Rod Advice

hi guys

I am looking to buy my first jigging rod, I will be pairing it with a spinning reel, my budget is a bit tight so any recomendations on a rod for around $200 ?

 

I have been looking at the shimano T curve deep jig spinning rod 400 but the cheapest I have seen it is $295, if there is nothing decent for $200 I might just have to wait a month or two until I can get the cash together, any opinions on this shimano rod ?

 

thanks

 

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They're proven and reliable

Wed, 2011-04-06 13:51

They're proven and reliable rods mate.

Going by your choice of the 400 I'm guessing you're using it for heavy sambo type-jigging?

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Have a chat with the boys at

Wed, 2011-04-06 13:55

Have a chat with the boys at Oceanside about the new range of FWA rods.

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thought about buying O/S?

Wed, 2011-04-06 14:59

You can pick up some sexy sticks at a good price from the states with the current exchange rate.......

 

But locally, the t-curve 200 / 400 or an old stock jigwrex would be my choice.

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daiwa monster mesh max jig

Wed, 2011-04-06 15:16

daiwa monster mesh max jig rods go for $200 very good rod wont dissapoint 

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I hadn't noticed that one

Wed, 2011-04-06 16:05

I hadn't noticed that one before, I will have to go have a look at them ....... thanks !!

 

 

 

"daiwa monster mesh max jig rods go for $200 very good rod wont dissapoint "

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 i have the okuma salina 2

Wed, 2011-04-06 16:17

 i have the okuma salina 2 jig rod in 24kg and am pretty happy with it they also make one in 37kg they look awesome too they sell them down at hillarys boat and tackle for less than $200 think about $170/180

also had a look at the fwa jig rods on the weekend at the boat show and they look and feel very nice. but i recommend looking at the okuma rod love the position of the hand grips. good luck mate

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You can also look at the Fin

Wed, 2011-04-06 16:26

You can also look at the Fin Nor Offshore series of jig rods.

They do a 50lb and 80lb model in both overhead and spin.

As it happens I have an 80lb spin model that I bought for the Sambo season that never happened, and so it is sitting there unused.

Could be tempted to let it go if that is a rod you are interested in, only reason I havent advertised it is I hate the idea of selling a rod without ever having caught a fish on it!

 

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50lb or 80lb braid??

Wed, 2011-04-06 16:33

What size line are you planning on running?

For around $200 is quite limited but there are options.

FWA do their own range of jigging rods and are bloody good value.

Only 1 available in spin.

PE 6-8 (80lb max)
5'3"
Max jig wt 400gm
Fuji HD reel seat
Fuji Alconite guides
Ally gimbal

Only $199 for FW members.

 

The 2nd option is the highly reputable Ugly Stik Bluewater jig rods.

PE 8 max (lighter models also available)
5'6"
Jig Wt 250 - 450 gm
Fuji HD reel seat
Fuji Alconite guides and SiC tip
Shrink wrapped rear grip
Ally gimbal

Only $225 for FW members.

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 haha you beat me to it man

Wed, 2011-04-06 16:37

 haha you beat me to it man

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 I'd grab a 200 over a 400.

Wed, 2011-04-06 16:36

 I'd grab a 200 over a 400. Just loads up a bit better in my opinion. Maybe a fishingWA rod might do for that budget?? Japanese Blanks!

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check out tackledirect.com

Wed, 2011-04-06 17:16

you can buy a saltiga jig rod delivered here for around the 200 dollar mark!! i have two a spin and a overhead!! they come packaged in a huge hard cardboard tube!! no problems with damage!

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Different...

Wed, 2011-04-06 21:07

You do know they are completely different rods to the local and Japanese Saltiga rods. Yes they are cheap but also built cheap.

Alconite or Hardloy guides and completely different materials in the blanks compare to the locals and JDMs.

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yes i do no that

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:56

they have alconite guides! and they load up very nicely! 

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I had a play with the FWA

Wed, 2011-04-06 18:10

I had a play with the FWA jigging rods on the weekend and they are some nice rods for the price. Cant think of much that would be better until you double in price. Not really much of a fan of the t-curve deep jigs. I much prefer having a more parabolic action as it makes it a hell of a lot more comfortable to jig all day and pull up big fish.

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How do they rate against the

Wed, 2011-04-06 18:15

How do they rate against the Monster mesh, Matt ?

 

I have a Catalina spin pe 4 and love it. But am looking for an overhead to match a Saltiga 30t

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Catalina

Wed, 2011-04-06 20:44

How good are those old Catalina Spin rods, good value and bulletproof!

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The old monster meshes I dont

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:07

The old monster meshes I dont like, they dont bend through the butt at all and the exposed blank on the split grip always presses against rod holders. If you load up a monster mesh and a more parabolic rod (FWA, JM, etc) you'll really notice the difference. Some people like the stiffness through the butt but I dont. I've fished all day out deep with my van staal (very parabolic) and its really easy to fish with. I've tried the monster mesh and you get sore after one fish. Ask Southcity104 for that comparison ;)

The new monster mesh maxes may be a different story though, as they seem to look a little nicer in action but I havent loaded them up yet. The fin-nors didnt seem too bad either (but some of the grips are a little odd). Some nice saltiga rods too. Best thing to do is to load them up.

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Lemax Stormfire

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:10

The Lemax Stormfire is a great value for money jig rod - Fuji reel seat and Lemax SiC guides, nice and light and it looks tip-top.

http://www.lemaxpro.com/rods/saltwater/sf.php

There's a PE 5-8 model which is rated for lures up to 350g and will set you back about $200.

It's a bit hard to gauge what the rod looks like but for what it's worth it's the darker rod at the top of the page with the EVA grips (not the cork).

Flick me a PM if you want any more details.

 

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never been deap sea, but when

Sat, 2011-05-14 01:27

never been deap sea, but when jigging you dont you basically need a broomstick rod and overhead reel? i think im silly for thinking it could be that easy:D

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