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You are talking about Phenix right? I love their rods for everything. I haven't tried out their Iron Feather series since I don't spin fish for trout.
Their Black Diamond series have put lots of Tuna in my freezer.
Their Recon series bass rods are probably the best rod in the $150 price range. They come with Fuji SiC guides and use Toray composite in their blank.
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Yes,thats what I meant. Auto correct strikes again. The Recons are definitely on the wish list. I have been told they feel like a custom build.....? Does that fit with what you know?
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Just looks alone it is awesome. The reel seat and all the woven carbon fiber makes it look really custom. Aside from the looks, they are using top of the line technology with their blanks. It is light and sensitive, but has a really good backbone.
I think I'm going to add 6-8ML casting rod to my arsenal. I need a rod to match my new Daiwa Alphas.
If you look at their other lines like the "Ultra MBX" you can see the "custom" look. They have wood grain inserts alternating cork design on the grip sections.
If you find a dealer, they are super easy to work with. They didn't have the one I wanted so they ordered it for me right away.
Good choice. I didn't realize the GL2 didn't have micro guides. Micro guides are the way to go period. It's sad that a $200 does not have them.
Outside of them buying Loomis, they have been made in the same place wtih the same blanks for years before that, at leasts 7-8 years ago I know.
My current locker...
1 7'11" XH Quantum Hackney w/ Curado E5
2 7'11" MH Quantum KVD (Cranking) w/ curado E5
2 7'10" XH Duckett w/ Curado E5
1 7'6" XH Duckett w/ Curado E7
1 7'2" MH Quantum KVD (spinnerbait) w/ Quantum Smoke
8 7'0" MH Quantum Dean Rojas w/ Curado E7
2 7'0" MH Quantum Smoke w/ Chronarch E7
2 7'0" MH Duckett w/ Curado E7
2 6'6" M Duckett w' Citica E6
2 6'0" M Duckett w' Citica E6
3 exo spinning rod/ reel combos
Outside of that I have tons of random St. Croix, Kistler, Skeet Reeses and Falcons laying around the tackle room.
If you guys are looking for a new saltwater spinning combo for a good price, Wright and McGill has a very good one. I used them all last Summer and loved them. I had never heard of them but a friend of mine told me and told me and told me I needed to give them a try so I finally did.
I outfitted it with 30 pound braid and it was as good as any I have ever had. We caught Redfish, Bull Sharks, Blaktip Sharks, and Specs in the Bay. Then used them for drifting for Flounder, Snapper, and jacks on shallow reefs. The drag is really smooth and it handles a braid set up well. I even got to battle a nice 30-35 pound King Mackerel that ate a live LY. Great setup IMO
I've always been a big fan of Berkley Rods for freshwater fishing.
im going to start fishing like this. seems a bit different
An Afgan soldier fishes for trout with a rocket propelled grenade.
"I’m gonna show you how great I am! Last night I cut the light off in the bedroom, hit the switch, was in the bed before the room was dark"!
That Recon 7'1" Hvy is definitely on the list. Thinking about getting it for an additional swim jig rod. Just trying to come up with and extra $150 for yet another rod......
I don't use spinning gear for saltwater unless I'm throwing big plugs on my 10ft. ULUA stick or on my vertical jig stick.
That is the main difference between west coast and east coast fishing. There seems to be a hatred or disdain for spinning gear, especially in San Diego. I've been on many trips where the deckhands will call them "coffee grinders."
I personally like using conventional reels, but I find nothing wrong with a nice spinning reel. I got a Daiwa Saltiga to use for vertical jigging and it work great with 80lb braid.
i dont think i even own a spiner for the coast. i have had the Penn International 50 VSW for the north west coast. on a Ugly stick tuna rod. i dont think they even make the rod any more.
Then how do you fish weedlines or throw to Cobia, Tuna, and all the other fish out there? Surley you don't just troll random locations. Or how about a flat line on a reef? Do you not throw at least one out? Do you buy your own bait instead of catching your own? We use small spinners for 10 minutes and catch our own. I have never seen one boat without a spinning rod on it.
i dont fish weedlines or kelp beds, you loose to much tackle. i can cast prety far with the set up i have. i use jigs alot, troll alot. Tuna are easy once you find them. plugs work well on top for tuna. i use sand dabs or makrell for salmon trolling. i have seen alot of spinning reels fall apart after a good work out on a 45-65 pound salmon. god help you of you hook a small shark. if you can get the timing right it is easier to net Surf Fish for bait. the smallest line i have for the Ocean is 60 pound test.
