30# Spinning Options

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I'm looking for options on a 30# spinning setup. I'm leaning towards a slammer 3 4500, but I don't know what rod to pair it with. I'm leaning towards a popping rod, I want to use it for island \ patty fishing nothing big, poppers mostly maybe snipers and stickbaits too. 7-8ft.
 

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saltist or saltiga bay jigging 4000 paired with a OTI oceanxtreme 25-40. Killer setup that everyone I have handed it to loves. Great for throwing lures onto paddies or weed lines. It has fun fighting little dorado but will still put the heat on larger schoolie yellowfin.
 
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Under $500 is fine, if I can get away cheaper I'd be happy too. That saltiga bay looks really nice but I don't want to spend that much. What you like about the saltist is that over the slammer?
I've heard a few people now talking about OTI but I've never picked one up, sounds great. Is there anywhere I can go look at one that you know of?
 

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Black Hole Magic Eye 804S. One of the greatest 30-40lb popping rods ever made.
The Slammer 3 is a tough reel, comparable to the Shimano Saragossa. The Saragossa’s reputation doesn’t need any introduction to those familiar with spinning gear. I own both, you can’t go wrong either way.
 
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I love my saltists but the slammers are great reels too. The saltist has better line management and casts what feels like a mile. The bay jigging is a different class though. It is a beast of a reel that has put some big pelagics into my boat. Really you can't go wrong with any of them.
 

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.....Saltist? is almost the same as bg 4k....at that price this slammer, gosa sw or sw-a is better (for even more retrieve you can opt for 5000 XG RATIO with 6k spool).
 
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Thanks guys, if anyone has an 804s or OTI 20-50 they want to part with let me know. I'm gonna have to go put my hands on the Saltist and the Goosa, they all seem pretty close, slammer included, spec wise.
 

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Leaning towards the Goosa SW-A, just because it's the newest version of everything I've been looking at.
 

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saltist or saltiga bay jigging 4000 paired with a OTI oceanxtreme 25-40. Killer setup that everyone I have handed it to loves. Great for throwing lures onto paddies or weed lines. It has fun fighting little dorado but will still put the heat on larger schoolie yellowfin.
Do you happen to know how this compares to the rod you've got? It's the closest thing I can find they'd available from OTI.

TS27102540 TS2 Popping Rod
 

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Yeah I actually pulled on a TS2 when I was looking for a new rod. Much less tip but will sling a popper a mile.
 

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You think I should hold out for the original? I'm new to popping, I don't know jack. Less tip means it's not going to work a popper as well right? The trade of being a little more distance.?
 

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less tips means it will be easier to work a popper but you have to mellow down your technique a lot because all the motion of the "pop" is going straight to the lure. The OTI TS2 casts really well because of the top 50% or so not just the tip. Stiff rods are great to start on but only if you plan on strictly popping. Working a stickbait with a stiff popping rod is one of the most uncomfortable things ever. The oceanxtreme is a pretty good all around rod imo that can fish poppers and stickbaits.
 
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Anyone have any other recommendations? I cant get my hands on the previously mentioned sticks.
 

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Anyone have any other recommendations? I cant get my hands on the previously mentioned sticks.
Okuma has a popping rod for around $250. Charkbait has or had a 15% sale going too. I have the larger version, purchased from Charkbait during their FH sale, matched with a Slammer 3 6500HS. Smaller version may go well with 5500 or 4500.

HAWAIIAN CUSTOM POPPING RODS, HWP-S-832MHA
 
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You think I should hold out for the original? I'm new to popping, I don't know jack. Less tip means it's not going to work a popper as well right? The trade of being a little more distance.?
If you want to learn more about Popping rods, do a search for "johndtuttle". He gives a lot of good advice on the subject. Here's a sample:


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Most of the domestic "popping" rods are no bueno.

Tips too soft to move a real popper and action too fast that punishes the angler.

Ideal rod is the opposite of a live bait or rail blank. You need a stiff tip to move a popper and a slow action for using a spinning reel.

Stiff tip and faster action if using an LP reel.


He has given lots of good advice, not only on rods, but jigs and lures.
If you're going to occasionally use the rod as a popper, a different choice might be better.
 
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