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Old 01-17-2010, 05:55 PM
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I have heard that the Ugly Stik Tiger medium weight is a great rod combined with the Penn 950 ssm for tuna on the surface...is this rod heavy enough? The reel seat seems too lightweight?

I'm fishing Stellwagon....


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Old 01-17-2010, 06:58 PM
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More important than the rod is the fisherman's ability to fight the fish, and the ability of the guy at the helm to understand what the fish is doing.

I've seen fish taken on that combo in the past. It held up fine. But the line, knots, and guy on the wheel also played a big role.......

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What model Ugly Stik Tiger were you looking at?
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ask the 14 women whove seen tigers ugly stick
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The rod model number is BWS2201.


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I don't know about for tuna, But I use the 6'MH $30 ugly stik rod reel combo from sports authority. Im perfectly happy with them. Catches more fish then my buddys with the $400 setups.

I don't even take off the red line they put on there. haha
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I like their Bluewater roller XXH for 50w reels. Have taken yellowfin over 200 lbs on this setup.
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Mac, Consider the size of the tuna on the bank last season and what they will be coming back as this coming season. My concern with this rod is it is a 7' 20 to 50 lb class rod for under 60 bucks. I would gues it would hold up fine on a few fish to 100 or so lbs but, i would be leary of it being consistant or reliable for BFT over 100lbs. Perhaps a good backup rod or second setup if we get a good push of smaller BFT this season like we saw the last part of last season. Last year we say a ton of fish form 30 or so lbs up to 100 lbs so that set up could get some use.
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I hear that Over the Edge....any suggestions on a better rod? I'm not bent on going cheap....or high end. I like to get something that I can use awhile for a good price. I have just heard a lot about this particular rod. But when I held it myself, it felt too fragile for the fish that seem to be around half the time.

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Mac,
I do not have a direct suggestion for a rod as the casting and jigging thing is a bit new to me. My comment was more of a "Get what you pay for" thing. To ask a $60.00 rod to do what it is going to take to really fight a 100 lb + BFT is a lot. Not a bash on the rod or manufacturer but just a bit to much to ask of that rod in my opinion.

For casting I do like the OTI "Tuna Sniper"
It comes in a 8’6” 2 piece design and in both 40lb to 60lb, and 60lb to 80lb, for between $350.00 and $375.00

and the OTI 7’ 6” "Popping rods"

Also a 2 piece available in the same weight class's for about $300.00

I am sure there are other brands out there offering rods to stand up to 100lb + tuna for a little less money. But the sharpies out there that i know have had great sucess with very little if any complaints with the OTI rods.

GL with whatever you choose. You dont need to buy ther most expensive but dont get the least expensive either.
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A one piece 7-8' casting rod rated for 1-3 ounce lures will cast and jig good.

Got a big one on? Just lower the tip a bit to let as much pressure off you and the rod as you want. Then let the reel reel easy 12" at a time when you move your arm forward (not up or down), then pull back w/o reeling to pull him closer with one arm.

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Shimano Saragosa used to run around $45, but are probably discontinued. Anything equivelent to that will do it as the new $150 spinners like the Shimano Spheros will take up to 25 lbs of drag and can be loaded with 60 lb braid that will cast a mile and sink fast.
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Don't skimp. You'll kick yourself in the butt when you run into a school of bigeyes and get a few hookups all at once. I assume when you said "on the surface" you meant trolling.
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This past year I moved up to a custom Calstar blank/titanium guide rod made by CMS. Aluminum seat, gimaled, etc. A fine stick.

That being said, the purchase of this rod was a treat to myself. Many BFT have been and will continue to be caught by modest priced glass rods, period. I can't speak specifically to Ugly Stick, but an example I can speak to are the cheapo 50-80 Ande rods that make up most of my trolling rigs. $45 + $12 roller tip top. Way too much emphasis is placed on the rod IMO. I have not had a low end glass rod explode on me yet.

this is not to say higher end rods are useless, but I prefer to become a successful fisherman first before choosing the next step up in gear. This way I am using my own knowledge and personal preferance when dropping another $300-$400.

And last year most of the tuna we hooked up with were in the 130 to 150# class.
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