Billy 40;4469908 wrote:
It's a good rod if you like a softer parabolic action. Many prefer a graphite rod since it's a bit lighter and is a little easier to work teh jig. I like that particular blank for Porgy fishing wiht up to 6oz.
I would think that the very moderate action of that rod series would require a bit more wrist effort to make the bucktail hop along. Me pesonally, I'd look for something with a little crisper action - as Billy wrote graphite fills the bill here.
Look into the Shimano Clarus, Convergence and Teramar lineups or the St. Croix Premier and Tidemaster rods. Daiwa makes an excellent lineup of rods in their Heartland-S and X series - good quality and not alot of bux.
I like to use a set of custom Calstar GX-7s for 1-5oz ocean jigging. Mine are cut a few inches off the tip and the rear was then cut to give an overall length of around 6'4". My "ideal" jiggin' stick length.
If you want something lighter in action - maybe for the 1/2oz - 2oz class of shallow water fishing - then the afore-mentioned factory sticks will work fine without breaking the bank. I just don't see the need to go custom for this type of fishing, unless you want something really special. then it would make sense. But there's just too many super factory rods available to make going custom a necessity for this fishing.
I don't know where you live, but Causeway B&T right near me here in Wantagh, NY usually has a bunch of appropriate rods for sale in their "Markdown pail" - I saw some super St.Croixs in it last time I was there. They also feature a good selection of Shimano Teramar, Trevala (VERY slow actions on these) and Clarus sticks - plus the excellent St. Croix Tidemasters
Also, J&H in Oakdale usually can offer a wide range of well-priced lighter sticks suitable for this fishing. I saw a very nice Shimano Teramar stick there, last visit thru. It had that gorgeous translucent blue blank and some very good quality Fuji guides on it - it was less than $70, if I recall correctly. It would be an excellent choice for fishing the weight bucks you describe.
This post edited by Leprechaun 08:10 PM 01/20/2008