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Light Cod Rods

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I am interested in putting together a couple of light cod rods for fishing 4-8 oz jigs on 30# Powerbraid. I see a number of folks up in this area are using lighter tackle for cod while fishing 50' - 150' outside Boston Harbor and out to Stelwagen. I already have a couple of Senator 112s that I want to use. Any one use any of the Batson, Amtak of PacBay blanks for this?

 

Was thinking of 7" hypalon foregrip, Fuji heavy duty reel seat, cork tape butt, maybe with 3M safety tread overwrap, and PacPay butt cap. Fuji hardloy guides and tip top.

 

Any recomendations as to which blank? Guide setup and/or choice? I don't have any interest in putting together, or fishing those telephone poles that are used in 300' of water with 21 oz jigs. At that time of the year I will be off chasing Stripers/Albacor and Bonito. I am looking to put together a couple of outfits for fishing Cod during the spring when they are in shallow water in Mass/Cape Cod bays, and when the Stripers haven't arrived yet. Over the past 2 years I did OK with Cod using 1.5 oz Scampi jig heads with 5.75" Finesse fish either just outside Plymouth or Boston Harbors.

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4-8oz jigs = Calstar 700 or 800M. I've never done this, but I do know that rod handles those jig sizes perfectly - whether or no the taper of teh blank/action is suited for Codfishing is another story.

 

ANother possible choice is teh Lami CGBT841M (the old one) - which is capable of handling the heavier jigs, but the blank is super light.

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A less expensive blank to consider is the Lami fiberglass BT857S. Fit it up with Fuji BHNLG guides, an SIC UST tip, Fuji #22 reelseat and EVA grips and you are all set.

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