G Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Review [On-The-Water Performance]

This article will show you an independent review of the G Loomis E6X Inshore spinning rod.

The fishing rod we use is one of the most important tools we have for fishing because it controls so many important tasks such as:

  • Casting
  • Retrieving
  • Feeling Strikes
  • Setting Hooks

A fisherman without a quality rod that can’t adequately handle all of those tasks is at a significant disadvantage to those who do (especially those of us who often use artificial lures).

So it’s on us to put some time in to make sure we’re using the right gear for the right conditions.

The biggest problem that many fisherman face is that there is an overwhelming amount of options for fishing rods (sizes, powers, actions, etc.)…

So I’ll be picking up new rods from different manufacturers as often as possible to see how they actually compare to one another… and I’ll share my candid thoughts about them on this site so you can see unbiased reviews.

In this post, I’ll share the pros and cons of what I’ve seen in the G Loomis E6X Inshore rod after using it for the past ~6 months.

G Loomis E6X Inshore Rod Review

G loomis e6x rod review

In my quest to find the best value rod for us inshore saltwater anglers, I picked up a G Loomis E6X spinning rod so that I could give it a try.

I’ve now been using it for about 6 months, so I’ve had a good amount of time to get a feeling of how it handles in a variety of environments and conditions.

One of my first days using it was when my dog Otis jumped in on an over-slot redfish that I had on the line making me then have to battle a big fish and a big dog at the same time:)

G Loomis E6X Review Video

Here’s a video where I describe the pros and cons of this E6X spinning rod… I included some fun on-the-water footage of it in action too.

Just click on the video box below to watch it:

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Click here to see the full video of when I was sight fishing from the SUP with this G Loomis E6X rod.

Additional G Loomis E6X Details

When it was first released, the E6X Inshore caused a lot of hype.

G Loomis has always been known for their quality, American-made rods. And this E6X line is the currently the least expensive series in their extensive rod lineup.

Here’s what they show on their website about their E6X rods:

“Saltwater anglers are now offered G. Loomis’ Multi-Taper Technology in the new E6X Inshore rods. Combined with E6X blank material, quality components and full cork handles, the rods offer the proper balance and the needed strength for all types of inshore action. Both spinning and casting models in the right lengths and actions for lure and live-bait use.”

G Loomis E6X Rod Specs

Let’s take a look at the specs of the rod that I’ve been using.

Take note that we tested the 8’ heavy action version of this rod… and I chose this version because its actual flex feels most similar to the rods that I typically like most…

Note: Their “Heavy” power rating felt more like a Medium Heavy for most rods I’ve used and even a Medium power of some others.

Here are the specs:

  • Line Rating: 10-20 lbs.
  • Lure Rating: 3/8-1 oz.
  • Action: Moderate-Fast
  • Price: $209.99

Its really tough to simply look at these stats and tell if it is a good rod or not. So, I always recommend going to a store that carries a large variety of rods so that you can feel how they compare to one another.

And be sure to support a local tackle store near you whenever possible.


Make sure to put the most thought into the fishing rod that you use compared to other fishing equipment items like reels, line, etc. because the rod is in charge of so many essential tasks.

And be sure to make time to go to a local tackle store with a large selection of rods so that you can get a good feeling of which one suits your needs best.

After spending so time on the water with this G Loomis E6X spinning rod, I certainly recommend adding it to your list of rods to check out.

If you have used any version of this E6X line of rods, please let us know your thoughts on how it has performed for you by leaving a Comment down below.

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Scott Namowicz
11 months ago

Does the newer GCX that replaces the E6X follow the same heavy power recommendation? Or have they changed the performance and if so what is the new recommendation? Thanks!

Donald Jankowski
2 months ago
Reply to  Scott Namowicz

They changed the power ratings and they are now more true to their ratings. I use the 902SXF which is 7’6 medium xtra fast and it truly feels like a medium power rod. Perfect for open flats and long casts.

Rick Budeanu
3 years ago

Hello, I do a lot of freshwater fishing but plan on doing some bay fishing in Southern California this year. I was planning on purchasing the G Loomis NRX but wasn’t sure if I should purchase the inshore model or the normal fresh water version. I’d be doing more fresh water than salt but wasn’t sure which way I should lean. Any suggestion would be helpful. Thank you

Last edited 3 years ago by Rick Budeanu
Jack Lavin
3 years ago

What pound test line were you using with the 8′ E 68?

3 years ago

Rod warranty is a freaking joke! I sent my $200 rod because it broke the first time fighting a fish! Then GLoomis called me saying the box with the returned rod was empty (Blaming USPS, really? that I needed to file a claim with them) Either you are BS-ing or the package was stolen at their facility and GLoomis is blaming USPS with a get out of jail free card! Anyways, don’t buy Gloomis or your rod’s warranty will be useless when it breaks!

Donald Jankowski
2 months ago
Reply to  Ariel

I had a great experience with their customer service. I had an E6x rod that broke after 2 years of hard use and they sent me a new gcx model for free.

Stephen Riggs
3 years ago

I bought this GLoomis E6X in a 7′ medium fast action and it is a little soft on the power compared to other medium power poles but the medium heavy 7′ pole seemed to be really stuff so I decided to go with the medium and have been surprised by the power and being able to control reds and trout with it but haven’t caught any reds more than 18-20 inches with it. I believe my next pole will be a 7’6″ medium heavy pole. That size wasn’t available at the time and the sale was to good to pass up the 7 footer. 7’6″ MH pole seemed to feel better than the 7′ MH. So far I have fished the the 7′ Medium for almost a year now and it has been excellent and great feel with it and great cast ability, control and accuracy. Would recommend them if you can afford to add a little more money to your pole it is worth it. The fishing pole is the biggest investment in my opinion over the reel. Great review and very helpful. Thanks Luke and others for your comments a year ago 👍

Donald Jankowski
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

The new GCX model is more true to their power ratings. Their 7’6” medium fast rod is pretty comparable to the slot machine rod

Jim Brown
3 years ago

Some of us have to accommodate the storage of rods within our vehicles when we travel. Please do a comparison of 2-piece rods.

Harrison Prince
4 years ago

for someone trying to purchase a model. i just considered buying the 7’6′ heavy fast and was a little skeptical about the heavy and fast and i didn’t wanna get the 8′. Ended up getting the 7 ft mh Fast and i happy with it. Heavy fast would be to stiff

joseph scotto
4 years ago

purchased the 8’0 mod-fast rod matched with penn slammer 3500. Love this combo use it for walking the beach throwing 1/2 jigs for snook. landed 4 this weekend, works great and cast a mile with the light jigs, also love the new penn slamemer, great drag, finally a combo that works for all my inshore fishing.

Francisco Henriquez
4 years ago

Looking at the 7’6 of this rod but all I can find is a heavy fast 1/4-3/4. Do you think this might be too much for plugging Swimbaits at stripers? My next bet would be a 7ft medium heavy fast 1/4-5/8. Thanks

Francisco Henriquez
5 years ago

I’m in the market for one of these e6x rods and came across your video. Trying to decide between the inshore models both 1 piece to pair up with a Shimano Stradic 2500: 8ft Heavy 3/8-1oz moderate fast action and 7ft Medium Heavy Fast action 1/4-5/8oz. Is there any advantages that one may have over the other for stripers? Do you feel like you can toss heavier than what the lure rating on rod is? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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