carbon blank that DOES NOT get inserted into the female part. This is normal, expected and part of the design.
Slowly rotate AND pull the sections apart. DO NOT EVER use the guides for leverage. Utilize the grippy rubber side of the supplied rod straps if additional grip is needed to pull and rotate sections apart. If the sections are difficult to take apart, a second person may be needed. In this situation it is best if each person has one hand on each of opposite sections. NOT both hands of each person on one section. Once positioned, both persons will slowly rotate and pull the sections apart in unison. Apply 70% pressure to rotating and 30% pressure to pulling the sections apart.
Care and Maintenance
- Ferrules. . . these are normally hardy connection joints that do not require a lot of attention. Apply a thin coat of wax or dry soap to the male ferrule to ease assembly and disassembly. We’ve found that common lip balm works very well. Clean the connections after each use and ensure that there is no excessive build up of wax or debris. The ferrules are not designed to fit all the way. So do not force them in too tight. Over time and use, they will snug in further. So do not attempt to sand the male sections so they fit further into the female sections. It is important over an extended period of fishing to check that the joints are snug. One of the major causes of failures is due to sections coming apart during the course of fishing.
- Guides. . . Check the integrity of your guides by "sighting" down the assembled rod so you can see bent or misaligned guides; minor bends or twists in guide frames can usually be corrected with careful pressure; do not use "toothy" pliers on guides as they will leave rough areas that will damage lines; otherwise, keeping guides free of debris and dirt is a periodic duty. NEVER use the guides as leverage when twisting, aligning or disassembling rod sections. Misaligned guides during fishing are usually an indicator of sections coming loose and need to be snugged back in. Loose sections are a common cause of rod failure.
- Guard against knicks. . . It is best to avoid colliding your rods with sharp objects, such as hooks, rocks, split shot, etc.; these and other impacts can damage the rod's fibers (regardless what the rod is made of) and encourage breakage at the weakened spot.
- Immovable objects. . . No rod is meant to be used as a lever in a stubborn attempt to move the immovable; if your line is caught on something, do not use the rod to jerk on the line; rather point the rod in a straight line toward the source of the snag and pull steadily until the lure or leader breaks.
- Rod pressure. . . When fighting large fish or strong current, use the rod in a sideways angle as opposed to straight upright; this lessens strain on the rod and is often a better tactical position. ALWAYS avoid ‘High Sticking’. It is also important during the course of fishing to check on the snugness of all the joints of the rods. One of the most common causes of breakage is the ferrules coming loose during fishing.
- Cleaning. . . Rinse and wipe your rod off after each use before storage; if used in saltwater, be sure to wash it off with freshwater and allow it to air dry before storage; do not store a wet rod in an enclosed area or sealed container, as it can mildew handles and cause swelling/rotting of the cork.
- Storage . . . store each of your rods, and each section singly in (a) a cloth rod bag and (b) a hard rod case; (we favor the tips of both the butt and sections of our rods facing downward in these cases to protect them). Do not store rods in excessive heat, e.g., trunk of your car. Do not store away wet rods.
- Chemicals . . . Avoid exposing rods and cases to harsh chemicals such as petroleum products, insect repellent, etc.