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Old 02-06-2018, 04:10 PM
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Hey guys,

Planning on buying some new trolling rods for this spring to troll bunker spoons.

Iím planning to troll the spoons with BRAID,can the Tony Maja rods be used for braid ?

Iím getting mixed answers about this from a few dealers so Iíll let you guys tell me.


The reels Iíll be buying are Shimano LTD 15s & Iím thinking about #40 or #50 braid


Let me know guys thanks !!
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:23 PM
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yes they work great with braid, I use 65lb power pro with Tekota 700LC reels, love the LC reels for spoons, makes it idiot proof with a novice crew or kids
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:26 PM
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Yes they will work great with braid. Even better with wire, but if youíre more comfortable with the braid stick to what youíre confident in!

Tony maja has metered braid that is pretty easy to work with, and he has information on his website about the best way to use weights to get the spoons down.
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Thanks a lot guys. It was weird because I asked a popular company on Instagram earlier today and he told me I canít use it with braid. I was like huhhhhhhh LOL


so as for the braid what # should I go with ? You think #40 might be to light ?
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Thanks a lot guys. It was weird because I asked a popular company on Instagram earlier today and he told me I can’t use it with braid. I was like huhhhhhhh LOL


so as for the braid what # should I go with ? You think #40 might be to light ?


I would do 50# or even better 65# like posted above. The braid is still plenty thin to cut the water but you want the strength, spoons are like $30+ each lol!! Braid to your weight, then 10-15’ of 60-80lb leader to the spoon. Or use a 3 way setup like Tony suggests on his site.

Honestly, the wire will fish slightly better in my opinion, I am really confident in how I can control depth. But, the braid is MUCH easier to deal with, you’ll have to experiment to get the depth you want for that day. A lot of people are dead set on wire. I’ve used both, and caught fish with both. Just play with it until you figure out how to make it work, then repeat. Just like anything it’ll take some trial and error.
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:09 PM
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The braid might damage the guides on the bunker spoon rods, that being said wire will out fish braid everyday of the week, no comparison. You will catch some fish that way but when the fish are picky or a little scarce you want the wire to properly troll the spoons.I think the braid can dig into the carb guides.
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Saltshaker,
Tony gave a demonstration at one of our club's meetings last year. He said you can absolutely use braid with his rods. That said, he personally (at the time at least) sticks with wire.
As JerseyBros mentioned, he has a couple of tricks on his site to get braid down deeper.
I have also used his methods to get wire down deeper and it works.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:14 AM
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The original Kevlar braided line was highly abrasive. It would eat up cheap guides. The gsp lines are not near as abrasive. Real aluminum oxide guides won't be grooved by a file. That being said low quality will. There are some mfgs that costs down by using the least expensive components. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Originally Posted by JollyMonNJ View Post
Saltshaker,
Tony gave a demonstration at one of our club's meetings last year. He said you can absolutely use braid with his rods. That said, he personally (at the time at least) sticks with wire.
As JerseyBros mentioned, he has a couple of tricks on his site to get braid down deeper.
I have also used his methods to get wire down deeper and it works.
Tight lines,
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Thanks you !!

Going to order two of his rods now.
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8 foot and 9 foot Seekers are another viable alternative, and I think they are superior. Just saying
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Star makes the perfect bunker spoon rod as well. I have a set 20+ years old that look new. Literally caught a thousand fish on them.
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
8 foot and 9 foot Seekers are another viable alternative, and I think they are superior. Just saying
They should be as they are almost double the price lol
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For similar money to the Maja, you can get a custom from Kevin Bogan. Whatever colors, aluminum unibutt, and there will be no question at all if the guides will work with the guides. If you donít get the aluminum butt, I believe the cost is about the same. Just tell him you will be fishing braid. I have a set of Bogan rods and fish with guys who use both the Majas and the Seekers. I think itís pretty unanimous that the Bogan and Seeker rods are the favorites. Also I think you arenít doing yourself any favors using braid. Wire isnít hard to figure out and if you are still worried just get the Tekota 800. The senator spool is better for wire but the Shimano is easier to fish with and with proper maintainance they hold up quite well with wire.
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Originally Posted by Lucky John View Post
They should be as they are almost double the price lol
Tony Maja Custom Bunker Spoon Rods
by Tony Maja
Price: $199.99

Seeker BA 1153M-8 WL East Coast American Series Rod - 8 ft.
Price: $302.00

Many love their TM bunker rods. They just feel wrong to me. Now if I could just figure out how to catch a Striper with my Seekers!!
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I am on my second season with a Tony Maja rod and I am newer to bunker spoons. This past fall was the first time I put it in the spread every trip. For me, it out fished everything else hands down.

On the days the bass are schooled up and on the feed with gannets diving I don't think it really matters if your using braid, wire, spoons, Mojo's, etc. On days the bass are scattered and your fishing without really marking bass, that's when your shit needs to be right in order to bring home some meat.

But hey, what do I know. I'm still an amateur.
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
Tony Maja Custom Bunker Spoon Rods
by Tony Maja
Price: $199.99

Seeker BA 1153M-8 WL East Coast American Series Rod - 8 ft.
Price: $302.00

Many love their TM bunker rods. They just feel wrong to me. Now if I could just figure out how to catch a Striper with my Seekers!!
When I wanted to switch over from the tsnuami wire line rods I really wanted to get a pair of Seekers or Bogan customs. At that time no one had any Seekers available and it would have taken too long to get the Bogans so I went with the Maja's. I felt the components used weren't really worth the 199 price tag but figured I would just give them a shot. I baby them like my tuna gear. They earned their keep for sure as I have caught a lot of fish on them including that 55 on my first trip using them.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:11 AM
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Just emailed Kevin Bogan,

Going to order two rods from him instead of the TM ones. Might as well go with the best.
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A very wise decision. I have a few of his tuna rods and they are well made with good components, they will last you a lifetime.
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Originally Posted by Saltshaker22 View Post
Just emailed Kevin Bogan,

Going to order two rods from him instead of the TM ones. Might as well go with the best.
Good move. I have two Bogan rods for Stripers and I love them. I was going to suggest Kevin in my other post but you seemed set on the Maja's.
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Originally Posted by offshorebri View Post
Star makes the perfect bunker spoon rod as well. I have a set 20+ years old that look new. Literally caught a thousand fish on them.
What model?
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