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Jigging rod and reel for a small person

Old 09-20-2019, 07:42 AM
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Default Jigging rod and reel for a small person

I'm looking for a 7' jigging rod and conventional reel recommendation for a small lady. The gal loves to fish and likes to jig in 100 to 300' of water.

I'm a spinning guy myself but she prefers a conventional reel. So what would you recommend?
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:17 AM
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to me 7 ft is a little long

you don't state a budget but a 5'8" trevala w a torium is a good starter outfit

I really like the trinidad's personally

good fishing to ya
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Agreed 7' is too long.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:55 AM
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These are nice compact little reels.

https://accuratefishing.com/valiant-rod-reel-combo/
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:17 AM
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A Shimano Terez rod makes a great jigging rod. Look for a TZCX66H or TZCX66XH. Match it with a Torium PG loaded with 65# or 80# braid and yo are good to go. If you want to upgrade the reel, send it to Rick and get the AR improved with a constant pressure spring on the AR dog. Inexpensive upgrade which greatly improves the reel that produces 33 pounds of drag.
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:31 PM
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My budget would be about $750

This gal is not a beginner. She loves to fish.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:20 PM
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I got my kiddo an Okuma Andros 5N 2 speed. I put it on a Trevala. He's only 2, but can use it fine if I hold the rod. Cheap, but nice reel.

Lady uses Accurate Fury 400 2 speeds. They are cheap and small.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:51 PM
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I've got a couple pinnacle spiral wrapped 6' jigging rods paired with avet jx3 raptors. I've whipped some big fish with this setup. You could actually drop to the mx avet series and be good to go.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:06 PM
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A great budget jigging rod is the Tsunami slow pitch jigging casting rod for $100. It's spiral wrapped and unbelievably strong, handles high sticking very well also.

I have an SX raptor on mine. Incredibly powerful combo. We have caught 50 plus jack crevalle on it in 3 trips all over 25lbs fishing it at 20lbs of drag at full. Caught plenty of snapper, a few cobia, and a couple AJ's too.....

I would recommend a 2 speed lever drag if you're up to maintaining it. Low gear is a game changer, especially for kids and ladies.... if not I would probably go Torium PG or PGA or a Trinidad. You just have to figure out the correct line retrieve for jigging (why I prefer 2-speeds).

The combo is crazy light too.

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New tekota 600 is low profile with level wind on a Shimano rod. I have one and plan to add another.
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Crazy light is great. I also need high speed retrieve due to the sharks.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:40 PM
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Star Plasma jigging rod (extra heavy depending on target species) and either a Maxel reel, or maybe a new Shimano Speedmaster or Ocea, or Trinidad.
You want a shorter rod, and narrow reel.
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OTI Ocean Tackle International

Awesome rods
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
Crazy light is great. I also need high speed retrieve due to the sharks.
Rod, reel, and line.......... 26.55oz


Just got to figure out if lever drags are for you. They're not for everyone. Hard to give up low gear, I sold all my stars and own all LD's now. I do my annual cleaning/maintenance with no complaints, small sacrifice for the performance I get....

Definitely better rods out there for more money but this one holds it's own for $100.

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The accurate valiant was a good suggestion
there are a million rods that would fit nicely.
Jigging master is worth a look ( evike.com)
OTI is also a very decent rod.
Talica, Trinidad , saltiga would be my top choices for a reel.
I own many and rarely paid over $300. Each ( lightly used, like new)
good luck
she sounds like a keeper
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Good reading your post, Rick...here are some suggestions:

A Trevala H or MH in the 6'6" size and one of the Torium PG's I have for sale here would be a great set up. That is the same rig my wife went to so she can handle a rod and reel all day and not feel beat up at the end of the day.

The Torium 20PG is a power gear design with a 4.6:1 retrieve...trust me, she will appreciate being able to crank it when something big gets on. They have an impressive 33 lbs of drag!

These reels are already spooled with 65# power pro and ready for a short topshot that you can add. Here is a link: They have a positive anti-reverse using a roller clutch bearing...but I modify them for jigging by adding a spring and pawl from the Trinidad DC...

Torium PG's for sale..

I also have a like new Trinidad 16 narrow spooled with 65# braid for sale if interested...
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