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Old 05-15-2014, 01:47 PM   #11
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I personally like to carry a dedicated bait rod, two dedicated trolling outfits, a dedicated bottom outfit and at least one usually two pitch/jig rods.
I see I am not the only one that carries an arsenal of rods.

To the OP, I would get 3 Battles, a 3000, 5000, and a 6000. Reels are typically +/- $10 depending where you go. Ebay has some good deals on Battles. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Penn-BTL6000...item2c8204008a
Rods can be all over the map on price. I would search ebay and tackle direct and see what fits your bill the best. I am very particular on rods so it's tough for me to pick a rod without a particular reel size/make/model in mind.
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:05 PM   #12
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I see I am not the only one that carries an arsenal of rods.

To the OP, I would get 3 Battles, a 3000, 5000, and a 6000. Reels are typically +/- $10 depending where you go. Ebay has some good deals on Battles. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Penn-BTL6000...item2c8204008a
Rods can be all over the map on price. I would search ebay and tackle direct and see what fits your bill the best. I am very particular on rods so it's tough for me to pick a rod without a particular reel size/make/model in mind.
This!

The Battles are one of my favorite reels on the market right now. After the tournament I picked up a Battle 3000/ AllStar ATS 7'0 Jerk Shad rod and spooled it with 8lb H2O mono. This is a SWEET little combo in the hand and will get to try it out this weekend. AS listed above, to know what you want will take you feeling the setup in your hands and the type of fishing you are doing. I like lighter action setups in shore, partly for sport but I also fish A LOT of topwaters and jerkbaits. I like the feel of the battle 3000 but you can go up to the 4000 or down to the 2000 depending on your preference.

You can get the Battle for $99.99 and the AllStar for $50 right now at Academy. Combo after tax was like $161.53. I know its a little over budget, just putting that out there as what I have.

Offshore, JD has it covered. He is the gold mine around here along with a few others. I run spinning outfits offshore but again that is personal preference. One of which is a Battle 6000 loaded with 20lb Big Game Mono. A lot of line cap on it but I want more room for play as opposed to not having enough.

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I am new to kayak fishing but not fishing in general. However, it has been a while since i've used any of my gear and i suspect a lot of it will not be useful for kayak fishing in the gulf (it is mostly bass gear). So, i have a multi part question and didn't see many answers in a quick search. I know a lot of this will be preference and a lot will be conditional, but i'm on a budget and would like to get some people's opinions.
I plan on fishing in Mobile Bay at first on a 12' kayak, but will fish BTB once i have more confidence. What rod/reel combinations would you recommend and in what numbers? I would like to keep it in the $300 range and be able to use them in multiple situations. I've watched some videos and looked at pics and see anywhere from 1-6 rods, i think i'd like to keep it in the 3-4 range due to budget. So, maybe $70-100 per rod/reel. Possible? Thanks!
Hopefully Blake R. will chime in. He got me into Yak fishing and he fished for Snapper/kings with nothing but bass gear the first year or so. Bait casters and flipping sticks. HE PUT FISH IN THE BOAT every trip and had a blast doing it.
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Great info everyone, thanks for the ideas. I'm sure i could take on most of the bay species with my bass gear, but i am hoping to get offshore some, so am looking for ideas on that. Specifically for kayaks, as i know some choices will differ depending on what you are fishing on. I read somewhere that shorter handles on the rods are better due to the limited range of movement on a kayak. Any validity in that?
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Great info everyone, thanks for the ideas. I'm sure i could take on most of the bay species with my bass gear, but i am hoping to get offshore some, so am looking for ideas on that. Specifically for kayaks, as i know some choices will differ depending on what you are fishing on. I read somewhere that shorter handles on the rods are better due to the limited range of movement on a kayak. Any validity in that?
Again preference. I thought that at first, but i like to use the extended butt as leverage when fighting fish. Especially when i am trolling, rod on the hip and let it rip.. go for a little ride lol. Best thing to do would be to get some different rods from friends and move around with them. Either in a pool/bay/river just as a reference. You will only know what YOU want once you have experimented.
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Here ya go....

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Great deal
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:55 PM   #18
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For kings, I usually use a Shimano Curado 200e with 15 lb mono if just trolling cigs. Caught a lot of kings, Spanish, some sharks, bobos, and even landed a 50 lb class tarpon on that reel. A standard bass reel will handle about any king you run into. But, should a big cobe or BFT come along...


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I also kayak fish in Mobile Bay. I happened across a 7ft Penn Squadron rod for $40 and use it with a Shimano Sienna 4000 for around $30. It is probably not the most capable rod and reel combo available but it has become my favorite "go to" in the bay and stays well within your budget!
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Its just really damn hard to beat the Penn Battle series at the price point. They are really good reels that are attractive and easy to work on. Thatd be my choice
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