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Dark Matter John Skinner Surf Spinning Rods

Item ID: 43160


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When it comes to producing quality fish day after day after day, one name above all others comes to mind – John Skinner. His success comes from not only punishing outings and pushing his physical limits, but also from perfecting his equipment and tweaking it to increase the chance of success when opportunity presents itself. That’s what makes him so good, and that’s what sets the Dark Matter John Skinner Surf series rods apart from everything else. What most people don’t know is that these highly advanced, very technical fishing rods are born not from success, but failure. That’s what it takes to be truly great. The missed hooksets, the extra 10 yards needed to reach the strike zone, the inability to turn a fish in current, the heartbreak of a lost battle. The Dark Matter John Skinner series surf rods represent the culmination of years and years of experience surf fishing in all kinds of conditions, by one of the best to ever do it. And with every cast you take, you’ll feel that too.

Here's what John Skinner thinks of this surf rod: “The origins of this go back to the mid 90’s when I first handled John Scherr’s 9-foot “Montauk Eel Rod”. I knew it was a starting point for what I wanted. Over the next 25 years a high percentage of my surf fishing on ocean and sound beaches was done with variants of that rod. I tweaked the length and guide layout, and upgraded guides as better ones became available. Other than length, I had no control over the blank itself, until I had the opportunity to specify exactly what I wanted in this Dark Matter model. After adjustments were made to a series of prototypes, the rod is now exactly what I’ve been looking for! This moderate action 9-foot 2-inch rod has a lure sweet spot in the 1- to 3-ounce range, but I regularly use it for heavier plugs as well as live and rigged eels. It’s a superb pencil popper and bucktail rod, and provides effortless long-distance casts with plugs similar to Daiwa Salt Pros. The rod allows schoolie bass to give a good account of themselves, but the moderate action lets the angler take advantage of the power in the full length of the rod to easily whip bass in the 30- to 40-pound-plus range. This 70/30 split 2-piece rod fishes like a 1-piece while providing a wider range of transport options.”

Dark Matter John Skinner Surf Spinning Surf Rods are available in three terrific models. Choose from an 8' M and 9'2" M. Both are available in one-piece and 2-piece models. The 8' is rated 3/8-2 while the 9'2" can handle up to 4 oz lures. The 70/30 split means you get all the action of a one-piece rod with the portability of a 2-piece. There is also a 10' one-piece M rod rated 2-5 ozs. These one-of-a-kind surf spinning rods are available in gray and black with a hint of purple. If you're a fan of John Skinner or love surf fishing, add one of these rods to your arsenal. Dark Matter John Skinner Surf Rods surf rods are priced right, so you can take your fishing game to the next level without breaking the bank. Order yours today directly from Dark Matter or from one of our partner suppliers across the globe.

Models: JSS802M-S, JSS801M-S, JSS9202M-S, JSS9201M-S, JSS1001M-S


Color - Gray/Black

Length - 8'0"

Power - M

Action - Moderate

Pieces - 2

Line Rating Mono (lbs) - 10-20

Lure Weight (oz) - 3/8-2

Rod Weight (oz) - 8.4

Guide Type - Fuji Alconite K Guides

Reel Seat Manufacturer - Fuji

Number of Guides - 5 + tip

Foregrip Material - X-Wrap

Foregrip Length (in) - 6"

Reel Seat Type - Fuji Graphite Reel Seat

Reargrip Length (in) - 15"

Reargrip Material - X-Wrap

Gimbal - No

Country of Origin:

Made in China using Korean and Japanese components

Blank Construction:

M3NANO blank construction


Fuji Alconite K Guides


X-Wrap fore and rear grips

Reel Seat:

Fuji Graphite Reel Seat


One-year warranty