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Old 10-07-2020, 06:58 AM
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Need some help on choosing the right fishing rod for my wife. I just bought her an Avet JX4.6 reel that I think will work perfect for what we do. Finding a rod to go with it is becoming an endless search with nothing. I went to BP to get an idea and they literally had about 20 rods in the entire store. So my search has been online. I am trying to find a lighter weight rod that would match up with reel in the 6’6” to 7’ length. Keeping it under $250. Any suggestions.
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I have a Avet SX, the smaller one. I put it on a Shimano Trevala jigging rod. The Ugly Stik Tiger Elite jigging rod, the one that is 6.3 is a cheap alternative - ugly but effective.
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Shimano Trevala def comes to mind. Usually can find them at west marine
Old 10-07-2020, 10:42 AM
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Find a custom builder in your area and build exactly what you want. $250-$300 should be a non issue for most builders
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Pinnacle Marine has a nice acid wrapped jigging rod she might like if you want to check them out.
Old 10-07-2020, 07:17 PM
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I just bought a JX Raptor with total weight also being my main consideration. I am going to mount it on a St. Croix Avid Musky rod that I think is rated in the 40-60 lbs. class but is one lightweight and sensitive rod. I haven't tried it yet but hope to do so soon.
Old 10-07-2020, 08:25 PM
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The Trevala, no doubt, is a very good rod for for your application and I often recommend it. Unfortunately, unless you can find one in stock in some store, Shimano has not put forth any date when they will be available. Our store has been begging Shimano not only for these rods, but at least a date they will be shipped and available.
Daiwa has come up with a similar rod, the Harrier X. Jigging rod. these are priced at $129 and $139 The 6'6" HRX66HS is rated for 65 -150# braid or the Med Heavy rated for 50 - 100# braid and they are in stock and being shipped now.
Old 10-08-2020, 04:55 AM
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My wife uses a Trevala XH, it’s light and works well. I use a Tallus XXH for grouper/snapper.
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I like the Star Paraflex XXH. I have 4 of them for bottom fishing.
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Old 10-08-2020, 05:37 AM
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I have a lightly used Seeker Hercules SHS-60XH Jigging Rod. Bought it specifically for grouper and snapper fishing in the GOM. I paid just over $400 for it but I'd sell it for $250
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Look up Red Lion Rods on Facebook. I just had one built from him very close to your ballpark price. Eric can do whatever you want/need.
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Mojo salt,St,Croix
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I use Penn rampage jigging rods with my lightweight round reels. They are light but have decent flex and spine.
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Originally Posted by swflgroupertherapy View Post
Find a custom builder in your area and build exactly what you want. $250-$300 should be a non issue for most builders
Do you know of a rod builder other than Sewell that is local ?
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I've enjoyed my chaos rods, made in SFL. You can customize as well. Check chaosfishing.com. They also have some of the Shimano mentioned above.

Seeing you are in SWFL, I"m guessing your primary targets are five to fifteen pounds Mangrove and Red Grouper unless you are going way offshore. I'd probably go with the 15-30 series or maybe 20-40.
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On my newest grouper set up. I have a custom calstar grafighter 700m, 7’ 20-50lbs with talica 12ii. Nice setup. I’ve been very happy with the calstar so far. Prolly have 100+- fish on it. Mainly Grouper/ARS. If you have a price point, don’t go custom. New tarpon rods I’m going with seeker this time.
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Been using a Okuma PCH-701H and PCH-801H, both 20-50#, with Metaloid 12IIN for about 3 years. Low gear option with 2speed a help on big fish. Rods are $200 retail but can be found online for $140. Light weight with fuji and ALPS components. Like them a lot. Fish 50-65# braid on both.
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I have two Okuma Cedros jigging rods that I use for Gulf grouper and snapper. They may be labeled jigging rods but they are perfect for live and dead bait bottom fishing, Quality build and components for less than $120 on Amazon.
I think that reel would match up well on the 6' CJ-C-601MHA rated for 50-100# braid.
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Stopped by our local tackle shop and they had a couple Falcon Deep Water 6’10” 20-40 rods that pretty much fit the bill and at that price point, if they don’t work out, just a couple more to add to the collection. The inventory of rods is slim pickings around here.
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
On my newest grouper set up. I have a custom calstar grafighter 700m, 7’ 20-50lbs with talica 12ii. Nice setup. I’ve been very happy with the calstar so far. Prolly have 100+- fish on it. Mainly Grouper/ARS. If you have a price point, don’t go custom. New tarpon rods I’m going with seeker this time.
I checked Calstar out on line. They look like a first class top quality rod. Where do you purchase them at?

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