Offshore Angler Gold Cup Inshore Spinning Rods
I purchased this rod as my main inshore rod for my trips to Tampa Bay. I use it mainly for throwing soft plastics on flats for redfish, trout, and flounder. It has just enough flexibility to throw baits VERY far while maintaining sensitivity (I use powerpro too). This makes it superior for fishing live bait as well.
One time I hooked on to a 31" red (pictured) and it darted straight for the trolling motor but it didn't get very far. I was completely abusing the rod with it bent all the way under the boat and it held up very well. I was able to crank the fish right our from under the boat thanks to the backbone on this rod.
I have also used this for fishing bridges and surf all around Florida.
I would recommend 20lb-30lb PowerPro on a Penn Fierce 3000, Penn Battle 3000, or Shimano Stradic 3000.
February 20, 2015
So when I got my socorro 6000, it came with a shimano rod. The handle was a bit too long for me. A couple of months later, I bought this rod because of the price...I really didn't think it would be that good. Months later, I landed a 3ft snook in my lake!!! I have to say, it handled the fish just fine, which is something I would never expect from an offshore angler rod. Please....save some money and purchase this rod!!! You can't go wrong!!!!!
December 12, 2012
Gold Cup Inshore
A great rod for the money. The key feature of this rod being the ability to cast 2oz lures. Rod is used for throwing plugs from the pier, after two trips to the pier so far no issues. The rod has the backbone to heave 1-3lb fish over the rail with no issues
May 25, 2010
Well worth the price
My wife bought me this rod while we were on the west coast of Florida, far from my East coast rods. I wanted a rod with a softer tip for tossing shrimp and crabs, but something that had the backbone to handle snook, smaller tarpon, redfish, permit, and jack.
I picked out the medium action rod and found it to be a great rod for the money.
This rod is a tremendous value for the price. Most saltwater rods at this price level have poor components and are heavy or slow in action.
This rod is relatively light for all day casting. The guides are smooth for long casts and reducing friction. The spacing of the guides also distributes the flex of the rod well. The flex of this rod is also pretty crisp for powerful casts and good hauling power on inshore species.
This rod handles 12 pound test mono or fluorocarbon well and can also throw 20lb braid for extra insurance when pursuing larger fish or when near cover.
This rod is not as tough as a Shimano Terramar or as sensitive as a high end rod (such as a G. Loomis or premium St. Croix) but for most angler this is rod is an excellent choice.
I will be buying a second rod to keep at our condo in Florida and would highly reccomend this rod to anyone looking for a quality inshore rod at a low price.
February 6, 2010