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Old 07-17-2008, 03:05 PM
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I'm looking at several heavy ten foot surf sticks for chunking. I have looked at a Okuma longitude, Okuma solaris,Tsunami trophy,Tsunami airwave, and a Tica. All have tips that say they handle betwen three and eight ounces. I am budget minded, Just want a tough stick that can handle the weight specified. I figure the most lead I'll cast is about four ounces, leaving about the same for the weight of the bait. Or do I need a heavier tip? I don't have the means to go for St Croix, or a custom job. Just looking for serious input without the critique of tackle junkies with the spendable income to purchase multiple Van Stahls just for status symbol. I bought a Tsunami 9 foot that is medium heavy for casting plugs. For what I'm doing it feels good, if it can stand up to a decent sized striper, I'll be happy. Any one who has any input, please let me know. Also, I notice this site says it's for the inexperiencd as well as the seasoned. Just wondering why I see so many references to "Googan" Which I am interpreting as someone who doesn't have the knowledge and experience you have, therefor being worthy of ridicule.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:13 PM
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I have a couple of casting rods i use specifically for bait. One is a Tica UEHA, rated up to eight. A very good rod. I also use a extra heavy Pinnacle rated to 12 oz's, that's more than what you need. But I have found that those Pinnacle casting rods are a good bang for the buck. Usually around 75.00 bucks or so.
They have one rated up to nine ozs, with a sweet spot at around six.
There are many to choose from.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:10 AM
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My first rod ... a Diawa 10 ft I think it is called the Eliminator bought about 2 years ago 50 bucks, caught a lot of fish
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:04 PM
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Thanks for the input. I like the Ticas, And I looked at the diawa eliminators. I'll be checking out the pinnacle. I have an eight foot power tip pro Pinnacle rod now for my baitcaster. I love it! And at the $38 it cost me it's a steal. Same blank/construction as ugly stick. made in same factory.
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:27 PM
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IMO, a chunking rod should not cost alot. As long as it can handle tossing weight, than it'll work,
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besides the Diawa Eliminator my favorite MH is my st croix Triumph
moderately priced for a st croix about 120 I believe
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:33 PM
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I use 10' ugly sticks for chunking. I've found them to be soft but I throw 4-6oz lead + bait with no problem and I have never thrown bait off the hook. With other rods I find you have to be careful when throwing clams and bunker. These I have paired with 1 baitrunner 6500 and 1 Okuma epixor EB80 baitrunner. They're heavy but for chunking I don't mind
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I also have 4500 baitrunner and okuma epixor on my chunkin sticks
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I liked the Ticas for chunking before upgrading to St. Croix and Breakaway. Pretty solid backbone for the price.
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