1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

looking for new rod/reel

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by takern, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Mar 10, 2010 at 7:21 AM
    #1
    takern

    takern [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Member:
    #20905
    Messages:
    1,364
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tanner
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Offroad stepside
    Deckplate mod, sliders, uniden cb, toolbox, dakar leaf pack, in search of coilovers, 255/85 16 bfg m/t waiting to go on
    I just got into fishing thanks to my roommate and i have now found my new money pit (sorry truck). i bought a rod/reel off him for trout fishing which they have a lot of in SW Virginia/Tennessee. Now that i am home for break i have been bass fishing every day and have realized that my light pole is not quite enough for bass. What would everyone recommend?
    I like the medium ugly stik. for the reel i have been looking at abu garcia's. I have an abu on my trout pole and have been very happy with it so figured i would just keep up with that brand. also, what weight line should i be using for bass? i am using 6lb now and havent caught anything big enough to break it but i think an 8 or 10 lb would be better. advice? opinnions? criticism?
    Thanks
     
  2. Mar 10, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    #2
    toy02ota

    toy02ota Local TW dissenter

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Member:
    #31439
    Messages:
    1,067
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Brownsville, TN
    Vehicle:
    2005 Chevy Silverado
    How much you looking at spending? I'd suggest paying more for the rod and less for the reel. Honestly the abu is good for most applications (depending on the gear ratio) But a great rod that isn't horribly high is an okuma C3. I have a Med-Hvy 6'6". It is great. Awesome sensitivity. around 100 $ i think. Also Falcon Rod Co. and St. Croix Co. are great too. A little higher tho.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    #3
    ColtsTRD

    ColtsTRD .....

    Joined:
    May 13, 2009
    Member:
    #17177
    Messages:
    18,031
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD DCSB
    I'm a huge Shimano Reel and G-Loomis Rod guy...They make the best stuff, but its pretty damn pricey...but at least you'll know it'll last a long time! And as far as quality, there is none better!
     
  4. Mar 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    #4
    hendooman

    hendooman The Stroker Ace

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Member:
    #14421
    Messages:
    3,009
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    KC
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO 4Runner

    x2 those are some good choices.

    What you need is something that can help you be accurate and handle multiple types of lures, on different types of water. In my opinion you need 2 different set ups.

    A good spinning combo with a 6 to 6'6'' MH rod around $75-100 will last you a lifetime if you are good to it. String it with 8 or 10 lb test. Use this rod almost solely for plastics, top water plugs, jerk baits, and it also can be used for live bait if you wish.

    The next set up should be a good open face reel set up for your moving baits. Spinner baits, crankbaits, bigger jerkbaits, buzzbaits and such. You want a rod that can move the bait at a good rate of speed. Faster than a spinning reel can. When you are shopping for open face reels, get quality, you kind of get what you pay for with this type of set up. Usually string these with 10-14 lb, kind of depends on the water you are on, and the structure.

    If you can only afford one rod and reel, get the open face. It would be very versatile and easy to master. An open face set up is not easy to master, it takes practice, and you will cuss it quite a few times when you end up with a big birds nest worth of unspooled string...it happens to everyone.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    #5
    hendooman

    hendooman The Stroker Ace

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Member:
    #14421
    Messages:
    3,009
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    KC
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO 4Runner
    For sure, GLoomis is my fave, lifetime warranty as well if you buy the good stuff!
     
  6. Mar 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    #6
    toy02ota

    toy02ota Local TW dissenter

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Member:
    #31439
    Messages:
    1,067
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Brownsville, TN
    Vehicle:
    2005 Chevy Silverado
    G.Loomis are great rods. WAyyyy pricey but 100 percent worth it. I only have one but I plan on getting a couple more this summer. Carrot sticks (even if they look kinda goofy) are actually excellent rods. The most versitile set up IMO is a 6'6" Med-Hvy, 6:3:1 Reel, and 10-14 lb test monofilament line. You can handle most situations with this. I cannot stand spinning reels. That is totally just me though. My fav set up tho is my 6'10" Hammer Rod Co Xtra Hvy Flippn stick and Abu Garcia Revo. :D
     
