Review: RICHCAT Travel Fishing Rod - Telescopic Surf Spinning Rod
Published on May 18, 2023, 5:22 p.m.
The RICHCAT Travel Fishing Rod is an impressively versatile and portable telescopic spinning rod perfect for saltwater or freshwater fishing. With its fast action design, premium carbon fiber construction, and ability to extend from a compact 23 inches up to 8 feet 7 inches, this rod provides outstanding performance without sacrificing convenience and portability.
The RICHCAT Travel Rod features a robust 5-layer 24-ton carbon matrix blank that provides unmatched strength and sensitivity. The premium materials and solid reinforced tip allow it to handle big fish while avoiding breakage. The stainless steel hooded reel seat resists saltwater corrosion. There are 5 stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts for smooth casting performance up to 80 yards.
When collapsed, the rod shrinks down to just 23.6 inches and weighs only 9 oz, making storage and transport a breeze. It comes with a durable nylon carrying case.
- 5-layer 24-ton carbon fiber blank
- Stainless steel hooded reel seat
- Ceramic guide inserts
- Extendable from 23 to 87 inches
- Weighs only 9 oz
- Reinforced solid tip
Features and Performance
This spinning rod really shines when it comes to versatility. It can handle a wide variety of freshwater and saltwater fishing. The fast action is great for casting and jigging. The rod has enough backbone to haul in heavy fish, yet has a responsive sensitive tip.
The quality carbon construction makes the rod lightweight, well-balanced, and highly sensitive for detecting bites. The ceramic guides allow long, smooth casts and provide abrasion resistance. The collapsible design makes storage and transport simple.
Operating the telescoping rod is straightforward. Simply twist the sections to extend or collapse the rod. It can be easily packed away in a car trunk or backpack. The rod offers excellent versatility for kayak fishing, shore fishing, or fishing from piers and boats. It’s suitable for catching trout, bass, catfish, carp and more.
The RICHCAT rod is perfect for:
- Kayak fishing
- Pier fishing
- Surf fishing
- Boat fishing
- Shore fishing
- Freshwater lakes and streams
- Inshore saltwater fishing
User Feedback Analysis:
The RICHCAT telescopic fishing rod has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from buyers. With over 40 global ratings, it averages 4.2 out of 5 stars. The vast majority of anglers praise its strength, sensitivity, and easy portability.
Many reviewers mention catching fish up to 10 lbs on the rod with no issues. The fast action and lightweight design make it fun to catch smaller panfish, while still allowing the rod to handle medium-sized gamefish. Several users took the rod on backpacking and kayaking trips where space was limited, and were impressed that it packs down small in a bag yet can extend to nearly 9 feet for fishing.
The main complaints came from a few users who experienced tip breakage or guide damage. However, this typically occurred when trying to boast by hooking extremely large fish that were outside the rod’s intended range. One user complained the collapsed length was shorter than described at just over 7 feet rather than the listed 8.7 feet.
Overall, customer satisfaction appears very high, with around 80% of users awarding 5 out of 5 stars. For an inexpensive telescopic rod, most feel the RICHCAT provides unbelievable performance and sensitivity on par with top-tier rods costing over $100.
Pros and Cons:
- Great price for performance
- Lightweight and packs down small
- Smooth long-distance casting
- Strength to handle large fish
- High sensitivity
- Not ideal for fighting trophy sized fish
- Not as rigid or durable as premium one-piece rods
When it comes to value, the RICHCAT travel rod far exceeds expectations. With premium features like 24-ton carbon fiber, a hooded reel seat, and ceramic guides, it delivers professional-grade construction and sensitivity. The solid reinforced tip and multi-layer blank provide strength well beyond most budget rods.
Despite these impressive specs, the RICHCAT rod costs less than $30. Most comparable rods from leading brands like St Croix and Shimano run $150 and up. You simply won’t find another telescopic rod that packs down small for travel yet can handle mid-sized fish with such finesse. For the price, the RICHCAT is virtually unbeatable value. It outperforms rods double the price, making it the ideal affordable rod for anglers on a budget.
The RICHCAT Spinning Rod is an excellent choice for anglers wanting an affordable, high-quality telescoping rod. It’s lightweight, packs down small, and offers fast action and sensitivity rivaling more expensive options. The premium construction can handle saltwater and freshwater fishing for a variety of species. For convenience and performance, the RICHCAT travel rod delivers tremendous value.
- Length: 6.9 - 8.7 ft
- Power: Medium-Heavy
- Action: Fast
- Pieces: 5 telescoping sections
- Rod Weight: 9 oz
- Line Weight: 15-30 lb
- RICHCAT Telescopic Rod
- Nylon Rod Case
- Spare rod tip
How to Use:
- Twist sections to extend rod to desired length
- Attach reel to reel seat
- Guide line through ceramic guides
- Make casts and jig rod tip to attract bites
- When finished, twist sections to collapse rod before storing in case