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Old 08-21-2006, 10:18 AM
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Default Best flounder rod and reel combo?

Any suggestions...usually fishing 40' of water and drifting with 12 to 20 ozs of weight. Thanks!!!!
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Old 08-23-2006, 10:39 PM
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Shimano Calcutta 400 and St Croix 6'6" Musky rod. I use a 17-40 lb rod, you might want the 20-50 with that kind of weight.
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Best one? I don't know.
I do know (because I use them) that Avet SX and Ambassador 6500 are both good reels. Both have 30# power pro on them. Avet has a 5-1 retrieve and the Garcia is slower. I prefer the Avet because of the fast retrieve and the big handle they come with. The Avet can also handle the occasional cobia or big ray you're sure to hook. I don't know what kind of rod I use (I think it a Med/heavy Daiwa) but have always liked Ugly Sticks.
If you only fish 40' I don't think you need 12oz. We fish in up to 80' at the High level bridge at Cape Charles and rarely need more than 8oz.
One other thing about the Avet reel is it can accomplish most of your inshore and near shore needs. That means you can catch anything from spot and croaker to cobia and king mackerel with it due to the fast retrieve and the 14# of drag you can apply with it.
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I use an ugly stik on a penn 550 on a 16 lb test line, have cought fish up to 40 lbs, but you have to know how to work the fish and set the drag.
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I use an Avet Sx with 30 pound power pro and a MH Ugly Stick...works for me.
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My initial thought would be a local built custom flounder rod (try Bishop's tackle in NNews/Yorktown). I like a cork handle and something about 6ft long or so with a fairly soft tip but some backbone...espeically for heavy weights. Reels, if you have the cash the Shimano calcutta would be best...I have Penn GTI 310's and hate em'...ALWAYS in need of repairs. I also use a small Shimano charter special lever drag and that reel is TOUGH. Power pro is a must.

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Thats alot of weight for 40' of water but I would suggest the Lamiglas tri flex rods,they are light and strong.I also use a Shimano Compre 7'15-30 line class with a fast taper that works well with the heavy weights.I would also recommend the use of braided line.
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Avet SX 5.1 with a St. Croix Avid Series 7'0 HF AC70HF...perfect
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The small Avet and a 6'6" Cape Fear rod.
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Shimano Calcutta 400 with Gloomis Bucara BR836c 7'2"

with Stren Super Braid Hi-Vis Gold 30lb.

I also have a avet sx with the same rod.

I find myself using the shimano more often.

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I love the Seeker BA 80-7C rod. I use lead up to 9OZ, it has a super soft tip with plenty of backbone down low. If you are really using 20OZ of lead I would look into the Seeker BA85C.
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I would suggest an Avet SX with a Calstar Grafighter rod to match.If you are gong to fish with anything over 12 OZ you will need a lever drag to release the spool in a contro;ed manor,them thumb bars ain`t gonna get it.Using one of them you will have to create slack in your line to trip the freespool,using them heavy weights.I fish the Cape Charles area and had to,on a few occasions,use 16 oz to hold bottom,where my Calcutta`s,Abu`s 6500`s were useless.90%of the time heavy weight in this area is not required.Now if you are going to fish lets say at the Old Grounds of of IRI then you will have to add the weight.
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Wow....Thanks for all the help!!!! I thought the weight was excessive, but everyone I talk to that Flounder fishes at the cell and 42 in the Chesapeake uses heavy weights when they drift. Again....thanks!!!!!


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