Spinning rod / reel recommendations

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  1. GeorgiaDawg

    GeorgiaDawg Senior Refuge Member

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    Anyone have any suggestions for a spinning rod / reel combo that will cast light (1/16th and lighter) jigs more than 30 yards? Something in the 6-7 foot (rod length) range? 2 - 6 pound test? I have a bunch of ultra light rigs but tossing a size 0 panther martin or a 1/16 oz grub is a chore on most of them. I had an old zebco undercast once years ago and that thing would throw a 1/16 oz crappie jig a mile it seemed. I am not overly concerned with price but would prefer being under a couple of hundred bucks per rig.
     
  2. darkvibe

    darkvibe Senior Refuge Member

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    IMO your line choice makes more of a difference in casting distance than your rod and reel when you're talking spinning rods. That and guide material. I bought some sunline Xplasma at the recommendation of a friend for this year. I'd try something like that line for casting distance.
     
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    Ravenanme Elite Refuge Member

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    Casting light weight jigs with light line is a job for Long poles so all I can say is , B&N has a 9 ft'er that will satisfy your wishes !
     
  4. Bullet21XD

    Bullet21XD Elite Refuge Member

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    30 yards is a long way to be casting that light of a lure. Check out Phenix rods...they've got a pretty extensive line of trout/panfish rods. Reel...whatever you like, just fill the spool full. And if it were me, i'd use 2 or 4lb original Fireline. When that stuff gets used/loosened up, it casts light lures very well.
     
  5. SEKhunter

    SEKhunter Senior Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Not spinning but a 8ft 6in 4 wt fly rod would suit your needs perfectly
     
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    howard s. Elite Refuge Member

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    U need.
    2or 4 lb test
    7 ft light med fast action rod with a guide ever 1 foot.
     
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    JohnBZ Elite Refuge Member

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    I would go to a longer rod for that application. I built my buddy a 9' light power fast action rod with fuji KR guides on a thrasher blank and it is an absolute cannon with light lures. For casting distance nothing will outperform a rapid choke type guide system with light braided line. Look for a rod with either fuji KR guides or Pac bay minima match guides. Id go at least 7'6" if not 8 or 9ft. I you are truly trying to throw 1/16 oz a fast action UL or a moderate fast possibly even a moderate L will be required to load up fully to get that distance.
     
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    Shakespeare ugly stick long and as light as they make with four pound test line. Simple cheap effective.
     
  9. wingsandwater

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    For your perameters....I'd go with a 6'6" St. Croix premier light action. For a reel...I'm partial to a Shimano stradic, probably a 1000 but a 2500 would work. 8 lb suffix 832 braid. 30 yards is a stretch but that's my setup and it casts light stuff very very well.
     
  10. GeorgiaDawg

    GeorgiaDawg Senior Refuge Member

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    Something along the lines of this is what I had in mind....but I bought a pair of BPS branded 7 foot light action spinning rods and Pflueger President XT25s, loaded them with plain old 4 lb Stren Mono and tied on a size 1 panther martin and it is plenty long casting for my needs. And they cost less than the St. Croix rods I was looking at. 30 yards is a long way to throw a 1/32 oz inline spinner but I was easily making 75 foot casts accurately....and the big copper head bream are a blast on the outfit! Haven't tried any crappie jigs but considering the performance with the panther martin I can't imagine it not being similar. I loaded with mono to avoid a leader knot which I find diminishes casting distance unless it is short enough to avoid the rod tip and then, in my experience, accuracy is not as great.
     
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