i'm in the majority with others category.which includes all my rods with the exception of 1 shakespeare.most used would be berkley spinning,since most of my fishing is for eyes wipers,and crappies,and1 baitcaster which i use for anything from trolling for eyes to catfishing.add to the above,browning,garcia,quantum and a couple "other" brands.
I think Berkley owns Fenwick now & some of the blanks are the same. At least when they switched, I saw a Fenwick & a Berkley rod that had the labels messed up. It had BOTH sets of labels on it !
I use St. Croix & Fenwick the most. Off Shore Angler is the saltwater division of Bass Pro Shops. They make a nice product and have been improving them too. Sometimes I wonder if the manufactuers are actually making improvements, or they just claim to, in order to get us to buy the "new & improved" version. I'll have to admit, my older style St Croix surf rod doesn't seem as light or throw as far as the newer version. There is about 4 years difference in them. Obviously the older one has been used alot more too. I've had the top section redone once, and last year the butt was re-wrapped. Now it looks just like the new style, with the EVA foam on the top of the grip above the cork. Seems like it throws better too. It's the same piece too, had the same scratches under the finish- had them reworked at the factory- new guides & refinished. Now that it has the upgraded decals, it's hard to tell them apart, except the old top section has a decal on it still.
I think that different manufactures make better rods for different fishing situations (I don’t think that there is a “best” manufacturer, only some manufacturers make better rods for certain situations). Having said that, I mostly use G.Loomis for bass, and St.Croix for striper (although, my Conoflex is my absolute favorite). For bait fishing (my “new” thing) I have a few St.Croix (pro glass, musky, and classic cat), and an Ocean Master surf rod that has preformed very well. Now, I’m thinking about a pair of Carp rods, and looking into Fox or Cabelas Predator. Anyone have any experience with these rods?
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