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#11596221 - 05/11/16 09:03 AM New heavy setup suggestions
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Registered: 01/18/16
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Loc: Van Alstyne
I am looking to add another rod/reel combo to my arsenal. Because I am an Co-Angler and a Kayak fisherman I need to limit the number of rods I have on the boat at one time and need to combine uses for them where possible.

I'm looking to get a Heavy rod/reel combo to do things with heavy braided line such as punching, flipping, frogging, and big custom poured swim baits(~6"-9") if possible. I know I really need a slow gear ratio for the swimbaits and the opposite for the punching setup, but am trying to figure out a way to combine the two into one rod.

I'm more interested in a reel suggestion than a rod, so what kind of reel would you suggest? I'm thinking a 6.4-1 would be a good middle ground. I would just need to slow down the swim bait presentation.

My goal is to keep the reel under $150.

Thank you for any useful input you can provide.


Edited by BigBassB (05/11/16 01:26 PM)
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#11596472 - 05/11/16 10:36 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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I would go with a Shimano Curado 200I with a Dobyns Extreme 705 or 706. Just my preference, but there are lots of good options out there.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Dobyns_Champion_Extreme_HP_Split_Grip_Casting_Rods/descpage-DCE.html

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Curado_200_I_Casting_Reel/descpage-SCI.html

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#11596507 - 05/11/16 10:45 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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Daiwa TAT CT 6.3:1 and Daiwa AIRX 7.0H.....160.00 combo!!!! I fish this setup and i've caught numerous fish flippin'.


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#11596545 - 05/11/16 10:57 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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Find an older Shimano greenie, 6.2 ratio. Bulletproof.
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#11596566 - 05/11/16 11:03 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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For heavy braided line in 6.4-1 just under $100 I like the Pflueger Supreme. I use a LH one for frogs and flipping. Great reel for the price.
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#11596631 - 05/11/16 11:23 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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Lew's Tournament Pro G Speed Spool

It's very hard to find a reel out there that will cover all of those techniques, especially big swimbaits. However, the Tournament Pro G Speed Spool will handle all of those techniques you mentioned. Big swimbaits can ruin the components of a cheap reel (found out first hand) if used excessively, but this reel has top of the line components and will stand up to rigorous abuse. I recommend you try the TPG1H. This reel has a 6.8:1 gear ratio which is not a common gear ratio. However, it's slow enough for a swimbait but you'll have plenty of line pickup for flipping/pitching/punching or offshore structure fishing. It's the perfect gear ratio for everything! This reel will also hold a good bit of line to allow you to make long casts with that swimbait. You just can't go wrong with this reel. It's a fantastic reel!
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#11596689 - 05/11/16 11:42 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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Megabass Levante Casting Rod 7'11" Leviathan (3/4-6oz) - $199.00 - this rod works well at less than 3/4 oz - not perfect for frogging but doable.
Shimano Cardiff 300/301 - 129.99

The real kicker you need to decide this is how much do your 6-9 inch swimbaits weigh. If they are 2 oz + then they will destroy some of the rod/reels mentioned. If they are soft plastic swimbaits at maybe 1 oz then some of these other rod/reels can play that game for you.
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#11596921 - 05/11/16 01:28 PM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: Slide_R]
BigBassB Online   content
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Registered: 01/18/16
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Originally Posted By: Slide_R
Megabass Levante Casting Rod 7'11" Leviathan (3/4-6oz) - $199.00 - this rod works well at less than 3/4 oz - not perfect for frogging but doable.
Shimano Cardiff 300/301 - 129.99

The real kicker you need to decide this is how much do your 6-9 inch swimbaits weigh. If they are 2 oz + then they will destroy some of the rod/reels mentioned. If they are soft plastic swimbaits at maybe 1 oz then some of these other rod/reels can play that game for you.


Thanks for the reply regarding the weight of the swim baits. I updated to post to say custom poured swimbaits. Not planning on throwing any heavy hard baits with this set up.
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#11598401 - 05/11/16 11:04 PM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
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Registered: 07/23/14
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Lews super duty would just about cover all that. Kistler Magnesium 2 rod. They have a 7' and 7'3" that will handle everything you mentioned except maybe the 9" swimbait. I throw 6" 3:16 Rising Son with rod.

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#11598430 - 05/12/16 12:01 AM Re: New heavy setup suggestions [Re: BigBassB]
David Burton Offline
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Registered: 07/14/11
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Loc: McKinney, TX
On the national brand availability front, I would go with a Veritas or Ducket model with a Lews Laser MG.
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