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Old 07-06-2014, 11:17 PM
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Looking for a spinning rod/reel setup for my wife in the 6000 size class for snaps, grouper, and such. Don't really want to pay a fortune either. Looking at the Penn Battle on a 7ft rod. Would this fit the bill and do a good job of getting the bruisers up off the bottom? Also, would you go mono or braid? Any other recommendations would be great. Thanks.
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The Cabo 80 reel & custom rod package that connely has for sale on here is perfect. We had 4 of them pulling up 18-20# snapper up non stop the other day. Even got a nice 25# gag. Very impressive for a spinner
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Pair that battle up with a Tiger Lite Jigging rod(around 70$) and you have a great setup. I put 50lb braid on my 6000's and 80lb on 8000's. You'll have around 170$ per setup and it will pull about anything you want off the bottom.

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Thanks guys. I like braid but I have a hard time staying tangle free bottom fishing using braid. Are you using a top shot of mono? If so, how much?
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I was looking into the 6000 combo for jigging and grouper digging. I think it will probably do the job but I honestly prefer a conventional with a short stout powerful broomstick of a rod. I don't think the rod on the 6000 combo really has that much power but I think it'd do if there weren't rocks around.
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
I was looking into the 6000 combo for jigging and grouper digging. I think it will probably do the job but I honestly prefer a conventional with a short stout powerful broomstick of a rod. I don't think the rod on the 6000 combo really has that much power but I think it'd do if there weren't rocks around.
The 6000 setup is a little light. I've been rocked up numerous occasions, but I have also gotten some pigs in the boat. I think a 6000 would be a little better setup for a female, due to it being a little lighter. There is better gear out there, but I would put it up against any combo under 200, plus you don't feel like jumping off a bridge if one goes overboard or gets broke.
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Fin nor 6500 are awesome bottom reels,i have 4 of those and 2of the 8500 ..

I am not a charter guy but those setups have been in 30-40 peoples hands over the last 7 yrs and never given me a problem,i can not say that for any other brands i have on board...

For some reason they get no respect but they have convinced me they are good reels.
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I use a Battle 7000 and Conflict 8000 on Tiger Lite Jigging rods for bottom fishing. I love them and they haven't been whipped yet.
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Been using the Penn Battle 8000, for the price i have liked them. Catching blackfin/snapper/grouper/AJ on them
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Shimano Spheros 6000 with a Trevala 6'6" MH. The real has 22 pounds of drag and the rod is rated for 9 oz's of lead. I've got mine rigged with 55# braid with 10' of 60# shock leader and have no problem with 20+ pound Red Snapper, Gags and Scamps in 100' of water with limestone ledges. The Spheros reels are bullet proof! My experience is when fighting the fish short pumps trying to gain 1 - 3 turns on the reel is far more efficient than high sticking and trying to gain 4 - 6 turns.
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I originally started out using the Penn Battle 7000s for bottom fishing. After a few breakoffs when I couldn't stop the drag when I had a big fish on. I switched to the Fin-Nor Lethal 80s. Made a world of a difference for me. The Lethal 80s have 40 lbs of drag which will stop that bottom fish in it's tracks.
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What size rod and weight do you guys recommend for a 6000 class reel?
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Originally Posted by LiquidAsset337 View Post
I originally started out using the Penn Battle 7000s for bottom fishing. After a few breakoffs when I couldn't stop the drag when I had a big fish on. I switched to the Fin-Nor Lethal 80s. Made a world of a difference for me. The Lethal 80s have 40 lbs of drag which will stop that bottom fish in it's tracks.

Why not just thumb the spool? Tons of people bottom fish with conventional Penn reels that might have 15 pounds of drag. If you need more, thumb the spool and as long as your line, leader, and rod is up to the task the drag of the reel should be irrelevant.
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Originally Posted by wmflyfisher View Post
What size rod and weight do you guys recommend for a 6000 class reel?

A lot of people like the Ugly Stick Tiger Lite jigging rods.
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I also use a Trevala 6'6" MH, but with a 6000 Stradic, 50 lb braid, and a 6' 60 lb mono top shot. The rod and reel might be a bit more money than you want to lay out. But my point is that parabolic action jigging rods can apply a lot of pressure on a fish. I got the outfit for jigging, but it works fine for bottom fishing. With a circle hook, you just let the fish put the full bend in the rod before starting to reel while pulling up slightly. Rather than trying to swing the rod up high to get a grouper away from the rocks, the trick is to use a series of short jerks with the rod fully bent. One you get this down, these light jigging rods are very effective for bottom fishing.
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Finnor 6500 tiger stik jigging rod got him in 180 ft..
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I have a battle 6000 on a used custom 7' multi purpose rod I paid $30 for... Medium heavy, fast tip, but plenty of give for an easier fight. 2 years now, 20+ AJ's up to 60#, kings, cobia off the bottom, mahi, BSB, hogfish, red snapper... No grouper yet. Combo has been great.

As for 40# of drag... Most folks cant handle that much drag, especially woman. Most of the guys I fish with are worn out after a few AJ's - and most of my gear only makes 25#s max.

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