CastAway Rods has moved to a new location in Northwest Houston, Texas. I visited their showroom recently to pick up a new trout and redfish spinning rod. The new store is clean, modern, and features the complete selection of CastAway rods. The main advantages of purchasing directly are a) the rod you want will be available and b) you can rest assured that the rods were not used for sword fighting in the aisle at Academy.
I had my eye on the new Taranis CX1 Carbon Extreme 7′ Medium saltwater spinning rod. This rod is built for 8-17 weight line and 1/4 – 5/8 ounce lures. It is flat-out perfect for general inshore fishing along the Texas coast.
Reel chosen was a Shimano Symetre. I will probably upgrade that to a Stradic. Running PowerPro 20lb braided with a fluorocarbon leader.
First trip out was to Seadrift, fishing the backside of Matagorda Island. The weather was nasty with rain squalls swirling around so the fishing was off a bit. Even so, I was very pleased with the performance of the CastAway Taranis. We were mainly fishing soft plastics and top water lures while wading.
I landed several nice trout and reds. I did hook one bull red that overpowered my set up but that was more a function of the reel than the rod.
Casting was smooth and effortless. I could easily flip a MirrOlure quite a distance with one hand. One thing I really like about the Taranis is how well it is designed for two-handed casting when you really need to chunk it.
If you are looking for a locally made high-quality rod you can’t go wrong with CastAway.
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