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theres a few threads on this forum with the same question, but are quite dated, so there may be newer better rods out there now.
I do take my rods abroad but generally beach casters, I'm heading to Greece this year and was looking for a good all round spinning rod, that I can do some spinning, float fishing maybe light bait fishing off rocks, but then I thought I might try hire a boat and do some fishing off a boat. I came across this rod http://www.gerrysfishing.com/shimano-beastmaster-cx-stc-9-10ft-travel-spin-tbmscx2730h6.ir
Which suggests you can use on a boat with the shorter section, then lengthen it for spinning on shore, it also suggest it can handle some reasonable size fish.
My question is has anyone tried these rods. Is it a gimmick? I plan on fishing other tropical areas going forward, would this rod maybe be a bit low on power for these destinations, there is also a heavier rated model of this rod. Or am I possibly trying to solve too many problems with one rod, and rather should look at buying a specific travel rod for a specific purpose, I had also looked at the fox spinning rods? Anyway I'm pretty new to spinning for game fish , so any tips or ideas on a rod and reel would be appreciated.
 

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I have one of those rods, and it's useful for UK species and I would assume Greece too. I like the rod and it packs down to a convenient size. Would not risk it in the tropics though...would explode on contact with a GT or bluefin trevally etc.

If it has to be a travel rod, I'd recommend trying to get hold of one of the discontinued Fox Trek travel rods. They're really good, though not the cheapest option ever: tends to come out as expensive as a top end Japanese import specialist popping rod.

Personally, I'd say that if you're shelling out to go fishing in a tropical destination, it's worth committing a bit more coin and bringing a rod tube and proper 2-piece butt joint rods. Most long haul couriers give you a total weight limit that can be split over two bags, one of which can be your tube.
I'd also council against trying to find a one-size-fits-all rod. There's really no such thing. If funds are limited (and they always are, aren't they?) I recommend taking the time to really sit down and think what trips you're planning over the next few years: work out which species you want to target, what size lures you need to throw for them and in what context, and how hard these fish pull. If you do your research on that it should become clearer what you need your rod(s) to do, and then you can see if there's a rod that can compromise between those factors.

In general I'd say that its better to buy rods for the more specialist approach, which will then handle most bait fishing fine. For example on a recent trip to the Seychelles I took three specialist lure rods (ultralight 1-5g, PE3 15-50g, and heavy popping PE8 ), and did my bait fishing with one or other of these depending on what I was targeting. Or in other words I'd rather chuck baits to sharks with a popping rod than I would work poppers with a beach caster!
 

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Thanks timmer, I think it's a case of buying the right rod for the right purpose. I suppose I can't go wrong with a lighter spinning travel rod for scratching around on hols and at home, then if I go for bigger fish, but something suitable, any suggestion on a good reel for the lighter rod?
 

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Have a look at the Shakespeare Agility Bass travel rod 2-4 oz casting weight, ive used on for blacktips from cape verde, to Barracuda in the Caribbean, okay its not a big fish rod , but works well as a general sinning rod whilst on holiday
 

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are you maybe buying into the advertising narrative a little bit, ive never seen a rod explode?
For sure..obviously 95-98% of equipment failures come from things like high sticking, mismatch of line to rod etc, but the overwhelming majority of multi-piece rods in the UK market (as I said hon. exception the discontinued Fox Trek series) are just not up to tropical work. Though I'd say this is secondary to the fact that they work lures like a dog.

I've certainly blown up rods (and even more reels) from just using them beyond their original intention when messing about on the reef.
 

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Hi Jamas

I think that rod would suit you for the fishing that you intend doing in Greece.

It's a bit of a compromise but the convenience of a 4 / 5 piece rod on a family holiday outweigh the negatives imo.

Fully agree that for hard-core popping a specialist tool is required but you can push these rods to their stated casting weights without fear of over-gunning them.

The Fox Permit Trek is a nice rod - a little short but makes a nice light boat spinning rod and the heavier Fox Trek rods wouldn't suit the fishing in Greece.

I own 4 of the Shim Beastmaster travel rods and rate them highly for the value they offer.

