jigging master 500

Discussion in 'Rods and Rod Blanks' started by mcgolfer, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. mcgolfer

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    recently received my jigging master 500 from randy at angler pro shop in ontario calif. i was able to put an avet lx 2 speed on the rod. fished it on a big e 52 hour trip and was impressed with the way it handled the 300 gram plus jigs. this rod has much more backbone than the shimano trevala series and is much more to my liking than the action of the trevala's. being a heavier action it takes a biger jig and a bigger fish to test the rod. it made easy work of the 5 to 25lb blackfins. i didn't hook up to any larger tuna's or amberjacks to really test it to its max but i think it will do a great job on the larger fish by the way the largest of my blackfins came in with ease and speed. this rod was wrapped in a spiral which many of my rods are wrapped.

    there was a fellow that was fishing 3 people down from me that had fished a boat combo for 40 hours and hadn't caught a fish. i loaned him this rig and after coashing him for about 10 minutes he started catching blackfin tuna. proving once again that having the proper tackle can make all the difference in catching and fishing. he finished of his trip with 15 blackfin on this combo before he went to bed....rick
     
  2. Deep_Sea_Gull

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    You are the man Rick. Thanks for the rod report.
     

  3. Anglers Pro Shop

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    Rick,
    I got the new Tuna Max in, you will like them!
    Randy
     
  4. Minnow

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    Randy,

    Tuna Max, how many pound it's rated for and what is the lenght?
    Can you post up more info about Tuna Max?
     
  5. Anglers Pro Shop

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  6. mcgolfer

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    i guess my next rod evaluation will be on the new tuna max series. i just ordered a 400 series in the a componets and in a spiral wrap. should be here in about 4 or 5 weeks....rick
     
  7. Bret

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    I have one of the jigging masters 500gm rods as well. The thing that I like most about it is the light weight combined with lots of power. It is a rod that you could use all day and not get worn out from the weight.. I have yet to test it on anything bigger than snapper..
     
  8. Ragman

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    Hey Randy!

    I'm ready to order the 400 XH A series rod, but noticed the blanks are 6' and you recommend 5'7" to 5'10".

    Does shortening the blank change the action or will it be a good jigging rod for 8oz to 14oz jigs. I plan on putting the Stella 20000SW on it.
     
  9. lite-liner

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    Have any of you guys used or heard reports on SeaMajic jig rods?
    SkeeterRonnie & I both picked up a 400g. from Islander's. I really
    like it a lot better than the Trevala's. put my LX-2 on it. 5'8", super light
    like my my Allstar 10# bass rod light! now I just have to wait and see....
    -B
     
  10. Anglers Pro Shop

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    Hey Randy!

    I'm ready to order the 400 XH A series rod, but noticed the blanks are 6' and you recommend 5'7" to 5'10".

    Does shortening the blank change the action or will it be a good jigging rod for 8oz to 14oz jigs. I plan on putting the Stella 20000SW on it.

    Hi Tom,

    You have the same taste as Rick. Tuna Max A-Spec (Advanced Specification) are build with the best components available for its class like titanium frame HVSG guides that are only available in Japan and lightweight kevlar FK7-DPS reel seats that cost over $20 apiece.

    I crop the blanks top and bottom, it is "self-compensating". The 400 is ideal with a 20000 and the 300 will be best matched with a 8000.

    8 to 14oz is what I found best for the 400g, in fact the heavier side of the recommended lure weight is best.

    Randy

    PS - It is very tiring to jig with a long rod but sometimes to get action out of certain type of jigs, long strokes is required so a slightly longer rod is used.
     
  11. Ragman

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    Hi Randy,

    Thanks for the feedback! Txseadog is building the rod for my 8000, so I'll get you to build the rod for jigging.

    Thanks!
     
  12. Anglers Pro Shop

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    Alright guys, here are pictures of the rod when loaded...

    F300H blank loaded at around 45 degrees

    1st pic - 15lb load
    2nd pic - 20lb
    3rd pic - 25lb
    4th pic - 30lb
     

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  13. Anglers Pro Shop

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    Alright guys, here are pictures of the Tuna Max blank loaded...

    F300H blank loaded at around 45 degrees

    1st pic - 15lb load
    2nd pic - 20lb
    3rd pic - 25lb
    4th pic - 30lb
     

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  14. Anglers Pro Shop

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    F400H blank loaded at around 45 degrees

    1st pic - 20lb load
    2nd pic - 30lb
    3rd pic - 35lb
    4th pic - 40lb
    5th pic - 45lb

    I ran out of weights to increase the load! wanted to load it to 65lbs or failure.
     

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  15. txseadog

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    Hi Tom,

    You have the same taste as Rick. Tuna Max A-Spec (Advanced Specification) are build with the best components available for its class like titanium frame HVSG guides that are only available in Japan and lightweight kevlar FK7-DPS reel seats that cost over $20 apiece.


    Randy,
    I noticed you are using alot of the JDM components (HNST, TMNST, THVSG). Are you selling them as well?
     
  16. Anglers Pro Shop

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    Randy,
    I noticed you are using alot of the JDM components (HNST, TMNST, THVSG). Are you selling them as well?

    Hi txseadog,

    I have plans to sell them once I get things together. Drop me an email if you need any.

    Randy
     
  17. Gunsmoke

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    That 400 XH A looks impressive. I quess I need one. Do I just call the number on your website or order from the shopping cart?
     
  18. mcgolfer

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    gunsmoke
    call randy and he will advise you on which componets to have and how far from the butt to the reel seat and several other questons that the shopping cart option doesn't allow for. what reel are you going to mount on the rod? what port do you fish from?...rick
     
  19. Gunsmoke

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    I'll just buy another reel to fit the new rod. I might put one of those new Penn Torque reels on it. They might be available by the time the rod is built.
    I have a Condo and boat in Port A. Therefore, they suck a lot of $$$ out of me. I travel out of the states to fish at least two times a year. I've booked a trip in Feb to fish in NC for Bluefins. I've never caught a bluefin. I've caught every billfish except a sawfish. Dreaming of fishing keeps me going.
     
  20. mcgolfer

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    minnows and myself did the giant bluefin trip in jan 2005. we both got a fish around 400lbs each. we fished out of moorehead city nc and it was great for a change but it is something that once you've done it doesn't mean much any more. the fish are only in 60 ft of water so they are at a distinct disadvantage as they cant sound on you and the boats chase them down. however they are truly an awesome fish to see in person. the boat that we were on on our final day was able to hook us up to 4 giants between 300 and 500 lbs. all fish were release to a tagging boat that put transmitter on them and set them free.

    i keep my boat in the freeport texas area and try to fish at least 2 times a month year round...rick