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Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Rods


Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Rods are synonymous with durability, dependability, and toughness. Built using the Howald Process and the Ugly Stik Clear Tip, these rods are designed with strength and sensitivity. Bigwater Rods are popular for trolling, with models specific for downrigger fishing and one model for dipsy divers. Anglers around the world use Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Rods to haul in their trophy fish.

Features of Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Rods include:

  • Howald Process and Ugly Stik Clear Tip design (except model BWDD 1100100)
  • Fuji stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts
  • Durable EVA grips
  • Graphite Fuji reel seats with corrosion resistant stainless steel hoods
  • Epoxy-coated blanks for protection from UV rays
  • Exclusive "Ugly Back" 60-day/5 year warranty

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Rods come with an exclusive "Ugly Back" 60-day/5-year manufacturer's warranty.


Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Rods
BWD113170Downrigger7' 0"1Light6 - 179
BWD110170Downrigger7' 0"2Medium12 - 208
BWD110183Downrigger8' 3"2Light6 - 2010
BWD110190Downrigger9' 0"2Light6 - 2011
BWDD110100Dipsy Diver10' 0"2Med. Heavy12 - 3010
Review Summary
(17 Reviews)
of customers would recommend this product.88%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (10)
Good Tip Action (12)
Flexible (11)
Sensitive (11)
Durable (10)
Easy To Transport (4)
Poor Construction (2)
Best Uses
Large Fish (4)
Ocean Fishing (2)
dipsy divers (2)

Customer Reviews
Pacific NorthWest
 Nice Rod
Pros: sensitive great feel for big fish
Comments: Nice rod! It's sensitive for larger fish!
Capt Carl
Grindstone City, MI
 Best downrigging rod out there
Pros: Durable, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Sensitive, Lightweight, sensitive great feel for big fish
Comments: The Cadillac of downrigging rods, I purchased an additional 2 of these for a total of 8. Great action, quality construction you will own this rod from now till the 12th of ever.
 10' Are Serious Rods!
Pros: Long, Sensitive
Best Uses: dipsy divers, planer boards
Comments: These rods are long, strong, and still have some action at the tip. I use them for my outer inline planer boards (I also run another set of boards on the inside with 8'6" rods) and they are working very well for this purpose.
Great Rod for The Money Plus 5 Year Guarantee
Pros: Strong, sensitive great feel for big fish
Best Uses: Grat Lake Salmon and Trout
Comments: I Have 16 ugly stix rods aboard my 25 ft Baha Cruiser. Have been using them for 25 years. Love the action and sensitivity, have had a couple break over the years but just send them back to Shakespeare and for $15 bucks get a new one. Sweet...Plus they look cool in a 8 rod spread.
Pittsfield, Pa
 Great rod for dipsys
Pros: strong, Sensitive
Cons: none for recomended use
Best Uses: dipsy divers
Comments: This is my second Ugly Stik Dipsy Diver rod. I was so impressed with the first one I bought I had to get another. I fish Lake Erie walleyes and other dipsy diver rods I've used don't have nearly the strength or sensitivity to handle big dipsys. If you depend on dipsy divers to get you baits down and out to the side, you need this rod.
nothing but luck
mt. pleasant mi
 best all around, walleye to king salmon
Pros: Durable, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Lightweight, Easy To Transport, Sensitive
Best Uses: River Fishing, Large Fish, Small Fish
Comments: I think shakespeare rods are the best for all around fishing.Trolling mi rivers & downrigging the great lakes you can use the same rod.
Seattle, WA
 50 / 50
Pros: Good Tip Action, Durable
Cons: Poor Construction
Comments: These are rugged yet very flexible poles. What I am disappointed in is the fact that one of the clear Tips has a run in it. looks defective.
Kissimmee , FL
Pros: Good Tip Action, Lightweight, Flexible, Durable, Sensitive, Accurate Casting, Easy To Transport
Best Uses: Fly Fishing, Ocean Fishing
Comments: So light , and strong , great for ocean shores and deep ocean
 the best downrigger rods
Pros: Flexible, Good Tip Action, Sensitive, Durable
Best Uses: Large Fish
AK Fisherman
Anchorage, AK
 Great Fishing Rods
Pros: Flexible, Good Tip Action, Durable
Best Uses: Ocean Fishing
Comments: I use rods on Cannon Down Riggers and they work great for salmon.
dryden ny
Ugly Stick Dipsy Rod
Pros: Durable
Best Uses: Large Fish
Comments: Best dipsy rod i have used, using a flasher and fly set-up along with a dipsy the other rods i have made it real hard to bring in any fish of size, but with the Ugly stick I dont get so worn out bringing in a fish or just bringing it in to clean off weeds, it saves energy and time, well made [...]. No need to go any where else, it was the best price online also. Dennis
Riegelsville, PA
 Works surprisingly well
Pros: Sensitive, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Easy To Transport
Best Uses: trolling
Comments: I purchased this rod for a 400 foot copper setup. It pulls this well off the stern or off a planer board. It really transmits the action so it is easy to see what's happening.
Riegelsville, PA
 Won't buy another this size
Pros: Sensitive, Flexible, Good Tip Action
Cons: Hard To Transport, Unequal halves, Poor Construction
Comments: This is an 8'3" downrigger rod. While I like the action, it has several problems: first, the halves are unequal lenght with the tip half being about 10" longer than the butt half. This makes breakdown, storage and transport more difficult and exposes the thin parts to breakage. Second, the rod started to delaminate at the female joint on the first day of use. I like the action and it does work great as a downrigger rod. I also enjoy fighting fish with this rod.
Riegelsville PA
 A great stick
Pros: Sensitive, Easy To Transport, Durable, Good Tip Action, Flexible
Comments: My first (but not last) Ugly Stick downrigging rod. It takes a nice bend and handles fish very well.
Riegelsville PA
 A nice rod if you can get over the color
Pros: Sensitive, Flexible, Good Tip Action
Comments: This is a nice rod and very well priced. Great value but you need to live with blue and yellow color on the same rod. Must have been designed by a color blind designer.
Coho clubber
North shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota.
 Absolute favorite rod
Pros: Durable, Flexible, Good Tip Action
Best Uses: Downrigger trolling
Comments: This is the my absolute favorite trolling rod for lake Superior trout and salmon. The rod I am referring to is the 9foot light action downrigger model, it has lots of flex and power for such a whippy rod and it loads perfectly into the downrigger giving perfect release hooksets along with very good fish handling abilities with its nine foot length.
Gig Harbor, CA
 Great service/Great product
Pros: Durable, Flexible, Good Tip Action, Sensitive
Best Uses: Large Fish, I use for salmon
Comments: This trolling rod is perfect for my Puget Sound salmon fishing. Highly recommend this rod.
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