With the warm waters that have been gently caressing our coast over the past couple of seasons, local inshore fishing has really gotten a boost, and participation has skyrocketed. Whether it’s making an early morning run to the islands, looking just offshore for some strands of kelp, or hunkering down in your local kelp bed, Okuma has a new series of rods specifically designed with your passion in mind.
The new Okuma SCT Inshore Rods were released last year, and have found a home on some of the most prominent SoCal hardcore fisherman around.
The SCT stands for Spiral Carbon Technology.
SCT is a dual helix wrap of pure carbon thread over the entire length of the rod blank. Each thread contains more than 6000 individual strands of carbon and maintains the round cross section of the blank under extreme load.
The SCT rods also feature Okuma’s UFR or Unidirectional Fiber Reinforcement technology in the tip section. UFR is an additional layer of unidirectional fiber that increases lifting power in the tip by 3X. And with its 24-ton carbon blank, it is very sensitive to every bite.
We asked SoCal Saltwater Bass angler Matt Moyer what he looks for in an inshore series of rods. “Being a Professional Saltwater Bass Angler, the correct rod for each application is very important,” said Moyer. Moyer goes on to explain that “on the west coast many of us fish large weedless baits that weigh around 2- 3 ounces. We need to have a rod that can handle that type of weight, but also light enough so fatigue does not set in when we make our 1000+ casts in a day.”
Matt Moyers Bass Setup
- Okuma SCTi-C801XH Rod
- Okuma Komodo 350 Baitcast Reel
When asked what his preference was for tournament day, Moyer said “the perfect rod for me is an 8’ rod rated extra heavy with a sensitive tip that shuts off quickly.” “We typically fish treacherous areas with kelp or rocks so when we get that bite, we need to get those fish up and out of the structure quickly.” I also prefer the rear grip to be about 14 inches long so it fits nicely under my armpit so that I can get that extra leverage to pull fish in quickly” explains Moyer. Moyer is also fishing the Okuma Komodo 350 baitcast reels. “Having the ability to really button down my drag, and pull a bullish fish out of danger, is of utmost importance. And with 25+ pounds of drag, the Komodo gets it done” stated Moyer.
Fellow saltwater tournament angler, Ty Ponder, had similar comments on his go to Inshore set up. “Among my favorite baits for fishing big calico bass is the weedless swimbait fished near the surface, over floating kelp,” stated Ponder. “When fishing this technique, you are inviting explosive strikes from hidden fish. I prefer a relatively moderate action rod, allowing for some forgiveness on the hookset, yet employing maximum pulling power to turn the fish on command” said Ponder. He went on to say “Fishing the new Komodo SS 350 and 450 with 65-80# braided line is a must when fishing in and around the heavy stuff.”
Ty Ponder’s Set Up
- Okuma SCTi-C-801H and XH Rods
- Okuma Komodo SS 350 and 450 Baitcast Reel
- 65 To 80-pound Braid
“The Fuji Alconite guide inserts on the SCT rods are just what I’m looking for as I am tugging on big bass, knowing that the braid won’t dig into my guides on my SCTi-C-801H and XH rods” said Ponder. “These rods are light, sensitive, and very strong. With the UFR tip, I have the satisfaction of knowing that the rods won’t snap if I’m in a tug o’ war battle with a brute bass and money on the line in a tournament.”
If you are planning on making a run away from the rocks and fields of kelp along the coast, the SCT Inshore rods will still have your back out on the big blue. When chatting with Justin Fleck, captain of the sport boat Excel, he told us what he looks for in a set up when throwing to the kelp paddy yellow and dorado that have been showing up recently. “Strength, durability, and sensitivity are what I look for in my inshore rods” stated Fleck.
Justin Fleck’s Yellowtail Setup
- Okuma SCTi-C-801H
- Okuma Komodo 350 Baitcast Reel
He went on to say “Once the SCTi rods hit the market, and Okuma Promotional Manager, Dave Brown brought some on the boat, I had to have them!” “We were thick into the fun size yellows at the Coronado Islands last fall, and all of the passengers had their heavy gear. Dave handed me an SCTi-C-801H with a Komodo 350 on it, and we went to work.” “You can feel even the lightest of pecks at your bait, and once hooked, you have the backbone to really pull those fish in” finished Fleck.
Stoked On Fishing television host Shea McIntee, has been handling the SCT Inshore rods for a little over a season now. “When we get into the local yellowtail bite, it is on” stated McIntee. “I match up my SCT-C-861XH with an Okuma Metaloid 5II spooled with 65# braid, and we go to work.” He went on to say
I have caught a season full of good size yellowfin and bluefin on this set up, and love it.
Shea McIntee’s Set Up
- Okuma SCT-C-861XH
- Okuma Metaloid 5II
- 65-pound Braid
We even took the rods down to Tonga and got into some amazing GT’s and reef snapper.” “The SCT’s give me the security that I can pull as hard as I can until my knees are buckling, sweat dripping in my eyes, and arms ready to give out” gushed McIntee. “And don’t even get me started on the Amazon peacock bass that we’ve landed with these rods.”
All in all, the new Okuma SCT Inshore rods have turned angler’s heads; bass and yellowtail too for that matter. Light, sensitive, and strong. Be sure to check them out at your local retailer, or you can find more information at www.okumafishing.com or find an Okuma Dealer near you.
Written by Dave Brown