Jabbers Wanderlust/Beast Flogger 5 pc Travel Rods
Please Read Section on Common Sense Use and Care of Multi-Section Rods
Jabbers was conceived by fishing tackle designers who were crazy about freshwater monster fish and aspire to conquer as many species as possible in their lifetime.
Due to the unavailability of travel rods for their specialized fishing needs, they set out to design rods for this monster quest – multi piece rods that could be packed in small haversacks for ease of traveling, with the sensitivity of a single piece rod, yet robust enough to handle powerful fishes.
The first prototypes quickly drew strong interest from like-minded monster fish enthusiasts from France and Indonesia, and the Jabbers team was formed. The initial concept of targeting freshwater river monsters quickly escalated to area specific solutions for demanding anglers.
We at Cudakilla were fortunate enough to test these rods out thoroughly and they were outstanding in terms of build quality and price. True to our goal of providing carefully tested and curated products for the discerning fishermen, we are now proud to represent this up and coming brand to the western market. We're sure you're going to be just as pleased with the versatility and performance of these rods as we are.
The Wanderlust Casting Rod
The Wanderlust is a 5+1-piece travel rod utilizing a proprietary formulation of combining different Toray carbon cloth laid in a multi axis configuration for the best strength and sensitivity ratio. These rods are suitable for different terrains, be it land based casting or fishing from a boat. Paired with quality components (SiC guides) from Fuji Japan, the Jabbers Wanderlust is robust enough to handle a traveller’s fishing needs. Available with a Jiggerlust extendable butt for jigging applications.
The Jabbers Wanderlust casting is built to handle a wide range of lures of different weights (as light as ¼ oz) and every joint of this travel stick is individually tested and fitted to provide the feel of a single piece rod. This unique 5-piece rod closes down to just 46 cm and will fit in any small luggage that can be hand carried onto the aircraft. To facilitate the use of vertical and slow jigs, a special extended Jiggerlust butt has been designed for this rod. This extra piece is made available with a butt protector for ease of storage as the rod is expected to serve for a long period of time.
|WLC655MH+||Casting||Medium Heavy||198cm / 6’5||18-40g||Fuji SIC||5+1|
The Wanderlust Spinning Rod
The Jabbers Wanderlust spinning version is designed to work light vertical jigs up to 100g and packs plenty of power to stop inshore pelagics. Achieves a perfect balance with spinning reels between 3000 (Daiwa) to 4000 (Shimano) sizes. Carefully constructed using Toray carbon cloth and featuring Fuji SiC K guides/reel seat, this travel stick closes down to a packed length of only 45cm and is definitely the one rod to pack in your suitcase no matter where you may be going.
|WLS62M+||Spinning||Medium||190cm / 6’25||18-40g||Fuji SIC||5+1|
The Beast Flogger Rod
A heavier cousin of the Wanderlust, the Jabbers Beast Flogger is also a 5-piece travel rod but targets stronger species, hence its name. This casting rod has a well-balanced tip to achieve respectable distance casting with good accuracy, which is extremely important for chasing giant snakeheads in Asia. The special reinforced blank walls on the lower half of the rod imparts plenty of power for changing the course of a fighting fish, allowing the angler to put the brakes on dirty fighters. The tip section of the Jabbers Beast Flogger is well suited for working big surface pencils and big crank baits. It also works beautifully when working big spinnerbaits for targeting pikes, bass and even Murray cods. When the Beast Flogger is loaded, a progressive curve in the rod can be seen, transitioning from a sensitive tip to a strong mid-section and finally to a powerful butt. Like the Wanderlust, it is constructed using quality materials from Japan, including the original Toray carbon cloth and Fuji Sic guides and reel seat. Closing down to only 49cm, it is an ideal companion for long range expeditions and like all other Jabbers 5-piece travel rods, is available with the specially designed Jabbers Expedition Case.
|BFC705H||Casting||Heavy Fast||213 cm / 7′||20-80g||Fuji SIC||5|
Construction and Care
All the joints on your Jabbers rods have been carefully constructed to provide a good fit. However, with continuous use, there is a chance that the joints may start to loosen due to wear and tear. The use of a thin layer of ferrule wax will eliminate this problem. Jabbers recommend the use of Loon Outdoors Graffitolin Ferrule Wax. For proper application of ferrule wax, please refer to instructions on Loon Outdoors website. After exposure to salt water, high temperature and humidity, there is a chance that the joints become hard to dismantle. Do not try to twist the rod by holding onto the guides. This may damage the guides. Instead, wash the joints with fresh water, use a rod wrap and coil snugly around the blank. This provides an excellent grip on the blank and will help you dismantle your rod with ease. If this does not work, further cool down your rod with freshwater and try again. See section on rod care.
All Jabbers rods are constructed using quality Fuji guides and do not require extra maintenance. It is however important to thoroughly flush down all the guides and the reel seat with fresh water after use to prevent corrosion.
The high-density neoprene rod bag that is provided will adequately shield your rod from scratches and harmful UV rays. Always keep your rod in the neoprene bag until you need it. If you plan to transport your rod in a checked-in luggage, the use of the Jabbers Expedition case is highly recommended to protect your rods from rough handling.
All sections can be ordered individually should you require replacements due to breakage.
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.