The ARK Tharp Series is comprised of 12 rods (2 spinning, 3 composite, and 7 casting models). Each was built to my exact specifications to fish specific techniques that i use to do my job at the highest level on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
This project was a lot more than testing a few new blanks and putting my name on them. I took this opportunity to use my knowledge, working with an amazing company and the very best in the business overseas to build an innovative and affordable line of rods. We utilized new materials and components that I am confident will give me a competitive advantage on the tournament trail. I flew half way around the world to ensure each model is perfect for the task that I designed it for and couldn’t be happier with the results!
“This spinning rod was built for a drop shot. It’s perfectly suited for this light line technique with an extremely soft tip but maintains a fast action. It’s also my choice for casting light weight balsa crank baits that can be nearly impossible to cast with bait casting gear. If you love watching your ‘meter’ on the front deck, this rod is for you!” –Randall Tharp
“The action of this spinning rod makes it the best all around and most versatile spinning rod I have ever used. Shaky heads, neko rigs, wacky rigs, and any other light line technique you can think of this rod handles with ease.” – Randall Tharp
“This is the shortest and lightest casting rod in my series and was specifically built for fishing a jerk bait. It also excels target fishing with a topwater bait in tight quarters. It’s moderate action makes fishing these lures easy and then once a big fish is hooked- they stay hooked!” – Randall Tharp
“One of the most versatile rods in my series and a rod that never leaves my boat. Perfect for casting a spinnerbait, topwater, or soft plastic around all day. The fast tip and shorter length of this rod allows me to make precise casts to targets and has plenty of backbone to drive that hook home!” – Randall Tharp
“If I was only allowed one rod in my boat this one would have to be it. It handles any type of line and just about any lure in your tackle box. My hollow body frogs, horny toads, and swimming worms are all tied onto this one. It’s so versatile you can also cast and pitch weightless worms and skip light jigs under docks. Swimbaits are also not a problem when this rod is in your hand. This one will get it done!” – Randall Tharp
“If you like to fish offshore this rod was built for you. The action and length of this rod was built for casting jigs, worms, Carolina rigs, swimbaits, and hair jigs long distances. It has plenty of backbone to give you leverage to drive that hook home after that long cast. It’s also very forgiving with lighter line and it’s soft tip allows the hook to stay where it belongs while you battle offshore giants!” – Randall Tharp
“The best all around flipping stick I have ever had in my hand. It’s a perfect balance of strength to weight while maintaining a precise action that I demand from a flipping stick. The “King Cobra” excels pitching jigs and soft plastics in and around heavy cover and then extracting big bass from it! I also spool braid on this one and swim a jig with it as well. If you like battling ‘Cobra’s’ like the ‘Badger’, this is your rod!” – Randall Tharp
“This powerful flipping stick is built for braided line and excels fishing deep grass. I use it with 1/2 oz. weights all the way up to 1 1/4 oz. and is the perfect flipping stick if you love fishing milfoil and hydrilla. It’s also my choice for flipping a big jig. It’s action is balanced to be powerful enough to drive the hook home with grass between you and the fish but also not too stiff to rip a hole in a fish’s mouth.” – Randall Tharp
“The strongest and most powerful stick in my series. Perfectly balanced for my style of flipping super-heavy cover. It was built for one purpose and that is to pull the biggest bass in a lake out of the heaviest cover imaginable. Big braid, big hooks, big weights and big bass! This is the best punching rod ever built, period.” – Randall Tharp
“This composite cranking rod was built for fishing square bills and small crankbaits. It’s short length and precise action make it great for target fishing or just burning the bank. Brand new materials and technology make this the lightest and most sensitive composite rod ever built without sacrificing the benefits that a glass rod has when fishing a treble hook lure.” – Randall Tharp
“The most versatile of the composite models in my line. This one is perfectly suited for a lipless bait, medium running crankbait, or a vibrating jig. New materials and technology make it lighter and more sensitive than any other composite rod built before. This one is not just good, it’s perfect!” – Randall Tharp
“Built for one purpose which is to fire a big crankbait a long way with minimal effort. This rod does that and still lets you feel every move that the bait makes while it is probing the depths where the big ones live. We cut the weight in half, made it more sensitive, and still maintained all the benefits that a composite rod offers when fishing a treble hooked lure. Deep cranking perfection!” – Randall Tharp