Quality inshore rod/reel combo

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Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by ssramage » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:42 pm

Getting some extra back from taxes and looking to add another rod/reel combo to my arsenal and could use some help. Looking for something nice that will last a while, and wanting to spend less than $400 on the total setup.

Currently I have a pretty basic assortment:
Shimano Stradic 2500FJ on 7' M St. Croix Premier - use for jigs and artificials
and 2 Penn Battle II 2500 combos - popping corks/live bait

Not sold on spinning vs casting (honestly I've never used a baitcaster but would consider).

What would you guys recommend?

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Re: Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by SRAces » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:23 pm

Asking what rod/reel combo to purchase for $400 is like asking someone what kayak to recommend. Let us know what type of fishing you want to do with the new rod/reel setup. That would probably help with the answers. You stated you have a Stradic and 2 Battle IIs. Both are great reels. Just tons of rods out there to choose from and the determining factor there is how you are going to use it. For $400 I would get 2 complete rod/reel setups for me. :D
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Re: Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by ssramage » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:27 pm

SRAces wrote:Asking what rod/reel combo to purchase for $400 is like asking someone what kayak to recommend. Let us know what type of fishing you want to do with the new rod/reel setup. That would probably help with the answers. You stated you have a Stradic and 2 Battle IIs. Both are great reels. Just tons of rods out there to choose from and the determining factor there is how you are going to use it. For $400 I would get 2 complete rod/reel setups for me. :D
Good point. I would imagine that this new reel would be used similarly to my current Stradic; pitching jigs, artificials and the occasional topwater; targeting redfish and trout.

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Re: Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by Chris » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:47 pm

That Stradic/St. Croix set up you have is what I'd get if I had a couple bills to buy a new combo...
That being said, the only reel I own that's over $100 is a Quantum Smoke inshore spinning in their 2500 size. It's super light and a blast to fish with.

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Re: Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by SRAces » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:58 pm

I fish the Gulf primarily with topwater and twitch/jerkbaits. Usually jigs with soft plastics/Gulp are my last resort when the other 2 methods aren't producing. I have fished all day on just topwater and caught several dozen trout. The key for me has been the weight of the setup. I started out with Penn Spinfisher V (4500) and Penn Battle II (4000) reels. Like them a lot, but my wrist would get sore after pitching or casting for 6 plus hours. So I looked for something lighter. I went with 2 Shimano Sedona 3000 reels. They weigh less than 9 ounces and have at least 18 pounds of drag. Can't beat that for the price. There is a listing today for 2 of those reels from an Ebay seller in Jax. Brand new ($50 each). Great price.

I have rods that run $150 or more but they aren't what I fish every weekend with. I use those inexpensive Gander Mountain Vortex rods because paired up with my Shimano Sedona reels, it gives me the feel I want twitching hard baits and the action of the rod to cast the distance I want. That is something you will have to figure out. It sounds like you do fish similar to me. Good luck!
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Re: Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by ssramage » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:12 pm

SRAces wrote:I fish the Gulf primarily with topwater and twitch/jerkbaits. Usually jigs with soft plastics/Gulp are my last resort when the other 2 methods aren't producing. I have fished all day on just topwater and caught several dozen trout. The key for me has been the weight of the setup. I started out with Penn Spinfisher V (4500) and Penn Battle II (4000) reels. Like them a lot, but my wrist would get sore after pitching or casting for 6 plus hours. So I looked for something lighter. I went with 2 Shimano Sedona 3000 reels. They weigh less than 9 ounces and have at least 18 pounds of drag. Can't beat that for the price. There is a listing today for 2 of those reels from an Ebay seller in Jax. Brand new ($50 each). Great price.

I have rods that run $150 or more but they aren't what I fish every weekend with. I use those inexpensive Gander Mountain Vortex rods because paired up with my Shimano Sedona reels, it gives me the feel I want twitching hard baits and the action of the rod to cast the distance I want. That is something you will have to figure out. It sounds like you do fish similar to me. Good luck!
Thanks. I did order one of those Vortex rods based on your suggestion in the other thread to put on my Penn. I really don't need another setup for what I do, but I've kicked around the idea of getting something a little nicer to fish with. I love fishing with my stradic and it's night/day to the penn's...makes me almost not even use the penns, so I thought about having a solid backup for me and making the other's solely for guests.

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Re: Quality inshore rod/reel combo

Post by troutsniffer » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:09 pm

If you are looking for a baitcaster my number one recommendation would be the new Daiwa TWS Coastal. It cast great and is light weight. I've had mine now for a year and love it. I've put it on a St. Croix Legend Extreme Inshore rod and that combo is excellent. The rod is pricey and more than what you're wanting to spend but I would recommend going with St. Croix. I also have a St. Croix Triumph which is there low end model around $100. I love that rod I caught a tarpon on it and it's very sensitive. Another option yon might consider for a baitcaster is the Quantum smoke inshore baitcaster. This reel also casts great and is very light only draw back is less adjust ability for the mag brake but still a great reel. I have that paired with a 13 fishing Omen Green rod. The 13 fishing rods are quit affordable and good quality. My last suggestion would be the Shimano Curados. They are affordable, cast great, and durable. I have three of them because I like them so much. I would recommend pairing them with a Shimano Crucial rod also very affordable. Good luck and catch'em up!
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