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Old 03-24-2004, 06:34 PM
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Default Rod / Reel Suggestions - Multipurpose rig

Looking for suggestions for a good somewhat multipurpose rod & reel. Want to be able to use for King Mackeral and also light enough for Spanish Mackeral. Have two rods that are stiffer than I like, but the Penn reels are fine.

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Old 03-24-2004, 07:30 PM
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i would look at star rods i think it is called the ariel (sp). i also looked at the ugly stick. a little bit cheaper and seems to be pretty good.

let us know what you do and why.

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Old 03-24-2004, 08:46 PM
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7' medium rod with a flexible tip. If you go Star, get the Delux not the ariel and they make a kingfish rod which is very good. All of the good rod makers have a medium weight 10-40 or 15/40 rod that has a flexible tip. Ugli Sticks, by their very nature also have a soft tip..but they are heavier than a star or crowder rod. They do last forever though...depends on budget. You aren't going catch any more or less fish on a $150 rod than on a $50 rod....but you'll enjoy it more with the $150 rod....especially if you are using spinning gear where weight matters.

As far as spinning reels, I like Penn Slammer...either 360 or 460. The 360 and a crowder 7' make an awsome combination. Substitute your favorite equivalent rod.

If you are trolling, then I'd recommend a Penn 545 with 20/25# line and a casting rod instead of spinning. Still 7' and still soft tip. Probably overkill for spanish, but if you get a smoker king, you'll want this combo. Could also be a Shimano TLD 15 or 20 if you like lever drag instead of star drag.

I suggest you stick with penn, shimano or the better daiwa reels. There are lots of excellent rod makers.
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Old 03-25-2004, 07:39 AM
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I use Star delux 7' King rods with TLD15 Shimanos and they make great all purpose rods for coastal fishing. Had a buddy whip a 33#Jack Crevalle with one last year (helluva fight). Apparently some guys can cast with this combo but it's not in my list of competencies. I purchased them from Tex's Tackle Wrightsville
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Old 03-25-2004, 08:38 AM
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Avet MX 2 Speed.
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Old 03-25-2004, 12:36 PM
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There are many good choices. Here's my recommendation for a good, reasonably priced, multi-purpose setup:

Shimano Speedmaster IV spooled with 20 or 25 (good quality) mono of your choice. About $100.00
(I presently lean toword Momoi Hi-Catch in flourescent yellow color)

Ugly Stick rod Model #BWB-1140 6-1/2' Med-Heavy Action rated for 20 to 50 Lb Line. About $75.00

It's a bit heavy for Spanish and a little light for serious bottom fishing, but it's a pretty good compromise.
Really good match for Kings and Mahi.
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AVET MXL in 6:1 ratio, on a Chaos 15-50 6'6" with 340-380 yards of Yozori 20-25 lbs test and let the GOOD TIMES roll.
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