Least amount of rods for SoCal fishing

r8rs4lf

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I'm fairly new to fishing and was wondering how many rods you guys "need" to fish local SoCal waters?

I'm not talking about the guy who has to have every new rod/reel that comes out.

If you guys could pick a certain amount of rods that are needed for local fishing, what would they be and what would they be used for? Details....
 

Normslanding

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It is up to you but.......... one light and long, and one heavy and shorter. Line size 10 to 15 for the light outfit, and 20 to 40 for the heavy outfit. Also braided line will give you the advantages of more line capacity (if you hook something big) and it will help you get more bites with less line weight and diameter in the water. You will get many opinions, I hope this helps.
 

mike garrahan

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Grab an old Sabre, Seeker or Calstar 870 or 670 or even one of the 7' Uglysticks rated 20-50. Put a Penn 500, Diawa Sealine 50H or similar reel on it and fill it with 50 or 65 lb spectra. Get some 25, 30 and 40 lb Seaguar flurocarbon and go fishing with all the money you saved. You'll be better off than all the guys using rentrods and they manage to catch fish all the time.
 
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Amadeus

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Wai Jung
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Setups:
  1. "20lb," 40lb braid main, 15-40 (or similar) rated rod
  2. "30lb," 50lb braid main, 20-50 (or similar) rated rod
  3. "40lb," 65lb braid main, 30-60 (or similar) rated rod
Three "dedicated" rods can cover at least 6 weight classes: 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, & 50 lbs. Select reels that are capable and you could cover at least one line class down and one class up.

Here are the top shots you potentially can tie for:
  1. 20lb setup: 15, (20), 25, & 30 lbs
  2. 30lb setup: 20, 25, (30), & 40 lbs
  3. 40lb setup: 30, (40), 50 lbs
 

J Woodman

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15' Gregor Baja Special "Silver Bullet II"
OK, this question has no correct answer. For every fisherman out there, there are just as many opinions as to how much gear you need.

As you originally stated, you are fairly new to fishing. If you decide that you like it and want to continue you will become like every hardcore member on the board and start to get more and more gear until you realize THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY RODS OR REELS!

Good luck and start saving. There is something good to buy every week.
 

Shewillbemine

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If you're trolling, forget least amount of rods.

Some days, I feel like I should have a rod for every lure I own. Scary thought.

Like Pokemon, gotta catch em all!
 

Lundalakan

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if I was really limited I would pick 3. A 10 lb rod for bay fishing. A 7'6" 20-50 with a lexa 400/ revo toro for kelp/islands. A calstar 6480 or similar with a fathom 30 or similar for yoyo-surface-bait for islands offshore. Is this ideal.....no but it has the most common bases covered.
 

84674

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A 270h with a penn 501, 3 spools (15 lb,20lb, 30lb) covers all bases. Simple cheap.
up grade from there
 
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bob1825

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Anyone the fits my schedule
Here are my set ups for local trips:

Torium 14HGA and Seeker 804 (15-25) for 20# Live Bait

Torium 16HGA and Black Diamond 809H (20-50) for 25# Live Bait

Torium 20HGA and Black Diamond Hybrid 760MH (15-45) for 30# Live Bait

Tranx 400 and Phenix 809HXF (20-50) for 40# – Colt Snipers/Poppers/Small Iron

Penn Fathom 30 NLD and Calstar 700MH(25-60) for 40# Dropper Loop/live bait
 

bassman88

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4 setups here:
20# - Phenix PSW 808mh & Penn Fathom 15 (live bait)
40# - Calstar 690j & Penn Fathom 25n (surface iron)
30# - Phenix PSW 809h & Penn Fathom 25n 2 speed (live bait)
50# - Phenix PSW 700xh & Penn Fathom 40n 2 speed (YoYo/Dropper loop)
 
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sandiegosteve

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n + 1 means you need one more than you have. And when you get one more, you then need one more.

