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Old 03-03-2004, 08:42 PM
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Any recomendations for a tarpon set up?

I am thinking of a St Croix 7' 17-40lb casting rod with possibly a calculta 700.

I think the rod is gonna be a choice but was wondering if anyone had
any recomendations on a reel. Trying to keep the rig under $300 if possible.

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Old 03-03-2004, 09:03 PM
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Sean9k,

I have Shimano Bait runner 6500's on 7Ft shimano Talavera Medium Heavys. I don't know if they still make the Talaveras but that rig was about $175 bucks in 1999. Unfortunately I have only tested them on skates. I had to go boatless for a couple of years but now I'm back in business.

I also found a Shimano Sustain 6000 for $150, I put 20lb fireline on it to get the line capacity up. A mostly Penn shop ordered the Sustain for a customer that didn't come to get it. Looking forward to a hook up on that one.

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Old 03-04-2004, 03:48 PM
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A buddy of mine is a big tarpon fisherman. He's won all kinds of tarpon tourneys her on the west coast of FL. He uses Shimano Bait Runners exclusively. Says they are the only way to go. Too easy to backlash on a bait caster and break off.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:32 PM
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It depends somewhat on the planned fishing technique. Live baiting from a flats boat? or drift/anchored up with baits on the bottom. A preferrd setup in the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral area is a Penn 113 on an 8ft one piece 50 lb class rod with 50 lb mono and a 6 ft 125lb leader 13/0 Mustad circle hook fishing dead bait on the bottom. My own variation of this uses Penn 9500SS on 8ft rods with 50 lb Power-Pro braided. The 8 ft rods give you leverage and ability to manauver around the outboard and under the boat. I like the spin reels because I can instantly freespool without backlash if the fish pins me against the boat
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:01 PM
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Sorry should have been a little more specific. I already have live bait or chunk
bait set up. Yes the Baitrunners are awsome.

But I was thinking of throwing plugs at the the silver kings.

Admiral says I have to go this route before getting a 12wt fly rod to track em down with.

So I guess the question is, Penn 975 or Calcutta 700.

I know that Penn just got bought out and I'm a little suspect of their quality right now.
I'm sure it will come around just not sure when. But looking for any other suggestions in
the large baitcaster reels. Preferably one that is going to hold about 300 yards of PP 50lb

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Old 03-06-2004, 12:22 AM
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sean i use lamiglas 20-40 mushky rods 7'6" for 2-10 weights. i would have bought the st. croix also but got such a good deal i couldnt pass on them. for reels i go with the penn 321 with 25 lb i like the left handed reel. i use shimano 251 ans 401te for everything else. my first trip this year will be may 14-24 in marathon. i rent a boat for the week and cant wait. good luck dan
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Old 03-07-2004, 09:36 AM
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The outfit you are thinking about is almost perfect. I bought the 7' St. Croix Premier 2pc Musky rod and found it too stiff, then replaced it with a slightly more limber rod. The Clacutta 700 is great, and the penn baitcasting reels aren't in the same league as the Calcuttas. In the St. Croix line, I'd get a Tidemaster made to handle at least 20lb line.
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Old 03-07-2004, 05:14 PM
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Penns quality is going to be even better with the new owners. check out this thread

http://www.thebassbarn.com/cgi-bin/u...=013514#000027

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Old 03-07-2004, 10:34 PM
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Docker thanks.

Yeah not sure I would buy a penn right now. But next year maybe so.

Thanks for your input guys.
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Old 03-08-2004, 12:08 AM
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sean the shimano 401TE will hold that line it is rated for 260 of 14# and the 50 PP is 12# diameter. there are problems with going straight braid from what i hear.the quality of the TE series cant be beat. how are you going to rig your set up? if i were using braid i would want to use a shock leader, your going to get beat up pretty bad with no stretch and drag pull is when the braid can dig into the spool and cause problems. have you used braid for tarpon before? am curious how it works, have thought about it myself but i can see too many possible problems. have the rods here 1 with the penn 321 and 1 with the 401 and the 401 rod feels much more balanced a perfect fit so if the braid would work it would be a great set up.
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:27 PM
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I think that I am going to put some 25lb mono filler first then try the new Fireline XDS or whatever it is called.
Their new higher test rating. And of course about 6-8' of 100lb mono leader.

Do the TE's have the push button bail or is it the lever that you need to throw to free the spool???
Casting plugs I don't want to have to keep flicking that lever every cast. I have yet to see one in
person, but looking at the pics it appears that it is a lever bail.
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:49 PM
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sean they are push button bail. and they cast a mile, they have a great control to prevent backlash. dont know what size plugs you will be useing but with that heavy a rod it will be tough unless the plugs are 5-6 oz. the lever you see in the pictures may be the clicker.it has a lever on the top of the reel to engage the clicker.
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Old 03-09-2004, 03:58 PM
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A sweet set up I have found are the new GLoomis Bucarra Rods and a Calcutta 700... Sweet set up! Loomis also has the same rod in spinning as well if that is what you want!
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Old 03-09-2004, 04:04 PM
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Got to see the TE's today. Nice reel. Not sure that $350 bucks in the budget though right now for the 700TE.

That's a lot of $$ to sink into a rod that makes up about 15% of my overall fishing. But we shall see how
the tarpon season goes.
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