  7. Mar 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM
    #7
    toy02ota

    toy02ota Local TW dissenter

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Member:
    #31439
    Messages:
    1,067
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Brownsville, TN
    Vehicle:
    2005 Chevy Silverado
    Heres a Abu Garcia Revo on an Okuma C3

    SDC11667.jpg
     
  8. Mar 10, 2010 at 2:54 PM
    #8
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    103,755
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    I use WallMart rods and reals.....Being as I get pissed, and throw them overboard alot, I dont want to spend lots of cash.
     
  9. Mar 10, 2010 at 4:21 PM
    #9
    takern

    takern [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Member:
    #20905
    Messages:
    1,364
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tanner
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Offroad stepside
    Deckplate mod, sliders, uniden cb, toolbox, dakar leaf pack, in search of coilovers, 255/85 16 bfg m/t waiting to go on
    forgive me i am new to this, but this post confused me. i though a spinning reel and an open face were the same thing?

    and on that last part you said an open face would be easy to master, and then it wouldnt be easy to master. if an open face is the one with the spool and bale on it, then yes i have had quite a few crows nests and such.

    on a side/related note. i had 1 crows nest today and managed to catch 2 smallmouth and 1 live and 1 already dead bluegill
     
  10. Mar 10, 2010 at 4:37 PM
    #10
    Colton

    Colton Reagan/Bush '84

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Member:
    #17626
    Messages:
    13,058
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colton
    VA/SC
    Vehicle:
    08 4X4 TRD Sport super white
    Bilstein 5100 F&R, OME 885 w/ top plate spacers, 1.5" AAL, 285/70/17 Hankook Dynapro MT, 17x9 Level 8 MK6, 20% tint, AEM Brute force intake, Alpine CDE-W235BT, 2 12" Shok subs, Armortech sliders, EBC Stage IV brake it, stainless steel brake lines
    Nothing wrong with Ugly Sticks... I use them exclusively and love them.
     
  11. Mar 10, 2010 at 7:48 PM
    #11
    tex

    tex Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Member:
    #2042
    Messages:
    3,459
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Aaron
    Arlington, TX
    Vehicle:
    2015 4 Runner Trail
    I agree with getting 2 rods for bass fishing. Its like golf. You can play the course with 2 or 3 clubs but a whole bag is usually better.
    I have several rods and reel combos for different presentations and lures.
    Spinning reel I really like the Pfluger President. $60 at Cabelas and for Baitcasting reels I bought several Diawa TD 100 from bass pro for $100 each. I have been very pleased with the performance of the reels. If you want to spend a little less the Abu Garcia C3 baitcasting reels are very good. I have 1 that I have used for 13 years next month.
    I have recently upgraded almost all of my rods to Falcon rods and they are $89.99 for the original series. For a little less money the Ugly Stick Lite is a good option.

    As far as action and all that goes. I would go with a medium action spinning rod and use Berkley 8 pound XL line(orange box).

    Baitcasting rod I would go with a medium-heavy action and 12 pound test. The reason for this is set up would be for worm fishing or fishing in heavy cover. You want a stiff enough rod to set the hook and line strong enough to pull fish out of cover before they wrap around something. I have been using Power Pro braid on my worm rods but I have been happy with Berkley Big Game as long as you change out your line every month or so due to line memory.
    Hope this helps you finding what your looking for.
     
