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Travel Rods.

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Anybody have an opinion about inshore casting three piece travel rods? Looking at G. Loomis Escape Series, Lamiglas Travel Series, Penn Guide Travel Rods, and St. Croix Tidemaster Inshore Casting Travel Rods. Costa Rica Tarpon, Snook and other assorted fish in mind. I?m thinking about something that will fit in a suitcase. Or is it better to fork over the sixty (one way, so twice) and take a rod tube. What rod tube do you recommend?

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simidude said:
I am going to Costa Rica (Crocodile Bay) we can only have 35lbs of checked luggage and 10lbs of carry on. I have a 42" single rod tube (sports chalet) with a 15-40lb 2 piece ugly stick that I am going to carry on.
Which airline will allow you to have 35#? When I flew on Sansa, they only allowed 25# with no guarantee that the luggage would come on the same flight as the passenger! Now to answer the question, I have a Penn 15-30# three piece 6 1/2' travel rod that I have taken to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Mexico. I have caught some nice fish on it, including a couple of sailfish and roosters. I can tell you that it will do the job if you are light tackle fishing. I believe that when heavy tackle is needed, they will probably have it on the boats. However, I like to take a rod for throwing poppers and jigs.
The Penn rod has been very dependable, nice ferrule construction, cork handles and a gimbal. The only draw back is that the reel seat is small diameter, so often a spacer is needed for the clamp. My new Avet MXJ has a new style clamp that works perfectly on it. Can't wait for Panama this summer!!!!
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Yup, that's the same rod that I use. I count on the boats to have heavier gear if needed. I trust my 20# for sport. However, I have caught fish over 100# with 20# line in open water. Digging them off the bottom is another story entirely.
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