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#12386816 - 08/15/17 11:01 AM Building an inshore rod for dad
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 18126
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
Need opinions. I build rods and my dad wants me to build him an inshore spinning rod for reds and snook. He wants a 7' MH Fast is all I know, basically a bass set up. I want to get him a reel to go with this rod as well. I see most inshore rod blanks are white or light blue .... is there a reason for this? Is a black colored blank not preferred as an inshore rod. Also, I'm thinking about getting him the new Shimano Sustain reel. What size reel should I get for this set-up and I would assume the Sustain FG is not a bad choice? Also, the reel seat, I inquired about a small and light aluminum reel seat and found the one pictured below ... would an aluminum reel seat be preferred? info on the reel seat here.. - OK, two more questions - cork grips or Winn Grips? Full grip or split? I would think full grip if your setting your rod in a rod holder at times during live bait fishing.

Thanks for any suggestions

#12391742 - 08/18/17 05:55 PM Re: Building an inshore rod for dad [Re: Huckleberry]
TroyKing Offline
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Registered: 09/28/14
Posts: 1750
Loc: Carthage Tx
I'm not a rod builder but I know what I like
7' medium moderate has a little softer and more forgiving tip
An anidized aluminium reel seat is great
I love full cork but , but split grips give me more control

The sustain is an awesome real, but a stradic will do all he wants for a lot less...a 4000 series will be more than enough.
Send us a pic when your done.
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#12393095 - 08/19/17 09:27 PM Re: Building an inshore rod for dad [Re: Huckleberry]
jdk1985 Offline

Registered: 10/30/11
Posts: 198
I think 4000 is a bit too big for an inshore. I would go with a 3000, but that's just a preference thing.


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