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Old 02-25-2021, 05:30 AM
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Default Inshore spinning rods $100 and under ?

Picked up a couple of Daiwa BG 3000 reels and want to pickup a couple of decent spinning rods to put together a couple of inshore setups. Trying to stay around $100 per rod. Yes, I know the Ugly Stiks are an option but, nothing like asking LOL.

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Star Aerials should be in that range, I have several and am happy with em
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I have two 7' MH All Star rods for the past dozen years. They are my go to rods for shallower water fluke jigging and tossing small lures. They have seen hundreds of fish including many 10-15lb bluefish. Even a few mahi.
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Star Stellar Lite, a lot of different models all priced right at $100. I use them and heartily recommend them.
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In addition to the above the Bass pro gold cup series are a good value
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St Croix Triumph on all my inshore setups. There’s a new saltwater Triumph out now too
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Originally Posted by Tin Ark View Post
Picked up a couple of Daiwa BG 3000 reels and want to pickup a couple of decent spinning rods to put together a couple of inshore setups. Trying to stay around $100 per rod. Yes, I know the Ugly Stiks are an option but, nothing like asking LOL.

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The Fenwick HMG series are great rods and retail right at $100.00. Great performance and value.
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Picked up a couple of Daiwa BG 3000 reels and want to pickup a couple of decent spinning rods to put together a couple of inshore setups. Trying to stay around $100 per rod. Yes, I know the Ugly Stiks are an option but, nothing like asking LOL.

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Plenty of options for WELL under $100!

You mentioned Ugly Stiks but the selections from Shakespeare have grown ALOT over the years and aren't just limited to the old Catfish/Striper & GX2 models. I have had 4 of the Ugly Stik Intercoastal series for the last couple seasons and LOVE them. (Think they retail around $40-$50?) 2 are 7'MH (With Shimano 3000 NASCIs 30# braid) for C-rigs and heavier live bait chunkn & 2 7/ M (with ABU Elite Max 3000 with 20# braid) for poppn corks and casting lures. The Intercoastal series is not offered in Shakespeare's catalog, I think it' a rod/model they build specifically for WalMart as the only places I've found them were in WalMarts along the coast. They weigh half what the GX2 and Cat models weigh (more graphite) and have great cork handles and the good all SS, 1 pc UglyTuff guides. The handles are a couple inches longer than the UglyStik Elite I have but shorter than my GX2s and Cats. Best I can tell they are virtually the same basic blank and components as the Penn Squadron 3 Inshore rods. (Pure Fishing owns both Penn & Shakespeare) Ugly Stik also offers the "Inshore Select" but I wasn't a fan of the larger guides & the actions/blanks didn't feel as good to me as the Intercoastal's. Berkley (also owned by Pure Fishing) offers their "Inshore Series" rods as well. They are good, tough rods usually priced around $50-$60. They also offer their "AMP Saltwater" line that's usually under $30 and full graphite.

I have $300-$400 GLoomis and St. Croix bass rods for myself when fishing freshwater. But when it comes to my inshore tackle & use, it is subject to MUCH MORE abuse and use by my less experienced sons, guests and drankn buds so I go for "lightweight yet TOUGH without breaking the bank" selections.
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I can recommend the Falcon Coastal XG for about $90.

My rods rack is a mix of Falcon XG, St Croix Avid and Legend, and GLoomis GL2 and IMX, as well as custom rods built on carbon fiber blanks. The Falcon are obviously the cheapest of the bunch and I'm not going to say they are as light and sensitive as the others costing 2-4 times more, but they do get used all the time.

The Falcon XG 3-piece travel rod (in its travel tube) with a BG3000 reel stays in my truck for those impromptu fishing opportunities. Good overall performance and not a lot of $$

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X2 on the Fenwick HMG.
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Outstanding thanks, I am heading to the Tampa Boat Show next weekend and armed with this info I am sure I can find some solid options.
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Ohero rods through Lee Fisher. A few different price points. All very good.
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Picked up a couple of Daiwa BG 3000 reels and want to pickup a couple of decent spinning rods to put together a couple of inshore setups. Trying to stay around $100 per rod. Yes, I know the Ugly Stiks are an option but, nothing like asking LOL.

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Tsunami is an alternative to Ugly Sticks.
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Lamiglas Insane Salt are $119. I went that direction for chucking swimbaits with a spinning reel in part because I don't like cork grips.
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Temple fork also had a model right around $100. Tsunami may as well. The TF is a solid performer but the price may have gone up.
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Tsunami TFSS-701MH rods are cheap, pretty well made, and get the job done. I prefer these to my ugly sticks.

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Not gonna lie, I REALLY like my penn Squadrons and they are like $50 each. Have caught 40+ lb cobia with them too.
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Keep an eye on Facebook Market Place. I have bought just about everything I have from spinning rods to Penn Internationals used. You can get quality stuff for 1/2 the price if you are patient.

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Allstar classic spin poppin rods from academy. $50 and go on sale every year or two for 40% off. Cork handles, fuji eyes. Best bang for your buck IMO. I've owned about a dozen of them and use them for everything from speck, red, and bass to catching schooling Bonita and Spanish on small jigs.
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