Guys with offshore big game bottom fishing experience. What rod should I pair with a 6/0 Penn reel for BIG gag grouper and red snapper?
I am going to fish the middle grounds of the gulf 100 miles from shore. It will be a 12 hour bottom fishing trip out of Madeira beach on a super fast boat. This will be at the beginning of red snapper and gag grouper season.
I looked at a tackledirect brand silver hook heavy rod. It is 50-100lbs. line class, 6 foot, and $99. I like the price, but there is not many reviews to make me confident. Any experience with this rod? Other rod suggestions?
You don't need a 6/0 reel for that trip - unless if you have it already - great reel. Most of the grouper will be under 20 pounds.
My go-to grouper set-up is a $130 Shimano Charter Special (33# of drag per manufacturer) loaded with 80# braid and an 80# top shot, 60-80# leader and 6/0 or 7/0 circle - on a $70 Ugly Stick Tiger jigging rod (100-200# rod). Other rigs are 4/0 Senator on 6 ft Ugly, 4/0 Senator on 5 ft Ugly.
Also from my experience long rods: Pro- helps keep the line away from boat, Con- gives the fish more of the "lever"(think seesaw), and they get slammed in doors and fans better LOL
set up for tarpon, so much the better. Thanks
Here ya go...and they are great for trolling the ditch
does one just walk in the store and say I want a Dogfish 15F? That's like walking into a tackle shop and saying I want a Daiwa SLN70HR-FP
Reckon I’ll keep using em for the rest of my fishing life
I went to the website and they don't sell "custom" rods online anymore. Unless that part of their website is down? You can get rod and reel combos, but no rods only.
After they moved from Redington to Park Blvd is when I went into the new store. Told them what I wanted..which was 4 offshore rods with standard XB eyes.. not glass. Told them I was grouper, shark, tarpon and rocks...lol... Wanted 2 with a roller tip and gimble butts with out of those..1 red an one blue. The other red an blue has XB eyes on the tip. A week and a half later I went back an picked them up along with 4 Daiwa Sealine 50H to mate with them. Also picked up a 7 ft Star for inshore snookin.. I don't know if they made them there or not but they didn't have them when I was there .. so.. Custom or not??? I got what I wanted ..