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slabbandit
11-17-2010, 03:01 AM
Lookin' to buy a couple rod and reel set-ups this year for casting sliders, Roadrunners, and 1/32 oz. jigs and small corks. Don't know which length or action to go with. I'm partial to the 6.6 to 7 footers because I can cast farther and get a better hook set with the cork and jig.
I'm wondering if an ultralight would be to light or should I go with a little stiffer action?
I mainly vertical jig fish but like casting also. What is your favorite set-up for casting?

bugman
11-17-2010, 05:29 AM
I use a 7'6" ozark with a pfleuger president for casting,it also works awful well as a jigpole in close quaters.

CrappiePappy
11-17-2010, 07:01 AM
I'm currently using a 6' 6" ESP Series Power Lite rod with a Shimano Aero 1000 for casting jigs. Rod is IM6 High Modulus Graphite / fast action.
When I consider using FnF or jig/float method ... I generally go with either my 8' BnM IM6 Duckworth FnF outfit, or my 9' ESP Series IM6 Power Jig outfit. The FnF rod has a med lite action & parabolic arch ... while the ESP Power Jig rod has a fast action.
When considering casting Roadrunners ... I've put together an outfit for that specific purpose. I'm using a 7' Bionic Blade Med action rod / Shimano Spirex 2000 reel / PowerPro 10/2 hi-vis braid.

:D I have a habit of mixing/matching, switching my rods & reels around to make different outfits for different techniques ... and even for use on different lakes. I wouldn't hesitate to use any one of the four I listed, as a "all purpose" outfit. But, that being said, I prefer to have different lengths & actions ... so that I can adapt/adjust to various conditions/situations. Other than the Bionic Blade/PowerPro outfit ... all the others have 4# test mono, for casting 1/32-1/16oz jigheads w/plastics.

Personally, I'm beginning to favor a little stiffer action rod, over what I used to use, which was a 7' Sam Heaton Signature Series IM6 (parabolic bend). Nothing against the SH rod ... but, I'm thinking the stiffer action rods give me more control over the fish, especially big fish, while not being any heavier to handle.

... cp :cool:

SLAB MASTER
11-17-2010, 09:52 AM
I might suggest you take a look at the BnM 7' Sam Heaton super sensitive and a Shimano Sedona 500 series reel. I throw jigs and grubs about 90 percent of the time and would not consider another outfit.

beagle man
11-17-2010, 09:59 AM
I use a 10ft. sam heaton and pfluger reel. no.2 tony edger sig. series and pfluger reel. usually have one in each hand.

Dongotto
11-17-2010, 11:48 AM
I think you would also be happy with a Wally Marshall mighty lite 7ft 1pc, paired with a president. IMO Both are very good for what you describe.

justinp61
11-17-2010, 02:05 PM
I have two G Loomis IMX 6' 6" rods for casting jigs, one is light and the other is ultra light. If i had it to do over both would be ultra light. I think the reels are 1000 size Shimanos.

Dongotto
11-17-2010, 02:47 PM
I have two G Loomis IMX 6' 6" rods for casting jigs, one is light and the other is ultra light. If i had it to do over both would be ultra light. I think the reels are 1000 size Shimanos.


I have the same two rods and love them both. I like the light for casting roadrunners and verticle fishing 1/8 and 1/4oz heads, but much prefer the ultra light tip for verticle fishing 1/32 and 1/16. I had a chance to get them for $100 each or I would not have been able to afford them. With that said if I lost my 6'6 ultralight and had to pay retail I would find a way.

Locator79
11-17-2010, 04:15 PM
I like a 7' light action for casting.

GRIZZ
11-18-2010, 02:52 AM
What's your budget? 1 piece or 2 piece? How important is weight?

skeetbum
11-18-2010, 03:45 AM
Two so far unspoken rods to consider, and there are many that you should get your hands around before you buy, are the 8' BGJP(bucks graphite jig pole) by BnM and the Shakespeare micro graphite in 7' lite action. I have 2 of the BnM and 3 of the Shakespeare. They're both good poles for different reasons. Both are 2 piece. The BnM are very light in your hand and are on sale at grizzly jig for $20 each, I got 2 to my door for $47. The Shakespeare are at wally every day for under $20 and do a fine job, but they are just a bit heavier in the midsection than the BnM. Diawa Sweepfire reels are $12 at sportsmans warehouse in several sizes, and if you don't mind spending a few bucks, the Phleuger President is a great reel for the money. Lots of choices, good luck in your search.

longliner
11-18-2010, 04:47 PM
I use a 10ft. sam heaton and pfluger reel. no.2 tony edger sig. series and pfluger reel. usually have one in each hand.


Beagle isn't a 10' rod just alittle long to cast with let alone two at a time? Remember I've seen you in action before!!!:D

Dutch552
11-18-2010, 07:47 PM
Ugly Stick Lite Pro 7' Med action with ABU Cardinal spinning reel either 101 or 102 all can be had at WM or BPS. I have ben very pleased with the Lite Pro this year for vertical jigging with 4lb test, casting small cranks and spoons and even throwing corks for bluegills. $70 for one outfit.

MePreach
11-18-2010, 08:56 PM
I have 3 of the Phlueger Trion combos from Academy for $59.00! I have really enjoyed these combos for the price! I believe Bass Pro has them for the same price. I use them for pitching and also dock shooting.

Eager Beaver
11-18-2010, 09:07 PM
It depends on what you fish for! Fun or for meat! I fish for fun and you can't beat a 5' ultra lite. I use the Berkley Cherrywood ultra lite and wouldn't give it up. I combine it with #4 hi vis line, an ultralight reel and you can't beat it for an over all combo. I generally vertical jig and use 2 rods at one time. When I catch a fish I will drop the other rod and with the longer rods they would end up in the lake. I can cast the sizes that you specified and can dock shoot with it also. When I use slip corks I will go to a 6.6 ft Shakespear Lite rod with a Shimano TX 1000 reel with 6 lb hi vis line on it. Those are the only rods that I carry. EB

bugman
11-19-2010, 05:24 AM
Beagle isn't a 10' rod just alittle long to cast with let alone two at a time? Remember I've seen you in action before!!!:D

That would be a sight to see:eek::D

slabbandit
11-20-2010, 02:57 AM
Thanks for all the input! I'll look at several of these combos before I buy.:)