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Old 08-17-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Would like to know what everyone prefers for amberjack jigging... Rod/reel combo? New to it and would like eveyones opinion thanks!
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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How much do you want to spend and which kind do you prefer? Spinning or Conventional?
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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I prefer a lightweight ~60-150 or ~80-200 lb Jigging Rod (Tiger Lite, BPS Offshore Extreme, Trevala or similar/better/custom?) paired w/either a Spheros/Saragosa/Sustain/Stella ~10K Spinner or Torium/Trinidad/Talica/Torsa 16-30 Conventional (either spooled w/~50-80lb braid). You do get what you pay for, but you can get a nice Combo for ~$250 that works great. The nice thing about AJs is that they don't run into holes like grouper, so unless you're fishing wrecks w/huge relief you don't normally lose them in the bottom...

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saltist 30 star drag. 50lb braid, 40lb floro leader and a 6'6" heavy glass/graphite composite rod rated 30-50lb. I use heavy irons and Yo-Yo them, i don't do that knife jig and butterfly stuff. It's what we do on the west coast, but i've caught AJ, snapper, rudderfish, african pompano and tuna on it.

i also use an 8ft composite rod with a saltist 40 and 30lb mono for surface irons. now that is a fun way to catch fish.



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Old 08-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #5
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Of course I don't want to spend a fortune being I don't go out very much but would like to have my own rig, to be honest I wouldn't now what the pro/con would be in the spinning/conventional world for jigging. I see more spinning used and I would think that a spinning would be more versatile.. but I ain't the pro lol
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Then your best bang for the buck would be a Penn Battle 8000 on a Shimano Tiger Lite Heavy action.
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Thanks for the vids lowprofile! Thanks lastcast!
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IMO you get more 'bang 4 buck' w/Conventionals... i.e.- In general ~$150 Conventional will be a tougher/stronger/more durable reel than ~$150 Spinner... If you go w/a Saltist, look for a nice used silver star drag version in the T=torque, not H=high speed, as they were good reels. A Penn 113HN Baja Special is also a great choice...
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Yea I looked at a combo with the 4/0 for just over 100$ thought that wasn't bad
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #10
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I have a couple of Pro Gear Yellowtail Specials. They are a narrowed 4/0 size reel. I will post on on here for you to see.

I found one picture but none of the finished reel. I will get more pics and see what I have in it to give a price.
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