Excellent Surf Rod
July 28, 2015
I bought this rod to pair with a Van Staal VS250. Couldn't be happier! The rod/reel combo balance perfectly. The rod is rated to pitch plugs between 1-5oz, a perfect range for surfcasting along the striper coast, although even in light conditions when a 9' rod a lighter reel might be more ideal, it will toss 1/2 oz buck tails nicely. Hence, its action is fast and sensitive enough to serve as the one rod you need to hike deep into Montauk's Side side under variable conditions, feel finicky bumps, while having all the backbone you need to heal in a trophy cow. The rod is also comfortable to cast and retrieve. The lower handle length sits perfectly between legs while maintaining a comfortable 45-deg angle during retrieve; key to effectively setting hooks on a strike. (I'm 6'0" btw). If you only have one surf rod, this should be it.
Pros:Well built, dependable, sensitive but with plenty of backbone.