I can't even tell you the last time I lost tackle on a weedline. Are you saying that the fish could bust you off? And for them falling apart, I have caught countless blacktips and small Bull Sharks on spinning reels (the one above too) over the years. That's basically all we use unless we have a fresh caught Bonita and we use our kayaks to swim the bait out on a 113h.
I don't know, I guess people do things different where you fish. I have fished all over the state of Florida all the way up to Hatteras, NC and have never seen once a boat go out without a spinning rod.
Guys in Cabo catch Striped Marlin on spinning reels. We catch White Marlin and Sailfish on spinning reels. Some, not me, have caught small Blue Marlin on spinning reels. We get Gag Grouper in ST. Andrews Bay this time of year on spinning reels. But like I said, I guess some people do it differently. I have never seen it, but apparently they do. To each their own I guess
i fish from Fort Bragg California to Coos Bay Oregon. if i fish the drop offs or the sand beds we can catch perch, golden eye, ling cod, Halibut. the water here runs 48- 52 degrees. when i lived in Biloxi and Pensicola we used alot of light tackle for whitefish and speckled trout. alot of fun. last time i got into the kelp beds we cought alot of Ling Cod, but lost 19 different outfits between three guys. ALOT of tackle went into the sea that day.
have you tried this reel? my older Abu Garcia died so i bought this. holly cow this thing is awsome the 200GT
I have no idea how they do it on the east coast or in Florida, but most people use bait casting or conventional outfits when even fishing kelp.
Axeman is right about losing tackle to the kelp or rocks. This is true especially when you are fishing structure for Lings and rock fish. If you are not paying attention a decent sand bass can rock you and you will spend 5 min. re-rigging whatever you were using.
My go to combo for kelp is my Shimano Crucial swim bait stick with a Curado 300DSV with upgraded Carbontex Drags and Boca bearings. I have it spooled with 60lb Power Pro braid and I use a short flour carbon leader. We call that the kelp cutter rig if you hook up on a big Calico bass or White sea bass and they make a run into the kelp the braid will cut through most of the kelp. It gives you a fighting chance to get them out when that happens.
I have no idea why, but most people just don't use spinning outfits when fishing inshore in California. My one reason is that it is must easier to swim my jig or lure using a casting outfit than it is with spinning. I also think casting outfits look much cooler as dumb as that might sound.
I rarely use live bait when I'm fishing the break wall or kelp. If it is not tuna fishing I find bait fishing to be very boring. I can understand using bait if you were maybe on a kayak and you made your own bait. If I'm on a boat, I stick to throwing plugs.
I use the Curado's and Chronarch's all on G-Loomis rods, tried other reels but these have been work horses for me. Did you not like the Kistler rods?
I love it. I personally don't own one, but my dad does. He occasionally will find it missing if I raid his tackle.
Nothing wrong with Abus, but I bet you found your Calcutta to be very smooth. I've seen guys pull on smaller(20lb) tuna on those things.
I was about to get one of those, but I went with the Pluton. Probably the best reel I known right now.
the Pluton was one of the ones i was looking at. then the guy handed me the Calcutta. smooth and very quick on the set. no peel back when setting the hook. plus i had just got my tax return so i splurged. i originaly went in to replace my ABU with another one.
I am a fan of micro guides myself, a lot of people don't like them though. They definitely add distance and reduce weight imo! I fished again today, it was a lot slower(high blue skies go figure) and we only boated around 13. I was highly disappointed though when I figured out that my new Duckett was not going to be anywhere near heavy enough to do any punching with. It did fine it light grass today, but I could tell that it would really struggle with the heavy stuff. Oh well, just another excuse to buy a new rod I guess
I feel for you man, I'm only 25 so I still get to spend a good bit of time out on the water. Next time I'm out there I'll tell ole bucket mouth that you said hello!
hmmmm. I'm not familiar with kelp in the Gulf. The only weedlines I have ever seen are floating sargassum weeds.
Our set up consists of two spinning reels outfitted with 10 pound test on a pompano jig. No leader necessary unless you are using braid. We have two more spinning rods outfitted with J hooks and weights on 15 to 20 pound test with a 30-40 pound leader rigged for the larger Bull Dolphin using live bait. The only time i remember getting busted off was when a shark came up. But that is not a real problem usually.
I like those reels but anything with a levelwind makes it harder to cast long distances usually.
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