[A] ST. CROIX MOJO YAK
St. Croix designed its Mojo Yak rods for anglers negotiating the tight space of a kayak cockpit. The rods’ shorter, split-grip handles are finished with rounded butt sections so they slide easily across fabric. The six spinning and two casting models measure 7 feet to 7 feet 6 inches, and come in medium-light, medium and medium-heavy power. The rods feature Kigan Master Hand 3D guides with aluminum-oxide inserts, are made from SCIII graphite and start at $150.
[B] G.LOOMIS E6X INSHORE
G.Loomis redesigned the E6X Inshore series to improve durability and balance. The 14 models — three casting and 11 spinning — come in actions and powers to target most popular gamesters, from trout to tarpon, with lures or live bait. The rods feature full-cork grips and G.Loomis’ multitaper technology. They cost $189.99 to $229.99.
[C] OKUMA PCH CUSTOM
Okuma blended unidirectional fiber over 24-ton carbon in the extended tip to boost lifting strength and power in the 12 casting models in its PCH series, which measure from 7 to 9 feet (7-foot, medium-power pictured). All use Fuji K-guides with Alconite inserts, or ALPS HXH guides with zirconium inserts and ALPS CAH reel seats. Prices start at $199.99.
[D] PENN BATTALION INSHORE SPINNING
Penn’s Battalion rods come in a variety of actions and balances for inshore and nearshore fishing. The 7-foot, medium-light graphite rod pictured features extra-fast action and aluminum-oxide guide inserts. It’s rated for 8- to 15-pound-test line and 1/8- to ¾-ounce lures. The cork grip is available in full and split versions. This rod costs $99.95.