I’ve had more than a few 9’ rods over the years and this is my favorite by far. Most were too stiff or too light. The Genesis is just right for me. It will cast under and safely a bit over it’s rated range. It’s light but not super light and I love it’s moderate action. Please note that this review is for the original Genesis. Also, The Saltwater Edge’s service is stellar! I enthusiastically recommend this rod, ODM and The Saltwater Edge!!
Got a chance to try out my new Genesis 11' 3/4- 4 oz rod on some perch today. Cast great, had to cast easier than I used to, let the rod do the work. Tip is very sensitive, just right for perch, but could feel the power in the rod. 30 lb. stripers won't be a problem. Finish is beautiful. The rod is light and powerful, perfect for the West Coast.
I got the NXGX-1035. I most recently used it when fishing in Hawaii: the tip is soft enough to feel bites and throw 1/2oz whipping rigs. I think the lack of tip stiffness is why you buy this rod, but important to note that it makes it a bit harder to set the hook. For chunking I will use something else and focus on using this for lures. It worked my topwaters quite well.
This rod is well made. My hope was that it would be light, strong and balanced. I was looking for a lighter weight rod that could handle up to 125 gram lures. This rod easily meets that requirement in a light weight, well balanced package.