Post by turfkiller on Oct 14, 2013 15:30:25 GMT -5
I am just getting started fishing for blues. I need a reasonable prices combo. Since I need to buy 4 or more to get started and I have a budget of $500. Any suggestions are appreciated the lower the price with out getting junk the combos I can get.
I talked with Dave from Bottom Dwellers tonight. I asked him what he thought. He suggested going with 3 setups so your not shorting yourself. For big blues we came up with 3 take down rods and 3 alphamar reels that are on a big sale right now. Your just not going to be happy with finding out you shorted yourself on quality later if you try to squeeze another outfit in for the 500 budget.
Post by mexicanthreat on Oct 14, 2013 22:01:56 GMT -5
I fish shimano tr200 and got the chance to fish the alphamar over the weekend. The alphamar is an outstanding reel and a definite upgrade from the tr200. The shimano is more of a flathead reel. Not reel confident in its ability to handle an extra large blue. And as for the rod, Any of the catfight series would do fine, the original catfight would work well if you had plans to fish channels too, But they are built tough enough to handle big fish. And The takedown are great for big blues or big flatties. I would agree with Kip. these Rod and reel combo's are designed to handle big fish,built to last, and are the best bang for the buck.
Post by Skyline1506 on Oct 16, 2013 18:50:22 GMT -5
The tr200 will hold up to any catfish swimming. Katfish has proven them on giant flatheads for years, but for that sale price the alphamar is a better deal. more streamlined and aimed at casting rather than a trolling style reel.
Post by whiskerfrisker on Oct 18, 2013 4:34:21 GMT -5
Saw that deal bd had on the alphamars and couldn't pass it up! Had to outfit it with a tiger rod m/h though, pretty loyal to the uglystiks. Can't wait for the new rig to get in so I can stretch it out with some blues!
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