NEED HELP WITH SELECTING POPPING COMBO

hucklongfin

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I use a TwinPower 14k on a BH CCS 86n and/or a Saragosa 10k on a BH CB S-801H. I pop with my TranX 500 HG on a Phenix psw909xhj too... it's not just for surface iron.
 
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Amadeus

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If spin gear is in consideration...I took a Fin Nor LT100 (100lb braid, 10yd 80lb mono top shot) on a Daiwa STJ70XHFS on the 2018 Alan Tani 8-day. Ended up having someone else's Quantum CSP100PTsE (with same line setup) on it, and used it for live bait, yo-yo, and slinging spoons; would have used for poppers had the opportunity presented itself.

This year it will be my own CSP100PTsE on an Okuma CJ-S-701Ha in the 80lb slot for poppers...and everything else in between. :rolleyes:
 

Day0ne

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I don't know why this is so hard to understand. If you're using poppers, you need a real popping rod, not just any spinning rod. Popping rods are built specifically for using poppers and are different.
 

hucklongfin

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If spin gear is in consideration...I took a Fin Nor LT100 (100lb braid, 10yd 80lb mono top shot) on a Daiwa STJ70XHFS on the 2018 Alan Tani 8-day. Ended up having someone else's Quantum CSP100PTsE (with same line setup) on it, and used it for live bait, yo-yo, and slinging spoons; would have used for poppers had the opportunity presented itself.

This year it will be my own CSP100PTsE on an Okuma CJ-S-701Ha in the 80lb slot for poppers...and everything else in between. :rolleyes:
Wai, hit me up a few days before your 8 day and I'll let you use one of my rods... all Black Hole: CB S-801H, CCS 86n, CCS 80g. Your trip is between my 2 10 days which is why I'm not on yours, it's too close to either of mine and I still have to show up for work on occasion!.
 
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Amadeus

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Thanks Mark! I'll keep it in mind. After seeing "The Chief/Ron" lose one of Alan's Mak10/Phenix 700 setups overboard, I'm very cautious about Murphy's Law and borrowing gear.

Two 10-days...that's :git:
 

hucklongfin

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Maybe I shouldn't have let "the Man" use my rigs last year at Cedros!
 

freedomjig

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How big of poppers you looking to throw? There are so many variables that come into play when choosing a proper popping rod.

If you want something for medium size fish, check out the El Maestro 77H and Carpenter Le Grande Mer SP711ML R-DX. Both awesome rods that can put some good heat on a fish.

If going this route, I'd get a 14k Stella. Gosa's and some of the other reels are good, but if you hook into a big fish, they just don't handle the stress and extra pressure as well as the Stellas do IMO. I've seen a few of these reels get smoked by some big tuna before and I rather dish-out some extra cash, and get a higher quality reel. What you budget allows I guess. Saltigas are good reels as well.

For larger fish, Race Point 250 and the Smith Tokara are both superb in targeting larger tuna.

18k Stella would be the way to go with either one of these.
 

miaf

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This is what I just got.

1. Twin Power 14000 spinning reel.

2. Terez spinning rod.
Model- TZS78XHBLK

I think the reel retails for $619 and the rod $289.
 
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No Cal Lou

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What size poppers are typically being used on SD trips up to 8 days? I guess that is the first part I need to know.. Why are all the popping rods that I look at 2 pieces? I am having a hard time wrapping my head around using a 2 piece rod.
 

hucklongfin

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Popping is often done in exotic locations that you have to fly to. Popping rods join at the top of the butt section and are very strong and you don't even notice that it's a 2-piece.

I usually use a Halco Roosta 160 on my 10 days. Easy to throw and to get to pop. YFT and YT like them a lot!
 

RideHPD

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I don't know why this is so hard to understand. If you're using poppers, you need a real popping rod, not just any spinning rod. Popping rods are built specifically for using poppers and are different.
What you mean my Baitrunner and garbage 7' Big 5 rod won't cut it
 

surfgoose

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Lou, it's all about the money. If you can afford it, by all means go for a Stella. If you have to be more conservative, you can buy a Spheros 20000 like I did and spend another several hundred on a good rod, and you have spent half of the cost of the Stella. And gotten a reel that is 90% a five year old Stella.

My Spheros 20000 is wearing 375 yards of 80# braid to a topshot of fluorocarbon. With a decent rod you will be fine on any yellowtail that swims, and the overwhelming majority of tuna that you will encounter. And only costs about $250. Alan Tani said that it was ugly but functional like a Glock pistol, and after using it for two years I completely agree.
 
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hucklongfin

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I use my Mak 20k on a Black Hole CCS 80g.
 

Warlord

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Good luck with the twin power 14000! I’ve done it at ‘Lupe and it’s next to impossible to get a crank on a 100#+ fish when it gets vertical. (I handed the rod off to some of the most experienced anglers I know and they handed the rod back and wished me luck!)
 

chamackO

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Good luck with the twin power 14000! I’ve done it at ‘Lupe and it’s next to impossible to get a crank on a 100#+ fish when it gets vertical. (I handed the rod off to some of the most experienced anglers I know and they handed the rod back and wished me luck!)
awesome you got bit at Lupe on the popper
 
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Good luck with the twin power 14000! I’ve done it at ‘Lupe and it’s next to impossible to get a crank on a 100#+ fish when it gets vertical. (I handed the rod off to some of the most experienced anglers I know and they handed the rod back and wished me luck!)
Jeez! Are you frequently hooking hundo's on poppers?!?
Can I come?! Jaja!
(BTW, what was the problem getting a crank? Not enough drag?)

I think a TP 14k is a fine place to start, as far as a big spinning salt reel. Considering cost, ratio, capacity. It can cast big baits from beach or boat, pop or swim or burn, troll, jig decent depths/speeds.