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Old 03-27-2017, 12:52 AM   #1
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Bait-caster setup. What do you use?

I have an Ambassador 6500C on an Abu Garcia Veritas rod. For around $200 it's an OK rig for fishing live under popping corks. But I am looking for a second rig to use for casting plastics and not needing to switch out live for artis. Being old school and having used only bait-caster reels all of my life, I'm not too keen on using a spin-casting rig.

Just wanting some other's personal opinions and experiences before making another purchase. What do you use (rod, reel, line, etc.) and why? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 03-27-2017, 12:54 AM   #2
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For light plastics I like to use a curado 50e or shimano citica on a waterloo phantom or castaway rod 6'6-7ft. I like to put a little bit of mono backing and spool it up with 30 lb power pro or fins.

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Ok, cool. I failed to add, I'm mainly fishing for specs and reds. Is the 50e a good saltwater reel and heavy enough for reds?
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7' Castaway Skelton with a Core 50MG and a 7' FTU with a Curado 50E. I use Sufix 832 30lb on booth. The 50 reels work great on trout and reds. I have caught plenty of reds in the 28-30" range with them.
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Lew's lite.
7ft medium lite for in the boat.
6ft medium for wade fishing.
Mono backing, crazy Alberto knot, 30# braid, crazy Alberto knot, 20# fluoro leader.

Most any normal size reel is plenty for specks and reds. My 6500's are on my jetty/light offshore rods for bull reds and snapper and even sharks.
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I like to take at least two set-ups fishing. One Medium-light powered rod for plastics and small topwaters with a low-profile BC reel (Shimano, Daiwa or Lew's). The other will be a medium powered rod for larger topwaters and larger plastics (Corky Fatboys) again with a low-profile reel.

Most of my reels are spooled 20lb or 30lb braid with mono or fluorocarbon leaders.

If I know my primary fishing will be shrimp under a popping cork, I'll take a Medium-heavy powered rod. Mine is a custom made rod I built on a Rainshadow RX7 844 popping rod, Fuji SK2 reel seat and split grips. Heavier powered rod handles the extra weight of a popping cork, weight and 3" or 4" shrimp which could easily be over an ounce depending on popping cork used and size of shrimp.
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6'6" billystix with a core loaded with 12 lb mono for topwaters
6'9" billystix with a core and 20lb suffix 832 for everything else

These are my two primary set up

Also have 4 other billystix and an older American Rodsmith all with chronarch 200e 7 one back up topwaters rig with mono and the rest with either suffix 832 or super slick 20 lb
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If I know my primary fishing will be shrimp under a popping cork, I'll take a Medium-heavy powered rod. Mine is a custom made rod I built on a Rainshadow RX7 844 popping rod, Fuji SK2 reel seat and split grips. Heavier powered rod handles the extra weight of a popping cork, weight and 3" or 4" shrimp which could easily be over an ounce depending on popping cork used and size of shrimp.
^This except in a spinning set up. The heavier weight rod will allow you to cast a mile as well.

Bait casters on med-lite and medium rods for throwing everything else.

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I like my Lews Lite on a 6'6" medium light Waterloo Salinity. Waterloo phantom is good as well. I also like the 13 Concept C but I'm not expecting that thing to last very long with every thing I've read about it. All my reels are spooled up with 12lb Sufix Superior. As far as brand of reel, I'd stick with any Lews
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Concept C on a 6'9" Waterloo HP Lite with 30lb Fins Wind tamer.. Sensitive enough for soft plastics yet still enough backbone for the heavier artificial lures.
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