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My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! #13609780 06/27/20 04:58 AM
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1st Day Field Testing This Rod Was a Success!

Years ago i fell in love with Okuma's T40X Salmon Steelhead Trout rod. By the time i got my 7'9", 9'6" & 10'9" i had started a local demand & local shops started to carry it as a Whipping Rod (spin casting rod). Most of my "whipping" buddies started to purchase them. My friend Wayne Choy started to collect them as well. Locals saw me hauling in large rays & hooking +10lb Jacks from time to time & they wanted one as well.

Then 3-1/2yrs ago it was discontinued. This rod was a PNW (Pacific Northwest Rod) meant for the Salmon Steelhead & Trout anglers. Then the NEW re-designed model came out. The Guide Select Pro Series. Well, i decided to try 1 before going hog wild like i did before. So i got the GSP-S-992M model at 9ft/9in, line rated 8-17lbs with lure rated weight at 3/8-1oz.

My thoughts? A little stiffer bend rating compared to the previous T40X. I was wondering why the ratings weren't heavier, now i know why. A lot lighter in feel. More "sensitive" then the previous series. Castability? I used a 3/8oz lead egg, the lightest weight rating. I was casting into the breeze & no hang time or resulting bird nesting.

Earlier i was getting good hits but i think the smaller lighter wire hooks i started out with (#4 & #8 mosquitoes) may have been ripping out. I should've brought some 1/0's. So i stated bait casting "dunking" some live Mangrove Crabs. Today there were just too many bigger crabs around because every crab bait was destroyed. How could i tell? The leader line above the hook had multiple crimps from other crabs holding on.

I used orange CHL Minnow Grubs made by local grub maker Landon Yamamoto. I've had great success using this grub color over the years. The fish that i hooked are a favorite for lure makers as the dried skin is used to manufacture trolling lures. Also they are tasty raw or fried. But i was there to see if these Guide Select Pro's were worth investing in more sizes. They are!

My Set-Up Used For Today-
Rod- Guide Select Pro (GSP-S-992M)
Reel- Helios SX (HSX-40S)
Reel Line- Soft Steel Eminent Braid 15lbs
Leader- Soft Steel Stretchable Fluorocarbon 15lbs
Hook- #4 & #8 Mosquito Hooks



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Re: My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! [Re: Scuba Chris] #13617638 07/03/20 01:33 PM
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Neat post and video. woot




Side Note: I mainly use 5 foot ultralight rods and fly rods. eeks

Re: My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! [Re: Laker One] #13618379 07/04/20 01:54 AM
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Must be fun!


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Re: My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! [Re: Scuba Chris] #13618487 07/04/20 04:12 AM
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As always enjoyed the video. You give some very good information on the tackle you use as well as how you fish for certain fish. You fish some very beautiful waters. As always thanks for sharing. thumb




Side Note: I very rarely fish salt water. I target the freshwater sunfish! Your fish and tackle is way bigger than mine. lol_2 Again, always enjoy your videos and keep em coming. cheers


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Re: My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! [Re: Scuba Chris] #13623472 07/08/20 02:38 PM
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Nice review.

Re: My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! [Re: Gitter Done] #13623850 07/08/20 07:58 PM
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Thanks.


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Re: My Guide Select Pro Rod Review! [Re: Scuba Chris] #13624048 07/08/20 10:45 PM
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