Basic combo matchups for "Slow-Pitch Jigging"

tunanorth

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I get numerous questions via e-mail regarding what rod/reel/line combo a beginning angler should start out with. With moderate pricing in mind, and based on intended application for California and Baja anglers, here is a basic guide:

ALL-AROUND RIG #1

Rod- PENN Battalion II 250 gr.

Reel- PENN Fathom FTH8XNSD star drag

Line- 20-pound test Berkley X-9 braid

Application- All-around inshore use with 100-250 gram jigs for rockfish/lingcod to 300 feet deep, pelagics under 25 pounds, and most local inshore species like sand bass, calico bass, cabrilla, sculpin, etc.

ALL-AROUND RIG #2

Rod- PENN Battalion II 350 gr.

Reel- PENN Fathom FTH10XNLD lever drag

Line- 30-pound test Berkley X-9 braid

Application- All-around use with 150-350 gram jigs for rockfish/lingcod to 400 feet deep, pelagics under 50 pounds.

ALL-AROUND OFFSHORE RIG #3

Rod- PENN Battalion II 450 gr.

Reel- PENN Fathom FTH15XNLD2

Line- Berkley Pro-Spec braid; 30-pound test for deep rockfish/lingcod, 40/50-pound test for pelagics

Application- Heavier use with 250-450 gr. jigs. Rockfish/lingcod to 600 feet, pelagics under 100 pounds
 
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jk1926

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I get numerous questions via e-mail regarding what rod/reel/line combo a beginning angler should start out with. With moderate pricing in mind, and based on intended application for California and Baja anglers, here is a basic guide:

ALL-AROUND OFFSHORE RIG #3

Rod- PENN Battalion II 450 gr.

Reel- PENN Fathom FTH15XNLD2

Line- Berkley Pro-Spec braid; 30-pound test for deep rockfish/lingcod, 40/50-pound test for pelagics

Application- Heavier use with 250-450 gr. jigs. Rockfish/lingcod to 600 feet, pelagics under 100 pounds
Hey Steve - Will fish with you on the Vagabond 6-day Penn trip in two weeks. Will you have Offshore Rig #3 to try on the trip?
 
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tunanorth

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Hey Steve - Will fish with you on the Vagabond 6-day Penn trip in two weeks. Will you have Offshore Rig #3 to try on the trip?



Yes, but I don't have multiples of the SPJ rigs; you may have to share.
Its amazing how much more popular they are this year compared to last year!
 
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Ha-Ha, yet another 2021 ICAST "reveal" will be a "Long Fall" rod.
Again, I will only have one rig, and have had multiple inquiries about it, so you might have to share it!

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What do you reckon is the lightest jig you would use with the 450g rod?


I think the lightest thing I tried was a 220gr, which felt a bit light.
 
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Nice setup!
 
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Im going old skool/new skool. Old one is 505HS with upgraded drags, Tiburon narrow frame, new handle, etc. 30lb braid, primarily for shallow bottom fish and having fun with albacore. The other is TRQ15XN with the NEW formulation of ProSpec metered braid. Both are the 450g rods.
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