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Old 12-03-2018, 07:07 AM
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I feel like all my current rods are too stiff and I'm not finding anything through my searches. I'm looking for an 8' long, fiberglass conventional rod for casting 10"-12" live mullet without ripping through their lips. I think more give will also be better since we use braided line and the fiberglass will be less likely to break and be less expensive. I already have plenty of carbon rods. I'm thinking like a boat rod but long.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:22 PM
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Look for a custom rod...Barrett, LMR or Biscayne rods will all know how to build you the right rod.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:53 PM
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Daiwa makes a Glass surf rod from 8' to 11', but rated to only 5 oz Model is FT Surf Spin.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:49 AM
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Look into Musky rods, very good rods, don’t know about them being fiberglass, I use 7’6 MH moderate action Musky rods for pitching live bait with braid and they work great
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:26 PM
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I’ll try that. I picked one up at Cabela’s today and it was as stiff as a broom handle! I use a medium heavy 8’ St Croix Tidewater for Musky and it works great. I checked with two custom builders and one suggested something I didn’t want and one hasn’t gotten back to me. It seems the fiberglass rods are less likely to break when the fish is deep near the boat when an inexperienced angler doubles the rod over.
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:51 AM
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We run some super old 8’0 fiberglass rods for live eeling cobia, I believe early 70s and they’re still going strong. When you have less experienced anglers on board it’s much easier for them to stay tight with fiberglass, nothing worse then seeing someone high sticking your good equipment.
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Old 12-05-2018, 06:15 AM
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Shimano makes an 8 foot terramar designed exactly for that. I have caught tarpon from the beach over 100 pounds on it and cast a 2 pound mullet a mile.

The only thing I wish it had a foam grip to be more comfortable for long fights...

I also have an 8 foot star rod that I love. The model is 20/30 HC. It has a perfect tip for flinging mullet farrrr.

I also use these rods to goggle eye fish when I'm not tarpon fishing the beach during mullet run.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:19 AM
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I'll check that out, thank you!
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:17 AM
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check out BDoutdoors.com this is what these guys do, casting bait with conventionals.
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:47 AM
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Try looking into some composite rod blanks. You get best of both worlds, graphite and glass. Calstar graphiter, rain shadow composite blanks, phenix axis are some to check out.
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:31 AM
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I think I'm going to get Barrett Live Bait 8 footers made. Has anyone used any of their "live bait" rods? I'm hoping they have a soft slow action.
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