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I just received my 8ft. Ugly Stik, it is 10-25#, 3/4-3 lure, and Medium action....

Anyway,I was thinking about using it for Blues/Stripers before I got it, now that I got it, it just feels too "soft" to actually throw 3 ounces, lets alone fight a big striper.

Do any of you guys that use Ugly Stik's have a problem with the softness of the tip? Or am I just worrying for nothing?

Also, do you guys think throwing 30lb mono on it, even though it's only rated to 25# is a bad decision?
 

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I have a medium action 9 foot ugly stick as a backup. Ive caught bass up to 25 lbs on it and dont think a fish of 40 lbs would be a problem either. Its how you play the fish that counts, not the rod persay. Throwing lures was never a problem. Throwing bunker could be depending on the size of the chunk etc. Too much bend. However if your casting 2 1/2 oz pencil poppers you'll outcast everyone out on the water. I

f your throwing 3oz of lure i dont see there being a problem, bait on the other hand could be very tough.

30lb test mono? thats alot of poundage do you really need that much anyway. The most i go up to surf fishing is 20.
 

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I had 20# on my Penn 11' last year and was always having problem with it breaking or getting frayed before I went to fireline.... I use 30# on my conventional outfits (Striper, Blacks, etc) with no problems, but switching back to 20# should be no problem if you think it's too heavy.

Also, do you think using fireline on the Ugly Stik is a good idea?

The only thing I'll be tossing with the Ugly Stik is lures, the occasional bucktail, and jigs.... My Penn 11' will be my chunking stick for now on.

BTW, I just went in my backyard and tried tossing a 3oz. sinker, it was freaking amazing! The line I was using was 15# that I have on my FinNor Lite reel, well, to make a long story short.. The sinker is stuck in a tree that was about 210 feet away! The Ugly Stik can definitely toss some weight!
 

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Ugly Stick

Go with 20# mono. 30# is to heavy and your rod is only rated for 25#. Check your knots if they keep breaking. If your line was fraying alot on your other rod check the tip to make sure it's not scored. I only use my (11')Ugly Stick as a bait rod. Otherwise all my surf rods are custom.

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Yep, it's a big backyard..... The backyard if I'm right is 300 feet long by 160 feet wide...... We live on a Cul-De-Sac and were one of the firsts to move in so we have a nice large yard. Makes for good practice casting with weights.

Also good for the fish scraps, we usually trek the shells, bones, heads, anything that wasn't eaten to the treeline in the deepest part of the backyard and by morning, everything is gone. Gotta love those racoons.. and the gopher that lives under our deck!
 

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I own a 12' Ugly Stik Big Water casting rod. It is a big rod and heavy but strong. I caught a 45" striper yesterday (threw her back after photo), a few 30"+ stripers, and 10lbs+ bluefish on it. I use it for bait fishing chunks and chickens. It is an inexpensive rod and just good enough for me. It got a soft spot on the tip too. :( I am looking into buying a different casting later when I get money.

I like my Daiwa Sealine x rod more. It is lighter in weight and got a stiffer tip. The Ugly Stik guides are not very good. It scratches easy fishing on any hard surface like sand or rocky places.

It is an affordable rod. At least it has a long history with saltwater fishing. I like using it. :)
 

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What kind of mono are you using A.K.A Brand?
I only use Ande...I dont like fireline...because im partial to baitcasters at times too..I like mono for everything including setting the hook etc... Guess im old fashion at 22 years old :-X
 

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I only use Ande mono too.... Although, I have some clear High Impact Stren on my backup spool because I ran out of Ande to put on it.

On my 11', I have the fireline (All right stuff, lets me see when the robins are stealing my bait)!

My 7'6" Flounder rod has 15# Green Ande.

The new 8' rod is going to have 20# Yellow Ande Tournament.

And my two boat rod have 50# Clear Ande and 30# High-vis Yellow Ande.....

I'm very impartial to Ande, the fireline was an experiment that worked out well, but probably won't be putting it on any other rod.... I'm like you, almost 21 and kinda stuck to Mono....
 

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What kind of Guides are on the rod?

You mentioned that you want to use Fireline. Most ugly sticks have plastic guides. If you use fireline your top guide and the line will cut into each other with the very first decent fish that you hook.

Don't get me wrong, I love my ugly sticks. I have light five footers for each of my children. We've landed fluke to 7lbs and blues to 14lbs on them with nothing more than 12lb Ande. They are great rods if you set your drag light and know how to let the bend of the rod play your fish.
 

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Wader,
I use my Ugly Stik for fishing bunker chunks or chicken breasts. What part of the comments dont you understand? I hope this answers you question.

My 12' Ugly Stik is too heavy for casting lures. It is a decent rod for bait fishing for a budget cautious fisherman. It is strong enough for fighting "Gorilla" Blues and Cow Stripers.

If anyone want to give away a rod and reel, email me? I dont have much money or job. College is EXPENSIVE! I pay too much tuition. The college will not give me a scholarship eventhought I am a 3.9 GPA student. They wont said why? Always excuses.

Back to fishing... I dont hate my Ugly Stik. I wish I got a better rod like a St. Croix or one of those very good rod.
 

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Ugly Stiks

Rod action ratings are pretty subjective.
I ordered a couple of 8' Med. action Uglies, sight unseen, to replace my aging 8' Med. action Penn Slammers and the Uglies were noodle rods by comparison. I guess it's all in what your used to.
I exchanged them for Heavy action BWS 1102's and consider them to be medium action, IMHO.
"Forgiving" tip, powerful butt section, Fuji components...great rods, crappy paint.
I use both Fireline and PowerPro and the guides remain unaffected.
 

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I had tried Ugly Stick 10 feet once and I hooked onto a 30" ded Bluefish already filleted, so only bone left. Even so, it felt like a ton just to reel it in!

But on the other side, if you're going to use "light-weighted" swimming plug, then you must use ugly stick type rod to save strength.

one trick, if you hook a big fish, instead of reeling it in, just hold the rod and walk backwards without reeling in. try it.

P.S. If you can only use 25#, you don't want to use sinker more than 2 oz, otherwise after a few casts, the line will snap.
 

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Bluefishmaster - you fish using chicken breasts for bait? Other then male chickens - what the **** do you catch with them? Fox?
 

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Wader, I have caught BIG Bluefish, Schoolies (Striper), Fluke, Sea Robin, and Crab on chicken.

Yesterday, I tried out my 12' Ugly Stik. I caught 4 Skates,a few Bluefish and 1 Bass. It was night yesterday night. It cast okay but livelining bunker is not good on my Ugly Stik casting rod. I think the 7' Ugly Stik casting rod is better for livelining bait.
 

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Somebody here once mentioned that they thought Ugly Stik to be one of the best "store bought" rods out there and I'll second that.
For an inexpensive yet good quality rod or a backup rod they can't be beat.
I will say that I think your really "testing" a 8 1/2 US with 3oz's though. IMHO (can't stress that enough!)
It would be a perfect rod teamed with a Penn 5500 or 710Z w/#15 berk big game or Ande mono. To me this would be ideal for 3/4 to 1 3/4oz lures.
Pefect rod for North Shore schoolies.(not that it wouldn't handle 20lbers..)
Leave the #20 stuff for the "up front" side of the south shore. BTW I never use #20 mono anywhere. Too "cast resistant" d^)
If I want heavy mono I like #17 silver thread. Or I'll go braid.
IMHO~IMHO~IMHO~~~

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