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Light Tackle for Bottom Fishing

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My traveling/car trunk set up is a BG4000 with 2 spools. One with 15 & other with 40lb braid.  The rods are Fiblink travel rods (4piece).  

One is a 8 or 8.5ft med. That throws up to 1.5oz well and is my most used. The other is a 9 or 9.5ft and rated 1-5oz. 

 

I've landed some nice fish on the smaller rod.  And will pick that rod 90% of the time. The other rod is when I need heavier stuff, usually bigger bait & lead.   

 

 

 

Not the coolest rods out there but I've been happy with them. Fit my budget. 

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8 hours ago, tsitsop said:

Yeah I initially was looking at getting a conventional. Lotta people recommended the Lexa, but its outta my pricerange. I've never run a conventional besides big ones trolling off a boat or when we go for cod/haddock, so I'd rather not spend that much on a reel I don't know if I'll like. Any you recommend that are a little cheaper?

I just picked up a penn squall low profile baitcaster this season for bottom fishing. Believe its around 150 bucks. Love it. Have it paired with a st. Croix tidemaster. Similar rod to triumph 

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On 7/21/2021 at 10:13 PM, tsitsop said:

I'm looking to get a new light setup to primarily target scup, tog, sea bass, and winter flounder. Would be nice to be able to use it for fluke and even have potential for schoolies & albies. I primarily use a BG4000 with a 9ft Daiwa SP surf rod (CLSP902MFS) which I absolutely love, but it's too big for this use case. I'm planning to get a BG2500 because I've had a great experience with the 4000. In regards to the rod, I'm thinking about getting a St. Croix Triumph Inshore. Leaning towards the TRIS70HF (7ft heavy, fast action, 3/4 - 2 oz) but also thinking about the TRIS70MHF (7ft medium-heavy, fast action, 1/2-1 1/4 oz). I plan to throw 15lb braid on it and will use this both from shore and off my kayak. Will use anything from 1/2oz jigs to 2oz hi-lo rig with worms.

Anyone have any feedback/suggestions?

You're spot on for what gear you want. However, I'd recommend conventional/baitcasting just to make it easier to drop baits and jigs from the boat. Spinning gear makes it easier to cast and use from shore and depending on where you're going to be using it mostly, you may want to look at cheaper options. My current setup for this scenario from shore is a Daiwa Sweepfire 3000 ($20) paired w/ 12 lb mono and a 7 ft Daiwa Beefstick rod ($30) that handles 1/2-2 oz. The rod is very stiff for this use, and I've been looking at the Penn Squadron III 7 foot medium that handles up to  1 oz for some more fun. Only $40 and is a two-piece. You could also try out a freshwater setup just to test the water.

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On 7/22/2021 at 10:46 PM, z-man said:

It’s easier to just push a button to drop the bait to the bottom then opening a bail plus less tangles. It’s also easier to let more line out when drifting over a deeper spot or to drop back to a missed fish. 

Correct me if I’m wrong, I very well may be but don’t casting reels have more torque than spinners as well? In other words they can handle the stresses of bottom fishing better? 

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2 hours ago, coastalfreak said:

Correct me if I’m wrong, I very well may be but don’t casting reels have more torque than spinners as well? In other words they can handle the stresses of bottom fishing better? 

I think that’s probably true for most reels. 

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