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Greys prowla platinum bait rod

Post by Kevin O'Keeffe » Sat Nov 21 2020 21:38

Anyone got these and would care to advise on their experiences.
A friend has three he has only used a couple of times and thinking of taking them off him (before he ebays em) for bank work on big waters with big pit reels. These are 3.5lb 12 footers. He wants £75 each which I thought reasonable.

I seem to remember rumours of exploding blanks though??
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Post by BillCollins » Sat Nov 21 2020 21:40

13ft'ers ??
Are you sure Kev ??
I thought they were all 12's ?

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Post by Brian Carragher » Sat Nov 21 2020 21:42

Decent rods, don't think they exploded but some of the sea beach rods gave way, that got sorted a long time ago though

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Post by Kevin O'Keeffe » Sat Nov 21 2020 21:44

BillCollins wrote:
13ft'ers ??
Are you sure Kev ??
I thought they were all 12's ?
Sorry Bill... typo on my part - corrected
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Post by BillCollins » Sat Nov 21 2020 22:05

Kevin O'Keeffe wrote:
BillCollins wrote:
13ft'ers ??
Are you sure Kev ??
I thought they were all 12's ?
Sorry Bill... typo on my part - corrected
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Apart from that Kev, I had a set for a while, good stout no nonsense rods.

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Post by Iain Gillies » Sat Nov 21 2020 23:03

I have used a pair of these and the 3lb Prowla GS rods as my main piking rods for about 7-8 years now. I have had a few big fish and cast big baits and big leads and they have never been found wanting. I dont do as much fishing on big waters these days but I can highly recommend these rods. I think these rods were covered by the Greys lifetime warranty where they will replace a section for £25 if broken for any reason.

The rods which snapped were the first generation of beachcasters produced in China. I think it was limited to a few models and is now resolved. There were also similar issues with Sonik rids at the time too which were produced in the same factory. I still have a mk1 Greys Apollo which was the benchmark for North East rough ground and rock end cod fishing.

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Post by bencarvosso » Sat Nov 21 2020 23:16

Iain Gillies wrote:
I have used a pair of these and the 3lb Prowla GS rods as my main piking rods for about 7-8 years now. I have had a few big fish and cast big baits and big leads and they have never been found wanting. I dont do as much fishing on big waters these days but I can highly recommend these rods. I think these rods were covered by the Greys lifetime warranty where they will replace a section for £25 if broken for any reason.

The rods which snapped were the first generation of beachcasters produced in China. I think it was limited to a few models and is now resolved. There were also similar issues with Sonik rids at the time too which were produced in the same factory. I still have a mk1 Greys Apollo which was the benchmark for North East rough ground and rock end cod fishing.
Can vouch for the sonik rods being exploders 😂😂😂
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Post by mattiethomp » Sun Nov 22 2020 07:47

I use 2 3lb tc in my set up, and they have a lovely tippy fast action, had plenty of abuse when fishing yorkshire rivers i think they are superb rods for the money, i thought the greys apollo rods shatered when pulling against snags and over stressing the rods i used a highlander for a few years followed by a conoflex magnum which was a brutal tool, but you could bully cod in from any mark, sadly my knees dont allow me to climb up and down the 400ft cliff marks i used to fish

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Post by zodiac » Sun Nov 22 2020 09:47

I used the 3.5 tc for years, I thought they were great rods, then I got a bb350 and used that alongside them and could immediately tell the difference, and I sold them to help fund another 2 bb350s. It's maybe a bit unfair to compare them to Dave's finest though. I would happily use them again. Sold them on here for 100 quid a pair of that helps as a price guide .
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Post by Mattjb » Sun Nov 22 2020 11:29

Iain Gillies wrote:
I have used a pair of these and the 3lb Prowla GS rods as my main piking rods for about 7-8 years now. I have had a few big fish and cast big baits and big leads and they have never been found wanting. I dont do as much fishing on big waters these days but I can highly recommend these rods. I think these rods were covered by the Greys lifetime warranty where they will replace a section for £25 if broken for any reason.

