Smith amj 52ex? or not

hey guys,

i know this has kinda been covered before, but i am out at the moment looking to get a new jig rod.  

i am currently looking at the Smith AMJ 52EX, but when i went to have a look at them there wasnt any in stock.  i didnt want to go ahead and order it in without being confident that this is the one i want as i dont have a chance to load it up and see how it feels. and i dont wana make the tackle shop go out of their way to order it then i just say no thanks.

from my own research, reading through forums, i have seen one where the guy took it out first time on a charter and it snapped (he claims it was used properly) 

From your experience, have you ever tried this rod and what are/were your thoughts on it or is there some other rods for this sort of weight that you reccomend

Im looking for a rod to go with the stella 20000 with PE6 line, so basically something i can use for the bigger sambos and for when i go up north.

thanks 

 

 


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Amj

Mon, 2010-01-11 14:15

Hey samnut,

Ive got the 54h with a stella 8000 and have tried the 52ex.In fact it will probably be my next purchase.I found the action not quite as slow as the 54 but none the less a very nice jig rod and comfortable enough to jig all day with enough power in reserve to turn some heads.

 I also was a lot more impressed with the action when i fished with it than when i loaded it in the store.

Also i heard the rod that snapped on shakiri was a WGJ not a AMJ.

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Hey Chrisp,thats the sort of

Mon, 2010-01-11 14:37

Hey Chrisp,

thats the sort of thing i want to hear.  i havent seen it in the flesh yet...has to be ordered in, but it seems like its quite a good rod 

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mate we sell soooo many

Mon, 2010-01-11 17:30

mate we sell soooo many 52ex's its not funny, light powerfull and they are well priced

the australian distributor has never had any amj's break yet so thats saying something about the range.

off the shelf i probly couldnt reccomend anys better

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Great rods

Tue, 2010-01-12 06:08

The Smith AMJ range are lovely rods to use!. They are fairly soft though compared to a lot of other rods with the same gram rating but in saying that they have caught TONS of BIG fish!. If its the Stella 20K you are using then I would be more inclined to look at the Smith WRC 55 Nirai as its a better match for the bigger reels (Stella 20k and Salty Z6500 Expedition) and has got more backbone than the heavy AMJ.

Brillant rods either way mate.

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It was on my short list

Tue, 2010-01-12 06:51

when I was looking at a new heavy jig rod.

 

The only negative I had against it is length - I personally wanted a slightly longer rod than 5'2.

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thanks guys. i havent

Tue, 2010-01-12 08:16

thanks guys.

 

i havent seen the Smith WRC 55 Nirai for sale at any shops around perth.  only place that sells smith that i know of is campbells and they would have to order that one in (if it is available coz not on their site)

 

What shop are you at Luke R? and where do u'd buy ur gear.

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Nirai

Tue, 2010-01-12 08:31

If you  do want to look/feel of the nirai, i know fishwrecked member (kane) has just got one.

Maybe worth a try.

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ah ok cool. sounds good. i

Tue, 2010-01-12 09:00

ah ok cool. sounds good. i just called the tackle shop to get it priced up. where did kane get his from if u kno?

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queensland mate

Tue, 2010-01-12 20:08

fishhead.com or fishhead.com.au ????

ordered 2 smith rods from them so far, heaps cheaper than campbells both delivered within the week, no probs at all postage costs are minimal 10 bucks or something.

it is a heavy rod...hmmm how do i say - its obvious its designed for BIG fish, i love it but a 52ex might be more versatile if you want to catch light, midsize and some heavy fish

Only used it one day so far but I was knackered jigging with it all day (only 1 hook up) so 7 hours trying to get a strike had me using another 45Lb size setup for a bit of a breather a few times through the day Tongue out

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Was that a sambo jigging

Sat, 2010-01-16 12:01

Was that a sambo jigging charter Kane?

If it was, that sucks, was hoping to get out there a few more times this season  Frown 

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yeah mate sw charters

Sat, 2010-01-16 15:04

seems the best part of the seaon has been and gone

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Availablity

Tue, 2010-01-12 09:28

Its always good to support your local tackle stores when purchasing gear but if you can't find a Nirai anywhere you can always purchase one from NZ online or there a plenty of places in the US that sell them if you don't mind buying gear from overseas.

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Fishhead

Wed, 2010-01-13 05:42

Here is a link to the Nirai from Fishhead mate. These guys have a pretty good reputation and quite a few NZ fisho's buy gear from them.

http://fishhead.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=99_104&products_id=726&osCsid=13bf7c5f4618204e172238e59454689f

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embroided/sticker logo

Wed, 2010-01-13 08:09

cool. i did find one on an internet site...they had 2 different types of Nirai's.  one was embroided and one was a sticker logo.  sticker one was $770 AUS and the embroided one was $980 AUS with $25 postage.

 

he told me there was no difference between the two except the logo...have u's heard of these and if there are any differences...because for $300 im not too sure if it is just the logo

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Sammut, this is the same

Wed, 2010-01-13 08:38

Sammut, this is the same with the Smith Komodo Dragon, It used to have the embroided logo, then changed to the sticker type, so i would say there should'nt be a problem.

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Thanks

Wed, 2010-01-13 09:13

ok cool, thanks for that Brody...just wanted to double check

 

i had a look on some american sites and with the australian dollar how it is now i can get one with the embroided logo for about 650/700 AUD delivered.  so i'll see how they are with stock and go from there

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US Stores

Wed, 2010-01-13 14:25

Good stuff mate, where abouts did you find them at that price? Saltywater Tackle? JDM Tackle? I know JDM have some very sharp pricing at the moment.

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Saltywater

Wed, 2010-01-13 14:47

yea jdm's pricing is crazy! but none in stock. i asked if they were getting any more in but they told me to call the Smith Rep in Australia haha

 

but yea, at the moment just waiting for a reply from saltywater tackle about availability postage then should be good to go. to save $350 its worth it...thats the line for the stella 20k.

 

 too bad JDM dont sell reels yet!

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Just bought the rod and

Sat, 2010-01-16 14:20

Just bought the rod and reel. Got the Stella 20000sw with pe6 and just ordered the smith wrc-55 nirai from salty water tackle.

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Nice combo, where did you

Sat, 2010-01-16 14:25

Nice combo, where did you get your sw20000 from?

 

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I got it at campbells. $1289

Sat, 2010-01-16 16:59

I got it at campbells. $1289 not too bad. I wanna start checkin out tackle shack and Oceanside to support the sponsors.

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Smith AMJ 52EX

Sun, 2010-01-17 12:20

hey sammut i have a Smith AMJ 52EX its awesome it has a smooth action ive caught all sorts of fish on it from massive sambos to a black marlin & GT I cant praise it enough they are not cheap but well worth the money. P.S just got back from Bali & they had them in one shop for around $500 AUS

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about 5 mins ago my smith 55

Mon, 2010-01-25 11:29

 about 5 mins ago my smith 55 Nirai just got delivered.  such a sexy rod!

 

thankyou all for your help with this!

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Awesome

Thu, 2010-01-28 09:39

Cool mate, enjoy!.

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