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Old 11-21-2018, 03:50 PM
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I'm in the market for a tuna popping rod and the Van Staal VJS70-325 consistently surfaces as a great rod. In doing further research, it appears that this model is also favored for tuna jigging. From what I've read, a popping rod can't be used for vertical jigging. I'd love to have a dual purpose spinning rod that I can vertical jig with while chunking for tuna and popping in the winter for bluefin and it sounds like this rod can do both.

Anyone have any experience with using this rod for both applications?

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the man's name is john.
He has his custom rods listed here on the hull truth.
He has or can make the perfect rod for you for less than the assembly line big box stores.
i have bought one rod so far and am very impressed.
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hard rod to beat for the money. no, it wont cast as far as a ghost hunter but it does cast pretty well for a soft 7' rod. that said it is soft, bends right down to the handle when fighting a fish.
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Nothing compares to a ghost hunter!
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Nothing compares to a ghost hunter!
hard to jig with, but will work a RonZ just fine
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
I'm in the market for a tuna popping rod and the Van Staal VJS70-325 consistently surfaces as a great rod. In doing further research, it appears that this model is also favored for tuna jigging. From what I've read, a popping rod can't be used for vertical jigging. I'd love to have a dual purpose spinning rod that I can vertical jig with while chunking for tuna and popping in the winter for bluefin and it sounds like this rod can do both.

Anyone have any experience with using this rod for both applications?

Thanks!
If you read our feature on this subject you will come across Capt. Steve Fernandez (who is about as good of a tuna fishermen as they come) discussing his preferred "single purpose" or "hybrid" setup.

With the number of tuna he has caught both jigging and casting this rod I would give it very strong consideration over any of the other rods mentioned.

https://openbow.org/2018/04/25/ask-a...gear-for-tuna/

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The VS-325 is one of the most versatile tuna spinning rods ever made for the northeast. Its not a casting superstar like the long popping rods, but it will chuck a plug a good distance. While its longer than you're typical jigging rods, its forgiving enough being a slower rod that it won't kill you jigging with it (although if you're looking for a specific stiffer tip action to work vertical jigs this is not your rod). Its also a very durable rod that can take some abuse from the fish and angler alike. I've got a ghost hunter popping rod that's my go too, but I got the VS325 as my jigging/backup rod.
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Old 12-15-2018, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by mr buck View Post
The VS-325 is one of the most versatile tuna spinning rods ever made for the northeast. Its not a casting superstar like the long popping rods, but it will chuck a plug a good distance. While its longer than you're typical jigging rods, its forgiving enough being a slower rod that it won't kill you jigging with it (although if you're looking for a specific stiffer tip action to work vertical jigs this is not your rod). Its also a very durable rod that can take some abuse from the fish and angler alike. I've got a ghost hunter popping rod that's my go too, but I got the VS325 as my jigging/backup rod.
what weight ghost hunter do you have? Been looking at them as well.
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what weight ghost hunter do you have? Been looking at them as well.
200g is what we use for larger tuna north and east of the cape. they balance well with an 18k stella. cast great, good lifting power, nice long butt section for casting, good price point
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OK, so you got me thinking about the Ghost Hunter. I'm guessing the 150 would be good for NJ winter bluefin?
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
OK, so you got me thinking about the Ghost Hunter. I'm guessing the 150 would be good for NJ winter bluefin?
Second what MaritimeDitch said. How big do they run? I like the 200g because you never know what you run into. Or take a trip to Tackle Direct or Tackle/Jigging World and try them for yourself!
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Thanks for all of the info and help! I just found a used Ghost Hunter 150 for $185. I'll pair that with my Lethal 100 and then work on getting a VSJ70-325 before June.
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