That rod will probably be perfect. I prefer slower rods for saltwater use. I own a fly shop and I have bought a lot of 12 weight rods and I finally found that the St. Croix Avid, which they don't make any more is perfect for me. For a 9 Wt. I use a Temple Fork Professional. All of these are inexpensive rods and on the slow side. I find that in many saltwater situations a slower rod works best. You can load the rod and make a 25 foot cast if you need to. Contrary to popular belief many of your shots will be at a short distance. You can also make long casts with your rod. Your 9 wt. is similar to what I use. The faster rods don't work in short distance casting for me. One thing you also have to consider is if the rod is strong enough to fight big fish. I had a slower 12 weight that I loved to cast but any tarpon over 100 pounds could not be whipped using it. My 9 weight and yours will do fine on large redfish, bonefish, speckled trout and baby tarpon.