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Old 12-05-2017, 11:02 AM   #21
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We have shifted over completely to light weight bottom rigs. The days of a Penn Senator on a pool cue are over for me. If I were starting from scratch right now I would go with the Diawa Saltist A Level Wind and a custom acid wrapped rod built with an appropriate blank. Super light and that reel has been bullet proof for years on our boat. Also would not hesitate to pair this reel with a Trevala XXH for a nice light easy to use combo. I have a Shimano Talica 12 II on a Trevala XXH and it is an awesome bottom rig but I have to provide my own level wind ... LOL.


40 lb. test will be fine most of the time but is a tad light if you end up hooking up on a Halibut which is happening more and more lately. We broke one off on 50 lb. test last season. I go with #65 or #80 for all but one rig ...
thanks for the input. sounds like you guys do alot of bottom fishing I did some searches of old posts and you keep showing up over and over!

What size saltist ? 35/40?
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thanks for the input. Sounds like you guys do alot of bottom fishing i did some searches of old posts and you keep showing up over and over!

What size saltist ? 35/40?
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US senator/Baja narrow filled with 80lb braid with 60lb windon leader. Ugly stik xh jigging rod. I have a bunch of options... everyone always grabs these... For bottom Fishing I much prefer a star drag to lever.
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So i am ordering up some Saltist 40s and will most likely pair with some Trevalas that I already own for now. Rods are probably slightly on the light side but I havent been getting the same size cod and haddock as I did years ago.... I think I am going to get two rods made eventually.
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US senator/Baja narrow filled with 80lb braid with 60lb windon leader. Ugly stik xh jigging rod. I have a bunch of options... everyone always grabs these... For bottom Fishing I much prefer a star drag to lever.
How big of a wind-on do you use - just curious.
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So i am ordering up some Saltist 40s and will most likely pair with some Trevalas that I already own for now. Rods are probably slightly on the light side but I havent been getting the same size cod and haddock as I did years ago.... I think I am going to get two rods made eventually.
Travel a xxh is no too light. Will handle 30 lbs of drag without a problem. I have one spinning setup with this rod as well...
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:32 AM   #27
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I use sufix window leader at 33ft in 50 or 60lb. I get them on amazon for $10 if i don't have time to make my own. I also have a few okuma Cedo's jigging rods in XH for jigging that work well but it's tough to beat the ugly stik value.
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I use sufix window leader at 33ft in 50 or 60lb. I get them on amazon for $10 if i don't have time to make my own. I also have a few okuma Cedo's jigging rods in XH for jigging that work well but it's tough to beat the ugly stik value.
any reason you cant just tie a double uni and tie in 20-30 feet of 40-50lb mono?
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Nope you sure can i just prefer a cats paw loop to loop connection. I never feel the wind on moving through the guides with a cats paw.....bumping the knot in the guides drives me nuts.
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Wally World usually has the ugly stik tiger jigging rods on sale this time of year. I got a couple for $60 each last December.
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Okay I found two xxh trevalas from my buddy. All I need now is cod season go reopen
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I have a Saltist 50ld with a trevala rod that is a joy to catch Cod with. Several times with it I've hooked Tuna and it does a good job on them. I also have a Tiger Lite rod with a Torium 30 that is a great combo.
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what is the model tiger lite I should be looking for? I am going to do searches see if they are on sale anywhere.... I have a pair of old Penn 320s that I am going to use as my secondary pair of jigging rods that I am going to go cheap as possible with (Tiger Lites for sure).
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XH is perfect for our area... 5 8 is the length.
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XH is perfect for our area... 5 8 is the length.
looks like they have 5'8, 6'.0, 6'3, and 6'6 as well.

thanks for all the help guys. I do tons of striper and tuna fishing but always scoffed at bottom fishing as "boring" but I really enjoyed it last year and my wife absolute loves haddock even more than Tuna or Striper or Bluefish.
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We have shifted over completely to light weight bottom rigs. The days of a Penn Senator on a pool cue are over for me. If I were starting from scratch right now I would go with the Diawa Saltist A Level Wind and a custom acid wrapped rod built with an appropriate blank. Super light and that reel has been bullet proof for years on our boat. Also would not hesitate to pair this reel with a Trevala XXH for a nice light easy to use combo. I have a Shimano Talica 12 II on a Trevala XXH and it is an awesome bottom rig but I have to provide my own level wind ... LOL.


40 lb. test will be fine most of the time but is a tad light if you end up hooking up on a Halibut which is happening more and more lately. We broke one off on 50 lb. test last season. I go with #65 or #80 for all but one rig ...
You get a few Halibut this year?
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looks like they have 5'8, 6'.0, 6'3, and 6'6 as well.

thanks for all the help guys. I do tons of striper and tuna fishing but always scoffed at bottom fishing as "boring" but I really enjoyed it last year and my wife absolute loves haddock even more than Tuna or Striper or Bluefish.
I have the 5'8" but would probably get the 6 next time.
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I'm setting up my new Torium 14s on jigging rods and I plan to use the combo for inshore bottom fishing as well as cod. When I was a kid we caught cod all day on Penn Del Mars and similar size and weight Penn reels. I don't think any of those old reels generate more than 10 pounds of drag. I'm not sure why people are gearing up with 20s, 30s and 40s for this application.
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West Marine is offering 50% off the Daiwa Saltist Lever Drag 2 speed reels right now. I just picked up a 35 for exactly this purpose.

Worth a look for the $.
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I'm setting up my new Torium 14s on jigging rods and I plan to use the combo for inshore bottom fishing as well as cod. When I was a kid we caught cod all day on Penn Del Mars and similar size and weight Penn reels. I don't think any of those old reels generate more than 10 pounds of drag. I'm not sure why people are gearing up with 20s, 30s and 40s for this application.
You are right about what is needed for drag except that I'm always prepared for doing battle with a shark or tuna that tries to steal my jig and it's nice to win those battles with 20 pounds of drag. I also like having enough line capacity to loose a bunch of braid and still be able to fish in 300'. A torium 30 or Daiwa LD50 are only about the same size as the Fin-Nor 12-20s we used to load with 20 pound and catch whites and sails on. They are not bulky in any way. Here is a picture of the Daiwa setup shortly after a 53" bluefin ate the Norwegian Jig. Nice be be able to land those fish.
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