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Old 04-16-2006, 01:32 PM
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Many manufacturers make good rods. They also offer a dizzying array of actions to choose from. I would like your opinion on the best action (extra heavy action, fast tip, for example) and line weight (30-60, e.g.), no matter who makes the rod, for the following types of boat fishing:

Trolling spoons and jigs on wire line
Trolling spoons and jigs on braid
Trolling spoons and jigs on mono
Trolling umbrella rigs on wire or braid or mono
Trolling swimming plugs on braid
Trolling swimming plugs on mono
Trolling a tube and worm rig on lead line
Live bait drifting
Vertical jigging to 60'

The quarry is mainly stripers, also bluefish.

Is there such a thing as "1 action doing it all?" What are the compromises?

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Old 04-16-2006, 06:29 PM
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I don't know of any one rod that will do all that satisfactorily...at least not to my satisfaction.
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Old 04-16-2006, 07:34 PM
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I agree with most of that. I believe (using common sense of course) that a lot of your rod and success depends on your confidence in it. People today are all wrapped up in what the rod is made of, the weight, etc etc. Some of that is important. Yet, glass rods get a bum wrap at times, depending on the situation. Fishing has gotten so technical that its scary at times. I am just as guilty as the next guy too when it comes to certian new equipment that hits the market. Especially with reels. I am a sucker for a hot new reel. Rods??? Not so much, if its strong, durable, the right size. Im happy. Ive yet had a rod break or fail on me( Knocking on wood) ive seen them fail many times. I fish from 45 dollar rods from Wal Mart to 550 dollar custom rods with Loomis blanks (won those two) and everything in between. I usually fish a star rod for trolling spoons, inshore medium. Inshore light is Usually the customs and to be really honest here..A Berkly Lighting Rod that was given to me. I dont see the difference in them. I usually fish live bait too..So that may be a difference. Im not in to the jerk baits, grubbs, Redfish magic and all that stuff. Give me a old mullett, live shrimp and crabs and Im a happy camper. When Jigging depending on what fish I am after I found glass 6 foot or 6.5 is good for me. Graphite tends to be too sensitive for my taste. I get too excited and jerk too soon when the fish inhales I feel it and end up setting the hook too soon, especially with braid and a sensitive rod. I even use a flipping stick i got on sale that is one of my "Go to Rods" Its long, plenty of back bone and wont bend too much. For me its all about confidence in your equipment, and as I said using some common sense. I think its like lures, some guys have a go to lure that other fisherman will swear its no good or useless yet this guy fishes it enough and gets results. I have a friend who some how wins every thing even the drawings at the end of the year at the banquets and I swear I think he could fish with a bottle cap and catch fish. What do you use? or what better yet what is your "go to rod?" The one you have most confidence in? Thanks
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follybeachjr,

I was a freshwater, live bait fisherman as a kid, then a freshwater fly fisherman, then a saltwater fisherman in a friend's boat, then a surf fisherman, and I now have my own boat for saltwater. I am gearing up for the boat, still have two boat rods from years ago, and want to know what rods are best for the job when I buy additional rods.

I have a Lamiglas custom rod, and a Daiwa wire line rod for the boat that I have confidence in. They are the right rods for what I use them for. Both have Penn 349 reels on them that are old and heavy, but operate flawlessly.

The reel choice seems easy to me, Penn, Daiwa, Abu and Shimano in the appropriate sizes for the rod. There are many other good ones, but these seem to have the right mix of cost and quality.

Thanks for your thoughtful reply.

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hwilcox,

I kinda thought that was the case. Thanks.
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We "Ron's" Have to stick together........LOL Im a Ron too..

Good luck
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:27 PM
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Bunker spoon rods have a fast or soft tip so the spoon can dance
Jigging rods are slow or stiffly tipped to inpart a quick snap to your bucktail
Wire line rods have carboly guides so the wire doesn't chew through them in a week
The rest of your list can be covered with a parabolic action in either spinning or boat in the line rating you intend to use
For me the 7' wire ugly stick is a good jigging rod
I have 2 8'6" bunker spoon rods that have wire guides but I use braid
The rest of the rods are a mix of ugly sticks in various sizes
offshore is different everything is 6' or less and I have all stand-up which is defined as short butts and very fast taper's with roller tip-tops and strippers
I own some aluminum butts both straight and bent butts they no longer leave the house
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