RODS

Sport Fishing - - 2018 ANGLERS’ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE -

[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.

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