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Old 04-25-2011, 07:00 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Some friends and I took our buddy out for a bachelor party on the water this weekend. We went for 6 hours and limited out on amberjack and caught a few kings. Well, one of my friends (who I've known for 20 years) is local with me and his old man has a boat. We got permission to take it out whenever we want as long as we foot the gas bill and we put the labor into getting it back into operation. It's going to be simple, really. It just needs some cleaning and not much else.

Anyway - on to the legit questions. We both understand the terminal tackle portion of trolling for cobia, kings, etc over here ("over here" is Panama City), but the basics are foreign to us. I'm usually an inshore fisher - trout, spanish in the bays, redfish - I've only been out in deeper water a few times. So, we don't know what the rod/reel combos should be. If anyone has any low end, but reliable "starter trolling gear" recommendations, they'd be appreciated.

Example of what I'm talking about - I saw a Shakespeare Sturdy Stik (6'6") medium/heavy action today, and I looked at an Okuma CLX 450.** Would this kind of setup be good for the trolling newbies?

** - note here, I have no idea what CLX or 450 mean. I don't want to overcomplicate things, but I assume there are some important verbages I should know, too...


All help is appreciated and welcome..

-R.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:43 PM   #2
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We learned by starting off with the Penn 113 combo's they sell like at bass pro. We were able to use those for trolling and for bottom fishing. Very basic reel and easy to use.

I'd also recommend a Shimano TLD 15 or 20. These are good all around reels too, plus they have lever drags, so you don't have to mess with the drag settings like you do with a star drag. Just my opinion.
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Just as the post above, we started with penn 113s. Eventually bought a TLD lever drag reel and now I don't believe I will go back. My limited experience with my reels is there are less problems with the penn (line stacking up, one of my lever drags doesn't have the full range of motion), but the TLDs are very easy to fish with.

Good luck and you have some great days ahead of you.
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Keep an eye out for used gear on here and craigslist. Lever drag is the way to go for sure. If you are patient you can find what you want for cheap. I got a Shimano Tyrnos 30 with a brand new rod for $100 loaded with braid. Another time I found a Shimano Tiagra 30 for 125 in fair condition, while I was at his house picking it up he offered me a TLD 50 for $75. Just got to be patient and look for a good deal on what you want.

Just to get started they have some cheap Okuma's at Academy that will catch fish. I started out on a genaric rod and reel.
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I agree with sniper, try to find used high end equipment, you'll be better served.

I fish with mostly Okuma and I love them, but the ones I have are a little pricey but the lower end ones will serve you well for the starting

also try different fishing forums that have classified ads (not meaning the promote other sites though)
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