I fish off shore in Missisipi river. Mostly for drum and catfish and anything else that likes nightcrawlers :)
We throw 5-6Oz pyramid sinkers and have about 2-3 hooks spaced about 1ft apart on a line. I use 50lb braid and 60lb mono as a leader. Fish is pretty crazy and stupid and this rugged setup works very well.
For rods - I use $19.99 rods from Walmart (throw away reel they come with). Those white rods have specs as: 7'0 Medium 8-15lb
Work pretty good, however I want to achieve further cast and current is very fast and it moves even 5Oz to the side pretty fast..
My idea is to get some rod about 8-10ft long wich I can use to throw 2x5Oz and yet it still should be sensitive enough so I can see when 1lb fish biting. What kind of parameters I should look for? I don't really understand what those "action" parameters mean. I just don't want to break rod while casting and yet it need to be pretty responsive. Possible?
While at Cabellas I was looking over Ugly stick specifically marked as 8.0 Action: Medium 16-25lb and it felt good to me. But I still don't know if it will be good for 5Oz-10Oz I guess dilemma here is that on one side I need pretty sensitive rod but I want it to be ridgid to throw lot of weight. Any suggestions?
Question #2 (actually 2)
I'm starting to learn how to fish for game fish like bass, walleye and need good setup for casting lures. On Missisipi - people throw simple plastic in white colors (dark water). But problem remains! You have to cast far and at the same time you fight with current. What I see others doing - they throw 2-3Oz sinkers with 2 lures above. I bought 12ft Cabelas Predator Rod with 2 1/4 test curve and it seems to be very good for this specific task. Questions I have is:
1. Why there is so much blank below the reel mount? Even when casting I feel like it get's in my way. It extends behind my elbow too. I'm thinking about cutting it or maybe moving reel mount somehow?
2. What line & reel do you suggest for this setup? I need to target walleye and striped bass up to ~8-10lb and as small as 1lb.
I was thinking ~20lb braid and 30lb mono leader. For reel I was thinking Shimano Stradic 3000. Does that sound correct or should I get into 4000 size reel? I actually use 4000 reel in setup on #1.
What I need is smoothness and good retreive speed..
Thanks in advance for any advice