Danthe

ONE rod and reel to cover it all.....

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Could you?

 

Jack of all trades, master of none. Spoons, popping corks, jigs, live bait, softbaits, hard baits. Flounder, Specs, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Blues, Stripers, Drum, Spot. Piers, inshore, surf, kayak.

 

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Yup.........have done it for years.......also have a NIB combo for sale on BST....Cabo 40 PTsE and a 8'0 Tsunami Airwave....it'll do it all.....and at the right price for a sealed reel and rod.

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Could you ?, sure.. would it be ideal, no..

I think if you were a casual fisherperson you could cover most of your fishing with a 10' or so rod at 1-5 oz. rating, and a 5000 size reel with 20lb. braid.... Now if you were a " sharpie " like me.... lol.. NOT! hahah... you would want the right tool for the  right job..

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7’6”  or 8’ St Croix travel rod a VS 100 or aVS50 is how I travel. Florida small tarpon ,snook and smaller snapper for eating to Maine stripers,blues and 30+ lb Massachusetts stripers. Weakfish off Long Island and Jersey. Bluefish off outer banks. You name it that rig gets it done bro

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Imo that is simply too broad of a range for one rod. Two perhaps can do it. Unless your traveling by bicycle to your vacation destination, 2 rods, 2 reels and some tackle doesn’t take up much more space than one setup. Why would you handicap yourself like that. Travel rods are a great way to go. 

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8’ st croix mojo cat with 5000 stradic would be my pick. I used that rod as a jack of all trades bicycle setup to fish all of the spots that were closed to parking during covid. 1 rod and a backpack got it done for a whole year for me. 

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Flying can be an issue so I carry on my rod and check my gear. Keeping it light and simple works for me. In the Keys I have a place to keep some gear so I have a few different rigs down there as we frequently visit in winters and spring. When driving it’s a whole different thing and I pack a ton. 

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47 mins ago, CDubbs said:

Could you ?, sure.. would it be ideal, no..

I think if you were a casual fisherperson you could cover most of your fishing with a 10' or so rod at 1-5 oz. rating, and a 5000 size reel with 20lb. braid.... Now if you were a " sharpie " like me.... lol.. NOT! hahah... you would want the right tool for the  right job..

10' in a 'yak?!?!?

Whoaaa

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No way can't do that. Would you play a course with just one club. You might be able to find a setup that does alot of things ok ? But nothing exceptionally.  Now if you got 2 rods 7 to 8 ft 3/4 is to 1.5 oz and second rod 10 ft 2 to 5 oz that's pretty good

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I do almost all my fishing with a 9'6" tsunami airwave elite and a Penn Spinfisher 4500. That setup certainly doesn't do everything great (rod action isn't the best for pencils and spooks, a bit light for throwing bigger hugs in big water, etc) but the simplicity and convenience are worth it for me. 

All depends on your preference and style of fishing. 

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3 hours ago, Danthe said:

Could you?

 

Jack of all trades, master of none. Spoons, popping corks, jigs, live bait, softbaits, hard baits. Flounder, Specs, Spanish Mackerel, Pompano, Blues, Stripers, Drum, Spot. Piers, inshore, surf, kayak.

 

Etc, etc....

 

 

 

 

Take bait fishing for big drum out of the picture, because the sinkers needed are in a different class, and I more or less did all that with a 9 1/2 foot rod rated for 1-3 oz, 10-20 poundn line, a Penn 704, and 14-pound Stren.  That was years ago, but that rod was my go-to at home in Long Island /Sound when I was in my teens, and my vacation rod all through my 20s.,  Never caught a big drum on it, but bass to 51, high-teens bluefish, weakfish, every inshore bottom fish inn the northeast, speckled trout, northern weakfish, various critters off Florida jetties, plugs, jigs, tins, cut bait, livelined bunker, trolled sandworms, rigged eels, it worked just fine.,

 

Something comparable is undoubtedly made today.

 

No, it's not perfect for every use.  But if you had to find one rod to do it all, it will sort of do that.

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