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Unread 25-07-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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hi boyz,

i am just getting in to soft plastic fishing and after a best and suitable rod for it, i had a shimano 2-4kg rod which i broke today while i was trying to check my drag and it just snapped, i had it for over 6 months,

i was looking online for the rods and i came across Shakespeare synergy, it looks good and Price looks good too, but just wana ask the expert fishos here to get their view,

i want to cast out 3'' minnows and looking forward for bigger sizes so which one should be an ideal rod for all action

budget could go up to 100 bucks

thanks any help will be appreciated
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Unread 25-07-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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Zaid,

Pflueger trions, good, cheap and a selection.
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Unread 25-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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It really depends on what you are targetting and how much of 'brand chaser' you are.

Personally I dont care what brand is on the rod, as long as it feels right. Getting it to feel right also has a lot to do with what breaking strain line you are using also. You can have the best of light rods on the market but if you've loaded it up with 80lb line and are trying to cast lightweight jig heads with it, forget it, it just isnt going to happen as well as it would with a light line on the rod.

If I am chasing bream or flatties in an estuary in the shallows and I dont expect anything big, I will use 1 or 2kg line with a 1-2kg rod or a 2-4kg rod with the lightest jig heads I can successfully cast the plastic with.

I usually select a rod thats carbon based with Fuji "/" shaped guides as the line doesnt get caught around them as much when you twitch the rod like it does on guides that are shaped like "|".

Line colour is also important as it helps to be able to see what your line is doing, you need to be able to see when the lure doing and watching how your line is behaving really helps with that.

The reel really makes very little difference until you hook something. I find you can walk the right lure with a $2 reel as well as you can with a $200 reel.

I find with this setup, you can really feel everything thats happening, if you are targetting bigger fish, just increase everything for the size fish you are after and the depths you are fishing (but do it proportionately, ie if you over do any of the line, jighead or rod weights, you will stop catching them).

If you arent a brand chaser, try the Mojiko rods from Anaconda, thats what I use for the really light stuff. I tend to use more expensive stuff for larger fish but the Mojiko stuff seems to work well for the esturary.


But thats just what works for me, your milage may vary
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Unread 26-07-2011, 01:47 AM   #4
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hi boyz,

i am just getting in to soft plastic fishing and after a best and suitable rod for it, i had a shimano 2-4kg rod which i broke today while i was trying to check my drag and it just snapped, i had it for over 6 months,

i was looking online for the rods and i came across Shakespeare synergy, it looks good and Price looks good too, but just wana ask the expert fishos here to get their view,

i want to cast out 3'' minnows and looking forward for bigger sizes so which one should be an ideal rod for all action

budget could go up to 100 bucks

thanks any help will be appreciated
hey zaid get a berkley dropshot might need another 50 bucks or somethin
but i got one and love it
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Unread 26-07-2011, 02:06 AM   #5
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Fish on on sunnyholt rd have nice little Graphite kits, for about $200 Dont quote me i think its a 4-5kg rod, (cant be assed going down stairs to check) My old man just bought one, its awsome you get a Pen Graphite rod with a cheepish reel, Spooled with braid, and a berkley pack which has a few essentials to get you started and an AWESOME Mini DVD (yes they are Spruiking berkley products) But if you can reed between the lines its great advice.!

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I've had the synergy rods in the past and for the price you really can't fault them nice action to them and, well, they're cheap..

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Unread 26-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #7
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Shimano Catana, 7' Graphite is a great rod for $100 very responsive but has enough grunt to swing a 40cm+ Trev or a good flatty.

I am actually about to buy a second for quick swaps between SP and hard body's.

Available from www.Motackle.com.au or BCF at a slightly higher price.
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Big fan of the Pflueger trion, great value, I also have a Berkley dropshot, and they aren't even close to being in the same ballpark quality wise, the Pflueger being miles ahead.

I have had shimanos in the past , stella spin in 6 and 7 foot and I still have them, have been great workhorses. I recently bought a Shimano combo for my son from Anaconda, it was a lil ripper graphite with a 2500 Sienna and for 90 bucks is very good. There are plenty of options, but if you were going for best bang for buck I'd head for the Pflueger.

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Shimano Catana, 7' Graphite is a great rod for $100 very responsive but has enough grunt to swing a 40cm+ Trev or a good flatty.

I am actually about to buy a second for quick swaps between SP and hard body's.

Available from www.Motackle.com.au or BCF at a slightly higher price.
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i had one for YEARS then last year my mate stepped on it and snapped it. i went looking for another cause they're such an awesome little rod .... got onto motackle.com and for $99 got the 702 (7 foot, 2pc rod). the bloke from MoTackle called me a couple of days later saying my combo was on back order and it'd take a few days to get there. i said "my rod you mean" he says "no, you ordered the combo which is the 702 rod and the Shimano Sienna 2000 reel for $99" i was STOKED!!!!

i just checked now and the'yve still got them for the same price. check under Rod & reel Combos, then click Shimano

i use it for soft plastics, squidding and i've even used it to flick metals out and caught bonito on it! AWESOME RODS FOR THE PRICE!
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Unread 26-07-2011, 12:36 PM   #10
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definately gonna have a look at the trion
sounds good
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Unread 26-07-2011, 02:07 PM   #11
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I have one of the shimano mexican fire bream rods in 752 length 2 piece. I love it. the extra length makes flicking light plastics further an easier job. Its also great for squiding.

They can be found for around $120 but im sure if you shopped around you could find one for $100.
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Unread 26-07-2011, 09:30 PM   #12
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Hi mate

i pick a Pflueger trions on the weekend at BCF for $99.00
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Unread 27-07-2011, 09:25 PM   #13
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At the $100 price point, you'd be hard pressed to find a better bang for buck rod than the Trion's mate. Great rods that will handle much larger fish than you'd expect also !!
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Had a play with the 2-4kg Trion and the 2-4kg Starlo classix, both 7ft 1 piece. The trion is definitely more sensitive/responsive (too soft?) in the tip than the Starlo classix. What would be the best range of lure weight for the trion?
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definately gonna have a look at the trion
sounds good
i actually went down to bcf today and ended up getting a ugly stik platinum
1-4 kg spin stick for 90 bucks
feels awesome and matches my reel nice
very happy
i just got it to tackle the larger flathead and jews this summer while im flickin in and around patonga n stuff
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i actually went down to bcf today and ended up getting a ugly stik platinum
1-4 kg spin stick for 90 bucks
feels awesome and matches my reel nice
very happy
i just got it to tackle the larger flathead and jews this summer while im flickin in and around patonga n stuff
And at that price you can afford one of the $8 Schooners at Patonga pub
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lol i thought it was pretty good hey
was goin to get a catana as it was only 54.00 but side byside the ugly stick shat all over it ( in my opinion ) n thought id chuck in the extra pennys for a better quality rod
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Shimano Catana, 7' Graphite is a great rod for $100 very responsive but has enough grunt to swing a 40cm+ Trev or a good flatty.

I am actually about to buy a second for quick swaps between SP and hard body's.

Available from www.Motackle.com.au or BCF at a slightly higher price.
+1 Top rod best value.
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+1 Top rod best value.
yeah i spose everyones got there favourites
theres so many to choose from
but ive always had ugly sticks i reckon there awesome
just cant wait till it warms up a bit to get out there and start using them
hey just wandering does anyone know why those g loomis rods are so expensive seen one and it was 900 bucks and didnt look that special?
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imo no need to buy a $500 rod and reel to fish with unless your a millionaire. Its not like the fish can tell the difference between a $2 rod and a $500 rod.
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