Redesigned for 2021, the newest evolution of Shimano Game Type J Conventional Jigging Rods utilize cutting-edge blank technology to further push the limits of what a jigging rod is capable of. Featuring unprecedented strength and responsiveness, the newest Game Type J Jigging Rod series is designed for anglers who look to expand the ever-changing boundaries within the world of jigging. The new Game Type J Rods integrate Shimano's patented Hi-Power X and Spiral-X Core technologies for rod blanks that perform flawlessly under the most demanding circumstances. Spiral X construction consists of multiple layers comprised of carbon tape that tightly winds the blank diagonally in opposite directions, resulting in enhanced torsional rigidity without adding extra weight. This construction results in an extremely responsive rod that allows for instant power transmission while casting or jigging, and greatly enhances fish fighting capabilities. Spiral X blanks are 250% more structurally rigid and 180% less prone to twisting than standard blank construction. Offering only the finest of components to compliment these state-of-the-art blanks, models with power ratings Medium-Light through Medium-Heavy feature Shimano Ci4+ Reel Seats, which are comfortable, extremely light, and are among the most sensitive reel seats available. Models rated as Heavy through XX-Heavy incorporate Fuji reel seats for increased durability when fighting on giant fish. All models are wrapped with lightweight and extremely durable Fuji SiC guides built to withstand the most extreme drag pressures. When it comes to a wide variety of jigging techniques for both pelagic and reef fish, the Game Type J paired with Shimano's flagship series of jigging tackle has no equal.
Only had this thing for a couple months now but it is an absolute workhorse. The lightest jigging rod Iâ€;™;ve ever owned yet still gets the job done. When we were sold this rod he talked about how he had caught a 250# shark on it. I was skeptical because of the size but this thing is super powerful and gets the job done for jigging
It is a good rod
February 22, 2019
It is a good rod, but 2014 models are one generation older JDM technology. I am kind of disappointed. 2017 model Game Type LJ JDM rod has newer spiral x and hi-power x technology.
Anyway, overall, it is one of the best rods in the US market. I would still buy Game Type J over Major Craft Major Craft Giant Killing.
Tampa bay, Florida
June 17, 2016
I have paired mine with a saragosa 10k loaded with 50lb j braid. This past week I had the chance to take it out to jig up some 35-45lb amberjack and a small Goliath grouper estimated to 60+ lbs. The tip of the rod is super sensitive and responsive. You can feel even the lightest of swipes by lesser species, but the backbone on this thing is where it's really impressive. You can feel the rod work under load throughout the entire blank. Under heavy drag and lots of pressure battling these fish your back will thank you for spending the extra coin. I have terez and trevala rods that are absolutely great for what they are but they are nothing compared to this. Shimano did one hell of a job!
Shimano tipe j
December 21, 2015
I catch two big red snapers and amberjack with this rod the rod is very ligth but have alot power l own shimano teres and black hole rods
I'm in the market for 2 Vertical Speed Jigging Rods. I will be pairing them up with a Twin power 5000XG and a Twin power 8000PG. Debating between Black Hole Cape Cod special 80g and 150g, or Game Type J S603 and S605. Which would be the better fit? Looking for lightweight, reliable, and a good made product. -Thanks
The Game Type J S603 and S605 paired with the Twinpower 5000 and 8000 size reels will match great together and make up great reliable combos.
I would like to start on slow jigging what shimmno rod nd reel you recommend? Jigs from 60 to 160 gr
We'd recommend a Game Type J model number GTYPJB603 paired up with a Shimano Talica sizes 10, 12 or 16 depending on how heavy of a line you are using. The Shimano Trevala or Trevala S would be the more affordable option in Shimano jigging rods.