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Old 12-17-2013, 05:06 PM
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Looking to add a few inshore rods what's your favorite setup....rod and reel combo?
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:39 PM
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St. Croix rod / Shimano reel.


Weight & size depends on what you are going after. I like a 7 ft. medium weight rod with Calcutta 400 or 250 clipped on it.


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I have (among others) a Penn Fierce reel on a 7' rod. It's a combo I really like. Got it at Basspro last year. Cost somewhere between $70-$100. I dont know the specifics. I'm out of town right now, so I cant look at it. Anyway, it's set up with 20lb mono line, I use a popping cork with 2-3' of leader and a J hook with a shrimp. It catches flounder, trout, and redfish. I like it. It's small and light. Fun to cast and reel. Gets fish. I can use it in the bay, creek, or surf.

I just learned that Penn was bought by the Chinese. My next reel or combo I'll probably try to find something American. I like mine a lot, but just want to support the home team.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:07 PM
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St.Croix Mojo Inshore paired with a Stradic, spooled with Ande.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:12 AM
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Depends on what you are after. I use 7 ft, 6-14 lbs, loomis greenwater rods, shimano stradic c14 3000s and red 10lb power pro for finesse applications. I use 7 ft, 8-17 lbs, star seagis rods, shimano sustain 3000s and green 15lb power pro for general purpose fishing and I use 7 ft, loomis blue series rods, sustain 4000s with yellow 20lb power pro for sweeping the pass and for heavier live bait fishing.

As you can tell I am a loomis, star and shimano fan. I really like the 3000 size reels. I also have a few quantum smoke pts inshore reels spun up for my wife, who prefers them to the shimanos. She prefers the star rods with an all cork grip. I like the split grip. She also prefers the suffix line to power pro. I really like the sustains, but shimano make a series that sells for about 100 bucks that is pretty nice. It is hard to beat star rods for the money. I generally fish artificials. My wife likes to fish with live bait.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:25 AM
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I like 3000 series reels for inshore. Been using Penn Battles for the past 2 years - zero issues until this weekend when the anti reverse went out. A $10 fix... I like the 3000 for everything from trout to flounder, to reds up to 20#s, and even offshore at shallow reefs for BSB, Sheeps and Black Drum.

For rods I love St Croix or one step higher with a TFO (Temple Fork Outfitter saltwater by Loomis). The St Croix is a great production rod, the TFO has a more custom feel and a litte more backbone for about the same price.

The above setup is about $220

Cheaper? Penn Fierce on Ugly Stick Intracostals... many of the local guide boats use these setups for their standard boat rods.
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I've had a lot of luck with A generic $40 7' MH spinning rod with Shimano sierra 4000 with 30lb braid. Its a really cheap set up under $100 they usually last about 3-4 years and I don't feel like an idiot when I break one. I've caught stripers and bluefish up to 40" with this set up and its a lot of fun.
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