Help pairing rods and reels- old school

phishphood

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I'm looking for some help and thoughts for pairing up my reel collection with the rods I have available. Just about everything is years, if not decades, old but that's just the way things are going to be. I mostly kayak fish out of San Diego going for bass, YT, and WSB but take the occasional party boat trip 1/2 day up to 1.5 day once a year. Ideally I won't be buying anything but would be open to getting a new (to me) rod if it's really justified. The reels at the bottom of the list without a line listed are needing rehab but I can easily do that and might just hot-rod the Monofil for the fun of it.

Greatly appreciate all of the input. Hope you guys enjoy the trip down memory lane...

I would love to keep the main quiver down to 3 or 4 rods for my usual kayak needs-
-Lexa 300 on ??? rigged for calico but able to handle any of the big girls out there
-Penn 15LD2 on ??? for jigging or slow-pitch? or surface iron?
-??? on ??? for mackerel fly-lined or dropper looped.
-??? am I missing something?

Then the usual needs for any of the 1.5 day trips for tuna. I know the Lexa, Fathom 15, and SG27 can handle just about everything I would need on a 1/2 day trip.

RodsReelsLine
Ugly Stik Lite CAS 1186-2H8'6" Heavy 12-30lbPenn Fathom 15LD2???
Fenwick Classic EglassFS89C8'10" 15-30lb 1-2 1/2 oz E-Glass with Feralite ferruleDaiwa Sg27LC20 Braid
Garcia ConolonR5726'10" Medium Action, Fast Taper 12-20lb 1-2 1/2 ozDaiwa Sealine LD50h65 Braid
Daiwa SealineSL 23RS7' Extra Heavy 40-80lb 32-64oz Roller tipPenn Squidder 14020 mono
TruLine GG IIBJ7c7' 10-80lbDaiwa Sealine 50h40 mono
SeekerLB196L8 / R01247828' 10-20lbPenn 113H Senator 4/060 Mono
Custom Made...6', similar to seeker 660HDaiwa Saltist LD50-2Spd65 Braid
Seeker 660H30-80lb Roller tipDaiwa Lexa 300???
Daiwa VIP SaltwaterVIP8707' 15-40lb E-GlassPenn Monofil 25
Fenwick?LB1655 XH20-60lbPenn 113H Senator 4/0
Penn 113
Penn 114h
 
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Fred100

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I am in the same situation. Recent trip saw me catch a 70 lb bluefin on an older under gunned setup. So..........I just purchased a Fathom 25N 2 speed and am looking at a Phenix rod to match. Considering an axis 820XH but am a bit concerned it may be too much for 30lb floro leader. Was told the H model is too soft when fishing a tighter drag setting when using 40lb line. Guess we need to determine how much drag we plan on using when choosing a rod to match our reels.
 
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swami 805

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196-8 seeker with the squidder 140 and 20lb, that should cover 1/2 day and the kayak. you could put the monofil with 15lb on it if you want to fish lighter. I'd get newell kits for those and make them narrower, 146 size and 27 for the monofil
 
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phishphood

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196-8 seeker with the squidder 140 and 20lb, that should cover 1/2 day and the kayak. you could put the monofil with 15lb on it if you want to fish lighter. I'd get newell kits for those and make them narrower, 146 size and 27 for the monofil
Thanks for the info Swami. Double thanks for helping clear up what that Seeker model was; I couldn't figure that one out for the life of me.

Do you have any suggestions of what to put the Fathom or Lexa on?

I'll ask in the proper forum about how to narrow those reels. I already planned to narrow the Monofil but the Squidder makes sense too.
 
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Dozer217

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I was in the same boat a few years ago and started selling off some of my "vintage" reals and purchasing newer technology, kept the older rods. I view it like tech, would i rather have my older ok can get buy computer or one that allows me to do my work faster and better?
 
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phishphood

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Seal- sorry I realized I should have clarified the chart better. They aren't meant to line up, none of the reels are on any of the rods. I might not know much but I know for sure the Lexa won't be on that rod.
 
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phishphood

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Jun 16, 2009
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I was in the same boat a few years ago and started selling off some of my "vintage" reals and purchasing newer technology, kept the older rods. I view it like tech, would i rather have my older ok can get buy computer or one that allows me to do my work faster and better?
I get the idea behind it, but there's some sentiment attached to most of the older reels since they were my late grandfather's who taught me how to fish.

Between that, the fact that I love to work with older gear in general, and have a new kid so my budget is almost 0 means I'll get by. If I wasn't on a kayak where I can manage my line and fish pretty closely then the advantages to newer great would probably be better, but it is what it is...

Thanks for the input though!
 
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