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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:30 pm
garrickyuen


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I'm looking to fish for rockfish mainly at HMB and maybe around the Monterey Bay area so I was hoping some of you guys can recommend me a rod and reel. I've searched old posts before and it seems like a lot of people use either the Lamiglas Surf King, the beefstick, or Daiwa rods I believe? For reels I was looking at Penn Spinfisher 5500S I believe but I don't know if that'd do the job? Any advice would be great.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:18 pm
mav


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I don't do much rockfish fishing and I'm more of a conventional reel guy when using heavier line but that reel looks good to me...

My brother has a 2 piece 11' Lamiglas Surf King set up for a conventional reel and I like it... We threw on an old 146 Penn Squidder to test out the rod and we kept casting a 1oz wieght until we could no longer see where the weight was landing in the water...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:08 am
illcatchanything2


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I personally am not much of a Lami fan, but if you are, then that setup should work well.

If it were me, I would go with a 10'-12' Ugly Stick. The Spinfisher is a good reel if you like spinners.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:06 am
mav


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illcatchanything2 wrote:
I personally am not much of a Lami fan, but if you are, then that setup should work well.

If it were me, I would go with a 10'-12' Ugly Stick. The Spinfisher is a good reel if you like spinners.


I wasn't a Lami fan at first either but my brother got one on discount and then another... We exchanged rods while fishing and I started liking them. My train of thought was that the Lami seems to be a more sensitive rod than the Ugly Stick.... The Ugly Stick is probably more durable...

I'm still a believer in Ugly Sticks, especially the older ones... You can't beat that soft glass tip in certain fishing (perch, live bait, slow spoons)... I have a custom 6' that I use in tough conditions and I'm also sitting on a 7' Ugly Stick blank, for future plans...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:12 am
jeremywang97


Posts: 557
Location: Orange County

hey does anyone ever use those 15 dollar discount cheapo rods at big5?

ive considered recommending it to my cash-strapped friends but at the same time, i dont want them to get a non-functional rod thatll break in 4 trips
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:01 pm
RobF


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illcatchanything2 wrote:
...and I'm also sitting on a 7' Ugly Stick blank, for future plans...



Ouch! LOL!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:01 pm
mav


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Do they have $15 cheapos at Big 5? The Big 5 here sells their products with over inflated prices...

I've seen some cheap $15-$20 Shimano rods before... I'd recommend those... I think to save cost they skimped on the guides for the thick cheaper older style...

With cheapo rods, if the blank seems too flimsy for the diameter, it'll probably break...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:44 pm
jeremywang97


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Location: Orange County

the big5 i live by usually has about half a dozen on sale at any given time
they range from 15-20, depending on whether or not they come with mini-kits
the ones that usually pop up are roddy hunter rod/reel combo
but since their rods are absolutely diabolical, i switched one out with an old south bend rod that was nice and flexible (the south bend reel broke)
it works just fine for baitfishing but when i consider the fact that some of my froends want to move into bass and all, im a lil hesitant
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:02 am
mav


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jeremywang97 wrote:
the big5 i live by usually has about half a dozen on sale at any given time
they range from 15-20, depending on whether or not they come with mini-kits
the ones that usually pop up are roddy hunter rod/reel combo
but since their rods are absolutely diabolical, i switched one out with an old south bend rod that was nice and flexible (the south bend reel broke)
it works just fine for baitfishing but when i consider the fact that some of my froends want to move into bass and all, im a lil hesitant

Yea, if you're talking about calico and sand bass, you'd need something heavy... Spotted bay bass you can get away with something of medium weight...

RobF wrote:
illcatchanything2 wrote:
...and I'm also sitting on a 7' Ugly Stick blank, for future plans...



Ouch! LOL!


Yea, it really hurts butt you get use to it... LOL Didn't see your post at first..
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:40 pm
dkkim


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I know the reels on the those combo poles/reels at Big5 are usually crap. They typically break or malfunction after one good trip. I bought a cheapo rod/reel combo for a friend to do some last minute bass/catfish fishing up at lake berryessa... It broke after about 5-10 casts.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:11 pm
bipnilaga


Posts: 377
Location: eastbay

Ugly stik (the ones with the Fuji guides) and braid is a match made in heaven.
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