  12. Mar 10, 2010 at 7:50 PM
    #12
    TacoNut

    TacoNut IgnoringChrisWatchingEdLi veVicariouslyThroughMJP2

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Member:
    #5597
    Messages:
    5,261
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Adam
    Denver, Co
    Vehicle:
    *SOLD* 08 Prerunner SR5 TRD OR Acess Cab
    G LOOMIS


    Thats all there is to say... Thread Closed
     
  13. Mar 10, 2010 at 8:01 PM
    #13
    hendooman

    hendooman The Stroker Ace

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Member:
    #14421
    Messages:
    3,009
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    KC
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO 4Runner
    Lol...sometimes my fingers are faster than my brain. Easiest and most versatile would be the spinning reel. Harder to master is the open face reel, only because it is basically a free spool that you slow with your thumb. Now there are internal magnet brakes on them, but a real fisherman controls that spool with their thumb. You are going to get a lot of different answers, I have been fishing for a long time and can throw a plastic worm on a spinning reel in some awesome tight spots. I have just fished with too many people that tried to master an open face too soon and spent half of the trip screwing with their gear and not fishing. I thought I read you were new to bass fishing, if that is the case keep your line in the water, and the best way is with a good old spinning reel.
     
  14. Mar 10, 2010 at 8:05 PM
    #14
    hendooman

    hendooman The Stroker Ace

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Member:
    #14421
    Messages:
    3,009
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    KC
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO 4Runner
    I didn't mean to confuse about open face...I have always called them open face what others would call baitcaster.
     
  15. Mar 11, 2010 at 5:34 AM
    #15
    takern

    takern [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Member:
    #20905
    Messages:
    1,364
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tanner
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Offroad stepside
    Deckplate mod, sliders, uniden cb, toolbox, dakar leaf pack, in search of coilovers, 255/85 16 bfg m/t waiting to go on
    ok. thanks for the clarification. thanks for all the advice as well
     
  16. Mar 12, 2010 at 6:34 AM
    #16
    hendooman

    hendooman The Stroker Ace

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    Member:
    #14421
    Messages:
    3,009
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jeff
    KC
    Vehicle:
    2015 TRD PRO 4Runner
  17. Mar 13, 2010 at 9:20 PM
    #17
    toy02ota

    toy02ota Local TW dissenter

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2010
    Member:
    #31439
    Messages:
    1,067
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Brownsville, TN
    Vehicle:
    2005 Chevy Silverado
    This is an AMAZING rod. I know the man who makes them. Idk that he ships but it is worth a shot. Better than any other rod I have IMO including my G.Loomis. http://www.hammerrods.com/
     
  18. Mar 13, 2010 at 10:40 PM
    #18
    numbah57

    numbah57 BORN AND RAISED MAUI BOY

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Member:
    #24160
    Messages:
    2,943
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    kahai
    Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    09 tacoma 2.7 timberland mica
    5% tint, camo wet okoles, AFE intake, shortie antenna, black front emblem/debaged, Morimoto FXR retro in blacked out stock housing, URD short shifter,no sway-bar, Ultra Guage, Camburg 2.5 coilovers and 1.25 uniball UCA, 4.88 gears, ARB front and rear, 255/85-16 KM2.
    [​IMG]

    Hawaii style
     
  19. Mar 13, 2010 at 10:42 PM
    #19
    numbah57

    numbah57 BORN AND RAISED MAUI BOY

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    Member:
    #24160
    Messages:
    2,943
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    kahai
    Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    09 tacoma 2.7 timberland mica
    5% tint, camo wet okoles, AFE intake, shortie antenna, black front emblem/debaged, Morimoto FXR retro in blacked out stock housing, URD short shifter,no sway-bar, Ultra Guage, Camburg 2.5 coilovers and 1.25 uniball UCA, 4.88 gears, ARB front and rear, 255/85-16 KM2.
    [​IMG]
    This is what we catch, only this one was shot not caught
     
  20. Mar 22, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    #20
    wooddogg922

    wooddogg922 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Member:
    #14590
    Messages:
    74
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Woody
    Lakeside
    Vehicle:
    15 DCLB TRD Sport PreRunner
    I have a few different rods Team Daiwa Rods, Quantum, G-Loomis, All Star. I use a Team Daiwa spinning reel for my drop shot rod, and Shimano Curado's for my bait casting reels. Love my Curados. They kick ass.. Pay the extra $$ for a good rod & reel the difference you'll get in the sensitivity is worth it when you can feel every rock, and the lightest bites on tough days.
     
To Top