Star Seagis Spinning Rod Review [Pros & Cons Video]

By: Luke Simonds on March 18, 2018
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Star Seagis Spinning Rod Review

This Star Seagis spinning rod review video will help you make an educated decision about this rod being a good fit or not for your particular fishing needs.

You’ll learn about the pros and the cons of this popular spinning rod for saltwater anglers.

This Seagis rod was recommended by several members, so I decided to get one on a tackle shopping spree a few months ago to test out.

After spending some quality time on the water with it, I decided to make the video below to share my initial thoughts about this rod.

And if you have any experience with Star Seagis rods (good or bad), please leave a comment down below to share your thoughts with the group.

Star Seagis Rod Review

This video below explains the pros and cons that I’ve noticed from using this Star rod for the past few months.

Just click the link below to watch the video:

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Star Seagis Rod Specs

Star makes a very large amount of rods so they have a TON of options to choose from.

After checking a group of them out at Bass Pro Shops, I decided that the 7’6″ HE17 version felt best for my preferences.

Here are the details:

  • Length: 7’6″
  • Line Rating: 8 lbs – 17 lbs
  • Lure Rating: 1/4th oz to 3/4 oz
  • SKU: SK817FT76G

Note: This one in particular had a split-grip handle… click here to see the details of it in Amazon.

Star Seagis Rod Pros & Cons

Here’s a quick list of pros and cons that I’ve noticed so far after using this spinning rod to fish the flats for redfish, snook, and seatrout.

Star Seagis Pros:

  • Very lightweight (great for lots of casting)
  • Solid power and flex
  • Comfortable handle

Star Seagis Cons:

  • Butt section is a bit too long (tough for kayak fishing)
  • Less length in the top section for casting for a typical 7’6″ rod
  • Fairly expensive (over $150)

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This Star Seagis spinning rod is a quality lightweight rod that has great feel and power for targeting redfish, snook, seatrout, etc.

It can cast a mile while also helping you feel even the lightest of strikes when paired with light braid fishing line (I used 10 lb PowerPro).

And the power level is great for handling redfish, snook, and seatrout of all sizes.

The main con I found is that its reel seat is higher up on the rod that what I’m used to fishing with, so it was getting in the way at times.

And it did not let me cast quite as far as some other 7’6″ rods that I use which have their reel seats further down allowing for more length on the casting section of the rod.

Please let us know your thoughts (good or bad) about any of the rods in the Star Seagis family of rods if you have used them. This way, we all can learn from one another.

Fish On!

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Dale Fluty
23 days ago

I have had a couple of these rods and they are very good,light and plenty of back bone. For me they are not as fast or as sensitive or as light as my Cajun Alted(by far my favorite inshore rod). My wife uses the Star rod and loves it but has also complained about the but being a little long. The Seagus will save you a hundred bucks over the Cajun

1 month ago

I think Star is trying to pull off a magic trick in making the rod feel lighter than it is by having such a long butt section. I used to have a 7′ 8-17 that just needed a flick to send light lures some distance but the butt would get in the way when working the rod. I still have a 7′ 6-14 that is my favorite rig right now paired with a 2500 Ci4+fb and 10# pp that spends 90% of its time throwing unweighted flukes a mile with the strength to pull fish through cover (most of the time, lol.)

Thomas Campbell
1 year ago

Hey Luke awesome review. I’m a big fan of star rods. I have a seagis rod and Ariel surf rod. I was looking into the VPR series rods they have and I must say that it is the best feeling and most high quality rod I have felt. Although I will say I haven’t checked out a tfo yet so that might change. If you get a chance check out a VPR inshore I doubt you will be disappointed. Tight lines man

Dixon Allen
1 year ago

Big Star Seagis fan. I have some that still have the U.S. flag on them near the front grip, on the rod. I can’t tell if quality changed when they moved manufacturing to China. But it’s just the thought lol. I had a star seagis that the butt got broken off…long story and I added I think it’s called I think an

adjust-a-butt(?)handle on it and its now great for kayak fishing lol! I do agree about the rear length though. But I primarily fish from my boat these days. And I did get a chance to check out that warranty with a broken tip and there where no questions asked ( Bass Pro Shop, Daytona beach). Besides my custom rods, Sewell rods, the seagis is my favorite rod. I recently purchased a penn clash 2500 and put it on a 7’6″ seagis, I think 6-12lbs braid or something similar. 10lb sufix 832 and it’s a blast catching bull reds on it, well catching anything on it is a blast! All in all, a really good fishing rod!
Great review you gave. Thtank you! Fish on!

Jeff DeVille
Jeff DeVille
1 year ago

I would like to comment on the butt section of rods. A longer butt section actually enables you to make longer casts as it gives you more leverage.
Example: try to make a cast with your hands touching one hand below the other as if you were holding a bat. You have practically no leverage.
No one I know casts a rod as if they were hitting a baseball.
Like anything else, make adjustments to the handle and you will get the maximum benefit of the design of the rod.

