Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 8:57 am Post subject: rod recommendations?
I'm thinking of getting a 5" Original, and have two questions:
1. How much do these lures weigh?
2. what kind of rods do you guys use, especially for casting from shore using spinning gear. I prefer fiberglass, but am open to graphite. I already have a fenwick glass fs65, 6'6", medium power, 4-10#, and a fenwick graphite HMXS90L-2S, 9', 2-8#, light power (action?) 1/16 oz to 3/8 oz. lures. Thanks,
Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 8:43 am Post subject: rods
I think those rods your talking about are way too light. You need a 8-15, or something like a 10-20 OR 25 LB. RATED ROD
The reason for this is the backbone for browns. Your rated rods are perfect for rainbows. But for browns, you never know what will bite, size wise. It could be a 15 pound brown that is pissed off, and runs hard. Then he will throw the lure because no backbone to set the hook HARD into the jaws of a wary, strong brownie. A brown that didn't get that big from being stupid, but from being smart living at hard fished waters and not getting caught.
That is what the backbone if for, to slam the hook home,,,,,,,,,,got it???? _________________
I use a St Croix Premier SXPC70HF. It is a one pc.,7 foot, fast action, heavy power rod rated for 12-25# line. The fast action all the way to the tip sure saves your arm when you are ripping all day and the oversize guides don't ice up as much.
It depends on what type of line you are using. If you are using braid you need a rod that has a little give, if using mono go with one of the broom stick graphites. Definately something with backbone for big lures. I like to troll 30lb braid with 10lb fluorocarbon leader and use a uglystik lite 10-17lb.
Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 8:16 pm Post subject: rods
I agree with all of you. I like the very best equipment, and rods. When you go fishing, you are actually experiencing a challenge, its like playing the lottery. You always want to believe that you will catch the one your after. And when you do, its really cool.
I've been seriously fishing for about 45 years now, and it never gets old. When you lose fish because of faulty fishing equipment, you feel cheated. So, you gotta take matters in hand. You need the best equipment...........
I enjoy good equipment, because I know that it will work for me every time. Why not eliminate the odds. Fish still don't bite all the time, but when they do, you will be more than ready. _________________
I use Lamaglas med/hvy steelhead rods for toplining smaller plugs and downrigging. They work good for larger plugs but the slower action in the tip section really makes you work hard when ripping. I perfer a "broom handle stiff" rod for ripping med. to large plugs, even using 30# power pro. The lamaglas "big bait" rod has a nice fast action, the only thing is the guides are not oversized and would ice up alot.
I agree...use the best tackle you can get. Big fish will find the weak link in your tackle real quick!!! Last season I was using Berkley Vanish florocarbon for leaders and broke off 3 big fish on the strike. This spring I started using PLine Floroclear and haven't had any breakoffs yet.
Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 8:52 pm Post subject: rods
Yes, P-line is one of the best. It has stronger rated line. 20 pound breaks at 30. A friend of mine worked a line strength breaking machine, and he said P-line always breaks at 10 pounds heavier when using 20 and 30 lb.
Same holds true for the lighter lines, 15 breaks at 20, and so on. _________________
I have often felt that (When) I nail that big Brown that I may be at the end of my equipment, But I also feel like if I go too heavy the fish will see my line. I like the 10 and 12 lb Seaguar Flourocarbon. But I also want to be able to land the fish fast enough for it to be released. I haven't tried the super stiff rods for ripping but I know the ones I use do wear you out.
Maybe I'll try a little heavier one this weekend,
Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2004 6:37 pm Post subject: surf rods for stripers
does anyone out there use big spinning surf equipment while throwing 9"-12" plugs for freshwater stripers? i fish mostly from shore and i dont feel like i'm getting enough distance on my casts to get the plugs to the fish. currently, i'm using a 7'9" "big bait' rod and an abu garcia 6500 reel spooled w/ 20 lb p-line. i feel confident using this stuff from my tube or a rental boat, but i need more distance when tossing plugs from shore. i want to go after stripers at castaic, silverwood, and pyramid. any help is greatly appreciated.
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