We put these to hard work every winter, both night-light dock fishing in the Arroyo barge channel, and inshore tide passes.
They're the best tool for imitating winter glass minnows.
In Arroyo, we frequently catch doubles, mixes of seatrout, ladyfish, redfish and snook - we use a big, long net to get them up to the dock.
We'll be fishing the December new moon.
The Takamiya Loco Move above is 13 years old now, and I bought a pair, 7'6" XUL and 7'9" UL for me and my daughter just for dock and pier fishing under the lights - mostly nursery seatrout, 40 in an hour on Fulton Beach Pier after dinner at Cap'n Benny's. But even then, I knew they had the backbone if the schoolies swept through.
This was back when the only way to shop Japan was using a broker, noppin.com.
I tried one in August canals, sight-fishing big specs over the submerged green canal lights - landed 22" and 23", and never worried again about big fish on them.
At Arroyo, I keep four of them rigged in a rod rack, because lure change-up is really important to keep the schoolies feeding in competition.
From over 200 speckled trout filleted there over a few years in legal bag limits, have only filleted two nursery females - every other fish was a schoolie male.
the farthest-casting I own is this high-grade Yamaga Blanks TZ Nano - but the NS Black Hole rod just above is the one I'm willing to take out on a kayak.