Best Fishing Rods for Inshore Fishing
For inshore fishing, I have a variety of rods, both casting and spinning, for different fish, different fishing conditions and different line weights and material.
If I’m fishing from a boat for speckled trout with monofilament line, which has more stretch, I’ll choose one of my rods with at least a medium action and a fast tip, usually a 7-footer. The fast tip means that I get to the stronger part of the rod more quickly, which aids in a successful hookset with the inherent line stretch. However, because of the trout’s tender mouth, I make sure my drag is not set too heavy to keep from ripping out the hook. It’s pretty much the same when fishing for flounder.
If my reel is spooled with braided line, which has virtually no stretch, I’ll go with a medium action with a moderate tip that provides a little more flex during the hookset. Again, because the line has no give, I make sure the drag is set properly to be able to fight the fish without pulling the hook loose.
When it comes to redfish, you can have success with a similar setup, but I prefer to go a little heavier. I choose a 7- or 7 ½-foot rod with a medium-heavy action and fast tip. Redfish mouths are tough and can withstand a lot more force than other species, but a good hookset is crucial to imbed the hook. Redfish are epic fighters, especially when they larger than 20 inches, so get ready for several drag-squealing runs before they start to yield ground. The larger rod allows you to apply more pressure to subdue the fish.
Sheepshead is another species with a tough, tough mouth and the ability to steal your bait in a flash. If you don’t set the hook immediately after feeling the slightest bite, you might as well reel it up and put another shrimp or fiddler crab on the hook. I like a 7-foot rod with a fast tip for sheepshead to get the fish hooked and away from the barnacle-encrusted structure in a hurry.