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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2019, 10:45:58 AM »

I tend to do most of my fishing along my commute either to or from work. I keep a ultra light and a 10ft medium/heavy surf caster at all times stashed in my truck. For these poles I choose less expensive, tough but still  reliable reels like Penn SS. I canít tell you the amount of road closures due to accidents, Iíve been able to just pull over and fish opposed to just being stuck in my vehicle for hours.
 
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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2019, 02:53:34 PM »

Boon, I've run into some fellas tha tf realky like the Shimano Carbolite rods. Never been a big fan of Shimano based on some things in the past.

 But many like them I understand why... Jeff

Full Fuji SiC guides and Fuji seat on a very nicely-behaving blank for a little over $200 is hard to go past in my mind.

They're not the prettiest rods ever made but it does the job very well for many different types of fishing.

I found that I had a lot of money tied up in rods that only got used once every couple of months, highly specialist rods like my jig setup (although I am using that more and more) that often owed me the better part of $1000, yet my "daily driver" go-to rod was a much more economy setup, which made no sense. I went and bought basically the best I could (without going custom on the rod) in this class.
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2019, 06:10:05 PM »

I try to get out once a week or better in the warmer months here in Minnesota.  Sometimes it works out, sometimes not.  I don't ice fish much.  December through March means only an occasional outing if days are warm and the nearby river is open.  Obviously, all freshwater.  Mostly vintage equipment.

Walleye, northern pike and bass are only in season here after mid-May.  Before that, I'll try for crappie with a Mitchell Classic 300 graphite UL rod, 5 ft., using an ABU Garcia Cardinal 653 or Shakespeare 2200 II reel with 4 or 6 lb. test Trilene.  Catfish, carp or buffalo require heavier gear, like a Bass Pro Shops 96 graphite rod, 5 ft. 8 in., with a Shimano MLX300 spooled with 12 lb. Trilene, or a Quantum Transmitter graphite, 5 ft. 9 in, with a Berkley 426 reel spooled with 12 lb. Trilene.  If cold enough to wear gloves, then I might use a spincast outfit, like an ABU Garcia Premier Conolon, 7 ft. and a Daiwa Silvercast 212RL reel spooled with 12 lb. Trilene.

Walleye and Northerns, in season, I might go with an UglyStik 6 ft. 6 in. and a Mitchell 300 spooled with 6 or 8 lb. test line.  Another choice would be a Shimano FX-2652 (rebuilt with additional guides on NGC principles) and a Mitchell 400 spooled with 6 lb. test mono.  Bass I have a no-name 6 ft. 8 in. medium/moderate action rod, with a Heddon 222 or ABU Garcia Cardinal 4, spooled with 8 lb. test Cajun underneath.  Trolling for Northerns, I might try a Silstar Pinnacle Power Tip Pro, 6 ft. 6 in., and a DAM Quick 220 spooled with 8 lb. mono.

Occasionally, I just see a rod or reel in the basement that I feel like using for something, so I match something up and away I go.  Have a pack rod and a telescoping rod that I'll match up with some small reel for places I might hike or bicycle to.

Frank
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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2019, 06:31:56 PM »

Mostly inshore saltwater here, and I get out at least once a week weather permitting.  Probably get out 50-60 times a year on average.  If Im out on my kayak, the following setups are almost always with me:

Crowder Salute 7'6" 6-12 lb rated rod, Shimano ultegra 2500, 10 lb powerpro super 8 slick braid, 15 lb fluoro leader.
Crowder Salute 7'6" 8-15 lb rated rod, Quantum Smoke S3 25, 15 lb powerpro super 8 slick, 15 or 20 lb fluoro leader. 
Blair Wiggins 7'2" 6-12 lb rated rod, Shimano Nasci 3000, 15 lb powerpro super 8 slick braid, 15 or 20 lb fluoro leader.

All have been rock solid, but I do have to oil the line roller on the quantum smoke more often than the shimanos.

If Im going offshore, or targeting tarpon in the inlets, Ill bring along something heavier.  Recently picked up a Daiwa Lexa 300, spooled with 250 yds of 30 lb powerpro super 8 slick for this duty.  Looking for a new rod for it, the current one isnt ideal. 

If im going offshore on a boat, I go heavier, including some of my built senators.  Dont do much of that anymore though

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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2019, 10:07:49 PM »

targeting tarpon in the inlets
I spent a lot of time chasing those around Port Royal/Calibogue.  Saw a few but never even jumped one.  It does happen though.
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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2019, 04:44:40 AM »

targeting tarpon in the inlets
I spent a lot of time chasing those around Port Royal/Calibogue.  Saw a few but never even jumped one.  It does happen though.
-steve

Thatís not far from me at all. I have two places where I find tarpon reliably. Getting them to eat is another story, but Iím starting to get a feel for their patterns. A buddy of mine hooked one last year, but couldnít keep it on.
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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2019, 10:16:45 AM »

My offshore rods are mostly Seeker Hercules that I built. Bottom rods are 40-80 with a Newell 540 3.2 converted to a 533 3.2 (50 lb Momoi). Flat lining with no weight I like the 30-60 Hercules with a Newell 338 (40 lb Momoi). One spinner for my Viking jig is a Hercules 20-40 with a penn torque 7500 (60 lb braid with FL tied with FG knot). One super seeker 40-80 spinner with a Shimano Twin Power 6500 (60 lb braid and Fl) This one anything up in the column and powerful drag to stop them from getting to the reef.

One Rainshadow Stub 80 with a Penn 9/0 modified by Sal with 130 Momoi. This one just hangs off the side of the boat with a live bait.

All of the above gets the job done. I have other backups that I may carry occasionally.

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