The rods which snapped were the first generation of beachcasters produced in China. I think it was limited to a few models and is now resolved. There were also similar issues with Sonik rids at the time too which were produced in the same factory. I still have a mk1 Greys Apollo which was the benchmark for North East rough ground and rock end cod fishing.
The prowla gs were brilliant rods for the money. I've been using 3 of the 10ft boat rods for years and have had some very big lumps on them. They have just the right amount of power and nice fish playing action.You rarely see them for sale , I'd probably buy a few more of the boat rods if any came up.

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Post by Iain Gillies » Sun Nov 22 2020 11:43

mattiethomp wrote:
I use 2 3lb tc in my set up, and they have a lovely tippy fast action, had plenty of abuse when fishing yorkshire rivers i think they are superb rods for the money, i thought the greys apollo rods shatered when pulling against snags and over stressing the rods i used a highlander for a few years followed by a conoflex magnum which was a brutal tool, but you could bully cod in from any mark, sadly my knees dont allow me to climb up and down the 400ft cliff marks i used to fish

The mk1 Apolo didn't have any issues as far as I'm aware. I did hear stories of the PZ300t exploding but that was more a tournament casting rod. They were the last of the rods they produced in Alnwick before moving production to China. I think tgat was when Tony Anderson was involved then he moved to Sonik which apparently used the same manufacturer.

My dad had a Conoflex Nemesis Diablo for many years which was stiff but would bend. I moved on to a Century TTR which was like a scaffold pole in comparison. Neither of us fish the rock ends anymore although there seems to be fewer and fewer cod off the shore these days.

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Post by Iain Gillies » Sun Nov 22 2020 11:46

Mattjb wrote:
Iain Gillies wrote:
I have used a pair of these and the 3lb Prowla GS rods as my main piking rods for about 7-8 years now. I have had a few big fish and cast big baits and big leads and they have never been found wanting. I dont do as much fishing on big waters these days but I can highly recommend these rods. I think these rods were covered by the Greys lifetime warranty where they will replace a section for £25 if broken for any reason.

The rods which snapped were the first generation of beachcasters produced in China. I think it was limited to a few models and is now resolved. There were also similar issues with Sonik rids at the time too which were produced in the same factory. I still have a mk1 Greys Apollo which was the benchmark for North East rough ground and rock end cod fishing.
The prowla gs were brilliant rods for the money. I've been using 3 of the 10ft boat rods for years and have had some very big lumps on them. They have just the right amount of power and nice fish playing action.You rarely see them for sale , I'd probably buy a few more of the boat rods if any came up.

For the money they are really good rods, I keep on thinking I will replace them but can't justify the expense at the moment. They are probably about as good as you can buy off the shelf before going on to specialist rod builders like Lumby or Tony Kay.

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Post by Mattjb » Sun Nov 22 2020 11:53

Iain Gillies wrote:
Mattjb wrote:
Iain Gillies wrote:
I have used a pair of these and the 3lb Prowla GS rods as my main piking rods for about 7-8 years now. I have had a few big fish and cast big baits and big leads and they have never been found wanting. I dont do as much fishing on big waters these days but I can highly recommend these rods. I think these rods were covered by the Greys lifetime warranty where they will replace a section for £25 if broken for any reason.

The rods which snapped were the first generation of beachcasters produced in China. I think it was limited to a few models and is now resolved. There were also similar issues with Sonik rids at the time too which were produced in the same factory. I still have a mk1 Greys Apollo which was the benchmark for North East rough ground and rock end cod fishing.
The prowla gs were brilliant rods for the money. I've been using 3 of the 10ft boat rods for years and have had some very big lumps on them. They have just the right amount of power and nice fish playing action.You rarely see them for sale , I'd probably buy a few more of the boat rods if any came up.

