I need help in choosing a winter flounder rod. I'm looking for a production model conventional 6'6" graphite rod which is really sensitive. It will be used in 20ft. of water with 3oz. of lead. I will be fishing from a private boat. Any suggestions?
If you're looking for a very inexpensive rod that will fit the bill for flounder I'd suggest the Penn Mariner. In stores they go for around $30, but I've seen them alot cheaper on E-bay. I use one as a backup for flounder and fluke. The one I use is a 7' conventional model and it is sensitive and strong...I've caught a few rogue stripers even on it.
Of course if you're looking for a more expensive rod, I'd suggest checking out the St.Croix or G.Loomis rods.
Why not take the reel you will use and go to a tackle shop near you. Check out the rods. The ones you like, install your reel on the rod, run the line thru the guides and attach a 2 or 3 oz sinker. Let the sinker sit on the drck. Lift the rod tip and see how it feels. This should narrow the choices.
If you need a tackle shop to go to, try J&H on Sunrise Hwy in Oakdale. I say that because of the hundreds of rods they have in stock and that is to your advantage.
I like these companies factory rods, Lamiglas, Seeker, Diawa Sealionand Shakespeare.
Using a 6 foot (at least I think it's 6 foot)Shakspear Ugly Stick Tiger baitcasting rod with a Shimono Corsia baitcasting reel. Works well on fluke, flounder, blackfish, bass, blues & shark (yes - I did manage to hook a couple of sharks that were swiming around the boat - not that I had any of them on for long).
Fairly inexpensive set-up - around $150 for both rod & reel. Stick is pretty sensitive & let's you know you've got the bottom feeders on.
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