Red Rider: A Deadly Soft Plastics Combo for the Flats
G.Loomis GLX852C JWR + Shimano Stradic FJ 3000
By Jose Chavez
It’s a bright sunny day. The thigh-deep water is glassy. Powerful redfish are cruising, skittish in these lit-up conditions. The situation calls for a special weapon, a rod with the range to fire a featherweight plastic to far-off fish, but no flimsy noodle. Something with the backbone to tame a rampaging red. A freak of a rod with a precision reel to match.
The G.Loomis 852 is designed specifically to fish unweighted plastics in crystal-clear waters for big fish. Rated for lures between 1/8 and 3/8 ounces, this 7-foot, 1-inch catapult casts the lightest of lures with ease. Extra-fast action and legendary sensitivity make this Loomis truly unique.
Energy. The 852’s GLX blank, “Mag Touch” reel seat and Fuji titanium SIC guides transfer it effortlessly, transmitting every bump and bounce of a lure. It reads the bottom like braille. It takes a couple of takedowns to differentiate actual bites from false alarms. Bites are crisp, clean, and distinct. Drive the hook home with the slightest flick of a wrist. Deceivingly powerful for such a light rod—the 852 is rated medium—it fishes best with 10-pound braid.
This GLX balances ideally with a Shimano Stradic FJ 3000. The Stradic is a workhorse on the flats, compact, reliable, and power-packed. It picks up 35 inches of line with each smooth crank of the handle—that’s plenty of raw speed to catch up with a charger. Shimano’s smooth WP drag quickly tames unruly gamefish.
This combo isn’t just a pleasure to fish. It’s soft on the eyes. The deep green GLX blank glints with silver thread accents. The precision Stradic gleams in soft white and silver. The combination, deadly.