There are two rods in the Apollo range, the 140 at 14 feet and the 130 at 13 feet, both ringed for multiplier use and rated to cast leads of 4oz to 6oz. They’re built on high-modulus carbon blanks with the power to cast baits a long way and haul fish from rough ground. Both Apollo rods have a fast action with good bite detection in the tip and will cope with all casting styles.
The rod on test was the longer 14ft version, rated to cast leads up to 6oz and ideal for a blustery day on Rossall Beach in Lancashire where I met up with one of the local lads, hoping to target the cod that had been showing along that stretch.
I can’t report on how the rod feels with a fish on as I didn’t catch on this occasion, but I was certainly impressed with how the Apollo Extreme coped in the rough conditions. It easily blasted a 170g lead straight into the teeth of the gale and despite its power, it’s not poker-stiff like some rods.
Blank material: High-modulus carbon
Overall length: 14ft
Sections: Two equal
Rings: Nine plus tip
Whipping: Black tipped with gold
Reel seat: Slide-Lock
RRP: 140 £299.99; 130 £289.99
Value for money: ★★★★★★★★★★
Contact: Hardy & Greys on 01665 602771