Nobody likes a bruised groin, right? Well, thanks to the folks at Scotty, the black and blue spots on your hip, groin and boiler are a thing of the past…
But let’s back up here. I am, of course, referring to stand-up fishing for big critters like sturgeon, sharks, rays, jumbo bottomfish, albacore, peanut tuna, Pacific halibut, etc. And if you’ve ever done any of that type of fishing you know that jamming a rod butt against your body as you battle a denizen of the deep can leave some painful bruises.
Enter the Scotty Hammerhead rod butt cap! It’s a super simple solution to an ages-old problem that leaves you thinking…just like the whole Girls Gone Wild video series…why didn’t I think of that??
Often the most brilliant designs are the most simple, and that’s certainly the case with the Hammerhead. There’s really nothing to it. Basically, you’ve got a semi-soft plastic mushroom that slips onto the end of your rod that, when pushed against your body as you tangle with an oversized fish, distributes the pressure over a much wider area…making stand-up fishing a lot more comfortable.
The Inside of the cap accommodates a variety of rod sizes, from typical 20- to 30-pound stand-up gear down to an average steelhead rod. Slide a Hammerhead on and the soft plastic really grips your handle.
The tough yet non-rigid material that the Hammerhead’s made from is also nice when it comes to jamming it against tender portions of your anatomy! Okay, this is starting to sound a wee bit phallic, but I swear it was unintentional!!
On the Water Test
So, I’m gonna cut straight to the back of the book here….we’ve run these things on shark, bat ray and sturgeon trips recently and they’re f@#$ing awesome! With the cap on, the comfort level goes up astronomically when you’ve got a lot of pressure on the rod.
Again, you don’t have as much pressure being channeled into a small area. The mushroom shape really spreads out the force of the rod.
Fighting belts are fine, but you can only keep the rod in one position….with the Hammerhead, you can easily adjust rod angle and position during the fight.
The Hammerheads are way too wide to fit in any of my rod holders, so we needed to slap them on after the hook-up, which was no biggie. I just kept a few on the boat so that they were always within easy reach. After a day of going toe-to-toe with 100- to 150-pound bay rays, the Hammerheads quickly and unanimously declared “must-have” equipment on board for all future big game missions.
Scotty Hammerheads: They’re cheap, easy to use and they work great. Buy some now!