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Page, AZ - February 4, 2002 -- Two new high quality bass
fishing rods have been released by Gary Yamamoto. The rods
are designed for the exciting new style of deeper water drop
shot fishing, plus other medium spinning applications. The
two rod models differ only in their handle configuration. A
short handle rod is for one-handed casting or to work lures
with the wrist. A long handle rod is for two-handed casting
for distance and accuracy.

Gary Yamamoto is an international bass fishing tournament
star, lure inventor and rod designer.

Drop shot fishing is an effective way to get freshwater bass
to bite soft plastics under tough conditions. "I will always
try pitching and flipping soft plastics on baitcasting gear
in shallow cover," says  Yamamoto. But on days when the
shallow bite does not materialize, Yamamoto will use this
new special purpose drop shot spinning rod to prospect for
fish on deeper bottom structure.

Just like pitching, flipping and every other fishing tactic
however, the drop shot does not work its magic every day

On days when the drop shot bite is slow, Yamamoto will use
this rod with small hard jerkbaits. Working small LuckyCraft
Pointer Minnows, Gary has landed some fine bass, including a
dandy 5.5 lb. Lake Erie smallmouth, which the rod handled

Speaking of the North country, this rod works perfect with
1/8 to 3/8 tube jigs. Out West, the rod is great for the
split shot style of fishing. Whereas drop shot targets fish
hunkered down near bottom structure, split shot targets fish
suspended higher above the same structure. So split shot and
drop shot styles complement each other, and this rod does
both. Yamamoto has enjoyed world class split shotting with
this rod, including a recent tournament on Lake Caspe,

Yamamoto has experienced fantastic results with this rod
using lightweight Carolina rigs, and it is a natural to
pitch and skip small Ikas and Senkos under docks in clear

Yamamoto believes, "This is one of the best rods I have ever
designed for bass anglers."

So there is no need to limit this rod to just drop shot fishing.



Gary designed this rod in two different handle lengths. All
other rod features are identical. Both utilize the same
custom-made 6' 6" one-piece 100% graphite rod blank, seven
high quality Fuji Silicon Carbide Concept guides, plus
matching tiptops. Thread wraps are epoxy coated and have
gold trim. Rods are rated for 4-8 lb. test line and lure
weights from 1/8 to 3/8 oz.

Yamamoto opts for the 9" handle primarily to drop shot. Also
for close-in one-handed pitching and casting with the wrist
only. The shorter butt also makes it easy to work lures
which require wrist action. For example, a small jerkbait.

The longer 12" inch handle allows a more comfortable and
powerful two-handed long distance cast. The long handle
assists where casting accuracy is required also. The extra
hand helps in directing the entry of a lure into a tight

Speaking of casting, Yamamoto says line size can affect
distance. Gary prescribes 8 lb. test or less on this rod to
get top distance. Most often, Gary uses his Sugoi brand of
fluorocarbon line on a spinning reel with a good drag.

"I've landed some pretty big bass on this rod with a good
drag," says Gary. You can too. The rod is surprisingly
powerful. The important area between the reel seat and first
guide has been strategically tuned to provide the rod power
for unsurpassed fightability.

The middle area of the blank is tuned with today's modern
fish hook designs in mind. With many of today's modern
hooks, including Yamamoto's Sugoi and Split Shot hooks, a
quick jerk or snap set is not required with this rod.
Yamamoto applies a sweep set, which activates the
hooksetting flexure configured within the middle area of the
blank. In addition, more guides than normally placed in the
rod's middle area aid in an increase of hooking power.

The rod tip area is designed primarily for unsurpassed
sensitive feel. The tip area is micro-tuned to help an
angler sense accurate lure motion, interpret bottom
feedback, and detect even the most subtle presence of a

For comfort feel and sure grip, Yamamoto chose micro-cell
rubber Hypalon for the handle. Not to be confused with EVA
typically seen on less expensive rods, Hypalon is most
commonly used on high quality saltwater rods for its
durability and wet grip strength, which is superior to cork.

The graphite reel hood is integrated with the Hypalon
foregrip, which screws down to secure the reel tightly.

The graphite reel seat is bonded closely to the rod blank,
which transmits sensitivity from the 100% graphite blank to
the graphite reel seat to your rod hand.

Modern integrated graphite handle designs like this and the
sensitivity of line transmission in today's modern fishing
lines like Sugoi fluorocarbon surpass the old need to have a
finger on the line or on an exposed section of the rod
blank, says Yamamoto.

Throughout 2002, Gary Yamamoto plans to release additional
new bass fishing rod designs of his, some of which have been
used for competitive advantage for several years under the
most demanding professional tournament conditions in the