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Old 05-30-2019, 11:11 AM
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Default New to bottom fishing - a bit lost on a rod selection

Hi,

I've been reading that Shimano Trevala is a good rod. I looked online and there are quite a bit of different verities of Trevala out there... I've seen Trevala Jigging, Butterfly Jigging, F Butterfly, etc.

I was planning on buying one of these reels: Penn Senator 4/0, Shimano Tekota or possibly Shimano Talica.
Not going for anything crazy out there, just some red snappers and maybe groupers. Was thinking on using 50lb main braided line.

So, which Trevala rod model should I choose?

Thanks!

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Old 05-30-2019, 12:44 PM
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TVC66H is a good rod. Go XXH if you are going to target AJ or big grouper. Tallica 16II IS hard to beat.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:12 PM
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I think we have four outfits of Trevalas with Tekotas. I like the H for snapper, because it has better “feel” than the XXH, but you may get whipped if a reef donkey shows up. I bought an All Star last month that was about the same price as a Trevala, and look forward to using it soon. I’ll miss the first 3 weeks of season, but maybe a few will be left over. Plus, I’ll catch and release some during the week when the wind lets me get out.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:02 AM
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Getting good results from these Ugly Sticks: 6'-6" 15-40# Medium action big water boat rods. Hard to beat at $69.95 I have a few of the 20-50# as well but like the slightly lighter action on the 15-40. I have em paired up with old Penn 4/0s and a few with Squal 30 and Squal 40LD
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:39 PM
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Trevala TVC66MH , can’t go wrong with this rod
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:45 PM
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5'8" XH Trevala with Shimano 600 Tekota 80 LB power pro.

Second 5'6" XH Star Aerial Jig Rod 500 Tekota 80 lb power pro.

Third 6' Star Aerial jig spinning with 5500 Penn Slammer and 65 lb power pro
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Dang, H2OBUG, those rods are what I see when I look up in my storage. Great choices!
The Rod Room in Orange Beach built me a rod a couple of years ago, a nice graphite blank, long foregrip, and acid-wrapped the guides. With a Tekota turned by Rick’s Reel Service, it is my favorite rig.
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Going from a Penn 4/0 to a talica is decent jump in the reel department.
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Old 05-31-2019, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by weatherman View Post
Dang, H2OBUG, those rods are what I see when I look up in my storage. Great choices!
The Rod Room in Orange Beach built me a rod a couple of years ago, a nice graphite blank, long foregrip, and acid-wrapped the guides. With a Tekota turned by Rick’s Reel Service, it is my favorite rig.
Those are some of the ones I use
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:09 AM
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I like Penn Senator reels, but the gear ratio on them is too slow for active bottom fishing. The Shimanos you mentioned are great, but don't get too hung up on Shimano. All the reel manufacturers make stuff that gets the job done on snapper. Right now Overton's has 30% off. This reel is a solid choice at 30% off the 40 size. Spooled with 40 mono will do all you need it to do. https://www.overtons.com/penn-squall...entional-reels Get this Star Aerial for $70 https://www.overtons.com/star-rods-a...8_06_XH_1.html

It's a lightweight combo that'll be easy to fish all day and will cost you what the Tekota alone would. Beyond that, it'll work as a king outfit, and if you needed to cast with it, it'll do that job okay.
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Old 06-01-2019, 07:02 AM
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I would give a hard look at a Shimano Saragosa Reels (made for Saltwater) and Star VPR rods, this is all I use offshore from Red Snappers to large AJ's. The reel and rod combo is a beast!!
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:12 AM
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Any reel that has 20+ lbs of drag, any fast action, medium heavy/heavy rod, and 50-80 lb braid to a 25' 40-50 lb mono leader with a FG knot will do the trick.
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How much do you want to spend on a rod? Those trevalas can be noodle rods and they do break. I haven’t tried any of the newer ones but when I had multiple of them 5plus years ago, they weren’t that great and I bought them cause Shimano had lifetime warranty with them at the time.

If if you’re going to be spending near MSRP I would look into a used black hole or something else.
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Old 06-02-2019, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by capt_dalton View Post
Getting good results from these Ugly Sticks: 6'-6" 15-40# Medium action big water boat rods. Hard to beat at $69.95 I have a few of the 20-50# as well but like the slightly lighter action on the 15-40. I have em paired up with old Penn 4/0s and a few with Squal 30 and Squal 40LD
i will vouch for this ugly stik too. I have a 6ft 20-50 class ugly stik with an old 4/0 wide also one with an old black side plate 4/0 on the black 4/0 i have caught a ton of shark 8ft + i am fishing from a kayak so it is prob a little different situation. Just saying the rod is solid as a rock. There are prob better rods out there but hard to beat for $65
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