TRAVEL - FISHING RODS AND TACKLE
TRAVEL RODS -- Below is a list of saltwater travel rods with links to manufacturer websites.
Offshore Angler Travel Rods (Bass Pro) - Offshore Angler makes a series of 3-piece travel rods, both conventional and spinning. The heaviest version of these rods is pretty good for light-tackle inshore work on the East Cape. It can handle fish up to about 25 lbs. Depending on the line, this rod can land something larger. If you like casting lures, the spinning model is very good around the reefs and for casting plugs to Jack Crevalle. They are affordably priced and very well made for the rigors of saltwater.
Shimano Beastmaster - Heavy Spinning Rod - This 4-piece 8ft spinning rod is made for the beasts, best suited for fish above 15 lbs. While heavy it is versatile on the East Cape. Inshore it will work for casting to dorado, big roosters, large jacks and skipjack. Offshore it can be used for sailfish, tuna, dorado, and even striped marlin. After a couple of seasons with it, I really like it. Feels stiff when held, but performs really well under load. Please note: This rod is not sold in the US. The link above is to a reseller in Canada who accepts paypal and is reliable. Also, consider replacing the tip guide's liner with a more sturdy cheap replacement from a tackle shop.
Temple Fork Outfitters - Conventional and Spinning Rods - Temple Fork Outfitters is primarily a fly-rod maker, but they also make some conventional and spinning travel rods at a good price. Remember that even big steelhead would be wimps in Baja. Always lean towards the heavier side when thinking of a rod for the East Cape.
Albright Rods - Conventional and Spinning Travel Rods - Albright is also primarily a fly-rod maker, but they also make some conventional and spinning travel rods. They make travel surf rods as well and some of these rods go on sale from time to time. They are well constructed and can be really good values.
St. Croix Rods - Tidemaster Travel Rods - St. Croix makes good quality travel rods. When looking at the Tidemaster I'd also seriously look at the Offshore Angler travel rod (above). It is cheaper and may be the best light-tackle inshore rod at any price.
G. Loomis - Escape Travel Rods - G. Loomis makes very good travel rods.
Charkbait - Conventional Travel Rods- Haven't tried these but they look interesting, and of good quality.
Okuma Tackle - Okuma Nomad Travel Rods - Travel conventional rods. Have not fished them but passed on buying one. The action seemed a little too rigid. Perhaps thing have changed---definitely worth a look.
Cabelas - Cabelas Salt Striker - Similar to the offsore angler rods. Well constructed and probably best to get the heaviest model for inshore duty.
Fox Trek Travel Rods - Great selection of saltwater travel rods covering bonefish to marlin. I have the Fox Tarpon Trek. Decent all-arounder travel rod.
Shimano Caranx Kaibutsu STC Travel Rods - Rock solid Shimano line of travel rods that are not available in the US, but can probably be ordered from an overseas shop. Marketed as a strong spinning popping rod for Giant Trevally---this rod would be excellent in Mexico if mated to a heavy duty spinning reel. Probably great with smaller tuna, dorado, sailfish, large jack crevalle, and large snapper.