Have had one (STC 300H) for 13 years and it has never let me down including landing several tarpon to 50+ lb from the shore, innumerable jacks, trevally, roosters, stripers, bluefish and cuda.

That old rod just refuses to die :)

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I have a old s/h beastmaster stc 240/270 mh ,best £40 I've ever spent ebay- peach of a blank - crisp , no flat spots , but it is what is is - a 14-40g spinning rod , versatile but can't do everything
 

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i've bought a shimano tbmshbt3024 cast 150 to 300g for trip to cape verde has anyone used these for bigger fish advice welcome as dont want to go all way out there with wrong equipment
 

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i've bought a shimano tbmshbt3024 cast 150 to 300g for trip to cape verde has anyone used these for bigger fish advice welcome as dont want to go all way out there with wrong equipment
sounds like a rating for a vertical jigging rod?
 

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I know the rod now , made to cast at the longer length and to jig at the shorter . Good concept . My experience of stc rods says it should be capable
 

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Bumpity bump. I’m looking for a beach caster travel rod multi section which can pack down to a suitcase size. A few 11’6 rods like this about but wouldn’t that restrict distance? 13’ used to be available but looks like just the beast master now which isn’t cheap... any thoughts on what’s out there in the market?
 

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Bumpity bump. I’m looking for a beach caster travel rod multi section which can pack down to a suitcase size. A few 11’6 rods like this about but wouldn’t that restrict distance? 13’ used to be available but looks like just the beast master now which isn’t cheap... any thoughts on what’s out there in the market?
Hiya mate,
I've got the Shakey Agility 2-4oz travel Bass which i think was about £60 when i got it, its 5 piece & 11ft in length, they also do an 11' 6" beach version. I've used mine off rocks, piers & beaches. Its handled some decent Huss upto around 8lb with no probs. Its pretty well finished as is most Shakespeare stuff- though only problem i can see for shorter anglers is the reel seat is on the 2nd section so quite high up. Being only 11ft its not really a rod for distance work but fine for short/medium range & imho its at its best with 3oz & a decent sized bait. Comes in a sectioned hard case.
I also have the Shimano Beastmaster 13ft 7 piece multiplier travel beach rod. It was'nt cheap at £210 ish but again imho worth every penny. It feels & casts like any other 13ft rod, has no flat spots & again imho best with 4 or 5oz leads & a decent bait. Big bonus for me is the sliding rather than the usual fixed real seat as i prefer fishing reel down.
This comes in a sectioned rod bag & hard case.
There's also the Koike Acer 12' 9" which i think is 6 piece & around £90 & the Ron Thompson 6 piece 11' 6" travel beach rod thats around £85 though i have'nt used either so can't comment on how good or bad they are.
Hope that helps.
Rick;)
 

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Have a look at the Shakespeare Agility Bass travel rod 2-4 oz casting weight, ive used on for blacktips from cape verde, to Barracuda in the Caribbean, okay its not a big fish rod , but works well as a general sinning rod whilst on holiday
As Andy and Huss hustler I have this rod and rate it highly, prob my most used rod at the minute with the small kids/busy family, small enough to travel with big enough to handle things, great to have lurking in the car for that impromptu session with a lead or spinner
 

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Thanks for your quick replies and advices, really much appreciated. I spoke with Fishing Mad in Lanark who are the only UK distributor for Bison rods it seems. They said last week anytime now for the 13' to be back in stock and yesterday said not for another 2 months. That rod has mixed reviews and is generally considered to be a bit of a broom but suited me due to being very low priced, its pack size and casting length. The latter being that my holidays more lately have been in the med where beaches are often shallow

I've got a Savage gear Road Runner 7' travel rod which is amazing for what it is. Packs up to nothing and has done me very well for spinning, lure casting.

I'd been thinking of getting a pair of travel rods so going for a pair of Beastmaster's would be a proper bank breaker!

On the back of that the yellow BM is a more recent version but reading a bit more there used to be a black version, MK1? Which is said to be the better rod

Turns out there's a decathlon where I'm going so maybe just a cheapie until the Bisons come back...OR bite the bullet
 
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