Spinning rod for tuna poppers

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  1. Pinche Whetto

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    Any suggestions for spinning rods for big 8000, and 6500 spinning reels for throwing tuna poppers, that won't break the bank?
     
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    Not sure what your budget is but maybe check out the Phenix Megalodon Rods.
     
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    Okuma Cruz popping mh
     
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    Thanks, Phenix too high priced, forgot to ask preferred length..?
     
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    Probably best to stay with 8'. Some people use 7'6 but I think 8' is the overall best size.
     
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    I don't know what your budget is, or the size of your intended prey. 8000 and 6500 size spinners are fun for small to medium tuna up to 40 pounds or so, but if you are thinking that they are ready for anything twice that size or bigger, you will find yourself in a world of hurt unless you are on a private boat and can chase them. I use a 12000 Shimano for medium tuna and a 20000 Shimano with 400 yards of 80# braid for hundred pounders and a bit bigger. And I just smile and wave at cows the size of a VW foaming, because I'm crazy but I'm not stupid.

    There are a bunch of companies making excellent rods for heavy spinning applications. But I wouldn't suggest spending less than when a $179 to $229 rod from a major manufacturer goes on sale for 20% off. The ratings on the side are mostly wishful thinking, maybe ok for big Blue catfish or sturgeon, but not at all realistic for tough pelagic fish. I have a Shimano Terez rated "65-200" and it is pretty capable but nowhere near tough enough for really big, strong tuna on a sportboat.

    If chasing BIG tuna is your goal, you will spend way more for the rod than you did for the reel, with the possible exception of a Stella. And then you will pay a good percentage. Remember that with spin gear, the rod is what catches the fish, not the reel.
     
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    The key lines on Shimano USA's Terez Spinning page (2019-May-29) read:

    "The first ever fishing rod built to fish PowerPro...Both spinning and casting rods range from 15 lb to 100 lb top shots."​

    IMHO, that is a dead giveaway that really says is "Divide the silk-screened rating by half, and it may be the approximate MONO rating..."
     
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    Take a look at the Jigging World Ghost Hunter Popping series in the 150g or 200g
     
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    I think @5-20 will have one for sale soon.
     
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    vegasandre I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    A Good medium size popper rod that is affordable is the OTI Tuna sniper in 8.5 ft length or you can get the 7.5 length for heavier fish. mid $300... I would not get a typical west coast rod(okuma,shimano,phenix,calstar,uc,etc..) as that is not their Forte...

    Also most true popping rods are made as 2 piece rods.
     
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    I use a 8' Back Hole Cape Cod special with a Stella 8000 for tuna to 75#

    FYI there are a couple other reels tuna worthy the Okuma Makaria 20000 and 30000 are awesome reels...
     
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    Okuma PCH-P is the best bang for buck. Look on fleabay or Amazon

    I use the 40-60 to throw the Halco 105 Roosta at schoolie yft. Great fun when they are on small bait. I would not hesitate to buy the bigger models. Good stuff.

    I also use a Black Hole CCS 80N to throw bigger stuff to bigger fish because they scare me. :eek:
     
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