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my cousin wants to get into trolling for bass. since neither myself or my cousin have trolled with spoons i need help. i've built countless rods for the surf and for the bridge, but i'm clueless as to a trolling rod. i need a rod that i can troll spoons and umbrellas.

 

i remember someone telling me about a rod no more than 8 1/2 feet with a pretty slow action to get the spoon to swimm the right way.

 

here's what i'm thinking.

- lami SSB1363M cut down to 8.5 feet with about a 14 or 16 tip

- carbide guides

- reelseat that'll fit a 4/0

- grips i'm not sure yet (foam, cork, hypalon, etc.) and the length of grips i'm not sure of.

 

please help.

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If your talking about trolling bunker spoons I'd recomend the Lami 3M and use it at 10' It really pumps spoons extremly well. It wont be a great rod for umbrella rigs. I dont really want to make a recomendation of rod for umbrellas. I used umbrellas once and that was enough for me.

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TG,

 

I just wrapped the Lamiglas BT1083M this off season. I'm not using it for trolling though. I cut it down to 8'3" make a conventional for chunking, inshore togging, fluking etc...

 

At full length I'd say it would be perfect for what you're looking for. A nice moderate action should really sweep those bunker spoons nicely. I used a sixe 20 Fugi reel seat but i think one size larger might be better suited for the larger reels you would use when trolling. As far as grips is concerned I guess I would use Eva foam grips.

 

I'm no expert on boat rods but the 1083m intended purpose sounds like it would be just what you are looking for.

 

Mike W.

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MNW is right on recommending the Lami BT1083M. To make this into a wire line trolling rod trim the tip back six inches to a #12 tip. Trim slowly until you get a good fit with the carbaloy tip.

 

Use an Aftco machined one piece reelseat, 12 inch slick butt, Aftco gimbal and a 8-10 inch EVA fore grip. Make sure you get the braced carbaloy guides: 18,16,16,14,14,12,12,12 plus a tip with an oversize ring to allow a small swivel to pass through.

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