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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Need rod info..

I do a lot of freshwater but have not done much saltwater. Now I have two relatives with new boats that they take in the NJ bays and close offshore for various species.

Since I am getting invites I want to purchase a rod but need some guidance on length and strength. Also opinions on specific models.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-14-2015, 07:11 AM
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Re: Need rod info..

You gotta narrow it down some....

What do you plan to fish for?

How do you plan to fish? Trolling? Jigging? Etc


Tons of different rods out there...and sometimes special gear can be required...
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Re: Need rod info..

I know they fish for flounder in the bay and blues/stripers offshore. No surf fishing and probably no trolling.

I know it is difficult to meet various needs with one rod, but I am looking to come as close as possible
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-20-2015, 06:21 AM
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Re: Need rod info..

I have a Penn Allegiance inshore rod. Does very well for flounder,Redfish,seatrout. It's a 7 footer and have a Penn Fierce reel on it. Nice combo that you can hold all day and not get tired.

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Re: Need rod info..

You're in the same boat I was two years ago. I go often enough to own a rod and reel specifically for saltwater, but not enough to justify more then one. You will end up being a little over gunned for some fish and a little under gunned for others.

Any medium heavy 7ft fiberglass rod should do fine. Tsunami has some decent rods in the 50-75 dollar range. I personally went with a rod builder in Pt Pleasant named Kevin Bogan. My rod was $140 in my choice of line wrap colors, name decal, and fish logo. Not a fancy custom rod, but the little personalization was nice and if I have any problems with the rod I can take it in for repairs.

For a reel I went with an Avet SX 5.3 with the cast control.(Google Charkbait in CA. free braided line and sometimes shipping) This set up has caught flounder, sea bass, blackfish, ling, blues, stripers, and even grouper in the gulf of mexico, plus a multitude of non target species.

It is definitely worth having a saltwater designed rod for saltwater fishing. I started out with a big heavy ugly stick, and I see quite a few guys with them on the party boats. They just aren't designed to handle the heavy sinkers. They are bent almost in half when bringing up even small fish.
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Re: Need rod info..

Using 7 footer in medium heavy is good advice. Stay with the fiberglass,as you don't want to have a lightening rod in your hand and it absorbs the shock of a hard hit better. Freshwater med heavy and saltwater med heavy are two different types of rods,so don't get confused with that.

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Re: Need rod info..

Hard to find a rod/reel that is good for a 40# striped and a 4# fluke.
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Re: Need rod info..

The avet mentioned above is a nice reel that can do the job for both. If your dropping over the boat you can do it. If casting at the blues or snag and drop on striped sont think the round reel would be ideal.
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You can buy a cheap rod for the big fish and another for the fluke. Just run a different leader on them depending on ur target fish.
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Re: Need rod info..

Here are my boat rods. i have since added a Cardiff 400 and a bait runner.
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