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Right now I am using a 6 1/2 ft quantum 8-17 lb rod which works quite well but always looking for better. Any suggestions under $100. My current rod is moderate fast and am looking for even more moderate action so as to keep the big chops on the line. Not looking for stiff fast action.

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porgy stick

Check out the Fenwick HMG Med or Med/Heavy. Great bend in that rod and super strong, around $100 bucks. Another great stick is the Star Rod Ariel series also in either Med or M/H for about $60. James Tackle
carries them on the web. One of the best sticks out there for the price. Good Luck.


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Back in the "Old Days," when I and my friends would take our vaction in early August, specifically to go to Montauk and fish the late Summer Coxes Ledge cod run on the Viking Star, I used to frequently prowl the docks, in order to speak with some of the local "color."

Prior to those long trips, which left at 4 A.M. if I recall correctly, you could find plenty of "local color" of the female persuasion at Salivars, which we used to call Saliva's back then. But that kind of "info" wasn't the sort that I was after. What I was looking for was specific tackle and techique pointers for the local areas and conditions. Though I didn't live anywhere near Montauk, what I learned there might be applicable to where I did fish - waaaay back to the west. So I suppose even back then, it was all about the tackle, for me at least.

Relatively close to the Star's dock was the berth for the old Flying Cloud. If you never fished Montauk in the late 70's and 80's, the Flying Cloud was THE dedicated porgy boat - captained by Freddy Bird, again IIRC. So anyway, I liked to strike up a conversation with one of his mates, who was a pretty friendly fella.

One time I asked him about the setup he used for his porgy pulling, as I had seen him putting away his own gear and it looked ridiculouly light for the job I imagined it was intended for - fishing in fairly heavy tide with a multi-hook rig.

What he showed me was a golden yellow lami e-glass stick, about 7' long with a very light tip. Looked just like the setups we used to cast little pink touts to the weakfish we had to the West. Except it was wrapped conventionally with the then-standard chrome over stainless guides. The white plastic ringed Fujis ceramics were just coming onto the market at that time and many did not yet believe they could withstand the abuse a heavily used rod would have to contend with. Including me.

Anyway, that rod mounting a little Penn 940, loaded with, are you ready for this? 10lb pink Ande! That he used such light line was something of a shock to me at the time. After all, every Headboat I'd ever fished on had massive spools of 30lb and 40lb pink Ande suspended over the galley, for quick customer spool-ups. I had never seen such light line used off a headboat, let alone by a very sharp mate/puller.

But he explained that he needed the very light-tipped parabolic rod to prevent the multi-hooked porgies from shaking off the hooks in the heavy tide. And of course the 10lb test was his early attempt at keeping the effect of the tides off his rig - enabling him to use as light a sinker as possible.

I call it an "early attempt" because what he was doing 30 years ago is really not much different than what we now do with our modern super thin braids.

Though his stretchy Ande probably hurt him a bit in the fish hooking department, it certainly aided him in preventing the little silver bouncing fish from shaking off his rigs.

So, based on that kind of old-time, but still quite valid information, if I were specifically targeting Porgies off my own boat, and given that I can find them in around 50' or so of water 'round my part of the world (and given that I were to be buying a brand new stick for this project), I'd go with the following setup: I'd look for a very moderate action rod - maybe the lightest Shimano Trevala, which I believe they rate at a very optimistic 30-80lb test, a small baitcasting reel or tiny conventional reel of one manufacture or another, and probably 20 braided line.

Come to think of it, not so different than my usual Calstar GX-7 sticks/Abu 5500's that I use most of the season for mid-range ocean fluking. In fact, maybe those GX-7s are even a better choice than the Trevalas. ALOT more dinero though.

As far as using braid over a much more forgiving mono line, I figure its better to feel the ultra-quick bite of the little silver thieves and hook 'em, than worry about them shaking off on the way up. The softer rod will help with that issue anyway. Gotta hook 'em to cook 'em - or so they used to say on the headboats. Or was it "over the rail and into the pail?" Maybe both, I suppose.

Another very nice rod for this would be out of the new Daiwa Saltiga "Trevala clone" lineup - the 40lb one I recently saw was a very limber, parabolic beauty. Lighter in action than the lightest Trevala, it would also be a beauty of bait-dragger fluke stick as well.

So that's my dos centavos on the subject.

best, Lep

This post edited by Leprechaun 03:22 PM 06/09/2008


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HI Lep,

Nice Spro banner atop this forum!!!

I loved you story from the Flying Cloud mate. I believe that you have seen my porgy rod that I use in 20-40' water with up to 4 oz sinker. It is the Lamiglas fiberglas MB 84 1E. This blank should be used for a spin rod operation. However, mine has the tip cut back 3" and is wrapped as a conventional. It has 9 SS guides, I use 15 or 20# mono with this reel, depends upon which reel I feel like fishing with, usually an ABU 6500. I use 2 porgy hooks and droppler loops as a hi lo rig, I like the gold hooks. When the sinker hits bottom I gently lift the rod tip, the blank flexes and this slows down the speed on the hooks coming off the bottom. Voila!!! The porgy's are hooked and the battle is on. Rarely is a hooked porgy lost due to pulling the hook or by 2 hooked porgys fighting as opposing forces.

It does not get much better than this.

Hey Lep!!! Stay tuned. I field tested a new fluke rod with great results yesterday. Of course I was lucky and was fishing when the bite was on. The rod was held together with masking tape. As soon as I get it wrapped I will post the pics HERE!!! Then your fans can pick it apart. Ha! That won't stop me as I have 2 more models I will wrap the same way. Now don't go telling everyone!!!


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WoW Lep and Capt Neilf..two great post.Lep I remember the Flying Cloud too and I like very much your dos centavos I'll like to see that Fluke rod and Lep didn't tell me about.....Fred
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