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Old 02-02-2010, 02:22 PM
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This is a new company out of Montana that is advertising 30-50# trolling rods at $50 ea/$95 for 2 on Ebay. Anyone have first hand experience with these rods? They look good and the feedback on ebay has been mostly good, but I'm looking for someone who's either used them or who know's someone who has.
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I gotta ask. Why would you buy big game offshore rods from Montana???
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GREAT QUESTION! I haven't but i'm in the market for something very affordable as I'm only on saltwater 1 wk a year. I know I know...you get what you pay for, but I thought I would do some research on these just the same
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Rods that cheap HAVE to use cheap components. If you are looking for something decently priced check out the Pinnacle Marine rods in the Misc. Commercial Classifieds section.

Also, just because the rods are from Montana doesn't mean that they are poorly constructed. I buy some of my offshore rods from Indiana, and they are damn good.

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They are made in China. Just sayin.
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Rods that cheap HAVE to use cheap components. If you are looking for something decently priced check out the Pinnacle Marine rods in the Misc. Commercial Classifieds section.

Also, just because the rods are from Montana doesn't mean that they are poorly constructed. I buy some of my offshore rods from Indiana, and they are damn good.
I was thinking more along the lines of mule deer and elk as big game in montana.

Pinnacle aren't made here either. The cordura bag is the giveaway. That and the label that says "Custom designed by" and not "custom built by". Im thinking tiawan. I don't care, just sayin.
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Ahh I see, they are only FROM Montana. I was thinking custom for some reason. What I meant with the Pinnacle ones is that they are affordable and seem to have good reviews here.
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Ahh I see, they are only FROM Montana. I was thinking custom for some reason. What I meant with the Pinnacle ones is that they are affordable and seem to have good reviews here.
Yep. They have a great track record and very positive feedback.

I know that custom rods aren't for everyone. But as was stated initially, Schmtty only fishes offshore 1 wk per year, so these would be fine for his use and will probably last a decade or more.

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I bought these for an 80W. Not impressed at all, flimsy and none of the rollers spinned freely. Spend a few more bucks, I would never trust it with a big fish on. Just my opinion though, good luck
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I have seen those as well. I am in the same market as you and I am glad to see this post. The problem with the feedback on ebay, is that the feedback just represents the shipping and the condition in which the product was delivered. It is not a true road test for the product. I am buying some, and if they don't hold up, then I am not out a great deal of money, and I can chalk it up as a lesson learned.
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Intrep: Thanks for you post - exactly what I was hoping for...someone who actually had first hand experience - obviously commons sense says you don't get filet when you spend for hamburger...but you never know until you try- could be a company thats giving away product to enter the market and get noticed or (in this case) who is providing a cheap way to enter the market quickly - which usually results in an exit just as quickly.

Cliffie-let me know what you think. "Big game" for me will only be kings and maybe an amberjack - nothing more....I typically fish for 10-20 lb stripers on inland lakes and my $29 Ugly sticks are more than up to the task - no way I'm spending more than $100 a piece for a trolling rod.
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Bought one to use in Abaco due to baggage restrictions, no fish hooked. The rod is solid, connection is tight, no wobble in rollers, they spin freely. Having said that I've decided to go custom with removable butt for travel. With reels that cost $400+, JB hollow spectra $100+ I figure I'll spend the same for a rod.

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I've tried more than one rod in the $50-75 range and they all had the same problem where the reel seat was not right. Its hard to reel in a 20-50lb fish with the reel swinging around the rod. so I saved a little money and bought some Connley rods. I would have saved a lot of money just spending the $100 per rod to start instead of being out $400-500 on junk. If you want to try them just buy one to start.
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They are made in China. Just sayin.
R U sayin' quality can't come from overseas?



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There's a lot of good stuff from China. Even rubber dog poo is good quality from China.
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There's a lot of good stuff from China. Even rubber dog poo is good quality from China.
i won't waste my time with chink goods,just like their cars there all disposable..
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All most every rod sold comes from China. And you may be surprised most company's use the same factory in China. I have been there.
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Thank you Tim!!!!!!! When I call my rod orders in, I don't fell like I am ordering dinner:grin
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I ordered (4) 15-30 lb. all roller rods and (1) 2 piece 15-30 lb. spinning rod 4 days ago. Just got them in the mail today 3/17/11. I was wary about quality before I ordered, but figured I only get to fish offshore 1-2 weeks per year for kings and I could justify a little less quality for the price. I will be putting shimano TLD 15s on the roller rods and a cheaper shimano spinning reel on the spinning rod. When I opened the package today I was pleasantly surprised. Each rod was individually packed in a canvas bag that can be re-used and it even said Davis rods on it (not expecting this for the price) The rods seem to be alot better quality than I was hoping for. I guess we will see when I hook my first fish this summer. If your looking for something at a good price I don't know how you could go wrong.
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If your looking for something at a good price I don't know how you could go wrong.
How can you make that representation until you actually use them.
After you catch a dozen fish with each, come back and let us know.
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