the Okuma Celilo Spinning rod here on Amazon.
Okuma Celilo Salmon Spinning rod
9' MH Action
10-30# line, 1/2-2oz lure size
This is a cheap spinning rod at about $50.
It's very light and sensitive. I like the fact that it has
a short butt which gives you more rod real estate to make
longer casts. When I first used this spinning rod, I didn't
know what to expect, I was a little hesitant because it felt
really light and flimsy. But after fishing with it for about
2 hours, I really began to appreciate it. It casts pretty
far with a 2 oz weight (which is the rod's rating).
It's a 9 foot compared to my old Cabela's
Tourney Trail IM8, but fishes and handles the same. I didn't
notice any difference when fishing with it. The rod butt on
the Okuma is a little shorter than the Tourney Trail, so the
actual rod length isn't much difference. This short butt makes
the Okuma casts just as far as the Tourney Trail. To make
this more clear, imagine a 12 foot rod that has a 6 foot butt.
So the actual length to help you cast far is only 6 foot.
For a surf fishing rod, you want a short butt like the one
found on the Okuma here. This way, you get more "real
estate" from the reel to the tip of the rod - which greatly
helps in casting far.
The reel seat is very secure, and locks the
reel in nice and tight so it doesn't come loose. I've fished
with many cheap rods before where the reel seat is cheaply
made and the reel comes loose over time. This rod doesn't
have that problem.
Since I just got this rod, I don't know how
durable it's going to be. Only time will tell. I will do another
review on this rod at a later time. Maybe in 6 months after
I use the rod enough to see how it handles.