Overhead bottom bouncing outfit ?? 80M deep / 17kg reds

Hey Fisho's

I have been looking to get away from my (angler rod assassin 24kg - broom stick) which i run a TLD25 on. Catching big reds and north rankin cod up at coral bay in 80meters just gets a bit hard on the old back

I have been looking at T - Curve 400 24kg / Fin nor 50lb / or ugly stick / or Silstar power tip bluewater

I still like a bit of grunt in the butt, and are looking for a beeter ratio reel to get them home


Any suggestions appreciated, cheers spend $500 - $600

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Fri, 2012-03-23 15:30

Go the Fin-nor they are lighter than the T-curve, and if you have the cash get a Talica. I have a Talica on a Finnor 80lb rod, and the rod still feels like it is about a 30lb rod.


I am sure others will have plenty of great options as well. If you give me your 17kg Red spot i will demo the combo for you(heh heh).

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Defiantly go the 80lb fin nor

Fri, 2012-03-23 15:39

Defiantly go the 80lb fin nor if u decide to go down that path

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Cheers, sounds like the go

Fri, 2012-03-23 15:43

Cheers, sounds like the go thanks

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Thanks Rod, will check out

Fri, 2012-03-23 15:41

Thanks Rod, will check out that reel, I have been leaning to the finnor rod 80lb. Recently talked with a mate at tackle shop in Mackay QLD and he has seen some t-curves come back broken at butt


Misuse or / fish size / drag not sure ......



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seen a tcurve skull drag a

Thu, 2012-04-12 23:22

seen a tcurve skull drag a few 5 ft sharks from 120m in exmouth recently, was with a ryobi carnelian/100lb braid, thing barely pulled drag was funny to watch.


Here we go again.

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Shimano rod breakage

Fri, 2012-03-23 18:29

   I hope the rod breakages are not a result of poor engineering as i have recently purchased the 200 gram deep jig. A blog recently

   suggested that incorrect seating of the blank into the handle , but if it does continue to happen then this will not be the rod of chose for many.

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Fri, 2012-03-23 18:31

the deep jig series is pretty old now and has been superseeded by many other ranges.

The problem was mainly with the 400 not the 200.

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Thanks Matt

Fri, 2012-03-23 18:49

    About to put it to the test with a trip to the abrohlos so would be disappointed if it didn't last its first trip. I don't use excessive

    drag so hopefully if seated all shall be good. Thanks for the prompt reply.

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The 200 is an awesome rod, I

Fri, 2012-03-23 18:55

The 200 is an awesome rod, I also have the 400 and it is good too. It's a bit of a broomstick though, a real stump puller but I need it for when the time arises. I gave my 200 to my brother to try a Samurai NV9 which is also great but too light for your application. I have used the Fin Nor rods and they are also very good, I reckon the 80 lb Fin Nor is better than the deep jig 400 for what you want as it will give a little more. Thumbs up on the Talica to match but depending on price you should also look at the Saltiga reels, Maybe the Z40 or the 30T for this size. That and the Saltist equivalents (maybe the Hyper speed models).


Have you considered spin? I use spin for this fishing with a good retrieve to get them home like you want. The outfit is better balanced too with the line staying under the rod and not wanting to roll which is pronounced with the heavier line classes and heavier drag. My T curve 400 is on a saltiga expedition and smashes teh big Reds in tight country but you could try a lesser reel for the same outcome. The faster retrieve and better balance is great. A 80 lb Fin Nor and Saragosa would be my pick for that budget.

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I'd definitely go for a DJ

Mon, 2012-03-26 10:12

I'd definitely go for a DJ 200 rather than a 400 if you are looking to get away from a broomstick!


When asked by a non-fisherman 'how many fishing rods do you really need?' the correct answer is either:

n+1 (where n is the number of fishing rods you currently own); or

n-1 (where n is the number of fishing rods which would cause your significant other to dump you.