In the bays, I use 1-3, sometimes I wish I had more.
Offshore... trolling rigs (skip that for now) and then like others point out; 20# and 30# bait to start, a 40# yo-yo and a 40# surface iron rod are good to start with. I also like to have a nice popper setup handy.
Kelp - a combination of bay and offshore but a few more heavy swimbait rigs.
 

tony38

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i have 3 setups , but always use 2 of them
1) avet sxj raptor filled with 300yards of 50 pro spec braid on a psw909 mh rated 15-40 can use that setup from 20 - 30 lb short leader
2) avet mxj raptor filled with 400 yards of 65lb, on a psw 809 h rated 20-50, it double as a bait, jig setup leader from 30,40,50
3) avet xhj raptor filled with 400 yards of 80lb braid, on a psw700 xh , dropper loop , heavy live bait, yoyo setup , leader from 50-80 , you can always find good deals on used gear here..
 
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Salty Paul

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1 is too many and 100 is not enough. Meaning once you start there is no stopping.

Salty Paul
 

medicidela

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You may want to take a look at thread we had last December:

How many Rods do you need?

Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by Status007, Dec 28, 2016.


My response in it was:

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The way it goes is probably as below.

You start with a 20 lb rod and reel which people told you will cover a lot of fishing applications, and it does.
Then you decide that you really like fishing and therefore add a 30 lb and a 15 lb rod/reel.
Then, you go on a surface fishing trip and the guy next you is using a very long rod that he can use to cast light surface jigs or anchovies very far, so you have to get one of those outfits.
Some time later, you run into an unexpected school of mighty blue fins, and you are not ready, so you decide to buy a 40/50 lb outfit that can handle that situation better.
On another trip you discover that you want a jig stick that can handle better a heavier jig down at the bottom.
And so it can go on for ever!

I imagine for most people that is the process we went through.

Of course a reasonable upper bound is the wife/girlfriend number of shoes mentioned by marzocchi (Dat) :)
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Let em eat 74

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Well this question is right up my alley. I am a minimalist and I will be taking only 6 setups for a 10 day trip. My quiver has always be focused on versitility. Full spectra to short top shots of flouro are best for flexibility. If I had to pick only three, these are the ones.
20-30# calstar 800ml / sealine x20ha 50# braid
40-50# calstar 875h / fathom 25nld2 65# braid
50-60# calstar 800xh / fathom 40nld2 80# braid

These three are proven tough outfits and the most versatile of my quiver. I don't leave home without my jigstick either so I stretch to 4 but thats me.
 

BT3Steve

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You may want to take a look at thread we had last December:

How many Rods do you need?

Discussion in 'Fishing Chit Chat' started by Status007, Dec 28, 2016.


My response in it was:

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The way it goes is probably as below.

You start with a 20 lb rod and reel which people told you will cover a lot of fishing applications, and it does.
Then you decide that you really like fishing and therefore add a 30 lb and a 15 lb rod/reel.
Then, you go on a surface fishing trip and the guy next you is using a very long rod that he can use to cast light surface jigs or anchovies very far, so you have to get one of those outfits.
Some time later, you run into an unexpected school of mighty blue fins, and you are not ready, so you decide to buy a 40/50 lb outfit that can handle that situation better.
On another trip you discover that you want a jig stick that can handle better a heavier jig down at the bottom.
And so it can go on for ever!

I imagine for most people that is the process we went through.

Of course a reasonable upper bound is the wife/girlfriend number of shoes mentioned by marzocchi (Dat) :)
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X2. Remember this day you asked this question. If you're like the rest of us you'll get a good laugh out of it in no time LOL
 

Hkrob

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Sold it
I usually bring 3-4 setups depending on trip length

1/2 day
(1) 20# 8' graftec 800m progear 255 (surface bait/swim baits)
(2) 30# 8.5' calstar 220c progear 251 (surface bait/light iron)
(3) 40# calstar 900H penn fathom 25N (surface irons/dropper loop)

3/4-overnight all of above +
(4) 30# calstar 800m progear 251 or progear 545 (utility rig surface irons, surface bait , drooper loop, flat falls,etc)
 

Paulo Grandez

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Usually 4 but this season 5 since anchovies are always in the baitwell.

20lb
30lb
40lb/jigstick
Bass rod/swimbait
Anchovy setup