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Old 02-23-2011, 03:56 AM
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Default Best Jigging Rod/Reel Set Up?

Looking to start jigging in the gulf for more fish, snapper/AJ's, to make it more interesting than just dropping a bait and pulling it up. Right now we fish in South Louisiana, around oil rigs, and we can literally drop a cut bait, and come up with whatever is below us. I want more action.

So, what is the best combo for doing this? I'm thinking I will need a reel with enough ass to be able to reel in a 20+# snapper, and sometimes, a 50+# Amberjack, using butterfly jigs. Lets put the price point around $500 or less.

This will just be a rod and reel to use when I get bored of just dropping cut bait and want to get some more action for myself, around rigs and wrecks.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:08 AM
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If you like conventionals, it's hard to beat the Talica II's.
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Look at some of the Hopper combos that Cpt. Harry's carry. Great jigging rod and depending on your reel preference they have the combo with different makes. I have been using Daiwa Saltist reels and have been happy. With your budget you can go with Avets.
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I use the Trevala rods, excellent results, folks on boat use, no problems....
We use Saltist 40s and 50s for reels, again, very pleased with results....
from snapper to goliaths..
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I fish the Avet JX's (narrow frame) with 50lb suffix braid and the 6' 65-200lb Shimano Trevala. Very lightweight, great action and I have brought up a few AJ's in the 40-50lb range without a problem.

plus the silver reel and the siver guides look great together.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:48 AM
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Cap,
Are you looking conventional or spinning.

Heres' one we call a Tuna combo but it will work perfect for what you want to do without over spending.

I have sold a ton of these to offshore guys and have personally taken Blue Fin tuna up to 100lbs with them.

http://www.terminatortackle.com/rod-reel-combos.php

Scroll down to the Bottom and you will see the Tuna Jigging Combo. You cant beat it for the price. We also carry other rods and reels if interested in as well.

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Now, looking at some of the suggestions, I already have a Avet LX 6.0 I bought last season, could this one be used for jigging, with the proper rod?
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It can be used for jigging but I prefer the narrow spool. Less line management with the thumb. I have 6 of the lx's as well but use those for kite fishing.

The hopper rods are nice but cost about the same as a trevala. With the trevala you get a lifetime warranty and shimano stands behind it 100%. if you are looking for something to get AJ's in that size class don't get anything lighter than the 65-200.
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I use Shimano Trevala XXH rods with Saragosa 8000 reels and have had great success with AJ's in the 40# range. usually use 50 - 100 braided line with 60 - 80# fluoro leader and Shimano butterfly jigs or Williamson jigs. In Puerto Rico I've used the Saragosa 14000 reels....they are sweet.....I recently got some Fin Nor offshore spinning reels 8500 and 9500 and I'm looking forward to trying them...They are heavy and this could make jigging tougher but they have a drag rating of 60lbs ! ! ! I also recently picked up some Van Staal and Quantum Boca jigging rods but haven't tried them yet. Lots of good deals on www.tackledirect.com in their closeout department.......Roger out Good Luck !!!
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Torium 30's spooled with 100# PowerPro on a Trevala TVC-66H......inexpensive and deadly!!!
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Originally Posted by BakermanJr View Post
Now, looking at some of the suggestions, I already have a Avet LX 6.0 I bought last season, could this one be used for jigging, with the proper rod?

I have that very reel on a Trevala heavy jigging rod and it works great for big AJ's.
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Alutecnos Gorrilla 12 with 100 lb power pro, trevala xxh rod, and 150 lb 4ft mono leader. Crank the drag all the way and let em have it
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For your budget AND get a quality set up try this:

Conventional Reel:
Shimano Trinidad 40N spooled with 65lbs braid. The TN 40 is much beefier than the 16/20/40 reels and can be found used for reasonable money. I use the TN 20 that's been upgraded, but the 40N is hands down a better jigging reel.

Spinning Reel:
You want all metal construction (frame/sideplate/rotor). Look at the Shimano Saragosa 14000 or the Penn Conquer 8000 spooled with either 50 or 65lbs braid. I have never fished the Daiwa Saltist spinner, so no opinion there. If you can find a used Daiwa Saltiga 4500/5000 or Shimano Stella 8000FA you can afford -- jump on it!

