Budget Spinning Rod needed: Penn Torque or Hopper

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by ty2philly, Jul 7, 2009.

Budget Spinning Rod: Penn Torque or Hopper

  1. Penn Torque 6'6" SPIN 30-80lb

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  2. Hopper 6'6" SPIN 25-60lb 200-250gr

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  3. Other

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  1. ty2philly

    ty2philly Senior Member

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    I need a budget spinning rod to be used as a loaner rod for Tuna Trip next weekend. Any suggestions between these two rods? Both are the same price $99.95. The rod will be used for Mahi-Mahi by a couple of guys that don't have jigging gear and new to the sport.

    1) Hopper 6'6" SPIN 25-60lb 200-250gr
    2) Penn Torque 6'6" SPIN 30-80lb

    I know the Hopper Rod is a composite rod that is parabolic and can take a beating. Anyone know if the Torque rod is composite or just graphite? Also the Torque rod looks to be very thin, not sure how it would compare to the Hopper in that regard.

    Is this basically a coin toss since they are both just a budget rod after all?

    Thanks,
    Ty
     
  2. YMMV

    YMMV Senior Member

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    Go Hopper. You know very well that the Hopper rods are great value. :)

    The Torque rod is VERY small in dia and thin. I haven't had any problems with mine, but then again, I haven't target any huge fish with it and doubt i ever will. Not to mention the fact that the foregrip is freakin crooked on mine (as well as the others I have seen in stores). Great quality control...
     

  3. silky23

    silky23 Senior Member

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    Noticed you're in Philly, I just posted a Trevala F series XXH spinner, You can have it for $115 if you can pick up. I can meet you half way if you want.
     
  4. Aggie82Josh

    Aggie82Josh Senior Member

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    Doesn't hopper have a lifetime warranty?
     
  5. ty2philly

    ty2philly Senior Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I will go with the Hopper Rod 6'6" 250g spinner.
    I got a really good deal for a custom rod with upgraded components, guide wrap, and coating, for just a little bit more.

    Thanks,
    Ty
     

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  6. bigscrnman

    bigscrnman Senior Member

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    Ty-who made that stick for you?
     
  7. ty2philly

    ty2philly Senior Member

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    Ty-who made that stick for you?

    Sent you a PM.

    Ty