Make Inshore Anglers Happy at Christmas
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the inshore angler and the budget is, shall we say, limitless, then take a look at the “Cadillac” of fishing rods from G. Loomis. The NRX “Mag Rod” Inshore spinning rod series offers fast and extra-fast action. The new nano-silica resin system that allows us to use less material without losing strength. Plus, these rods are rated for braid, which means they’ll stand up to that hard shock when he sets the hook. Rods have titanium-framed, SIC K-frame stripper guides that are designed to keep braided line from tangling on the frames at the stiffest point of the rod. After the first three K-frame guides, nickel-titanium RECOIL guides are used to reduce weight and increase the rate of recovery for the tip for increased casting distance. The rods carry a limited-lifetime warranty.
Stepping down a notch to about $300, the Legend Tournament Inshore rods by St. Croix employ SCIV graphite construction in 10 one-piece, fast-action models, seven spinning and three casting. The rods feature Kigan Master Hand Zero Tangle guides, a Fuji TVS (spinning) or PTS (casting) reel seat, and a Belize blue metallic finish. The rods come in line classes from 6- to 12-pound through 17- to 40-pound, and lengths of 7, 71⁄2 and 8 feet to cover every inshore fishing situation.
Drop down another $100 and you can buy that avid angler a St. Croix Mojo Inshore rod that has a medium-power, fast-action blank designed with St. Croix’s popular SCII graphite. All spinning rods measure 7 feet or 7 ½ feet. Features include a Fuji DPS reel seat, hard aluminum-oxide guides with corrosion-resistant frames, premium-grade cork handles and a five-year warranty. The fast-action design is best suited for fishing artificials, including soft plastics, on ¼- to ½-ounce jig heads, poppers, walk-the-dog baits, popping or rattling corks, weighted paddle tails and spoons. That covers just about every bait an inshore angler would need.
For those on a limited budget, look to Shakespeare and UglyStik for a variety of rods that is easy on the pocketbook. Plus, Lew’s has the Speed Stick Rod for $79.95.
In the spinning reel department, Shimano Exsence delivers a light tackle inshore reel in a featherweight package. The saltwater safe, magnesium HAGANE body offers rigidity and all-day comfort. Shimano adds a water-repellent coating and X Protect to provide high-level water resistance without sacrificing light gear and rotor rotation.