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Old 11-24-2020, 09:10 AM
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Hello all! I am hoping to find and purchase a couple of spinning rod/reel combos that might fit the bill for both river and bay jigging for stripers with up to 2oz of metal, BKD's, etc., as well as other light tackle fishing, such as casting to breakers, throwing soft plastics, MirrOlures, etc. in the shallows. Is there such an outfit out there that any of you might recommend? Am I on the right path in thinking that something in the 6'6"-7' range, medium to medium-heavy power and fast tip are what I should be looking for? I am thinking more towards the medium power, as the medium-heavy may present casting distance issues with light baits. I am looking to pair these with a 3000-4000 series reel, and leaning towards the 3000. I would love to keep the cost below $250.00 per outfit, but would consider going a bit more if necessary to get better and dependable equipment. Also, from an expense standpoint, is it reasonable to spool your reels with a mono backing, then braid and leader material? Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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I fish the Bay and Pax river. My go to combo is a St. Croix medium power/ ultra fast action with an Okuma Ceymar 30. I use 8 pound braid line. I do not bother backing with mono. This combo is less than 200 bucks. Think the rod is around 100 bucks. Reel around 50. You can catch most everything with this combo. A big striper will be some work but manageable. Most stripers will be no bigger than 10 pounds.
Old 11-24-2020, 09:33 AM
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My favorite combo is my Shimano Teramar 6'6" and Stratic 3k, I also use St Croix Triumph 6'6" and 3k Diawa Balistic or Diawa Saltist. Both are great combos. I prefer the Shimano Stratic over the Diawa reels however.
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This combo keeps catching my eye as a good option:

https://alltackle.com/tom-weaver-lig...pinning-combo/
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I appreciate the feedback all. Do any of you use the combo’s that you mentioned for both jigging and light tackle casting? Do they perform better for one vs the other?
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I bought a 7' Shimano SLX medium last spring that I've really liked for inshore/shallow water stuff. Perfect fit for a 3000 size reel. The rod is $100 and there are plenty of good reels you could put on that for $150. I paired it with a Daiwa Procyon. I always run some mono backing, enough so that a 125/150 yard spool of braid on top fills up the spool.
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Originally Posted by Bay2Day View Post
I appreciate the feedback all. Do any of you use the combo’s that you mentioned for both jigging and light tackle casting? Do they perform better for one vs the other?
yes. I use them for both. I prefer jigging. But if birds are breaking i love catching rock with topwater poppers. My combo works great for either one. I usually jig with a 1.5 ounce head. This rod works great with that weight jig.
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I like the Shimano Spheros SW 4000 on a 7’ St. Croix Mojo med heavy. Catch everything from school size stripers to bull reds. I use 20-30 lb braid with no backing.

For $60 the Penn Squadron rod is not bad either and you can get them at walmart.

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For $250, I recommend Shimano Spheros SW 3000 with 10 or 15lb power pro and either a Shimano Talavera inshore rod or St. Croix BassX.

If you want to spend a little more on the rod, I recommend the Nasci reel saving a few $ on the reel. The Spheros SW has a metal frame and carbon drag over the Nasci for $20 more. Both are silky smooth reels for the $ though

On my boat I use all 3000 series reels (shimano nasci or spheros SW) and 6'6" Medium action rods. I have 3 rods that I get: Talavera Inshore, BassX, and GLF. GLF are fast action whiile the BassX and Talavera are more x-fast. I personally prefer the XF for most lures, the Fast GLFs have been more durable. However the GLF rods have been on back order since last fall and are tough to get. The rod I have been using personally lately is the BassX.

We handle striped bass to the 50lb class on the 3000 series. Here is a 3000 Nasci with 6'6" GLF rod on a 40lb class fish:

Here is a Talavera Inshore rod with Spheros SW on a 32" fish

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Love all my shimano’s


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I use mono backing on my reels, I've had braid slip without them. Some reels have rubber backing so you don't need to to mono. Depends on the reel. As for my rods the Shimano Teramar is extra fast medium-heavy and the St Croix Triumph is fast medium. Both are great for jigging and casting.
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Lots of good information here to steer me in the right direction. I am encouraged that there are options to fit both types of fishing that are reasonably priced. I am
most appreciative and wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
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My 4000 reels are on Connley 12-20 Inshore rods. I've caught everything from speckled trout to small cobia on these.

5500 reels are on Connley 15-25 inshore rods. I use these for sight fishing cobia. Although I think this rod is a bit too small for that.

I'm about to replace my 2500 rods to Connley 8-17 inshore rods. These are my trout and puppy drum combos.

With the Black Friday sale they're just a little more than St Croix Triumph rods which usually run $110ish

https://www.connleyfishing.com/shop/inshore-spin/

I'm pretty OCD and like stuff to match
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Here is the bottom line that no one mentioned unless I missed it. You said throwing 2oz of lead and then you said Mirrolures and soft plastics. You are not going to want to use the same rod for both. Mirrolures and soft plastics work great on a 7' Medium power, fast action rod.

Throwing a 2oz jig (also different from high pitch or slow pitch jigging techniques), is going to require a different rod. Some like longer rods, some like shorter rods but you want one suited for something like 3/4 - 2.5 oz. The rod that handles casting 2oz of lead well is not going to impart the action needed on a light lure like a Mirrolure.

You need two rods. For the inshore mirrolure rod go with something light like a 2500-3000 series Shimano or Daiwa. For the heavier rod, go with a 4000-5000 series reel.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
Here is the bottom line that no one mentioned unless I missed it. You said throwing 2oz of lead and then you said Mirrolures and soft plastics. You are not going to want to use the same rod for both. Mirrolures and soft plastics work great on a 7' Medium power, fast action rod. Throwing a 2oz jig (also different from high pitch or slow pitch jigging techniques), is going to require a different rod. The rod that handles that 2oz lure is not going to impart the action on a light lure like a Mirrolure.

You need two rods. For the inshore mirrolure rod go with something light like a 2500-3000 series Shimano or Daiwa. For the heavier rod, go with a 4000-5000 series reel.
In that case I recommned the Shimano Teramar. Great rod with good backbone to throw 2oz yet sensitive enough to handle soft plastic jigging. The Triumph is a little too soft for 2oz imo.

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