No one outfit can do it all, but if I had to pick just one, it would be a St. Croix PM610MF with either a Calcutta 400 or an Abu BG6500C.
Deep fluke, casting to breaking bass from the boat, bucktailing in current, jigging bass and blues just off the beach, clam bellies up on the flats or in the Inlets, even blackfishing (with a reel changeout to a Newell 220 or Tekota 500)- its the one I'd bring.
No swinging fish of more than say 4lbs though . . .
I haven't used it yet, but my new Capt Neil LI Series rod definately feels (not to mention looks!) like it will be my new favorite all around inshore rod. Way to go Neil! You are a true craftsman!
awsome rod you will love it.i use mine for fluke,blacks,bass,ect.
one all around saltwater combo for inshore private and or party boat? I would have to say I'd go with a heavy setup. Knowing you sound like you will be doing for the most part the party boats. How would I go about finding the best medium heavy action combo for all around inshore fishing?.. I would first browse around a few fishing tackle supply dealers. I want to put the rod in hand and get a feel for what it is I've researched online. I came up witha good affordable baitcasting rod for the small to medium salt water inshore conventional reels such as the abu 6500 or the 7000. The rod of choice is the 7' 1 piece BWCL2200 tiger lite ugly stix composite baitcasting rod.
Phil built some beautiful rods years ago. I can't say for sure when my brother got his but it was sometime in the 60s. 6 1/2 or 7 ft - brown finish - wooden grips with a sort of diamond pattern to the wood. Handle 8 or 10 ounces without any trouble. I got to try it sometime after he bought it, on a codfish trip, and thought it was great. My brother said there were two rods like it when he bought his but when I went to Phil's they had been sold.
Hey lep that st.croix is the best stick. I caught 12 lb tog, 31lb bass, 9lb fluke and its not overkill for inshore sea bass. Put on 220 newell and you are set. I have over 30 outfits but if i had to pick one that is the set up.
Lazarus, I think we have the pair. When my father took me to Phil's he had two sticks, one-piece, painted light brown, black wraps with red caps on the wraps and wood diamond cut grips. I took the lighter stick, 6'6". Had Phil strip the brown off a year later so mine is all black now. As I recall, custom with a carbie tip and stainless guides, cost $45.00. Pretty penny when you could get factory sticks for 10-20 bucks.