Best jig rod to match with Trinidad 20 DC?

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  1. Fishingguy

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    Hey guys,

    Just need a little help finding some jig rods to match these reels.

    To be honest, I have zero experience casting an iron correctly besides just throwing it blindly. Over he past few months, I've been more and more intrigued with the proper set ups and techniques. Caught a few of those bigger bluefin and average yellows recently and to me, every cast counts, especially for those bluefin.

    So I did some research on reels and it seems consensus says that the Trinidad 20 DC were the optimal reels. Picked up a few of those and now would like to match with the right rods.

    Had a few random 9 footers (shimano Calcutta 9ft, phenix 908, phenix 929h) which castes "ok." Then picked up the 909 abyss and loved the softer feel.

    Question is: what jig rods do you find most effective for the surface iron? (Models that are still easily obtainable and not rare harnells and such)9 or 10 foot doesn't matter, just trying to learn more. Super seekers? Cal stars? Etc?

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    Check out the united composites. I've heard good things. I personally have an Ulua 93h, baby Ulua 93h, and calstar gfdh 100J. I really like the rods I have. To each their own.
     
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    Thanks!!!

    Whats the diff between baby ulua and the regular ulua?

     
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    My 2 favorites for surface irons are Calstar 90J Mag and Seeker 7X WT. Match either with your Trini and they'll cast an iron a mile. The load will feel alot better than the Phenix you used. Check them out.

    Jmho...Phenix Axis would be the best composite in the Phenix line for a surface iron rod. Too bad they don't make a 9fter in that line. If you're casting colt snipers, for instance, like the bluefin in your pic then a Phenix Axis 820XH would be awesome. The shorter length would give you better leverage fighting a big fish like that. But it isn't a true jigstick and snipers aren't surface irons so it's a separate setup for those dart type lures.

    Awesome fish! Love reading the couple of reports you posted!
     
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    Baby ulua has a thinner blank walls and is rated 20-40# the regular Ulua is rated 30-60# beefier stick. But again I would highly recommend checking out the UC rods. The 9' monster or wahoo might be up your alley.
     
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    They had an HAX 909hj prototype at the Fred hall shows rumored to be out this spring they were lovely. Didn't see them when I was at day at the docks though. Still keeping an eye out!
     
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    That would be a sick rod. I have the PSW 909xhj right now and it doesn't load the bigger jigs well. So my 90J Mag gets to go on most trips.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words on my reports!

    Great input on the rods….absolutley agree that the colt sniper is no surface iron category….makes it a bit easier to cast with the weight lol.



     
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    Will do Ian! Thanks again!
     
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    UC Del Mar might also be worth a look, been thinking of building one for myself.

    I also just built myself an seeker F-100, feels great casting but haven't hung anything on it yet.

    Certainly nothing wrong with your 909.
     
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    I have the uc 10' wahoo. Love it. Casts great and still has power. The del Mar will be might next one. Feels a little stronger than the wahoo. The uluas are great just have a super fat butt.
     
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    I have a trini 20 on a gg90j, that is my go to jigstick. I have others like the 909 abyss with Lexa for throwing megabaits and the like, fathom 25n on gg90j mag, and a a couple others. I still like the gg90j for its ability to cast Tady45s and 7xs, but also its got the back bone to really put the wood to bft. Last year, I got 8bft in a four hour span, they were all around 50lbs with the trini/gg90j setup. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    Wow... Picked up 3 Trinidad 20 dc's! Nice...
    I have super seeker ulua 40lb, baby ulua for 30lb and a seeker white tiger 7x for 30-40. All set up with Trinidad 20A's
     
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    Many others have mentioned good jigsticks. I haven't used any UC rods but heard their decent. My jigsticks r seeker SSR ulua(badass stick) it's a composite but loads like a glass wit a similar bend to glass it's 10' 25-50 fish 40lb, then seeker baby ulua 10' 20-40 fish both 30/40lb on it, seeker 540(2) one full length 10' and one 9'6" both I fish 30/40 on(and yes they r still available only in blanks from seeker), and recently got a Calstar WC100j that I need to wrap but have fished many times and love it. I had a few others like phenix 909xhj(that I snapped twice: once in half short pumping a yt then second time was right on the hook up fishing live bait I set hook and 9" off tip busted), also had seeker white tiger 7x 9' 30-60 that I fished a few times then sold it. The white tiger is a bit stiff for throwing jigs well. But that's up to u I like rods that r either all glass or mix of both and act like a glass rod. Two reasons one for the load up and makes casting easier and two for the bend if it shuts off too hard it'll kill ur back quick on a 10' rod.
     
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    I second the 7x. I had one then sold it after one trip. Just didn't dig it. The Calstar gfdh 100j and Ulua are quite wonderful. Just picked up a seeker black steel 6500 10' that I haven't used yet but we'll see..
     
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    Is the tip on the 909xhj too soft for the bigger jigs?
     
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    Any jigs up to a Tady 45 size will be fine. Bigger than that like a Salas 7X will feel unbalanced. My 909xhj is regulated to big poppers duty now.
     
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    Get some grown man gear
    GG90J. 100MAG
    Dem reels deserve a real jig rod
     
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    Back to this comment. The Axis jigsticks are out :D
     
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    Check out the Seeker SJ90F as well. One of the foremost custom rod wrappers on the West Coast swear this is the best jigstick ever made.
     

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