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Old 06-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #1
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I have decided to buy my equipment instead of borrowing off others like I have been for a few years now. I have acquired a Penn Senator 114h 6/0 and now im on the hunt for a rod. I have searched online for new/used rods, but unable to settle, partially due to lack of knowledge. Any advice on which one I should go with, or anyone have a decent one for sale, or any info would be nice.

I will be using this for an all around setup due to cost along with the amount of time I get to fish.

The two I have been looking at are here:

Penn Senator Rod

Is this a trolling rod? Can it be used for a versatile setup? Pros/Cons to Rollers for Snapper/Grouper fishing?

Pen Mariner Rod

Honestly liked this one due to the price as sad as that sounds.

I dont mind buying used, as long as I know what to look for when purchasing one.

Any help or info in the right direction would be awesome.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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I ordered some OKIAYA rods from Amazon, 1/3 the price of the big names and seem to work just fine.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:10 PM   #3
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I bought two Penn rods a few years ago and neither one of them are still around... on one, the grip became unglued after the first dozen surf fishing trips (cheaply wrapped "cork" look-alike stuff). I replaced it with hockey grip tape but it just wasn't a quality surf rod IMO. The other was a nice inshore rod but after breaking the tip twice, I just didn't want to fix it again. Replaced with Shimano and won't look back.... not easy on the wallet tho. Just wanted to give you my experience with it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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Get the 80# Penn Mariner Standup. We've used them for years on 6/0s and they are inexpensive and hold up well to daily abuse.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:51 PM   #5
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I have a couple of the Penn mariners and they are very good rods, have held up well over the years. also have a couple of penn slammer rods that are 30-60lb that are really nice rods as well very inexpensive I think less than 50$
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:34 PM   #6
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Sports Authority on Airport has all of their rods, reels, and combos for 50% off. I was just over there. They have a lot more rods than reels. I did see several nice sturdy rods there. So it might be worth it to check it out. Everything is going fast though.
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Sports Authority on Airport has all of their rods, reels, and combos for 50% off. I was just over there. They have a lot more rods than reels. I did see several nice sturdy rods there. So it might be worth it to check it out. Everything is going fast though.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:33 PM   #8
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I have a 6/0 Senator on a Senator 40-60 lb class rod with roller top that my dad bought new back in the mid 90s. He gave it to me a few years back when my cousin and I really started getting into offshore fishing on our own and the rod and reel are still great. Out quite a few snapper and grouper in the boat on that setup.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:14 PM   #9
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I use half-hitch custom rods for 90% of my stuff , and they can't be beat IMO. $100 will get you a roller tip rod with an aluminum aftco butt, and aluminum reel seat.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:44 AM   #10
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I have some at home you can get for cheap...
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