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Old 02-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Hello everyone:
I know you get tired of the same questions, but I'm gearing up for the upcoming fishing season and need to get a rod/reel for the big boys (kings, cobia, etc). I've seen some people swear by Ugly Sticks (9-11 ft Heavy) and heard good things about Penn Slammer reels. Any other rigs that would hold up to the abuse I hope the fish put them through? thanks, Ga Transplant
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:17 AM   #2
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Try and get a used gator rod. They are tough as hell. I'd look for a t90l or t80l. For a reel stay away from the new penns. Most people like to use a manual real, so I would suggest learning to do that. It makes several things much easier. For a manual reel, look for a used 706z or a 704z with a manual kit.

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Old 02-26-2012, 09:35 AM   #3
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Hello everyone:
I know you get tired of the same questions, but I'm gearing up for the upcoming fishing season and need to get a rod/reel for the big boys (kings, cobia, etc). I've seen some people swear by Ugly Sticks (9-11 ft Heavy) and heard good things about Penn Slammer reels. Any other rigs that would hold up to the abuse I hope the fish put them through? thanks, Ga Transplant
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
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Thanks Texas9, I'll do some hunting around and see what I can find. I look forward to seeing you all on the pier. GT
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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I have a Mitchell 402 Spinning reel with a custom 9 foot rod that has withstood the combat fishing from the piers for many years. It has some scars, but they give it character. C2
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:27 PM   #6
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I agree C2, every scar tells a story...I've got some rods with interesting stories as well. Ever combat fished in Alaska? Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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GT, Any reel that will hold about 300yds. of 15lb. line and has a good working drag will cath a king from the pier. It does'nt have to be fancy to get the job done. An 8' to 9' rod is the normall on the pier. Wish you luck this season.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:21 PM   #8
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I appreciate the input BC. I look forward to putting some faces to names this season. Good luck to you as well. GT
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:42 PM   #9
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One other question, what size wire leader should I be using? Do you use leader for cobia and kings? GT
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:01 AM   #10
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For kings you will see from 30lb to 60lb seven strand leaders about 30" long with a #4 to #1 4 strong treble hook. I'm not that up on cobia. Gonna be trying them for the first time this year.
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