Jigging Rod for BFT to pair with Okuma Makaira 10000

Discussion in 'Rods and Rod Blanks' started by Professor Tom, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. Professor Tom

    Professor Tom Member

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    I read various opinions on jigging rods. It sounds like it comes down to what you fish for, how you fish, where you fish, and what reel you have.

    I just ordered an Okuma Makaira 10000, I fish mid-shore off NJ for BFT on my own boat, and I'll be using this rod for jigging 90% of the time. I've been fishing with my buddy's gear so far. He recommends the Trevala 5'8" because that what he uses with his Stella. I'd like to stay with a carbon or fiber/Grahite blended parabolic rod.

    What rods or rod specs do you recommend? Thanks.
     
  2. Thewooha

    Thewooha Well-Known Member

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    I don't know how big ( Lb ) are the BFT you target , but a Okuma Makaria 10k on a Trvevala seems way off for BFT .
    Those Trevala's normally called noodles is for a reason.
     

  3. Professor Tom

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    The Trevala held up for a 70 lb BFT. The Trevala is a TFS-58H, rated for 65lb braid and 270-325gm jigs. I don't know how well it would do for a bigger tuna, which is part of the reason I am asking. I just don't know enough yet. What rod would you recommend? Thanks.
     
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  4. Thewooha

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    Not a Trevala for sure , that it held to a 70 lb fish, doesn't mean that it would held to a 150lb fish.
    Again , we don't know what are you targeting....so it's hard to give advise.
    150 lb-200 lb ?
    200 lb- 300lb ?

    Do you have a budget ?
     
  5. Professor Tom

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    I only go out around 50 miles or so. It would be luck if I caught a 200 pounder, but I'd like a rod to handle a 200 pound tuna. Budget is around $200. Thanks.
     
  6. Thewooha

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    not much you can get for $200 , maybe something used GL
     
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  7. bac0701

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    I've been thinking about the same reel but with a van staal vsJ 325 rod. i wish this size had a higher gear ratio for popping
     
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  8. sharkfishing76

    sharkfishing76 Fishing Guru

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    BH 350 but would be more than 200$
     
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  9. Kim

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    Everybody has their own opinions on their favorite and hated fishing gear. I sometimes use a Trevala TCV-58XXH that I had acid wrapped for jigging Black Fin tuna. The unintended catches of a bunch of +#50 AJ and three triple digit YFT says that it's not a bad rod for the money. I will say that the triple digit YFT's did have the line cut into the foregrip. I had that problem fixed by adding another eye to keep the line up higher and inline with the spool.

    Odds are that you can get a good deal on a higher end rod now that it's pretty much the end of the summer fishing season. Keep looking and have a little patience. Nothing worse than pulling the trigger on a rod that's not what you expected and then see something for sale that is.
     
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  10. Brendan

    Brendan Well-Known Member

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    I have a st croix mojo I'd sell.
     
  11. Professor Tom

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    Thanks all. I wound up with a 5'8" Trevala. Very few options for a new quality pole for around $200.
     
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  12. tugasangler

    tugasangler Fishing Guru

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    How much is a makaira ... versus the rod ?
     
  13. Professor Tom

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    The Makaira was $600 USD from Otto's world.
     
  14. scubaarchery

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    I have a Valley Hill that I would sell for $400. I am crying as I type this because I absolutely love those rods but I am slowly getting out of tuna fishing. Not sure it makes sense to put a $200 rod on a $600 reel, this is a more expensive rod but is super light with backbone to handle BIG bluefin...
     
  15. sharkfishing76

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    You will find bh or Bushido nano heavy or xh for 350$ here best budget rods in market in my opinion workhorse as makaira
     
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  16. Lenny DeFelice

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    I fish the same area as you, the trevala will work but we did break a few this year on larger fish, i keep one for people who dont have a setup and we almost always expect it to break.
     
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  17. Lenny DeFelice

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    which valley hill are you willing to let go?
     
  18. scubaarchery

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    I have the Maiori spirit and the Moji Exploder so spinning or casting...
     
  19. PharmDoc

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    To the OP: I would consider near that price point, the shimano grappler series type J in the 56H or 58XXH depending on the jigs you typically fish. I think they can be had for around $270, a bit above your desired price.
    They came out with spiral X construction a couple years ago and my experience has blown my mind. I am in no way affiliated with the company btw.
    They are light, very powerful for their size, and I can’t imagine breaking one on a fish, even at extremely high drag pressures and high sticking.
    I don’t see anything else at that price point that compares IMO.