Cashion Element Inshore VS. TFO Pro S Spinning Rod (What’s The Difference?)
In this week’s Tackle Talk, we’re comparing the Cashion Element Inshore VS. TFO Pro S Spinning Rod to find out which rod is the best fit for YOU.
The TFO is our bestseller and has brought in some memorable catches for me over the years.
Cashion is incredibly unique and the Element is the most affordable rod completely made out of American-made components right here in the United States.
So how do these two fishing rods compare in price and performance???
Cashion Element Inshore VS. TFO Pro S Spinning Rod [VIDEO]
See These Rods In Action
Cashion: Grand Slam On First Trip
TFO: Balcony Snook Catch
Cashion Element Inshore Spinning Rod
So far, the Cashion Element has been very impressive and I’ve been surprised by how lightweight it is.
For a 7-foot 6-inch Medium-Power rod, it has the feel of a lightweight 7-footer.
However, the negative to that is it does not have as much power as the TFO.
Based on the specs alone, I was expecting both of these rods to perform similarly.
But right off the bat I could tell the tip section was lighter and needed less force to bend.
Also, the bend occurs much further down in the rod than in the TFO.
That’s good and bad.
When it comes to effective hooksets with weedless soft plastic lures, the lightweight rod increases your chances of missing fish.
But I did go out and catch a grand slam with this rod on my first trip out using strictly artificial lures.
That being said, I have noticed a very slight decrease in hooksets overall but only with weedless hooks.
Open-faced jigheads and hooks will not have the same issue.
TFO Pro S Spinning Rod
When you align the butts of each rod and put them side by side, the butt on the TFO is much shorter than on the Cashion.
That is a huge factor when it comes to comfortably fishing from a kayak.
It’s also a bonus for casting distance because more of the rod is used to whip your lure out there as opposed to it being stuck in your hands.
The differences may look small but overtime that can have a big impact.
Price & Final Thoughts
The TFO Pro S comes in at $119 and the Cashion is only $10 more at $129 retail.
As previously mentioned, the Cashion Element Inshore is the most affordable inshore rod completely manufactured from materials right here in the United States.
Usually, products that are produced and manufactured in the United States are well over the $200 mark.
If you are in the market for a lightweight rod and you mostly fish with exposed hooks, then the Cashion is a very good match for you.
But if you go weedless most of the time and fish tight to structure like rocks, oysters, and similar structures, then you may want to go for that extra power and casting distance in the TFO.
Long story short, both rods are EXCELLENT options for inshore saltwater fishing.
It will come down to how you like to fish and what types of lures you enjoy using the most.
As far as some reel pairing options or suggestions, I recommend the Daiwa Legalis or the Daiwa Fuego.
These reels are affordable and are an ideal match for either fishing rod.
Have you fished with either of these rods before?
What would you add to this review?
Please go ahead and let me know what you think down in the comments!!
These rods are best for medium to light tackle fishing where 10 to 15 lb braid is used as a mainline. Here are my two favorite reels for these rods:
Both of these reels have proven to be excellent choices at their price pionts ($109 & $79 respectively). They are very light, smooth, and have more than enough drag power for handling redfish, snook, trout, flounder and many other inshore species up to 40 inches in length.
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