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Old 01-18-2014, 08:07 PM
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Default Best trolling and downrigger rods for Erie

Getting ready to get new rods for my boat. Trolling mostly dipsy divers on Lake Erie Central Basin. What rods would you recommend? Also, what rods are best for downriggers? Trying to spend around $65 per rod...thanks!
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I bought mine from tom@protackle.com in '93 for the same purpose. Ran walleye charters for years out of Geneva Oh. I am still using them in the Atlantic today. Over the holidays I was in the area and bought 3 additional rods and 1 reel for me and 4 trolling combos for a neighbor. Tom will have some in about every price range, but less than comparable anywhere. He is probably within an easy drive for you. If you go plan on visiting a fisherman's candy store like no other. Or he can ship.

15# - 18# rods about 8 1/2' will work well, I'm using 10' now. Either trolling rods or downrigger rods. I know you can get them for about 1/2 the price you are talking. Tell him Captn John sent you.
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I use Shimano Talora rods for my salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, but Taloras are a little stiffer than I'd want for walleyes. A good value and more flexible trolling rod are Daiwa Heartlands or Ugly Sticks. I'd prefer them for walleyes. JMO
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I troll the central basin as well and have been using the Okuma Blue Diamonds. Very dependable rod with good response with dipsy's. I did have the reel seat let go on two of them that allowed the reel rotate around the rod though. That was 5-6 years ago, and the bait shop replaced all of them with a newer style that has been problem free. Worth a look, and they're at your price point.

Let us know what you end up with.
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+1 on the Heartlines and the Ugly Sticks.

Ugly Sticks are almost bomb proof.
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I have been using Daiwa Wilderness rods, their not real expensive and they have a sensitive tip and a good bit of back bone for the bigger fish. They are all I use in the western basin and they have held up well, you can find them on ebay for less than $20.00 each. Think about it your just dragging for walleyes not like you have to worry about them pulling very hard or breaking water.Put the money you save on the rods and buy better reels. Just my 2 cents.
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ugly stick 7' one piece. I believe the number is 1100 . i'm in florida or I could verify. great rods for boards as well as dipsies and the price is right. they make a downrigger rod as well
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Shimano Talora and Okuma blue diamond rods with Shimano Tekota 500lc/600lc. I also have Okuma counter reels (assorted).
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ugly stick 7' one piece. I believe the number is 1100 . i'm in florida or I could verify. great rods for boards as well as dipsies and the price is right. they make a downrigger rod as well
Good advise. Have $25 rods with Okuma Magda reels. Works great on walleyes
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Ugly stick CAL 1100 7' 2 PC with Okuma Magda 20 and 50# power pro
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I run daiwa heartland hld for my charter. Great rods. I run 7'6 planerboard rods paired up with saltist 30s and 8'6 rigger rods paired with sg 27lc. Tough and dependable rods with nice sensitivity for a pretty decent price. I also run 6'6 Lead core rods with penn 320 gti reels and i thought they would be a little short for it but i really like the shorter rods for Lc. Little stiffer and im able to detect draggers and strikes a little better than with a longer more sensitive rod because the weight of the lc.
Blue diamonds are really good rods too. The new Diawa dxts look really nice too.
best prices ive found are from fishusa
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I'm doing my research and the Daiwa Wilderness rods are highly rated on fishusa. Even thought they are highly rated, I'm shocked at how inexpensive they are. What are your opinions on the wilderness rods? Thanks.....I don't work charters...merely a weekend warrior!
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You can't go wrong with them. I have several friends that use them and love then.

One thing to remember with the dips/downrigger rods in general though. They're not a finesse or sensitivity tool for fishing. There's no need for any type of "action" or graphite IM7, or IM8 construction for what they do. You bend them over with a load, be it a rigger or a dips, and when a fish hits, its as hooked as its going to get. Fiberglass is relatively cheap and lasts a loooong time. IMO, there's no real need to spend a ton on money on a trolling rod for Erie walleye.

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Trolling Dipseys a longer rod worked better for me. Two of my old neighbors still live up there and found the same. The reason is the leader from the dipsey to the fish. Both just bought trolling rods. They both are using the same Eagle Claw trolling rods I use on the ocean using Sea Striker planers. 8 1/2 and 10 foot rods and a lot less than $65 each. email tom@protackle.com and tell him Captn John sent you.
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It's really hard to beat the Okuma Classic Pro GLTs. I got all of mine last year for 29.99$ a piece and they are outstanding. Use them on my riggers and planers. Plenty of sensitivity for light walleye bites, but plenty of power for landing lakers and king salmon. They make a dipsy rod in that model too, and it comes rigged with islets and tip for wire. I got those as a package deal at Gander Mountain...came with a line counter on it and a full spool of wire for $160. Try them. You will love their performance and cost. The king salmon in my signature was taken on one on Ontario last year....40lber
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