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Reel for finesse jigging rod?

Post By: Gurnman      Posted: 11/21/2020 1:45:53 PM     Points: 262    
Im making my christmas list and am looking for sugguestions on a reel for a jigging rod. I also dont have the rod yet so ill take any suggestions on that too if you have them. I know the rod size/weight i want just not the specific one yet (6'10", medium light, xfast). Looking to get both the rod and pole for under $200 max. Does anyone have a set up they love?
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: Nov. 21, 3:40:24 PM     Points: 9062    
Gurnman, You might need to supply more information about what species of fish you will be targeting as well as is this for ice fishing and/or open water.
A Lake Trout rod would be a lot different than a panfish rod.

As for me, I like the Ugly Stick Elite 7ft ultralight spinning rod, $50.00 and the Diawa Lexa 100 LC100H Lexa 100Linecounter, 6.3 gear ratio, $129.00. for jigging most species except big Laake Trout.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Nov. 21, 5:12:15 PM     Points: 327    
That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for since I snapped my ml jiggin rod this summer, the same time the anti-reverse failed on that Daiwa Lexa 2000. Been researching the “best bang for the buck” for my Christmas. Thinking the Ark rods 6’10 medium with xf taper, Brandon Cobb model. Japanese 40 Toray mdml graphite and good reviews for 100. Slowly replacing my Daiwa reels with Lews the new KVD. It is also 100 and would balance it well. Great reviews on both, the smallmouth dropshotters and Ned boys do well with both brands this last summer. You might get a ml, I already have 3 ml but they lack backbone for great hook sets so I want the medium action with soft tip. No shipping charge through TW.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Nov. 21, 8:17:18 PM     Points: 59783    
I have LOTS of setups I love. lol For a jigging setup it would be preferable to have a longer fast action or xtra fast action rod (at least 7') and a reel with a faster gear ratio. Since jigging often has slack line, the longer rod and faster gear ratio allow for a faster and more solid hook set. This is where I agree with Diggin just a bit. Unless you're specifically targeting panfish, go with a medium powered rod. I use lots of tube jigs and can tell you, when you get into a heavy trout or a good pike, the hook set can be something left to be desired. Now on LMB and SMB I haven't noticed a problem with getting the hook into them good because they tend to have a soft mouth.

If you're looking for specific brand and model, you're going to get tons of different opinions. I've tried and owned many different brands\models of spinning reels and at this time you cannot get me to deviate from Daiwa and Shimano.

It's very possible a medium powered combo will soon be coming to the winter giveaway. Jess seyin

Your friendly neighborhood gear pimp,

AWB
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: Nov. 21, 8:31:42 PM     Points: 262    
RPG - thanks for asking for more details. When i fish from shore i target bass
spring-fall. No ice fishing. I do own a boat and want to start learning to jig over open water for walleye also. Im looking for something all around versitle, so the medium power rod suggested by others is a good idea it sounds like.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: Nov. 21, 9:51:08 PM     Points: 327    
Like Jim, I really like St. Croix rods, and use one about 60% of the time. But my go to jigging rods are Fenwick elite tech bass drop shot rods. But the ones I use are no longer made, and I think the quality and flex of the graphite make all the difference. Use a shorter, medium rod for short casts and a longer medium flex rod for longer casts and spooky fish. A 8.5’ Redington fits the bill for shooting long casts ahead of striper schools on Powell. Then the 6’3 ML Avid is hard to beat for vertical fishing panfish. So the right one for the job is the best. I won’t pay $300 for a rod and my St Croix and Fenwick rods came from EBay and Cabelas bargain cave. The rod industry IMO has caught up to St Croix for quite a bit less money. That said, the St Croix warranty is hard to beat!
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Nov. 21, 10:29:21 PM     Points: 14121    
I like a 6”6 to 7 ft rod for my jigging rods. I prefer a medium action with a fast tip for the bass fishing. Good all around rod. I love my st croix rods. Well made rod. Looks like they are on sale too. [log in for link]

I acquired a gloomis rod this last year. I extremely love this rod. Light well balanced very light rod. My new fav for jigging. It’s a 6’10” med action fast tip. If you can talk your self into it. [log in for link]

As for reel I have a new found love for Diawa. Great reels at most price levels. I like the exceler series. [log in for link] Bought 3 this past couple of years.
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: Nov. 22, 9:14:29 AM     Points: 9062    
Gurnman, Youtube has a few discussions on various jigging rods.
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: Nov. 22, 10:04:08 AM     Points: 262    
Thanks for your opinions - this will really help my wife be more confused then ever after i drop these details on her. Haha. Seriously though im thankful for all the info and fun this site provides. Happy Thanksgiving!

AWB - I've been entering in all the giveaways, crossing my fingers. There is some great stuff id be grateful to win any of it.

KG
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Nov. 23, 6:03:24 AM     Points: 59783    
Gunman - one more recommendation for you. When you find a spinning reel you like, look for one with a deeper spool since you're targeting bass. When I think of targeting bass my mind goes to heavy cover. The deeper spool will allow you put heavier line, heavier line takes up space. For a lot of my reels I will use 10 lb test.
 Reply by: Killerfihser      Posted: Nov. 23, 6:32:45 AM     Points: 656    
Find a pole or reel you like, YouTube it and then go buy it. Here's a link to a great site that sells used reels and poles at a great price. I bought a shimano stella fe 1000 for under $300 and it was in almost new condition.

[log in for link]
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Nov. 23, 9:31:23 AM     Points: 437    
I have a medium-fast action St. Croix Avid rod that I love very much it's a 6'7 rod.
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: Nov. 23, 2:31:48 PM     Points: 920    
So many choices, but so many right answers as well. For me I'm kind of a Fenwick / Shimano snob. Open water jigging for walleyes I tend to go shorter on the rod (6'3" Fenwick Walleye Elite with a 2500 series Shimano). The great thing about Shimano is there is a price point for everyone. For $69 you can get a Sedona, $99 you can get a Nasci or $199 you can go with my favorite Stradic C-i4.

The one thing that is so important to me is balance when jigging. I like when you can balance the rod on one finger at the point where the rod meets the grip.


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