Help me pick out a saltwater rod 0-$200?
i go freshwater fishing a lot, but i’ll be spending 3 weeks in vancouver this winter, mostly fishing.
I’ll be fishing mostly off boat docks/marinas and the shore
i’d prefer a heavier action rod since i hear the salmon there kick ass.
no trolling or boat rods.
thats about it. i’d prefer baitcast reels but spinning is fine.
Now that you mention WHERE and what species that changes the whole ball-game! (lol)
I’ve been mentioning and suggesting low profile Bass fishing reels.
Although the Shimano Curado, Abu Garcia RevoWinch /Toro, Shimano Citica, Etc are GREAT reels for INSHORE Salt and Freshwater casting from a boat they are not designed for shore-casting Salmon in the Ocean…..
They just can’t hold enough line for distance casting and they are not generally considered “distance casting” saltwater reels.
You need a reel that can easily hold quite a bit of 12-14LB line and still cast some distance. AND you need a reel that has a strong enough drag system to haul in large, aggressive, Saltwater, fish.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Abu Garcia C-3- I mentioned this reel once already. It is a “tank” of a reel that will easily be able to transfer from Bass, Salmon, larger Pike, Etc. The 4600 model has a regular thumb-bar and is more suited to Bass, Pike, Etc. However, now that you mention where your going, I suggest you move up to the 5500. It has more line capacity. Here’s the link- MAKE sure to read the reviews on this reel. If you don’t trust my opinion, 91 people give this reel a 4.9 out of 5. C-3’s have a long history of catching fish- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_74090____SearchResults
2. Shimano Calcutta- Calcutta’s are fantastic reels with a “fantastic” price tag. If you want “the best” this is close- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_44488____SearchResults
3. Team Daiwa Pluton- Daiwa’s answer to Shimano’s Calcutta- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_103417_151001001_151000000_151001000_151-1-1
4. Abu Garcia Revo Inshore-Probably the ONLY low-profile reel that could take the continual punishment of 20LB Salmon, huge Saltwater fish & the general abusive Saltwater environment without having any issues. It’s also priced WELL!- http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0052968122895a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Products&QueryText=revo&sort=all&Go.y=9&_D%3AhasJS=+&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=31&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1
The first three of these reels would be a bit “overkill” for typical freshwater fishing, (Bass, Crappie, Pike, Etc). However, they would be right inline with any Saltwater fishing and Salmon fishing from shore……..
As for Rods?
In my opinion, you should stick with a 7-8FT rod. You will need the extra length for distance casting from shore.
Here are some suggestions:
1. St. Croix Inshore- http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_89430_151002000_151000000_151002000_151-2-0?ordProd=Y&CMID=BOTTOM_selectitems#itemDetail
2. Ugly Stik Tiger series- These are inexpensive and durable as HECK. They have a great reputation for longevity- http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?id=0037185120975a&navCount=8&podId=0037185&parentId=cat601984&masterpathid=&navAction=jump&cmCat=MainCatcat20166-cat601984&catalogCode=IK&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601984&hasJS=true
3.St. Croix Avid Inshore- GREAT rods! This will be MINE soon! (lol)- http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20166-cat601984&id=0064582124409a&navCount=10&podId=0064582&parentId=cat601984&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=IK&rid=&parentType=index&indexId=cat601233&hasJS=true
If you REALLY want to save money think about purchasing your reel from Ebay “used”. I buy quite a bit of product from EBay and have NEVER been scammed- (it’s important to buy from reputable dealers obviously).
Hope this helps ya in your search? Good luck!
Fishing for Black Drum with Spoon Fly & Baitcaster Reel