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Dark Matter IO Casting Rods

Item ID: 39419


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The Dark Matter IO Casting Rods represent the pinnacle of purposefully built modern rod manufacturing. Everything about this absolutely stunning series of casting rods has been gone over with a fine-tooth comb and thoughtfully placed. From its acid wrapped Fuji K Guides and precisely measured and subtly contoured fore and rear grips to its low profile Fuji reel seat and stylish crosshatched blank design – the Dark Matter IO series rods left no stone unturned. Its M3 NanoCarbon blank is both feather-light and incredibly powerful across its entire blank. I’ve literally never felt a rod actually load up with more power upon hookset. It’s almost like you’re drawing a bow – you can feel the energy stored within the entire blank. I first used this rod (the 7’6” MH conventional version) in a late November offshore tog trip. We fished a piece in about 90’ of water off Block Island on a moon tide, and if you know anything about that area, the current tears through there at an obscene pace. Using 16 ounces of lead and 40# braid, my first hookset almost dislocated the jaw of an 8# tog and ripped it out of the piece with incredible ease. Needless to say, this became my go-to deepwater bottomfishing stick for years to come.

The Dark Matter IO series rod comes in both spinning and conventional, with 7’ Light models, 7’3” Medium models and a 7’6” model in conventional only. If you’re a serious bottom fisherman, this is the rod for you. Fish one, you’ll never look back. Purchase yours online today directly from Dark Matter or visit one of our amazing dealers!

Models: IO701L-C, IO731M-C, IO761MH-C


Color - Gray/Black

Length - 7'0"

Power - L

Action - Mod. Fast

Pieces - 1

Line Rating Mono (lbs) - 10-20

Lure Weight (oz) - 1/2-2

Rod Weight (oz) - 8.2

Guide Type - Fuji Alconite K Guides

Reel Seat Manufacturer - Fuji

Number of Guides - 9 + tip

Foregrip Material - EVA

Foregrip Length (in) - 6"

Reel Seat Type - Fuji Graphite Reel Seat

Reargrip Length (in) - 14"

Reargrip Material - EVA

Gimbal - No

Country of Origin:

Made in China using Korean and Japanese components

Blank Construction:

M3NANO blank construction


Fuji Alconite K Guides


Hour-glassed EVA fore and rear grips

Reel Seat:

Fuji Graphite Reel Seat With Trigger


One-year warranty