In these conditions choosing the right blank is even more important than usual. It must give you room to cast with extreme accuracy and responsiveness and let you pick up the slightest contact with the bottom and the faintest nibble from the fish. A fast or extra-fast 7–8 ft blank with excellent vibration perfectly fits our requirements. Vertical jigging often entails bottom bouncing, so we selected three Rainshadow blanks with sublime vibration.
- Rodbuilder's Republic Statement 724 original 2.18 m 5–25 g is fast but not loose and outperforms in terms of vibration and lightness. Rodbuilder's
- Republic Statement 766 original 2.28 m 10–40 g It is longer with more taper for a stiffer butt and performs just as well in its lower weight range.
- Rainshadow IMMC76 2.28 m 15–50 g brims with speed and power and is perfect for bottom bouncers, even on a big jig in the current.