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I found a new 20000FA for a good price and I'm really tempted since a group of us is planning a trip to Panama next year. I like the look of the big handle on the old Stella 20K!

If I buy this I might as well get a good rod. Not much to choose from over here, Shimano Jigwrex or Blue Rose is available. I guess a 6' rod up to 400gr would be a good fit.

Is the Blue Rose twice as good as the Jigwrex? It's twice the money but I have heard very good things about them. But I don't like split grips ...
 

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The previous model of the Blue Rose came with a full rear grip. I'm sure someone on here is willing to let one go.
 

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There both good rods, but the Blue rose is built with a better blank and components. You can not go wrong with either.

Have you looked into a OTI G3 400g rod? Its in the middle of both rods price wise, and has had excellent reviews.

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d-a, the OTI looks very good but I can't find over here in Europe. To import from the US gets very expensive with shipping and tax. I have found an OTI Tuna Sniper 40/60 which will be my popper rod.

I'm trawling the webshops and found another deal on a reel. This one a Stella 8000PG SW. Cheaper than the 20K and I think it would be enough for Panama regarding line capacity. Also an OTI Extreme 6' 300gr that could match it.

Two OTI rods would be fun :D
 

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d-a, the OTI looks very good but I can't find over here in Europe. To import from the US gets very expensive with shipping and tax. I have found an OTI Tuna Sniper 40/60 which will be my popper rod.

I'm trawling the webshops and found another deal on a reel. This one a Stella 8000PG SW. Cheaper than the 20K and I think it would be enough for Panama regarding line capacity. Also an OTI Extreme 6' 300gr that could match it.

Two OTI rods would be fun :D

OTI has some international dealers might want to check them out.

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I have the jigwrex 5'2'' 400g rated rod. It isnt really parabolic like some of the other rods out there, more tip action with the 400g jigs. I have a 8000 stella on it, really good combo, can jig it all day.
 

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Sounds good, maybe I'll get the 8000/Jigwrex-combo.

I have checked out all the European OTI-dealers. One had no rods at all, just a few jigs. The other had the Tuna Sniper I bought and also the Extreme i might buy.
 

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Sounds good, maybe I'll get the 8000/Jigwrex-combo.

I have checked out all the European OTI-dealers. One had no rods at all, just a few jigs. The other had the Tuna Sniper I bought and also the Extreme i might buy.


You should see if they can get the G3 400g rod for you. That way you don't have to worry about the VAT tax.


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After some price checking I've decided against the Stella. I can get a really nice overhead for half the price of this reel. I'll stick to overheads for jigging.
 

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d-a, the OTI looks very good but I can't find over here in Europe. To import from the US gets very expensive with shipping and tax. I have found an OTI Tuna Sniper 40/60 which will be my popper rod.

I'm trawling the webshops and found another deal on a reel. This one a Stella 8000PG SW. Cheaper than the 20K and I think it would be enough for Panama regarding line capacity. Also an OTI Extreme 6' 300gr that could match it.

Two OTI rods would be fun :D

I would think that would depend on what you target. If you target tuna in Panama a mixed school could have fish from 40-250 lbs and the 8000PG SW would not likely be adequate for the larger fish. There is also the possibility of Black Marlin on a jigging set up (again if you choose to target them with that rig) and the extra line capacity would be nice.

If I was only using the jigging set up over near shore pinnacles then the 8000PG is a wonderful light setup. But if you are in open water I would recommend the larger reel as all bets are off as to what might take a jig.:)
 

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Thanks for the input, I'm now looking at a Gorilla 12 instead, much cheaper than the Stellas over here.
 

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Thanks for the input, I'm now looking at a Gorilla 12 instead, much cheaper than the Stellas over here.


By all accounts a great choice for jigging. Have a great time and keep us posted on your trip.:)
 

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Wachtel,

You cant go wrong with a Blue Rose; i will never part with this rod.

BLue Rose S60MD with Stella SW20000PG and 80lb braid.

 
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