|That's a hard one... I personally like the Lamis for casting lures from the shore... I've never tried a St.Croix, though there's one that I don't own sitting int the garage. The Loomis seems, to me, more of what you are looking for because to the type of fishing you are going to do... Do you go to Bass Pro a lot? You should check out the rods there and see what you like...
I'd just fish what you got until you decide to buy more equipment...
The newer Cardiffs are very similar to the Calcutta Bs, just made Malaysia and less refined... I own a Cardiff 200a and my bro owns a 301 lefty.. They are very good reels... I also own a Calcutta 400 and a Corvalus 200. Here's the kicker though, The Calcutta Bs and Cardiffs share a similar drag, in that they have a single stack washer system.. The Corvalus drags are a triple stack system... So the Corvalus potentially can have the better drag system if upgraded... You also can upgrade other parts of the Corvalus if you can find the Shimano parts that fit from the other two round reels...
Im not too familiar with the newest model cardiff....i just remember playing with an older model display cardiff when they first came out , and at that time they seemed more comparable to a corvalus than the calcutta...but this was a while back and all their models have improved. The Clarus seems like it would be a good match for the cardiff. If you get something really nice for the calcutta, get your clarus in a different line rating to increase your range of rods...either lighter or heavier. If you are going to be fishing lucky crafts with the calcutta, the rod can't be too heavy otherwise you'll have difficulty with casting. Something in the 8-20 lb rating would be ideal for lcs...but you may want something heavier for the swimbaits and crocs depending on the size lure you use. One,ore thing, even though the calcutta casts great...I like them only for slower moving lures like soft plastics or swimbaits. If you need a high speed retrieve on your lure...a higher retrieve ratio reel would be better...otherwise its just too much work if the fish are only hitting when your lure is being ripped back at a fast clip. You should definately go to a couple of different shops, pull on some rods, then decide after youve pulled on a few. If you are considering Loomis and St Croix, you should also check out Phenix...theyre really sweet.
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