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Old 03-14-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default What type of rod and reel is good for live bait/dead bait bottomfishing?

I'm thinking about adding a couple of rod/reels strictly for bottom fishing with live bait or dead bait that are suitable for Snapper, Grouper, A.J. in 60-150' of water. I'm not looking for high tech, braid and very expensvie reels. Any suggestions? I would love light reels (weight) and rods with a soft tip, but some meat in the rod for lifting. Do you think Shimano TLD Star Drags designed could handle 40 test and up to 10# of drag? I already have 4 of those guys.
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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What kind of budget are you looking at for each combo?
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:43 AM   #3
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$250.00 each max
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Star rod 7' MH and a Daiwa 400H for grouper and get a 7'M with a Daiwa 350H for snapper.

You can also get a barefoot jigging rod 400 gr 4' 10 "and a daiwa Saltist 40 for snapper,it is a blast. It is light and has some serious backbone. I have caught 30 # grouper and 50# ajs on it.
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:51 AM   #5
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Thx, I have 5 Star rods for trolling, two are 17yrs old and love them. I had not thought of Diawa......
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Old 03-14-2009, 11:17 AM   #6
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Default RE: What type of rod and reel is good for live bait/dead bait bottomfishing?

Lobster- is right on with the Barefoots.

I likeour Penn 320 & 330 GTi & the Senators for bottom fishing. Nothing fancy We have them on 5.5 - 6'OBX rods as well as Star rods& Penn Stand Up Slammers. I don't like longer rods when bottom fishing - just our preference.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:33 PM   #7
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I'll second the shorterbottomrods are better! Longer rods tend to flex more giving Mr. Grouper a better chance to get into his hole! I have one of the Barefoot rods on order myself after seeinghow theReel Fanatical Fishing Team used one to pull up a shark with ease! I also use the Penn GTi reels, Iuse the 330 and 340 and haven't had any problems with them.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:49 PM   #8
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My first choice would be TLD 25, if thats outta the budget look into okuma titus (identical to TLD) shoot you can a titus2 speed for $199 or maybe the daiwa sealines (for $119). Just because it doesn't say 'penn' on it don't mean it ain't any good.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:56 PM   #9
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Nothin better than a Penn Senator for Bottopm fishing...4/0 should do the trick but for bigger grouper and AJs might want to bump up to 6/0...we just use the Half Hitch glass rods and they seem to work fine, although we did break one on a 10 ft hammerhead, im pretty sure it was about 230-250 for the setup depending on the reel size
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Some of these would work for you for a lot less than $250.

https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...6986-48-1.aspx
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