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Old 06-09-2008, 04:16 PM
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What would be a decent casting/conventional set-up for schoolie stripers with a few keepers mixed in there. I'm looking to spend about 150$. Seeing these fish are schoolies and i like the fight i wouldn't mind a lighter action. My only problem is i need to swing the fish up onto a foot bridge which is about 8ft above the water.

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:49 PM
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Hi Angler,
I probably wouldn't recommend light action to you caus of the hght
That you have to lift and current you should consider
At least med action so that you have some backbone.
How deep is the water and are you chunking or plugging ?
I recently purchased a Tsunami 3pc. rod which casted far better
Than I expected and has a nice Fuji reelseat and guides
It's 7 ft and rated 15-25 lb. test 3/4oz -2oz.
For bridge you might not want to exceed 8ft if space is tight.
The rod sells for 80 -90 bucks and would match up with a Abu C3
About 30 dollars over the budget.
Will do some more research and get back to you in a day or two.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:04 PM
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well i'll be drifting bellies in a rip therefore there isn't any casting, however i wouldn't mind being able to use the pole for fluke as well. I agree with a medium action rod. I'm looking for a rod that will make a 28" fish a real fun fish to fight. I just picked up an Abu 5600BCX for a good deal brand new on ebay and would like a rod to match it.

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Old 06-09-2008, 10:09 PM
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some rods break, some don;t. you will need heavy braid to launch fish and if you want to get an inexpensive rod that will do that and be okay for fluking then get a 10ft ugly stik (they make them in conventional)

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Old 06-09-2008, 11:05 PM
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True, i think im going to scratch the whole "Light,Med" conventional deal and sell the 5600 and invest in a "heavier" set-up for the bridge and let my girlfriend use my current rig that i use there.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:31 AM
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Now that makes sense. Surf and bridge tend to be totally different animals.

The rods and reels I use on the surf would be destroyed the first time I try to crank a borderline legal bass up onto the bridge. There's no way the reel, Abu 6500 or Shimano 400 Te Conquest, would be able to do it, the gears would be stripped or, more likely, the peg the holds the anti-reverse dog would be ripped right out of the sideplate (been there, done that).

For the bridge a Gator Glass rod in the 9' range would be the cheap way to go, a Rainshadow 1209 would be the best way to go. Be sure to get a one piece rod, two piece will not survive up there.
The most popular reel on our bridges is the Abu 7000i with levelwind for all around jigging and bait use. For bait only a 501 Jigmaster (narrow spool) works great and can be found cheap (get the aluminum spool)

For out front the choices are many, from the inexpensive Squidder and Uglystick bait combos to the top of the line Lami/AFAW/Rainshadow and Abu/Daiwa Luna/ Shimano Te plugging combos (be sure to get a levelwind reel if you're going to plug).
Be prepared to spend more if you want to plug with the setup. A difficult to control setup will be so aggravating that you'll end up never using it.
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