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Old 08-05-2019, 12:02 PM
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Default Help picking a quality rod for my sons birthday gift.

Ok, i am known for putting nice reels on cheap rods, That works for me, but we got my son a reel for his upcoming birthday to take to the navy training center in Pensacola and i want a good rod to match it. The reel is a Penn slammer III 3500. He will use this to fish inshore, and out of our boat some. I want something that can handle everything from flounder to schoolie dolphin and cobia and such. It will most likely be spooled with 20 pound braid. If anyone wants to make a suggestion i am all ears.

This is for a spinning reel.

I use casting for inshore fishing, and prefer a 6'6 rod as it is easier to tote in the cab of my truck. I am thinking of a rod in the 150.00 dollar area ought to be good "or hope so". Something that can handle 20 pound braid. Would need to be a medium to medium heavy in 6'6 to 7ft length.

I appreciate your help. if left up to me it would go on a 39.00 dollar diawa Laguna
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Connley 12/20 spin

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Old 08-05-2019, 12:12 PM
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How old is your son? A nicer rod often means it is easier to break due to the better blank. The younger he is, the more I would recommend you stick to past habits and go with something like an Ugly Stick that is a little heavy and soft, but hard to kill.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:18 PM
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Wrights & McGill S-Curve

https://www.tackledirect.com/wright-...hore-rods.html

I've had the 8' model for a few years now and it does it all at the beach. I've used it for mahi drift rod offshore, nearly had a jumbo AJ go for the bucktail I had tied on but luckily it spared me

Great action and lots of power, very light and well built for the $$
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:21 PM
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Turning 21, but that does not mean he is gentle with anything. he has been using a battle2 4000 on the rod it came with. He has caught everything from inshore flounder and reds, to a 30 pound amberjack off of the marathon hump. He has jigged tuna at 300 foot with it "smallish blackfins" and he caught a 35 pound cobia with it, granted it took a bit to get him in. I am thinking similar for this rig, just higher quality stuff. My biggest concern would be him horsing something to big with it if that is the type of break we are talking about.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:24 PM
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I have had good luck with Star rods, and the higher end ones (most still within your price range) have a great warranty if they break.
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Wrights & McGill S-Curve

https://www.tackledirect.com/wright-...hore-rods.html

I've had the 8' model for a few years now and it does it all at the beach. I've used it for mahi drift rod offshore, nearly had a jumbo AJ go for the bucktail I had tied on but luckily it spared me

Great action and lots of power, very light and well built for the $$
will look at this one. first thought is its going to be brightly colored, with blair wiggins name attached.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:34 PM
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Hard to beat St. Croix Rods for quality and value. Two models to consider. Tidemaster is good. Avid is very good to excellent.
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:42 PM
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Just checked Avid pricing. $250 - $300 but they are excellent.
Tidemaster is in the $150 range. I sent you a PM
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:48 PM
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How about an “entry level” St Croix?
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Originally Posted by bigfish55 View Post
will look at this one. first thought is its going to be brightly colored, with blair wiggins name attached.
yes its a brightly colored rod and yes, its got his signature, though he can fish

here they're catching cobia on S-Curves

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https://www.americanlegacyfishing.co...ning-rods.html

a little bit more thamn you wanted to spend, but very nice rods. I don't have any e6x rods,2 of my friends do and love them .
I have a few 7' spinning sjr 844 IMX rods as well as a couple imx pro casting rods that I flat out love.
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I have fished a lot of rods, Crowder, Star, Penn, St.Croix. But for the money I go with Hurricane tackle. They are within your price point, and are available every where...….at least on the West Coast.. They are tough, the salt water series have stainless eyes, the handles are cork and they just work. Don't get me wrong, I love my Crowder, but its a custom rod. Check out Hurricane. dollar for dollar their graphite rods are some of the best
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I have several different wright/McGill rods, fly rods, spinning rods, down rigger rods and I like them all a lot, mostly because they are made in the USA, the trolling rods have golf club handles and go over reel good when I get golfers on my boat.

Having said that, also have a bunch of ugly stix that I started picking up when clients would break my expensive stuff, pretty much all I have on my boat now and I think pound for pound and dollar for dollar they are the best value you can get in a fishing rod and they have one for every flavor of fishing there is.

The first fishing rod my dad got me was an ugly stick from K Mart 35 years ago and I still use it today.

Edit...my son still uses it today

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Old 08-05-2019, 07:34 PM
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Damn he's your son buy him something nice!

Loomis, RH Custom, come on man, do it right
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Originally Posted by O.B.1 View Post
I have several different wright/McGill rods, fly rods, spinning rods, down rigger rods and I like them all a lot, mostly because they are made in the USA, the trolling rods have golf club handles and go over reel good when I get golfers on my boat.

Having said that, also have a bunch of ugly stix that I started picking up when clients would break my expensive stuff, pretty much all I have on my boat now and I think pound for pound and dollar for dollar they are the best value you can get in a fishing rod and they have one for every flavor of fishing there is.

The first fishing rod my dad got me was an ugly stick from K Mart 35 years ago and I still use it today.

Edit...my son still uses it today
Another charter operator and another vote for ugly stix. Great rods in all sorts of sizes and tough as well.
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:26 AM
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so far i am liking the idea of a St Croix inshore or Tidemaster. still looking at suggestions, thanks for the input guys.

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Ugly Stik GX2 Medium-heavy 7ft. $39.00
Great rod for everything!
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:33 AM
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St. Croix Mojo inshore. My favorite rod in my arsenal. Second would be Star Stellar Lite. Both under $150.
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Cant beat Star Handcrafted.I have 22, in all sizes and weights.Great rods.They do not break,I have customers high sticking all the time..no issues. I have two from the mid 70s with original guides,still going.Not expensive...100-130.00.Over the years we have had Penn and ugly sticks.While there blanks are ok the reel seats on the penn spinners and conventionl would strip.The grips on the Penn and ugly stick would get loose and spin around the blank...no glue,guides were also poor.Cheap components.You always get what you pay for.Capt.Mike
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