Do You have at least 1 rod that can cast light baits/lures accurately and far enough that it satisfies You? Can You wield it and Cast a SINGLE 1/16 oz. or 1/8 oz. rig plEnty distance (we're not in a casting contest), and still fight and land, with confidence, Gulf Coast Inland Saltwater Speckled Trout and Flounder, and even Redfish, consistently? Can You repeatedly, deliberately, throw light baits and maintain confidence in its Integrity to land Keeper Fish?
I can...and do. I fish a lot of Inland Saltwater with fairly Light Tackle, and do well. I fish a Shimano Teramar SE 7' 6", Extra-Fast Action, Medium Power Spinning Rod that totes a Penn Battle 3000 loaded with Sufix 832 10 lb. Green Braid. Talk about a long-casting Master of an Inland Rod.
Ever cover water on top of shallow flats? Presenting the lure without burning it, while Casting and Retrieving? A similar rod as I've stated above will let You throw the baits You need to be throwing.
Ever fish from a Kayak in Skinny Water? I haven't, but I fish out of an equally tiny Vessel in Skinny Water and I tear fish UP. That's some Light Tackle scenarios right there...don't get caught using Heavy Gear in water You can walk in, in Inland Saltwater...get geared to cast the light stuff...