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Best Striped Bass Pole

post #1 of 12
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Went fishing last weekend and caught two nice sized striped bass. The only problem is I lost a couple of bites because my rod wouldn't hold them, it wasn't strong enough. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a great pole for striped bass.

post #2 of 12
See the Bucktail Rod thread in this forum.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
But would that help me out with stripers?
post #4 of 12
Welcome to SOL! I hope you feel at home here.

But just and FYI - I think it's considered bad form to post the same topic on more than one board.
post #5 of 12
Seeker poles are great used them myself for last 6yrs i think they pound for pound (money vs quality)some of the best pole deal you can get!!!!
post #6 of 12
Rod, not pole. Check the threads on Loomis, St Croix, Lamiglass, Tica, Okuma, Tsunami etc.
post #7 of 12
Ugly Sticks, either casting or spinning will do, I like the Tiger rods, 5 year warranty, great rods. JimP.
post #8 of 12
well, i am a BIG ugly stik fan, i have many of them, but to be honest, i just bought a cheapy!!! Bass Pro shops has a musky stik for $19.99 and let me tell you, this thing has plenty of backbone and is very sensitive and light. i dont like spending top dollar for my stuff, cause if i do break or lose , i wont have to break the bank to replace!!!
post #9 of 12
When you say the rod is not strong enough to hold the fish, what do you mean? Did you break off (snap the line) or did the fish fall off the hook?
Fish are dropped for many reasons, but not because of rod strength. So long as the rod has enough backbone and the line is strong enough to set the hook you are using, you can land nearly any fish. My biggest ratio catch so far is an estimated 125-135 lb blue shark on 4lb line.The rod was a 5'6" custom I made for small stuff and the reel was a Daiwa SS-1300. It was a line class record, but you cant really eat blue shark (yuck) so I didn't kill it. I don't kill stuff anymore I can't consume. Tell us your tackle. Rod, reel line and hook/lure style.
As for rods, they run the gamut from tiny, to pull the tire off a car heavy.
post #10 of 12
In my opinion the best striper rod i have for eeling is a Falcon lowrider. The rod is designed for flats fishing and is decieving by looks. The rod looks like it would bend in half with a 30+ pounder on the other end, but is suprisingly powerful. It has 10+ guides and the best way to use the rod is deadstick an eel with it. I have been fishing when no one is catching and this rod produces. Something about the action of the rod makes the stripers go crazy for the eel on the other end. I have never seen a rod produce fish like this one and the best part is all you have to do is leave the rod in the rodholder.
post #11 of 12
I give the nod to the Ugly Stiks, too. I have some still in service for over 20 years!
post #12 of 12
well i have to say UGLY STIKs are awesome!! and very inexpensive, im not 1 for spending tons of $ on my rods and reels?? i also bought a musky rod from bass pro shops for $29 and it is awesome!! lots of backbone, and very nice rod!!
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