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Old 12-02-2017, 05:18 PM   #1
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Wondering if anyone can suggest a good setup for jigging haddock and cod (if we are allowed next year) I got into it this year off stellwagon and filled the freezer. My setups were a little light when we were doubling up...

Ive always used my conventional striper setups. Was thinking Id get some dedicated jigging setups...thinking maybe 40lb braid on Avet MXs or similar with shimano trevalas. Not a huge small avet reel guy but seemed the right capacity
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:51 PM   #2
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Wondering if anyone can suggest a good setup for jigging haddock and cod (if we are allowed next year) I got into it this year off stellwagon and filled the freezer. My setups were a little light when we were doubling up...

Ive always used my conventional striper setups. Was thinking Id get some dedicated jigging setups...thinking maybe 40lb braid on Avet MXs or similar with shimano trevalas. Not a huge small avet reel guy but seemed the right capacity
you can't go wrong with an avet/trevala combo. I'm going back and forth rite now between choosing an avet penn fathom or shimano tld combo.

avets have been bullet proof for me but the drag is a little light for me on the mx. I don't want to go bigger and I'm not spending the money for a raptor.

pen fathom seams expensive for what it is but it has the drag and line cap I want/need. I have a penn fathom 40 high speed bit the gear ratio is to much for anything heavy.

I haven't owned a tld but I like shimano. it has good line cap and good drag and it's the cheapest of the three
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Old 12-02-2017, 06:20 PM   #3
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The Avet MXL G2 5.8 has more drag paired with Trevala F is a great setup.
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Old 12-02-2017, 07:21 PM   #4
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The Avet MXL G2 5.8 has more drag paired with Trevala F is a great setup.
What size fathom or rod is comparable to mx?

Any other rods to consider ?
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:38 AM   #5
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My Uncle just got the Trevalas F 6'3" in med weight. We use only butterfly jigs. I have a custom rod that JB tackle in CT built. All depends on budget I love mine but around 350 for it. ST.CROIX makes nice rod believe they still have 5 yr warranty trevalas only 1 yr and you have to send back to Shimano to get replaced. My son will be out with us this yr I am buying him the Trevalas with Avet it's light feels good in hand.we also have Avet 5.3 on Trevalas S rods for sea bass and love them. We messed around last yr and caught some haddock and cod with them handled it well unfortunately had to throw some nice cod back.
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For cod you need at least a med heavy or heavy of using a trevalla with the weight you need. For ground fishing an ugly stick is a robust option on the cheap. I enjoy my MXL on my Trevalla that I use for all my heavy / rips fishing. One of my best friends commercially fishes cod rod and reel and besides his electric reels he uses an ugly stick and a Torium.
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Avets, being lever drag, are not your best option. Right size, but do yourself a favor and get a star drag reel. Much better suited for that type of fishng
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Avets, being lever drag, are not your best option. Right size, but do yourself a favor and get a star drag reel. Much better suited for that type of fishng
Heard this before.. why is that?
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On a star drag once the drag is set, you don't have to mess with it. Just put the reel in free spool when dropping down. On a lever drag, putting the reel in free spool changes the drag and has to be reset each time.
That being said, I bottom fish with a lever drag mostly because I don't have dedicated bottom fishing setups.
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Heard this before.. why is that?
Moisture in the drag. Unlike a star always under tension, a lever fully disengages the drag plates.

While it is theoretically true, I and many others have never had an issue.
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My Uncle just got the Trevalas F 6'3" in med weight. We use only butterfly jigs. I have a custom rod that JB tackle in CT built. All depends on budget I love mine but around 350 for it. ST.CROIX makes nice rod believe they still have 5 yr warranty trevalas only 1 yr and you have to send back to Shimano to get replaced. My son will be out with us this yr I am buying him the Trevalas with Avet it's light feels good in hand.we also have Avet 5.3 on Trevalas S rods for sea bass and love them. We messed around last yr and caught some haddock and cod with them handled it well unfortunately had to throw some nice cod back.
Difference between S and F ? I have 4 Ned/heavy but not sure which they are
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How about an Okuma Andros? I am a big fan of their big game reels (130s/80s) but havent tried their smaller lever drags. I am not too concerned with star vs. lever drag I can set the drag appropriately...
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Difference between S and F ? I have 4 Ned/heavy but not sure which they are
The S is alot lighter rod nice on sea bass and fluke the F is heavier perfect for cod haddock even small tuna
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The S is alot lighter rod nice on sea bass and fluke the F is heavier perfect for cod haddock even small tuna
Thanks Scotty.
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I am a fan of star drags over lever for bottom fishing!

I bottom fish Haddock/Cod/fluke/seabass/tog with torium 20's on various rods of Star/Trevala/Ugly.

I also use the toriums trolling stripers and blues.

All time favorite go to setup on the semi-cheap: Torium 20hga on the brown Ugly Stick with 65 lb braid. This is a super versatile setup and will raise just amount anything dwelling on the bottom.
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Thanks Reming.

I am pretty well set on Stripers setups this is just for bottom fishing cod/haddock no stripers or tuna or anything else.

I like to use lighter mono for bass fishing so its hard to multi-purpose. Quite simply, the braid tangles too much with the types of fishing i do for bass with lots of (sometimes inexperienced) fishermen.

Anyways, leaning towards Torium 20s at this point. I sold my Avets a year or two back I would only reconsider if I got the G2s.
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Ever look at Aubut rods? Guy is out of Connecticut and makes the absolute sickest swimbait and jig rod I have used to date. Pretty custom work, but honestly I have not throw a better setup. I have it paired with a daiwa lexa 400 in the 5:1 gear ratio. Mainly use it for tarpon,snook, and cobia down in Florida but I know guys in the know as fishing this model as a hardcore striper stick in the NE. Hope this helps.

Tight lines and Ripping Drags.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:25 AM   #18
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look at the carbon fiber rods from Crafty One Customs. Ralph has a shop in Portsmouth RI and makes awesome looking rods that are on the cutting edge of tech. I have a 200gram from cod, paired with a Tac 12 spooled with 50lb ProwerPro. Great set!!!!
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I am in the minority apparently, but I prefer a lever drag for bottom fishing. I use an Avet SX Raptor. Drag is set to probably 8 pounds at Strike. On little fish this is perfect. I wind them right up with no chance of a hook falling out. On bigger fish I drop to low gear and wind them right up. On the biggest fish I go to Full, which is probably 12 pounds, and low gear and wind them right up.

I like having the options rather than having one drag setting and having to pump and wind bigger fish. I am always afraid on a crank down the fish will spit a hook or the heavier drag will rip a hook out of the soft lips. The lever drag solves these concerns. My Saltist 30T is now a bait setup.
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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 ...
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