Toadfish Inshore Fishing Rod Review [Top Pros & Cons]


It’s rod review time!

As far as rods and reels go, the more important of the two is definitely the rod.

The rod is what allows you to make long, accurate casts and set the hook.

The rod absorbs a lot of the pressure the fish put on your line.

And, if you have a monster fish at the boat suddenly decide she wants to take off under the boat, you better hope your rod is strong enough to handle that sudden burst and not snap.

I’ve been using this Toadfish rod a lot recently and many of you have asked about it, so I decided to create this review.

And since we’re not affiliated with Toadfish or any other company, you can be sure that this is a completely honest and unbiased review.

Ready to see the top pros and cons of the Toadfish inshore fishing rod?

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Toadfish Rod Review [VIDEO]

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This was one of the rods I was using when I recently caught an inshore slam in a new spot with just two lures, as well one of the rods I was using when my dad and I caught a ton of reds on spoons.

You can watch those two videos below:

Toadfish Rod Pros

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Overall, Toadfish makes a great rod.

It has nice guides and a quality blank.

The rod has lots of power for bigger fish, but is also light enough that I can throw light lures.

They also have a great hook keeper, which keeps your hook out of the way.

Plus, they restore 10 square feet of oyster habitat for every rod sold (read more about oyster restoration here).

Toadfish Rod Cons

There were some things that I wasn’t a fan of with this rod, although they are largely based on my preference, and not necessarily bad features of the rod.

The first thing is that I don’t love the weight of it.

Specifically, the weight of the handle.

The blank is light and strong, but most of the weight is in the handle, and since I make hundreds of casts each trip, every ounce (even half ounce!) matters.

The other thing I don’t love is that this rod only comes in a split-grip option.

I prefer full grips more, but like I said, this is based on my preference.


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6 months ago

Has anyone had issues with the ultra small guide at the tip? If you’re tying a leader of any length I would think the knot would be problematic for such a small guide.

Todd Brock
5 months ago
Reply to  Milt

My issue with the guide at the tip is that it isn’t connected to the collar very well and the guide will bend over. I have put a dab of epoxy glue in the collar and seems to be holding so far.

Doug Hardegree
11 months ago

If you knew me, this post would be out of character. I bought 4 R and Rs from Toadfish. I gave one away and kept 3. One of the rods snapped a couple of weeks ago. I noted this to Toadfish. The return policy wasn’t up to my expectations. A second rod split yesterday evening on a small bass. Now, one rod snapping….ok. However, 2 out of 4 is a product that is just plain inferior. I fell for your ads and just feel TAKEN… buyers beware.

Don H. Doyle
1 year ago

I send Toadfish has rod and reel combos; what does anyone have to say about their reels?

Don H. Doyle
1 year ago
Reply to  Don H. Doyle

I meant “I see”

Todd Brock
5 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

The main problem is sourcing parts for the reels is next to impossible. Toadfish customer support sends you to a third party repair shop, making it not worth the shipping and labor costs.

Their products are cool and I lover their cause, but I agree with Luke and will probably stick with Daiwa or Penn in the future.

Willis Hershey
1 year ago

Where are these rods manufactured?

2 years ago

what is the overall weight of these rods

Chris Miller
3 years ago

I’m really interested in the 7’2 M rod but my concern is the “heavy handle” every talks about. I wanted a new rod that is really light for wading out and casting artificials. Should I wait until TFO is in stock? I mean how much heavier is the butt than st croix rods?

Matthew Kaufman
3 years ago
Reply to  Chris Miller

I have that rod in a MH and love it. With a Penn Battle 3000, it’s actually slightly forward heavy. With a Daiwa BG 3500… Perfect balance. I’m going for the medium weight next, but also thinking on TFO. I have been fishing their fly rods for several years and never went back to Sage after the 1st.

Bryon Rickard
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Miller

I have them all and love them. It’s not as heavy as mentioned. Definitely worth it!!

Glenn Morron
3 years ago

Just bought a 5’11” sheepshead pole from Toad Fish. Was wondering if anyone could suggest a spinning reel that will compliment this set up? I’m going to be using the pole mostly for kayak fishing.

Randy Boetzel
3 years ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

What is that blue and black reel you use on your toadfish rod

john masters
3 years ago

got my second one today. the shipping package is amazing. nothing can get to the rod. already had 7’4. got the 7’6 med heavy today. what stores carry these rods? they just cancelled florida sportsman show in ft. myers and i had planned to get more. love the balance and light weight

Ryan Sherr
3 years ago
Reply to  john masters

I know Precision Tackle in Spring Hill carries them — I’ve bought 3 so far!

3 years ago

Hi Luke,
I have the toad 7’ 2” that you demonstrated to be used on the beach for scup, flounder, mackerel, bluefish, later this year off the Mass/RI beaches .
My question is they have the 7’ 6” rod 10-50# braid and up to 1 oz? Wgt. What is this telling me if I want to target 20/25# Stripers at night with a 2 oz lure or a combo pop ‘n cork with a porgy chunk ? TU

Tommy Delcambre
4 years ago

Is a 7’ MH fast action rod a good choice for fishing reds and specs? Looking for something that has back bone but is sensitive and will allow long cast without too much effort.
Btw, what is your opinion on one piece versus two piece rods?

Ryan Sherr
3 years ago

Too heavy. Go with the 7’4″ ML XF or the 7’2″ M XF for reds and specs – the 7’2″ M XF is my fav all around option.

Matthew Kaufman
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Sherr

I agree. I have the MH. It’s great, but overkill. I have to say that the sensitivity is impressive and it’s got backbone for days. It’s just not as fun. Bull Reds are like minnows on it. Like cheating. I’m going lighter also…

2 years ago

Can you throw a 1 oz. spoon on the 7’2″ M? Rod says rated up to 3/4oz

Hector Canales Jr
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryan Sherr

And what size reel on the 7’2″ M XF?


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