Just recieved two Okuma Longitude 9 ft casting Xtra Heavy rods. I unpacked them. I inspected them, and found them to be very high quality, and I would compare them to any of the high priced rods, and I have several of those! The finish on the rods is flawless, they are graphite blanks, with braced guides, and an ergonomic cork wraped handle, with foam cushion above and below the reel seat. The reel seat is beefy and will fit even the largest casting or spinning reel. I already had two 12ft Okuma Solaris rods, and they have been fantastic. The Longitude is just as good looking, and functional as my high priced rods If I buy any more surf rods, they will be Okuma Longitude!! They are half the cost of the upper crust rods, and have 100% of the quality. I am pleasantly surprised, and totally satisfied. Mine are casting rods, and I have put Ambassadeur 6500=C3 reels on them, and they balance perfectly. I got xtra heavy, because most of our Red Drum are 6 to 12 lbs, but every so often a 38 to 45 incher strikes, and I need the back bone of a heavy rod to beach the fish quickly to be released without much stress. I have surf fished for 55 years, and take it from an old salt, you will not be disappointed with the Okuma Longitude. "They come in spinning and casting, from 8 to 12 feet, and medium to x-Heavy. They are half the price, without sacrificing one bit of quality!! A really great value!! I cannot mention my other rod's names because of the review guidelines, but I did buy these two online from Walmart, and you will not find a better rod for $200.
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