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Timmayy
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Snapper rod
So I'm looking to start a smal rig out of less expensive rods for my boat here in Venice as most of my expensive rigs aren't in destin with my buddies boat.

What say ye of this rig

Ugly stick tiger elite 7' heavy, line rating 14-40, lure rating 1-5oz

Shimano baitrunner d 8000

65lb tuffline XP

40, 60, 80lb seagaur flouro

This isn't my typically fishing style as we are mostly fishing in destin so this will mainly be a bottom fishing snapper rig and maybe some butterfly jigs.

Of course if something shows up on top the water it could get grabbed to pitch a bait to



CoachChappy
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re: Snapper rod
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So I'm looking to start a smal rig out of less expensive rods for my boat here in Venice as most of my expensive rigs aren't in destin with my buddies boat.


Do you need another buddy? Maybe a poor one who can go fishing with you? What if this buddy always brings beer?


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Buster180
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re: Snapper rod
That rod is not going to have enough back bone to do what you are describing. You want an Ugly Stik Jigging rod. I have a couple of them and have been very happy.


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bayoudude
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re: Snapper rod
I have a pair of penn blue water carnage jogging rods paired with fin-nor lethal 100 reels loaded with 80 lb braid.


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baldona
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re: Snapper rod
Those ugly stik tiger rods are fantastic rods especially for their price point, but I'd go heavier than you'd think for bottom fishing with them.


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CarRamrod
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re: Snapper rod
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Ugly stick tiger elite 7' heavy, line rating 14-40, lure rating 1-5oz


too small.


Hog Zealot
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If you are going Baitrunner. I don’t think you have to go bigger than a 6000. I have one paired with the Shimano Bluewater series. I use the double drop rig and regularly catch doubles of 18-22” Mangroves/Lane/vermillion in 100’+ water. 60lb braid, 40lb Fluoro leader.

I have never had problems with a Red Snapper on a 6000 either. Pulled up some big grouper with that spinning rig as well.

Usually have a spinning rig for folks on boat who just can not operate an open face without birdnesting simple drops to the bottom. Otherwise it is used to troll cigars for 40”+ Kingfish. And it smokes them. Nothing like hearing a drag zing with a King doing 35-40 mph.



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JAB528
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re: Snapper rod
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too small.


Wrong.


NELARiceGuy
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re: Snapper rod
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Snapper rod

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too small.


story of my life :(


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Timmayy
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re: Snapper rod
I'm really surprised by the comments of them being too small for a snapper rod. The 14-40is a mono rating and 50z lure allows for a nearly 150gr buyer fly jog.

If that's the case then what are your recommendations


CarRamrod
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re: Snapper rod
Im not catching snapper to fight with them. they are coming up quick cause im usually ready to go in cause we were tuna fishing all day. I like my snapper rods to be heavy.

plus in some currents you need 16oz just to get the damn thing down.
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CP3
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re: Snapper rod
Just get an electric reel and pull up more than your limit in one drop


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Timmayy
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re: Snapper rod
So recommendations?

I guess I should be realistically looking in the 10oz range then
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Timmayy
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I am sorry for my ignorance I completely didn't realize that ugly stick had multiple tiger elites but they must have been in separate categories.

I knew that rod was one recomended by a lot of people and I wasn't smart enough to realize that I was looking at the wrong rod.

So now that I'm looking at the right rods between these two which would yoy prefer.

Also keep in mind if want them to be as versatile as possible.

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Buster180
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re: Snapper rod
Now you got it. I went with the second one you posted. The first one is overkill imo.


HouseofWaffles
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The second jigging rod. Back when I lived on the gulf coast, that was my go to snapper rod on the yak. Still know a lot of guys that run them.


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stoms
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re: Snapper rod
My snapper rod is a Penn Battalion 7' heavy power fast action that is rated to hold up to 2.5 ounces. They have 2 more heavier duty rods on that line and they are roughly $100. I've used it for running out to rigs for red snapper, bull reds, and shark fishing. I have 45 lb braid and the reel is a Van Staal VM150 that was gifted to me. I bought the rod. It's been a bullet-proof setup.


Sea Hoss
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re: Snapper rod
IMO the baitrunner 8000 is too big I use a 6000 on a Diawa Saltist jigging rod in medium. It's a thinner blank like a Trevala but has plenty of backbone for snapper to 30 lbs. I spool all my snapper rigs with 30 lb. braid, no need for anything heavier and I use 3 foot of 30 or sometimes 40lb. flouro


baldona
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When I said too small I didnt mean like it would break or not work, it would just be a lot more work for no reason. It's not any more fun imo.

Those tiger jigging rods are meant to flex, they are meant for jigging. The flex is great for some things, but hauling in a fish faster is not one of them. They are light rods, I wouldn't worry about it being too heavy.


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Timmayy
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re: Snapper rod
I whole heartedly disagree with anyone who recommends the 6000 over the 8000. They are damn near the same reel. The 6000 weighs 20.1 wheras the 8000 weighs 21.7.

I'll take the extra line capacity for the 1.5 oz


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