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Old 04-21-2011, 08:13 AM   #1
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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I use an Ugly Stick ultra-light with a Garcia ultra-light reel spooled with 6 lb. test. Sensitive enough to feel the slightest bites and handles the sheepies and occasional bonus walleye.
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For me it's a stiff rod for sensitivity and braided line or fused line, on the spool. They bite so light at times, usually when there are 3' waves, that you will want as much sensitivity as possible. Very rarely do I bring up empty hooks without feeling a bite. I do bring up empty hooks, but at least I felt the bite! The rod doesn't need to be very long, since I'm not casting, so if you are like most of us, and have a rod with the tip broken off, just add an eyelet and use it. It will be stiffer and shorter!
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:44 PM   #5
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I prefer a rod with a very soft tip (extra fast) and a moderately flex backbone.. The Ugly Stick Lite fits this description quite well but there are other rods that will be equally effective. It can be short or long and spooled with 6 or 8# braided line. I do not subscribe to the small ultra lite reels as I prefer a larger spool diameter.
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I use a 6'6 medium action rod with 8 pound braid. Just helps if you get a walleye or sheephead on you don't have to worry about it breaking off. Plus the longer lenght gives you a little more control over the fish.
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I like a 6' medium or medium-light with 10# braid or fireline. It will handle the heavier weight sometimes needed in the deeper water of the central basin without loading up too much
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I use to use ultra light. After fishing with my neighbor he showed me a medium to heavy rod with a braided no strech line was best. Also buy good sharp hooks. Not the cheap ones and you'll double your catch and loose less bait.
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i like to use the eagle claw 6' or 6'6" featherlight and use my shimano 300 baitrunner with 15 lb cabelas ripcord braid. works for me, yoy can really feel the lite bites and still have a great time bringing them in. the only drawback its best to net the good ones or doubles. the lite rod just wont lift the fish.
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Braided Line, no doubt.
Got the wife a 9 1/2' light action steelie rod 'cause she was suffering from "perch elbow" a few years back (she looks like a tangled puppet when she sets the hook). With the longer rod, it doesn't bother her.
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I use to use ultra light. After fishing with my neighbor he showed me a medium to heavy rod with a braided no strech line was best. Also buy good sharp hooks. Not the cheap ones and you'll double your catch and loose less bait.
I like to use two Gamakatsu's on a drop shot rig. Those are a sharp hook
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I prefer a rod with a very soft tip (extra fast) and a moderately flex backbone.. The Ugly Stick Lite fits this description quite well but there are other rods that will be equally effective. It can be short or long and spooled with 6 or 8# braided line. I do not subscribe to the small ultra lite reels as I prefer a larger spool diameter.
I bought two shakespeare ultra lite combos seven years ago & have had no problems with the light reels. I put 8lb fireline on them & have pulled in some big sheephead on them, just be careful when setting the hook with fireline, you can tear the hook out of their mouth. Good luck which ever way you go.
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thanks ill be there this weekend let you know how it gos
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:10 AM   #15
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The line is WAY more important...I like 10lb spectra braid of any kind. As for the combo...the one that you feel most comfortable with in your hands.
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I use a 5-1/2 ft lamiglass rod and a Lewes speed spool that I bought in 1978 at Thompson Bass Pro in Austintown- stiff rod- good for pulling and hoisting doubles-put 10 lb braid on it this year and can feel the bite a lot better- always use spreaders but also bought a big assortment of Old Petes spoons that have been hearing about in these forums- may experiment also with tying directly to braid-makes sense
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I had know idea the line was that big of deal thanks
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