Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

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Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby freelancer27 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:42 pm

Hi all,

I am in the market for a jig rod and I am looking at some higher end gear (St.Croix Legend Elite, GLX 844C, etc.).

Today I had the chance to sneak out after work to get to the lake for some hours. I brought the following combos:

* Daiwa Steez XT + Metanium MGL + 12 # Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Green
* Okuma Scott Martin TCS Casting Rod 7'3" Heavy + Daiwa SV103XS + 50 # Sufix 832 Braided Line Lo-Vis Green


Here is what I found:

Though the Daiwa Steez XT should be the most sensitive combo given its high quality blank I found that the Okuma with the braid set up was wayyyyy more sensitive. I could feel every little stoke and branch when I was moving the jig.

To summarize: seems like I can save a LOT of money and just use braid as the line (or braid with a short leader). Also I caught a lot of (big) fish on the braid which really surprised me given that this line is pretty visible and that the fish in this part of the lake do get some pressure...

Thoughts?

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby Jason Penn » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:51 am

what baits were you using?

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby tywithay » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:57 am

If you're not using a technique that involves slack line, then braid is going to be more sensitive. I just hate the sound of braid, so I prefer mono or fluoro for that reason.

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby TommyG » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:50 am

Put that SV103 on the Steez XT for bottom contact, put the Met on the Okuma for moving baits, IMHO, and you are golden!

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby freelancer27 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:27 am

Jason Penn wrote:what baits were you using?


Mostly 1/2-3/4 oz Jigs.

TommyG wrote:Put that SV103 on the Steez XT for bottom contact, put the Met on the Okuma for moving baits, IMHO, and you are golden!


The Steez is a MH that has more the power of a Medium. So not really suited for larger Jigs. I prefer the rod for wacky rigs and lipless cranks.

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby johns » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:27 am

I use braid on all my set ups. Most of my rods run between 150 and 250, nothing really high end. With the braid you can feel everything. After a little use you know the difference between all the cover and structure. Cranking thru matts and weeds is one of my favorite techniques. The braid helps with the feel as you are worming the squarebill over and thru the weeds and when you have to pop it out. Using the correct power rod helps with not ripping hooks out. I spend my money on higher end reels which for me makes the fishing experiance much more pleasurable. There is no wrong way to fish!!

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby BigG » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:58 am

You need to try both rods with the same line before you decide.

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby Hogsticker2 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:37 pm

If there is no slack in the line and it's ALWAYS tight, of course braid will offer better sensitivity. It has no stretch. Fish braid with any slack in the line or in wind and you won't feel much. So in summary, if you want to fish where you're constantly pulling your bait, use braid. Unfortunately, constantly pulling your bait is generally not the most effective and efficient way to fish under most conditions. As already stated, put the fluoro on the Okuma rod or the braid on the Steez. . . Then decide

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby BRONZEBACK32 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:30 am

Braid + High end blank= Amazing

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Re: Basic Rod + Braid > High end rod + fluro

Postby accodn2ryan » Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:35 pm

Since you're jig fishing, definitely choose braid since you're going to need to have your line tight majority of the time for bottom contact.

I would just opt for braid + high end rod :mrgreen:


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