Jigging setup Help!

Discussion in 'Rods and Rod Blanks' started by catfishd, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. catfishd

    catfishd Junior member

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    Ok I a newbie when it comes to all this offshore gear stuff. But I learn fast and want the best that I can afford. I have my trolling / Drop rod setup picked out with a Avet pro 30 on a super seeker rod.

    Now I plan on doing alot of jigging for fish 40#-100# more then likely they will be under 100# unless I get lucky on one of many lump trips. What is the best reel and rod match I can pair up. I have read alot of the OTI rods and Jigging Master rods. I have a trevalla rod and I wont go there. So suggestions from the pro's would be great.

    Also I am wanting to do a popping topwater setup. I love the quantum cabo 60 I have and I am thinking about doing a cabo 80 for this setup but once again what would be a match made in heaven rod for this? I dont want a rod that I will want to replace in two years. I know there are better reels out there then the avet and the cabo that i have picked out but I have friends who have seen and used them true.

    I am open for suggestions from your trial and errors. Snagged/skeeter/Pope/txseadog hook me up dont let me buy on impulse lol.
     
  2. jaredchasteen

    jaredchasteen Senior Member

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    Danny,
    I would worry less on getting the gear, and more on getting charters. If you go with a good charter captain he will have all the gear for you. Sure it isnt the same but it works. Chances are if you are going to venice in oct. you will be fishing live mullet and topwaters. Oct is a hell of amonth in venice but the tuna dont show at the lump untill late dec. Once you actually take a lump trip you will find out there is no need for several rods and many of them will go unused. When 200# yellowfin are eating chunks, i wouldnt be jigging or throwing topwaters. I would be chunking. There is PLENTY for an idle fisherman to do on a lump trip. Trust me.
    Good luck on the tackle. I am not atackle ho, justa blue water ho. Hell i will use a damn senator if i have to.
     

  3. SkeeterRonnie

    SkeeterRonnie Senior Member

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    Penn senator is a staple in offshore fishing....lol. jiggin rod: 600 gram OTI, spinning rod: OTI 7'.....

    like Jared said, in October we probably wont be fishing the lump.. more like throwing poppers at rigs... the bigger fish you will want to catch on the chunk rig- for whooping em in the boat faster.
     
  4. jaredchasteen

    jaredchasteen Senior Member

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    Good luck on your trip. Before you leave you will be making plans to go back trust me.


    NOBODY has said a bad thing about OTI, everyone who has used their rods has been impressed. Get one of them......No one ever got fired for buying calstar or super seeker either. I know that the guys from oti will stand behind their product and easy to contact;)
     
  5. catfishd

    catfishd Junior member

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    Hahahaha Jared you know me by now through Keith I am a tackle ho. I want my own chit lol. I know I will not possible need any of the rods for this trip. But I just hate using other peoples gear exspecially headboat and some charters. I plan on using my cabo 60 and maybe matching it up with a OTI rod for a popping rig. But for jigging I am thinking a Diawa Saltiga and finding a rod for it. As for the big rod I want a Avet pro 30/2 to go on a super seeker. I am looking at about $1700 to get this done. Just wanted some input on what is best to get so I dont have to or want to change things up.
     
  6. PiePuncher

    PiePuncher Senior Member

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    Danny, you are on the right track and doing the research. Get the reels that you want, its not fun using some elses chit. I found me a lefty today and even though I am broke, I will buy it within the next week. (thanks to you...lol)

    With your own stuff, you know how it will be setup and you will be familiar with it. I too am a tackle ho and cant help it. I prefer to lose my own poppers, bonitas, steel and so forth.
    Jared is right about the chunking. I caught tuna after tuna on topwater but once I found out that the big ones were hitting the chunk, I didnt leave the back of the boat.
    Penn Senator?? I will pass on that one, unless they come in left hand retrieve. lol Seriously though, if I didn't have anything else, I will use whatever is handed to me.
    The lump is awesome and I look forward to heading back sometime soon.