yep gotta agree the tt lite is somebit of kit,i would consider that the best light beach ,long distance rod i have ever used,got more backbone than a lot of other rods,you can find em for around 180.00I have a Century Tip Tornado Lite, a Shakepeare Odessa Bass and a Shakespeare Saltspin. All have there merits. For beachcasting light leads of 3-5oz the TT is the boyo, great for all round beachfishing, surf bass, flounder and deep spinning for pollock. The Odessa is best lobbing baits into the surf for flatties and bass, but will do heavy spinning, floatfishing and cast larger plugs. The Salt spin is a nice 3 piece which fits in the boot. Does nealry all the oddessa does but is just a bit lighter at 1-3oz so you can get away with fishing plugs and smaller spinners. It all boils down to what you want the rod for and how much you are willing to spend. My old man has the A.F.A.W.Estuary rod which is very nice and also the Mustad Viking 116 Lite. Have a look and play with them all and see what you prefer. First choice would be the TT but they are about £225, for £35 th Salt Spin is ideal. The choice is your mate, but there are a lot of good light rods on the market for the sort of fishing you want to do.
A good carp rod about 1.5 to 2lb test curve - YOU CANT GO WRONG
im looking to get a light shore rod for the summer but im not sure on what to get i was looking at a flattie fanatic but was told there floppy so any help would be grand all the best. carl
Well he said he wanted a light shore rod for the summer. As I say imo a Carp rod is just that.
I can cast 80 - 100yds with a baited rig and 2oz of lead. Tested in a field.
Yes if you have a stiff breeze and for some reason you are desperate to hold bottom then you will need a more robust rod.
You also get unriveled bite detection and the rod can be used for a whole range of applications. Also why cast a long way! that depends on the mark, I have had some of my best fish close in.
If he is keen to fish for SPORT then light gear is the way forward.
Carp rods aren't much use if you want to hold bottom in windy conditions or a reasonably fast tide.
Philtherod - I have just started to use braid, is it important to have the correct rings or can I stick with what I have on my rods (cheap rings except on Mustad Lite 116 which has fuji BNOC's)?