For the money they are really good rods, I keep on thinking I will replace them but can't justify the expense at the moment. They are probably about as good as you can buy off the shelf before going on to specialist rod builders like Lumby or Tony Kay.
I agree , think they were only £54 each. The fact the few come up for sale shows that people like them and hang on to them

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Post by keeponchucking » Sun Nov 22 2020 15:31

I have 3 of these rods that I use for lakes and larger rivers. Can't see myself changing them anytime soon unless i get treated to some custom rods (wishful thinking)
I snapped the tip of one of mine netting a fish.
My own stupidity but i was very suprised how easy it snapped. Snapped at the second eye from top

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Post by Kevin O'Keeffe » Mon Nov 23 2020 19:06

Hmmmmm, I am not desperate for a set for big waters as my daiwa dictators and bait boat suffice but its the swapping end tackle and reels over that gets painful each time I go to diff venues.
A set of 3x platinums for £225 or save for a set of Lumbys BB350's..... choices!
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Post by c14r4n » Tue Nov 24 2020 09:28

Mattjb wrote:
Iain Gillies wrote:
Mattjb wrote:
Iain Gillies wrote:
I have used a pair of these and the 3lb Prowla GS rods as my main piking rods for about 7-8 years now. I have had a few big fish and cast big baits and big leads and they have never been found wanting. I dont do as much fishing on big waters these days but I can highly recommend these rods. I think these rods were covered by the Greys lifetime warranty where they will replace a section for £25 if broken for any reason.

The rods which snapped were the first generation of beachcasters produced in China. I think it was limited to a few models and is now resolved. There were also similar issues with Sonik rids at the time too which were produced in the same factory. I still have a mk1 Greys Apollo which was the benchmark for North East rough ground and rock end cod fishing.
The prowla gs were brilliant rods for the money. I've been using 3 of the 10ft boat rods for years and have had some very big lumps on them. They have just the right amount of power and nice fish playing action.You rarely see them for sale , I'd probably buy a few more of the boat rods if any came up.

For the money they are really good rods, I keep on thinking I will replace them but can't justify the expense at the moment. They are probably about as good as you can buy off the shelf before going on to specialist rod builders like Lumby or Tony Kay.
I agree , think they were only £54 each. The fact the few come up for sale shows that people like them and hang on to them
I had one of the GS boat rods; a good few years back I had a hard fighting PB on it and was so impressed I went straight out the next day and bought another. Rumours were about back then that they were getting hard to get hold of, so when I spotted one listed at a shop (relatively) locally, i jumped at the chance....Still every bit as impressed with them today.

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Post by Stewlaws » Tue Nov 24 2020 10:10

As Bill really Kev, a very capable rod, would suggest though that £75 per rod is on the high side £200 for the 3 seems reasonable, check the rings as on one of my 3 rods I had to have 2 rings rewhipped due to a poor finish, but this wasnt the norm ...

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Post by Kevin O'Keeffe » Tue Nov 24 2020 21:52

Stewlaws wrote:
As Bill really Kev, a very capable rod, would suggest though that £75 per rod is on the high side £200 for the 3 seems reasonable, check the rings as on one of my 3 rods I had to have 2 rings rewhipped due to a poor finish, but this wasnt the norm ...
Ta Stu,
He actually has 4 and has them up for sale now at £320... think he is being optimistic.
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Post by zodiac » Tue Nov 24 2020 22:07

Kevin O'Keeffe wrote:
Stewlaws wrote:
As Bill really Kev, a very capable rod, would suggest though that £75 per rod is on the high side £200 for the 3 seems reasonable, check the rings as on one of my 3 rods I had to have 2 rings rewhipped due to a poor finish, but this wasnt the norm ...
Ta Stu,
He actually has 4 and has them up for sale now at £320... think he is being optimistic.
I sold a pair on here for 100. They were available around 95 quid brand new before they were discontinued.
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Post by Stens » Sat Nov 28 2020 18:14

Im just about to give one away once DL has built my P1’s great rods served me well for years.

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