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Old 10-10-2012, 12:31 PM   #11
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Academy on Westbank expressway has a good selection of ugly stick lite rods. As for your precious question, I slapped together a cheap-ish combo with a shims I light action rod and a quantum optix 40 with 8lb Cajun line just to fish in south Louisiana with (inshore). It works perfectly. The drag will probably wear out sooner than on an expensive reel, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. The purpose of this set up was not to reel in fish after fish after fish, but it was to enjoy the fight of the ones that I did hook - it was perfect for that.
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If you want a cheep setup that will last I would go with a shakespeare sturdy stick with and okuma classic pro on it, Ive had the combo for 5 years and have had no problems. Landed a good amount of sharks, red snapper and grouper inshore on it. As for an inexpensive light combo I would suggest the shimano sienna combo which I have also had for 5 years, only problem Ive had with that though is the small plastic clicker thing that makes noise when the fish pulls drag is broken
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Lol. Typo. Previous. My bad, that made me sound like a douche.
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Academy on Westbank expressway has a good selection of ugly stick lite rods. As for your precious question, I slapped together a cheap-ish combo with a shims I light action rod and a quantum optix 40 with 8lb Cajun line just to fish in south Louisiana with (inshore). It works perfectly. The drag will probably wear out sooner than on an expensive reel, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. The purpose of this set up was not to reel in fish after fish after fish, but it was to enjoy the fight of the ones that I did hook - it was perfect for that.
Thanks for the info. That sounds a lot like what I was shooting for originally. I dont know what is the deal with the Academy over in Harahan, but they were out of everything I was looking for, including Quantum Optix 40 reels. I probably would have gotten those if they had them in stock. I'll remember to check out the Westbank store next time before I buy. I always forget that it is over there.

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If you want a cheep setup that will last I would go with a shakespeare sturdy stick with and okuma classic pro on it, Ive had the combo for 5 years and have had no problems. Landed a good amount of sharks, red snapper and grouper inshore on it. As for an inexpensive light combo I would suggest the shimano sienna combo which I have also had for 5 years, only problem Ive had with that though is the small plastic clicker thing that makes noise when the fish pulls drag is broken
I may try the Sienna's next. I am going to see how the IXs hold up. Shimano has been making the IXs for a while, so I assume they have been a good product line. I only bought two combos, so I will certainly need a few more to round things out. I'll look closely again at the Siennas next time.

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Fished Friday.

Setup works great for me. Landed 1 16" red, 1 20" red, 20" flounder, smaller flounder, and a sheepshead.

Very happy with rod and reel. Reel is very smooth casting and reeling. Rod could be a little stiffer, but is decent overall - very light. A good setup for anyone that is on a budget.
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I don't have an idea about this with the cheap inshore spinning combos of a Walmart. You can find used quality reels cheap and can also learn how to do handle it with care on the reels and make them last for a long time.
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Ive got good reels and rods...Ive got cheap reels and rods...Sounds crazy,but my #1 go to reel for regular old utility use cost me $15 at academy....its a cheesy looking "Cat Stick" with a yellow tip...shimano reel...cant kill it.....Ive caught everything from a 65pound drum to a half pound white trout.Alot of longevity comes from care and maintenance of whatever you have.Keep it clean and rinsed...oil and grease regulary and most stuff will do just fine.
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Ive got good reels and rods...Ive got cheap reels and rods...Sounds crazy,but my #1 go to reel for regular old utility use cost me $15 at academy....its a cheesy looking "Cat Stick" with a yellow tip...shimano reel...cant kill it.....Ive caught everything from a 65pound drum to a half pound white trout.Alot of longevity comes from care and maintenance of whatever you have.Keep it clean and rinsed...oil and grease regulary and most stuff will do just fine.


X2; a lot of reels that I get in are victims of negligence.

If you take care of; or abuse the same outfit, cheap or otherwise, it will serve you accordingly. JMHO C2
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