The IM-7 SPI30701 is the newest entry in what has proved to be a popular series for Shakespeare. It’s aimed at inshore saltwater fishing. Our team liked the price and felt the rod was a fine value. One reviewer disliked the larger guides, though they will facilitate passage of knots typical in saltwater fishing. On the other hand, the gold titanium guide finish was just a bit gaudy for one tester, and another felt the handle looked too big. Action seemed ‘a bit faster than specified,’ said another, while several gave high marks for the rod’s ‘good balance.’