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Old 07-02-2020, 05:18 AM
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So, I came across a Shimano Trevala jigging rod mated to a Cabo 50 reel. I mostly spearfish, and what little rod-and-reel fishing I do is either off the west coast of Florida (Clearwater area) or down in the keys (been years, though).

I don't really target anything - I throw some bait on a hook on a fish-finder, or knocker rig, and hope to catch some grunt, flounder, maybe YT. I don't care for grouper or mangrove snapper. Not a fan of AJ.

Given that I rarely get down to the Keys for dolphin or tuna (which I would assume would be a good use for a jigging setup) is there any reason for me to keep this rod/reel or perhaps I should just sell it.
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That setup would probably serve you well for your stated goals of smaller bottom fish. It would be undersized for grouper/AJs, and would be a little on the small side of what most people would use for an all purpose jigging rod. For reference, when we went fishing last week, you were fishing with 8000 size reel and 50# braid. What you are looking at is a 5000 size reel (although one with a strong drag) that would probably work best loaded with braid around 30#. My pitch rod is usually a 4000 reel with 20#, so I would have no problem fishing that for mahi. You would be fine for the overwhelming majority of bft we see in FL as they tend to be quite small, but you might get rocked if you ever hooked into a bigger one.

Now, should you keep it? Depends how understanding your wife is about fishing rods piling up. I think mine is running out of patience with me, but there are also 30+ rods in the garage right now.

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Old 07-02-2020, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Yacht Huckleberry View Post
That setup would probably serve you well for your stated goals of smaller bottom fish. It would be undersized for grouper/AJs, and would be a little on the small side of what most people would use for an all purpose jigging rod. For reference, when we went fishing last week, you were fishing with 8000 size reel and 50# braid. What you are looking at is a 5000 size reel (although one with a strong drag) that would probably work best loaded with braid around 30#. My pitch rod is usually a 4000 reel with 20#, so I would have no problem fishing that for mahi. You would be fine for the overwhelming majority of bft we see in FL as they tend to be quite small, but you might get rocked if you ever hooked into a bigger one.

Now, should you keep it? Depends how understanding your wife is about fishing rods piling up. I think mine is running out of patience with me, but there are also 30+ rods in the garage right now.
Thanks, Dennis. I've got about 12 rods/reels right now in the garage. This one fell into my lap so I was trying to figure out if it really does that much better of a job on things I would be going after vs. ones I already have. Figure if I sold it I could get $175 for it, which pays for more spearing gear
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Originally Posted by grey2112 View Post
Thanks, Dennis. I've got about 12 rods/reels right now in the garage. This one fell into my lap so I was trying to figure out if it really does that much better of a job on things I would be going after vs. ones I already have. Figure if I sold it I could get $175 for it, which pays for more spearing gear
For how little hook and line fishing you do, if you already have 12 rods, you probably don’t need this one.
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Depending on the rod model, I may be interested in buying if you decide to sell. I'm local enough so it would be a cash in hand transaction.

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