I refuse to participate because I cannot have just one
but I will say there's a few more rigs in my future:
JM powerspell 150g conv./ Accurate 270-1, 6:1, JM handle
JM powerspell 500g conv./ Accurate 870-2, JM handle
Zenaq FC83-5 spinner, custom/ Stella 20K
damn fishead56 you sure can't keep a secret. as he said it will be released on april1. it will be the new rod for the future. it is called the extend-a-stick. you can make it as long as you want. it has a 2 1/2ft butt section and you buy the rest in sections that are 1 ft long and add the top tip section to complete the length you want. by the way does anyone want to purchase some oceanfront property? i have an abundance of oceanfront lots for sale right here in oklahoma.....rick
now back to the question
studio mark blue heaven reel on a 600gram ocean tackle international rod. very light combo.can jig all night with this setup. rod has plenty of backbone for applying pressure and reel has more drag than i can handle. plus the reel is fairly narrow so the line is easier to lay back on the reel evenly.
stella 8000 on a ocean tackle international 50lb 8 1/2ft tuna sniper. thowing poppers is hard work for this old man so again weight is a factor and this combo is considerably lighter than the stella 20000 on the same rod. the stella 8000 has plenty of drag and the only issue i might have is line capacity should i hook a really big fish. with the 8 1/2 ft rod and 60lb spectre my poppers are going a long way and that usually equates to more strikes when fishing party boats for tuna.
these rigs would be for gulf tuna as we don't see many fish over 200lbs.....rick
Conventional: I own a bunch of conventional jigging reels. My favorite is
still the Torsa 30. I like rods with meat. I prefer the OTI 600
and the JM 500 powerspell.
Spinning: If I could only choose one it would be the OTI Tuna Sniper
60-80 with a Stella SW20K. I've caught over 50 fish so far
with this setup. Weight is not an issue to me. The day I worry
the weight of a rod or reel, I'll give it up and take on another