Casting Rods
Shimano Intenza Casting Rod

Shimano Intenza Casting Rod Review

Rated 82.5/100 overall based on feedback from 1 users
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The Intenza is a build from Shimano that is geared for targeting bass. This rod is impressively sensitive and light while the necessary strength. Whether you're throwing finesse baits, or punching around some heavy mats, you'll find a Intenza model for every technique. A modern design makes this one of Shimano's more attractive rods too.

Estimated price: $129
  • 30 Ton Graphite constructed blank
  • Ultimate Aluminum-oxide guides offer smooth operation
  • G Alpha material with a split grip offers immense comfort and durability
  • Shimano custom reel seat offers good blank contact

Summarized feedback from Bass Anglers

Reasons to buy

  • 30-Ton graphite blank is tough and provides a good balance of strength and sensitivity
  • High quality all-purpose rod with models for any technique
  • Anglers love the backbone and action on this rod
  • Glass options are perfect for throwing all kinds of crankbaits and chatterbaits
  • Casts all line/lure applications with precision
  • G-Alpha grips are extremely tacky, especially in wet conditions
  • Foregrip is comfortable and can double up as a hook keeper
  • Minimal design has a sense of class
  • Many anglers feel this rod performs well above its price point

Reasons not to buy

  • Some anglers aren't a fan of using the foregrip as a hook keeper
  • There has been talk about this rod being on the heavy side

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Reviewed by: Fillip
Dec 02, 2022
Rod performance is awesome... Only problem I have the hook keeper.

Bottom Line

The Intenza is a really classy build by Shimano. There are options for all core techniques and having the option of a glass blank is great if you're looking to add to your cranking collection. A versatile, high performance rod that comes at a really good price.


About the brand

Shimano is arguably the biggest and most respected name in fishing. They are responsible for producing some of the most ground-breaking tackle ever seen, and they continue to lead the market in all forms of fishing.

Shimano has taken a key interest in bass fishing, and have developed the finest baitcasting reels on today's shelves. Many other brands constantly look to Shimano for ideas, as they seldom put a foot wrong.

You simply cannot go wrong with a piece of Shimano gear.

Professionals who work with Shimano:

  • Keith Combs
  • Brett Preuett
  • Bernie Shultz