Alex Ruiz
2 years ago

Full disclosure, I am a huge Star Fishing Tackle (Star Rods) fan. I feel this is a fair analysis; however, I believe there is one additional thing to consider when purchasing this brand of rod. The longer butt to reel seat (for me) can provide a significant amount of leverage (think of it as a fulcrum; hand near reel and butt of rod under armpit) when fighting bigger fish. I do have other rods and agree they may be better suited for kayaking due to shorter butt to reel seat distance; however, I feel as if I don’t have the same amount of torque when leveraging stronger fish. Also, I fish primarily artificial and positioning my rod in the same ‘fulcrum’ position enables me to retrieve lures all day; which uses less energy and I don’t have to grip my fishing rod during retrieve when not in this position. And of course, their lifetime replacement warranty (for Stellar and higher and you must keep receipt; to my knowledge) is excellent piece of mind…especially when fishing with some of my noob friends and they happen to break my rod (has happened several times…but unfortunately they break my non-Star Rods instead with no warranty). Sorry so lengthy, just wanted to chime in.

Tom Wildman
2 years ago

Hi, I am new to inshore kayak fishing . I purchases two of these Star Seagis rods (SK410FT70G) and like them mostly because they are responsive and very light. The length of the butt end doesn’t bother me when fishing but in the Scotty rod holders they hang down pretty deep and “stuff” gets caught on them. The other thing I don’t like is that the guides are angled forward and I am always catching my line on the second or third guide from the tip. These are the only rods that I have that are made this way and the only ones this happens. I can’t seem to correct this problem.
Luke I did buy the Temple Fork Outfitters TFG Professional Spinning Rod and I do like it and the price was cheaper although the Star may have a bit more feel of the lure.
Thanks, Tom

2 years ago

Hey guys when you are doing a rod review of a brand that is not so familar to a lot of anglers would it not be better to say if it is a one or two piece rod as over seas buyers find this essential as it adds dramatically to the shipping costs ,many thanks for your channel and tips on coastal waters .pike burner .

Alex Ruiz
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Just FYI, it is a one piece. Mostly all Star Fishing Tackle Rods are one piece except for their surf rods.

2 years ago

The biggest pro that wasn’t mentioned was the Star Warranty. You can literally walk in to any Star dealer with your broken rod and they’ll swap it out for you, no questions asked.
The Seagis rods are my go to rods for soft plastics. They are super light and have a very fast action which is great for driving home Texas rigged lures. I’m 6’4″ with long arms so the the longer butt section doesn’t bother me and I totally disagree that having a longer butt decreases casting distance. The longer butt section gives me a greater ability to load the rod for distance casting. Having less rod in front of the reel allows me to be more accurate when making a presentation to a fish that is in close. It gives me the best of both worlds, distance and accuracy.
As mentioned these are very capable live bait rods as well and I particularly like using them around docks because of the fast action and ability to control fish on a light weight stick.
This is not the rod I prefer for finesse baits like 1/8 oz bucktails or small mirrodines. The Seagis rods are too fast for those light weight baits and won’t load as easily when casting as a slower action more parabolic rod. You also run the risk of straightening or pull the hooks on those lighter baits.
The Seagis casting rod is also my preferred top water rod. The 7′ rod gives me plenty of distance when throwing topwater lures, it Is stiff enough to allow me to walk the dog effectively, and has a soft enough tip to keep me from pulling hooks.

John Foy
John Foy
2 years ago

I have the same rod but do not have the split grip.the only complaint i have is also the longer handle but other than that its a great rod all around.i have it rigged for trout w/10 lb braid and 25 lb leader and got a 40.5″ 30 lb snook on it sat night.personal best.the rod handled it w/ no problem but i was worried about the leader and the line holding up.

Pat Ogletree
2 years ago

Funny, I looked at new rods all last week and wound up buying this one. What I noticed is the power rating seems off a level. The lights feel like mediums and the mediums feel like med/heavy. Do you have the same opinion?
Also the HE 17 I believe is a date code. My 7’6” Seagis 6-12 lb rated rod, according to Star it’s a light action, has that same number. When walking around looking at rods at BPS I noticed the same type of numbers on some blanks in different brands, notably the BPS rods.
I thought the same thing about the butt end being too long but it was hard finding an action that I liked in a 7’6” rod. Most were too much of a parabolic action for my tastes which is fine for live bait our lures with exposed hooks but this will primarily be for soft plastics that the hook will have to penetrate the lure and the fish so I need a rod that has a soft tip and stiffer middle to lower section and this fit the bill, I just hated the price.
It has a lifetime warranty, I hope I’ll never have to use it but I’ve heard good things.
Paired it with a Fuego LT after seeing your review on it (thank you for that) and I think I’ll have a combo I can cast all day without having to pop Tylenol the day after.
I’ll post back here after I put some miles on it and let you know what I think.

Pat Ogletree
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I just went on Stars web site and the one you have is listed as a Medium. But I’m with you, definitely feels like a MH. Thanks for all you do and keep the reviews coming, they help a lot.

Bruce Gillikin
2 years ago

Have owned a few. Tips break, eyes fall out…but they do have a lifetime warranty. Costly to ship for repair/return.

Alex Ruiz
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce Gillikin

Hey Bruce, after owning dozens of Star Rods for nearly 20 years (I buy at least 2-3 every year), this has happened to me only once…and because I was trying to show off how strong they are. Not to say that I doubt you, but a tip to remember is that to keep your receipt (I always make a copy of it too) and just take it back to the store which you purchased it from. No questions asked…they will give you a new rod of comparable level/price. Only costs you fuel and time to/from the store.

bruce gillikin
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex Ruiz

I question why you buy 2-3 every year.