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Tough to beat the OTI rods -- both spinning and conventional. I'd look at the rods rated for 300grams based on what you want to do. You can find them used on 360Tuna.com . My experience is that the Shimano Trevala rods are waaaay over rated -- a Med/Hvy rod is more realistically a Medium rod...

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Love my Penn 113hn baja loaded with 80lb braid! I have it on a ugly stik jigging rod! Can handle anything that might come my way. Not flashy but definitely reliable.
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If you want to go conventional, get a Trinidad 40N or if you want to bump down in size get the Trinidad 16N. Both of these reels can be found very reasonable since they now moved to a new model and will whoop anything that swims in the gulf. If you have any aspirations for tuna, or you find yourself catching large AJs regularly, get the 40N.

If you want to go Spinning grab a Saragosa 14k or 18k. Price point will be the same as the trinidads, and once again will whoop anything in the gulf.

As for rods, an OTI G3 300g, spinning or conv depending on reel selected.

On a $500 budget, you'll have a little left over to go towards spooling your new toy up with some quality braid.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:30 AM
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I gave you a few very inexpensive ideas but this in my opnion is the Ultimate set up.

Black Hole Cape Cod Special with a Jigging Master PE reel
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Default Jigging equipment.........again

Im gonna bump this thread to get some up-to-date info on jigging rods and reels. I did the research on THT and nothing seemed to be up-to-date.

Looking to finally jump in to jigging.

I usually bottom fish for grouper and snapper with conventional 113h Penn reels but wanna be able to pick up the AJ's and anything else.

Looking for a good all around jigging set up. Wanna drop for my usual stuff but would also would like to cast it out in case i see something busting the top water.

As far as rods, I will probably go with the shimano trevala medium action.

I am looking for updated opinions on reels. I am thinking about the Daiwa Saltist as this wont break the bank but am open to suggestions.

Opinions? Im looking to stay around $200 or less for a good reel. Not sure about conventional vs spinning but am thinking if I want to cast it out too, I would probably get a spinning.

I tend to be a Penn guy but my latest Penn reels seem to be cheaper than usual. I love the way the talica II looks but it is out of my price range.

Do I seem confused? I am....................

I know some are saying "here we go again...." as I know I say this alot with posts but my THT thread search was uneventful.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Rkatz1 View Post
Im gonna bump this thread to get some up-to-date info on jigging rods and reels. I did the research on THT and nothing seemed to be up-to-date.

Looking to finally jump in to jigging.

I usually bottom fish for grouper and snapper with conventional 113h Penn reels but wanna be able to pick up the AJ's and anything else.

Looking for a good all around jigging set up. Wanna drop for my usual stuff but would also would like to cast it out in case i see something busting the top water.

As far as rods, I will probably go with the shimano trevala medium action.

I am looking for updated opinions on reels. I am thinking about the Daiwa Saltist as this wont break the bank but am open to suggestions.

Opinions? Im looking to stay around $200 or less for a good reel. Not sure about conventional vs spinning but am thinking if I want to cast it out too, I would probably get a spinning.

I tend to be a Penn guy but my latest Penn reels seem to be cheaper than usual. I love the way the talica II looks but it is out of my price range.

Do I seem confused? I am....................

I know some are saying "here we go again...." as I know I say this alot with posts but my THT thread search was uneventful.

Any help would be appreciated.
Actually nothing much has changed from an equipment point of view -- tackle companies are not kicking out a lot of new stuff right now.

For conventional reels, the Shimano Torium 20 spooled with 65lbs braid is still a good deal and for $100 down the road, you can have it upgraded into something much more capable. The other reel worth looking at out of the box is the Penn Fathom 25N looks to be a better reel than the Saltist for what you're looking to do at just over $200 (certainly better drag material).

For spinning reels, the Shimano Saragosa 10000 is an upgraded 8000 and worth the $260 IMO.

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Default Avet LX 6.0 and a Shimano Trevala jigging rod....

Get the Avet LX 6.0 and pair with the Trevala 6'0 jigging rod, spool with 50# Momoi Diamond Braid and you will lay the brakes in just about any fish! See example below.......
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:47 PM
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In the World of jigging and popping there is always new items.

Heres a new Bushido Warrior Rod.. This one is a Popping rod but we make them in Jigging set ups as well.












Here a Jigging master 3 Kings Elite Rod and a Jigging Master PE10 reel
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