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Comparing Rods for Grouper, AJs and other fishing in NC

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Planning on fishing in NC this weekend and was wondering what is a good rod to go with my Saltist 50 (w/ 80lb braided). I was looking into the Gloomis Pelagic rod PSR102-40CSU 8'6" Rated as a 20-40lb test rod costing $300 (which I think is rated wrong) Vs. the Trevala Rod TVC-66H, rated at 80-200lb 6'6" costing $150. I really like the design of the Trevala and the handling of the rod, also the power of the rod is more towards the middle of the rod as compared with the Pelagic rod which is geared towards the tip of the rod. But because of this softer tip do you think groupers and other strong fish will pull deep in the rocks or would it not matter. I have 1 friend that said it wouldnt really matter and he tried both rods out and thought the Trevala to be an excellent rod and the one I should go for, but I am still looking for more expert advice.
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Grouper jigging and AJ jigging are totally two different things.
For grouper jigging you need longer rod (7' - 8').
When I fished grouper in NC last week, I started with 6'6" light rod for grouper jigging and I switched back to 8' rod as there were big swell that day and the longer rod was easier to adjust bottom.
If you intend to catch grouper on jigs, you got to be detemined to jig long hours. So choose light, but stout rod.

For AJ jigging, I suggest to choose shorter rod under 6" as Japanese style jigging shines for this kind of jigging.
If you choose a AJ rod among Trevala rods, follow gmann's advice to buy 58XXH. However there ara many better jigging rods than Trevala rods if you are willing to spend extra money.
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