ThrowinPlugs

Need recommendations for 8 foot Conv. Eel Rod

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Title basically sums it up. Got new Chaos level wind for my birthday from the missus, and I wanna use it for live eels. 8 foot would suffice, as itll be mostly near bridges/inlets. Dont wanna break the bank. Thoughts?

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Hi, I use an older St Croix Graf- lite  10' m/h 1/2 to 3 oz. It works for me Rod really casts like a med rod. Since I started using her I have gotten less break off while casting the Eel. But I think the rod having fiberglass in the build makes it better for Eels than the 9' m I used . It works great at IRI, and the surf.I'm sure someone will come with an idea close to what you want. Tight lines.

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33 mins ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Title basically sums it up. Got new Chaos level wind for my birthday from the missus, and I wanna use it for live eels. 8 foot would suffice, as itll be mostly near bridges/inlets. Dont wanna break the bank. Thoughts?

Berkley Buzz Ramsey casting salmon rod.

BPS may still sell them also BPS has LOTS of 8 foot rods maybe you'll find something you'd like there,sales too.

HH

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Just now, ThrowinPlugs said:

Think these will have enough backbone for stripers in current though? I'm not familiar with salmon/steelhead rods...

Not a chance

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16 mins ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Think these will have enough backbone for stripers in current though? I'm not familiar with salmon/steelhead rods...

personally no,,I was wondering though,why you wanted to use such a small reel for that kind of fishing.

I was just matching the rod to the reels size.

personally I would use a 60 size for that kind of fishing and that's at minimum.

if you go with a surf rod like a prevail it will be 10 feet and waay big for that reel.

HH

Edited by Roddy

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27 mins ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Maybe I haven't thought this through. I didnt think you'd need such a big reel. Ill stick with my spinning set ups I guess. 

I have/use rigs like what you are wanting to use but,they are for late fall when the fish are finicky and lighter lures get strikes more often.

my fave one is a shimano claurus casting salmon rod 8-1/2 feet rated I think it's 1/2-2 oz and the reel is a shimano Cardiff 300-a with 14lb mono.

lighter rubber/bombers and such are what I do with it and I'd never even fathom doing eels in current with it.

I would try it with one of my shimano scimitar rods @ 8-1/2 feet rated 3/4-3 oz and the chaos-60 series.

imagine trying to winch up a  25lb'er in such a current,,,,**** man!

if I  were you'd fish the reel you have like mentioned,,,,as a late fall/early spring rig for shoolies in the backwaters .

HH

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1 min ago, Roddy said:

I have/use rigs like what you are wanting to use but,they are for late fall when the fish are finicky and lighter lures get strikes more often.

my fave one is a shimano claurus casting salmon rod 8-1/2 feet rated I think it's 1/2-2 oz and the reel is a shimano Cardiff 300-a with 14lb mono.

lighter rubber/bombers and such are what I do with it and I'd never even fathom doing eels in current with it.

I would try it with one of my shimano scimitar rods @ 8-1/2 feet rated 3/4-3 oz and the chaos-60 series.

imagine trying to winch up a  25lb'er in such a current,,,,**** man!

if I  were you'd fish the reel you have like mentioned,,,,as a late fall/early spring rig for shoolies in the backwaters .

HH

Seems like what I'm gonna do. Thanks HH.

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4 mins ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Seems like what I'm gonna do. Thanks HH.

have a look at the one I mentioned at cabelas,,might find it a nice rig for what we just talked about.

HH

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1 hour ago, ThrowinPlugs said:

Think these will have enough backbone for stripers in current though? I'm not familiar with salmon/steelhead rods...

Look up the 8ft St. Croix XH Mojo Cat if you need a bit more back bone. The blank is a light weight composite, it will be able to handle abuse of fishing off of bridges and handling big fish in heavy current.

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No rod to recommend, but a suggestion: glass is fine, and a composite rod is fine too, and both are waaay more durable then a cutting-edge graphite blank. Eels need a soft cast, and jetty rods inevitably get dropped and banged and whatnot. 

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30 mins ago, BrianBM said:

No rod to recommend, but a suggestion: glass is fine, and a composite rod is fine too, and both are waaay more durable then a cutting-edge graphite blank. Eels need a soft cast, and jetty rods inevitably get dropped and banged and whatnot. 

Solid advice. Although heavier, I do feel like fiberglass rods would work better with eels. Might just grab an ugly stik, cant kill those things haha.

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