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Folds up very small, can be stored in the runk of a car, fits in a ruck sack easily, very light, ideal for those unexpected situations


Pieces can easily come apart whilst fishing (easily solved using a hose clamp), not suitable for big fish, the reel included in the kit is next to useless


The Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager spinning travel kit is great for those times when you stumble across a river or lake whilst out on your travels. It may not be up to the job of catching large game fish but it is more than capable of dealing with small and medium sized panfish, trout and bass.

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Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager spinning travel rod and reel combination from Okuma
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Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager spinning travel kit - A good travel fishing rod kit but not ideal for big game fish

The Okuma VS-605-20 voyager spinning travel kit is a rod and reel package that is designed for travelling. When the rod is together it is six feet long, however once dismantled it fits in to its own case that is just over two feet long, which makes it ideal for putting in a rucksack or in the boot of a car. Under normal circumstances I think a six foot fishing pole is a bit short for serious angling, but given the Okuma is specifically designed to be a travel rod the six foot length is acceptable.

The Okuma spinning rod is made out of good quality materials and is very well made, especially when you think how little it costs. The butt end has a cork handle, which is very comfortable, and stainless steel reel fittings, which securely hold the reel. Whilst the rod is good quality the same cannot be said about the reel. The reel is clearly cheap and nasty and not up to the task. If you buy the Okuma Vs-605-20 voyager spinning travel kit I would suggest replacing the reel with something better immediately. A good match for the Okuma spinning rod is a small Shimano spinning reel.

The Okuma is a good spinning rod that is more than capable of dealing with small to medium sized trout, bass, panfish, wall eye etc, but when it comes to the larger specimen fish the Okuma rod struggles. This rod is not designed for large fish so if you’re going after northern pike, carp or catfish the Okuma travel rod is not suitable. Since the Okuma spinning rod can only deal with smaller fish I ensure I tackle up accordingly and fish light, i.e. with light line. Using light line ensures the line will break before the rod if I manage to hook in to a stray monster fish.

The Okuma spinning rod is not man enough to blast large lures out to the horizon and is more suited to smaller lures. When I use my Okuma rod I generally fish with line of around 4lb – 6lb breaking strain and use small spinner baits or spoons. You should stay away from the large crank baits and plugs but then given these lures are used for larger fish, this is common sense.

Since the Okuma VS-605-20 fishing pole is in five separate sections setting it up is more time consuming than other travel rods. When setting this rod up you need to ensure all pole eyes are correctly lined up otherwise the line will snag on the cast and is liable to break. Even though it may take a little longer to set up than other travel rods, this rod is not difficult to set up so don’t let this fact put you off buying one.

With five separate sections there are four joins which means there are even more opportunities for sections of the rod to come apart and fly off when using the rod. In fact, many people who have bought this rod have complained about this but there really is no need to. One way to prevent this from happening is to regularly check all sections are tightly pushed together, however this is tiresome and will break the “fishing flow”. Alternatively, you can get some small hose clamps, place them on each join and tighten them down. This is what I do and it works very well and keeps the rod together. When using hose clamps you can slacken the clamps and leave them on the rod when it is not in use.

When I was looking for a take-apart travel rod I found other models other than the Okuma VS-605-20, however after reading user reviews I decided to take a gamble and order one. I can honestly say this was a gamble worth taking as it is really is a great travel spinning rod that lives in the trunk of my car, or in my backpack when I am out hiking or on vacation.

So is the Okuma VS-605-20 spinning rod for you? This travel spinning rod kit is perfect to store in the trunk of your car for those times when you stumble across a new piece of water and simply want to cast a lure. Similarly, this travel spinning rod kit is perfect if you like backpacking and like catching wild trout for tea. If, however, you target large specimen fish or big game fish the Okuma VS-605-20 spinning travel kit is not going to be man enough and you would be advised to buy something else.

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2012, 10:30 am
Reviewed by foto_reviewer
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