Ok, ok… So it says inshore on the blank, let’s not get caught up on that. These moderate-leaning rods will offer you much more than whatever conclusion your brain has already conceived.
These rods were designed for chasing redfish, speckled trout, and snook, but we’re here to tell you that G. Loomis may have just accidentally created the most badass crankbait rods on the market.
We just received our first shipment of these rods, so let’s go model by model here, since it may not be super clear which ones we’re referencing when we make such a bold proclamation.
G. Loomis NRX+ Inshore Casting Rod 842C
This rod has an almost identical taper to the best-selling G. Loomis IMX-Pro 845C CBR, but with an ever so slightly softer tip. That slightly softer tip, if we’re shootin’ ya’ straight, is actually a more desirable action for some of our favorite baits like the Spro Little John MD, RkCrawler, and Fat John crankbaits.
Don’t stop yourself from throwing other treble hook and/or moving baits though. This rod will excel for those of you that prefer a moderate jerkbait rod. We also can’t wait to give it a try tossing the house favorite Z-Man Mini Max Chatterbait.
G. Loomis NRX+ Inshore Casting Rod 781C
Let us preface by saying what we’ll say about the 781C, we’ll almost certainly echo for the 841C, but we’ll be talking specifically about the former here because we have yet to receive the latter.
The first thing that came to each of our minds after picking this rod up was this: Flat-side Crankbaits. Think Rapala Shad Rap and OG Tiny type baits. We also thought about some of the smaller borderline BFS cranks that have flooded the market recently such as the Spro Little John Micro DD or SR-X Megabass Griffon.
To put it succinctly, the NRX+ Inshore 781C may be THE ROD for small and flat-side crankbaits in the entire G. Loomis offering.
We Know What You’re Thinking…
We didn’t want to finish this spotlight without addressing the $625 elephant in the room: “Is it really necessary for me to buy such an expensive rod for throwing crankbaits?”
That is as fair of a question as any, and awfully similar to questions which we get asked on a near-daily basis. The answer to these questions for me, the author, never changes. My answer is this: We outran the concept of “Necessary” as soon as we struck two rocks together and produced a spark that just so happened to land on some kindling and we abandoned “Necessity” when we started mounting outboards onto fiberglass.
We fish for a lot of reasons, but it ultimately boils down to enjoyment. Enjoyment is one of the few things I can guarantee when fishing with an NRX+, as it is simply the standard for weight, sensitivity, durability, and most importantly, performance.
Get ahead of the curve and pick one of these up to sling around your favorite treble hooked bait and we promise you’re gonna’ have a hard time fighting back a smile.