The Best Inshore Saltwater Fishing Rod Ever???

We just designed the BEST inshore saltwater fishing rod.

Salt Strong teamed up with Mudhole Custom Fishing Rods to bring you a new, state-of-the-art inshore fishing rod.

We tailored this rod to every inshore saltwater angler’s needs.

Find out more in the episode below!!

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Here is a timestamped version of this episode to follow along:

  • 1:30 – Ultimate Inshore Fishing Performance Custom Rod
  • 3:00 – This is NOT for everybody
  • 5:19 – Learning & Understanding MORE about Fishing Rods
  • 7:08 – Pairing Reels with the right Rods
  • 8:51 – Top to Bottom Overview
  • 11:30 – Hook Keepers
  • 13:21 – Truth behind a Split-Grip
  • 16:04 – Adding or Taking away Weight
  • 19:06 – Class & Ratings
  • 20:32 – ANOTHER Rod is on its way!
  • 22:00 – Material & Construction
  • 26:15 – Line Resistance & Guides
  • 27:52 – Mud Hole Rod Building
  • 30:58 – Our Goal
  • 32:15 – The Salt Strong Custom Rod is COMING SOON!
  • 34:20 – Get On The Early Notification List!!!
  • 36:05 – Mud Hole Custom Rods

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We’re so excited about this rod we can’t wait to get it into your hands so you can CRUSH inshore fish!!

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Caleb Barnette
8 days ago

What reel seat size is used for this build?

Lee Styres
1 month ago

Just in case I asked in the wrong blog. Are any plans to offer this new rod in a two-piece with a case for travel?

Justin Ritchey
1 month ago
Reply to  Lee Styres

Interesting question, Lee! Aside from the convenience of traveling, what benefits do you feel the 2-piece rods offer?

I’ve seen a few different Insider Members ask for a 2-piece Slot Machine option, and we will definitely consider this! The goal of the Slot Machine is to maximize performance (Casting Distance, Durability, Sensitivity & Lure Action). Even with a well-designed ferrule joint system, my initial fear would be we’d be sacrificing Performance for the sake of Convenience. While there are some High Quality Travel Rods out there (such as the TFO Traveler), it inherently will not feel the same as a 1-piece rod.

I’ll definitely chat with Luke and the Rod Manufacturing Team soon to see what we can come up with next.

Eric Benoit
2 months ago

In the video you mention matching the reel to the rod.
All I heard was best with a 2500 reel.
Is there a difference in makes as far as performance, spool size etc or all 2500 geometrically the same just some higher quality workmanship and materials?

Justin Ritchey
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Benoit

I’m working on refining the reel recommendations with this rod, as it doesn’t have to only be a 2500 sized reel. Reel sizing by various manufacturers is intrinsic to that specific manufacturer (i.e. a Shimano, Daiwa and Penn 2500 all have slightly different spool sizes).

As a good general guideline, any Spinning Reel that has an Outer Spool Diameter of 1.75″—2″ and the reel weighing would pair very well with this Slot Machine Rod!

Peter Birch
2 months ago

Yall make me laugh talking about socks and baby this thing.. i get that its a quality tool for mission specific inshore lure fishing and you want to take care of it. But to me tool is the operative word when talking about the fishing pole. Like that other guy said its a fishing pole if you are using it like its meant to be rather than just admiring it like some collector item its going to take a significant amount of abuse be that knocking around in the boat tangling on other rods, lines, doors, branches, mangroves cielings, hopefully not fans but it happens, sand, concrete, stepped on etc(in my case being run over by a bike or car from time to time isnt out of the realm of possibilities). Anyway, yea its safe to say im rough on equipment and maybe im the odd man out here but my philosophy is when i buy a cool new toy i fully intend to use it to its full potential as much as possible and wear and tear (if not full blown abuse) is an ubfortunate part of that equation. As such ive learned a lot of creative solutions to keep my toys in the game over the years. And im super stoked for this thing to release and im praying like crazy that when it does i have enough money to scoop one up. Fot anyone thats interested messge me in a year to find out how it holds up against the torture test that is my life. Lol… no lie words cant describe how excited i am for a light weight balanced rod that doesnt have split grips or the word light in the action description that fully rigged will weigh less than a whopper and not destroy my weedless soft plastics by the handful just from changing fishing spots throughout the day..

Think i wrote enough for now tight lines yall✌️🎣😁

Sammy Pena
2 months ago

Can’t wait to use this Rod..these guys and this club are the best!!

Last edited 2 months ago by Sammy Pena
Shani Lee
2 months ago

Where are these rods manufactured?

Justin Ritchey
2 months ago
Reply to  Shani Lee

Right here in the USA!

John Thomson
2 months ago

What is the length of the butt section? It looks similar to the previous Bull Bay custom I purchased from y’all. I mostly kayak fish and prefer the shorter butt sections, and for me, the Bull Bay is a good length for both boat and kayak fishing.

Justin Ritchey
2 months ago
Reply to  John Thomson

The Butt Section is 8.5″ in length. We found that to be the best overall length in terms of balancing with various reels, and not getting in the way while working a lure.

Malcolm Hayward.
2 months ago

So short. 11’6″ is a good start. We use 10’6″ to 14′ for inshore boat rods.
You guys will never get it. In addition, for proper reel users, acid is the way to go. American Rollers Neptune suit most of my inshore builds, end to end or just for the belly. Still cast a treat.
Rod socks are best for freshwater. Open mesh plastic around salt water. Rod socks are always having to have the salt washed out. Fine for home storage, not for the display rack. LOL.
If you use a rod, it will be knocked, dropped and fallen on. Sand, gravel, rocks, slimy weeds, dunkings. Get good at repairs. Whipping, splicing and Hi Build. Always Ti for the top run. Function and bragging rights. Belly guides, just bragging rights. Strippers, you have more money than sense.


Bill Poletti
2 months ago

I don’t get to fish that much anymore, but truly enjoy the performance and feel of good equipment.

I look forward to receiving mine. I’ll probably pick up a TFO Pro S 7’6″ MH to handle heavier line, lures and fish.

I agree with a rod sock / sleeve. A nice flannel sock would help protect against those nagging nicks, scrapes and scars that compromise the strength of the blank.

Will the rod be delivered in a container that would be a suitable rod case?

Is the Daiwa BG 2500 a good fit on the Slot Machine?

Justin Ritchey
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Poletti

Good question, Bill. We feel the BG MQ 2500 is probably one of the best reels to pair with the upcoming Slot Machine Custom Rod. We have found that spinning reels that have an outer spool diameter between ~1.75″ to 2″ will pair best with the Slot Machine; those dimensions will offer you maximum casting distance by reducing unwanted line friction.

These rods will be shipped in a very durable cardboard box (like what most high-end rods are shipped in), but I don’t feel these would be suitable for a rod traveling case. If you plan on traveling, I’d suggest investing in a Plano Jumbo Airliner Rod Case, that has been very helpful for me when I travel long distances or on flights.

Last edited 2 months ago by Justin Ritchey
Daniel Peña III
2 months ago

So excited to add this rod to my arsenal! I feel for you Texas inshore fish.


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