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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on a Set-up.

Im an avid trout fisherman and have been all my life. I recently started to flyfish and still want to continue expanding my fishing experiences to other areas. I dont know many areas that hold Pike and/or Musky but I know quite a few areas with very large bass. Im talking Largemouth bass that I've seen hit a Banjo minnow on 12# test line and walk right through it like thread. Being that I want to get into bass fishin' and hopefully locate some areas with Pike and Musky, I was looking for a new rod that would fit the bill on helping me land those species.

If you know anything about me or follow my posts you know Im a G-Loomis fanatic. I love their rods and how they perform for me. I have done some looking on their website and I "THINK" I want to go with the following type rod but I was wanting to get some opinions from those more versed in this issue than I.

Its a 6'6" spinning rod and it has a fast action and I can either get it in a MEDIUM or MEDIUM/HARD power.

The "key" says the Medium power is good for the following species: Largemouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Walley, Bonefish and Sea Trout.

The Medium/Hard is good for; Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walley, Stripers, Redfish and Snook.

My question is, should I go with the Medium/Hard rod because it covers more of my "target" species or would I be fine with the Medium rod?

The way I will be fishing is topwater lures, regular bait fishing (like nightcrawler on a hook), and some crankbaits and large bucktail spinners for pike and musky.

I appreciate any and all help and please offer up some tips or other information that can help me make a decision.

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Re: Opinions on a Set-up.

I have a few medium heavy rods in my arsenal here for pike and bass combo. They work well for fishing smaller pike baits and larger bass baits like large cranks and such.

For strictly pike, as we do have a good number of large pike, I use a 7'6'' heavy rod for my large inline spinners, and plugs, I've never felt under matched with large pike and have been thankful I had the heavier rod when connecting with a 40 + incher.

That being said, I think the Med-Heavy would be your best all around bet for bass/pike combo, as very large pike are hard to come by in PA.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 03:11 AM
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Re: Opinions on a Set-up.

IMO expecting one rod to be proficient at fishing everything from crawlers to bucktails is unrealistic. I know this may not be what you want to hear, but there is not rod on this planet that will cast crawlers, a 1/4 oz bass plug and 2oz bucktails, at least not well.

I would recommend forgetting about the manufacturer's species rating on the rod and base your selection on the weight of the lures you intend to throw. For reference; typical pike/musky plugs and bucktails are 1-3 oz. A regular Med-Heavy spinning will have difficulties handling (both casting and retrieving) the weight of these lures. However, the same MH spinning rod would probably suffice for typical bass plugs ranging from 1/4-3/4oz.

I think you are going to need to make some compromises somewhere and/or narrow down your intended purpose of the rod. I guess you could always just buy two
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Re: Opinions on a Set-up.

No perfect rod for all species. Medium is plenty for largemouth, smallmouth, walleye, etc. If I was setting up a rod for muskie or big pike I would b getting at least a medium-heavy. For those big fish u r typically throwing big heavy lures and the added backbone of a heavier rod will handle heavier fish and the casting of heavy lures way better. For bass a good medium rod w/ nice sensitivity will usually out-produce a heavier rod for me hands down. Easy trick to test for sensitivity that I learned from Jimmy Houston. Not all rods r created equal.....take a friend w/ u. You hold the butt of rod in your hand while your friend puts the tip of the rod on his Adams Apple and have him hum. If u can't feel vibration n handle I don't like the rod. You'll b amazed in the difference between diff rods. feeling subtle pickups by fish, or crawling baits over structure is important on fish, but then again you'll know when a 40" muskie takes the bait

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 03:49 PM
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Re: Opinions on a Set-up.

I agree get a musky rod and reel and then another rod&reel
for bass. Esox has it right on, when looking for a musky
set up make sure you pick a rod that can handle throwing
the bigger size lures that you will be using.

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