Great rod for the price
January 29, 2015
Bought the 7'6" Heavy bait cast model to bottom fish for flukes, tautogs, and sea bass off the Mid-Atlantic coast. The extra long butt section of this rod (13.5") really helps to get leverage when fighting the fish, and allows me to tuck in under my arm for comfort. I was originally looking into a St. Croix Premier musky rod, but wanted to save a few bucks and knew Shimano had always made quality products. Though the Teramar is rated up to 2oz, I had no trouble working an 8oz sinker amongst rock piles, and provided good hook-setting power with it's stout backbone. It wasn't quite as sensitive or as light weight as the all-graphite St. Croix Premier, as the Teramar's TC4 construction has fiberglass inlayed with graphite. But for around $70 less, it does as good a job as the Premier, and I had no trouble detecting bites. Looking to get another 7' MH for lighter inshore applications.
Pros:- quality construction
- long butt section on the 7'6" Heavy
- can handle heavier lures
- stout backbone/ soft tip
Cons:- slightly heavier than all-graphite rod