Capt. Nopes is kind of a stickler about his gear. Guy loves his Loomis rods. G Loomis is known for fast, durable whipping sticks, but the 7wt crosscurrent is a bit of an exception. The 7 wt crosscurrent is fast and strong from butt through the third section and rocks a softer tip. This makes it an absolute joy to cast all day. Its the fun version of an 8 weight. Throw a Nautilus XL Max on it and you've got a combo you can do a thousand reps with. The Cortland redfish line is lighter as well which keeps the rod extra crisp.
Rod: G Loomis Cross Current Pro 1 7wt
Reel: Nautilus XL Max
Line: Cortland Redfish Taper 7wt