East Angler, rail rod selection help

crazy8

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Sep 7, 2014
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Cory Crochetiere
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1993 Paramount 21 Superfish
Hi Guys-

Looking to build another rod for the arsenal. I run tuna charters in the Long Island/New Jersey area. Also fish the Rhode Island/Mass waters quite a bit on my own boat.
99% of how I fish is jig and pop.
Our bluefin season starts in late May and runs till we cant feel our fingers any more, some time around December typically.
Size class ranges from 30" to 100". But we have had a lot of 55 to 80" fish come through in the last 5 to 6 years.
Yellowfin is a much shorter season, typically July to October, peaking in August. Rarely see fish over 100lbs.
Most of them average 40 to 50lbs, and sometimes (like last year) we get schools of 80-90lb fish.

Most rod/reel selection consist of 5ft to 6ft parabolic jigging rods, and 7ft 6in to 8ft 6in popping rods.
Reels are 10k to 20k spinning.

Looking to build a rail style rod that can handle 150-300lb fish, and still work a jig properly.
I have never fished or held one of these rods, so I have no clue what the tips are like.
I dont mind a heavy action rod for jigging, but the tip needs to be able to work a 150-300gr jig properly.
Length also doesnt matter much, seems like a longer rod is easier for the rail, mechanically speaking.

The few rods I have my eye on to build are:

-Seeker OSP 1x3 60-100
-United Composites RCX70 & RCX76, or CX70 & CX76

What would you guys suggest?
 
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crazy8

Newbie
Sep 7, 2014
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Norwalk/Westport, CT
www.AllSeasonsMarineWorks.com
Name
Cory Crochetiere
Boat
1993 Paramount 21 Superfish
Thanks Hismosa. I have seen those, but never handled one.

Should have been more clear, planning to have a rail fore grip, and use a trident or the gunnel of the boat.
 
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F.I.S.H.Y

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  • Sep 27, 2019
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    San Diego CA
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    Erick
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    Hi Guys-

    Looking to build another rod for the arsenal. I run tuna charters in the Long Island/New Jersey area. Also fish the Rhode Island/Mass waters quite a bit on my own boat.
    99% of how I fish is jig and pop.
    Our bluefin season starts in late May and runs till we cant feel our fingers any more, some time around December typically.
    Size class ranges from 30" to 100". But we have had a lot of 55 to 80" fish come through in the last 5 to 6 years.
    Yellowfin is a much shorter season, typically July to October, peaking in August. Rarely see fish over 100lbs.
    Most of them average 40 to 50lbs, and sometimes (like last year) we get schools of 80-90lb fish.

    Most rod/reel selection consist of 5ft to 6ft parabolic jigging rods, and 7ft 6in to 8ft 6in popping rods.
    Reels are 10k to 20k spinning.

    Looking to build a rail style rod that can handle 150-300lb fish, and still work a jig properly.
    I have never fished or held one of these rods, so I have no clue what the tips are like.
    I dont mind a heavy action rod for jigging, but the tip needs to be able to work a 150-300gr jig properly.
    Length also doesnt matter much, seems like a longer rod is easier for the rail, mechanically speaking.

    The few rods I have my eye on to build are:

    -Seeker OSP 1x3 60-100
    -United Composites RCX70 & RCX76, or CX70 & CX76

    What would you guys suggest?
    Just get a 70 raptor if you want it for jigging.
     
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    2Rotten

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    Jan 10, 2010
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    Rod Lathrop
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    24' North River Seahawk Hardtop "Sun Dog"
    I have a UC RCX 76 Centaur and a UC RCX 76 Viper. If you are going to target BFT 80" to 100" I would definitely choose the 76 Viper. Not in the class of fish you are targeting, but 2 weeks ago on The Tomahawk I used my 76 Viper with a 300 gram SK jig to catch 3 BFT 120, 125 and 185#. The Viper wasn't close to bottomed out with 40# of drag; the 185# fish came to gaff 19 minutes into the fight. Both excellent sticks the Viper is quite a bit more powerful, but still has a little softness in the tip to help you work a jig. PXL_20210524_074229450.jpg
     
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    dsl

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  • Nov 20, 2017
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    Larry S
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    Landlover
    I have a UC RCX 76 Centaur and a UC RCX 76 Viper. If you are going to target BFT 80" to 100" I would definitely choose the 76 Viper. Not in the class of fish you are targeting, but 2 weeks ago on The Tomahawk I used my 76 Viper with a 300 gram SK jig to catch 3 BFT 120, 125 and 185#. The Viper wasn't close to bottomed out with 40# of drag; the 185# fish came to gaff 19 minutes into the fight. Both excellent sticks the Viper is quite a bit more powerful, but still has a little softness in the tip to help you work a jig.View attachment 1291123
    What would be your go to, for a 80-100 rod?
     
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    dsl

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  • Nov 20, 2017
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    No contest, for 80 - 100 the UC Viper all the way. My Centaur gets the nod for 80# sinker rig. The Viper can fish 80/100/130 brilliant!
    Thank you! I do appreiate a positive responce! 👍
     
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