We’ve talked about Fenwick here a number of times but most of those discussions have either been about their development of the graphite rod or Flippin’ Stik – both concepts worthy of talking about. What we’ve failed to mention, though, is arguably the most popular rod of the timeframe from 1972 through easily 1976 – the Fenwick LUNKERSTIK.
Debuted in 1972, I would hate to try and guess the number of LUNKERSTIKS that were produced and sold. At a cost of $40, they were an expensive choice but the best money could buy. Today, though, if you frequent the online auctions, you’ll find they range anywhere from $200 to over $600 depending on year made and model. I wish I would have kept mine.
At the time it was the lightest factory-rod made available and had a new collet system that did away with that nasty handle rattle. The original rods came with the best guides of the time, made of carboloy, and were made of Fenwick’s new glass, Fenglass and weighed about 12 ounces, handle and all. Put a ABU 5000 on the rod, at roughly another 12 ounces, and you had 1-1/2 pounds of rod and reel in your hand. It’s hard to imagine what today’s angler would do if all the new fancy rods and reels were outlawed today.
The ad shown at the top of this article is actually Fenwick’s first ad introducing the LUNKERSTIK. A great rod that changed a lot of the way we looked at rods. Fortunately, a couple years later, Fenwick came out with a much better rod, the one that really changed the game – the HMG graphite rod.