Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

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Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby hornet » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:48 pm

Hi guy's, I'm looking into buying a soft plastics rod preferred length of 7 feet, I figure I can control the fish better if they head for pylon's or structure.

I have no idea on the rod line rating or the action soft or fast tapers ? also is a 1000 or 2500 size reel better ?

At this stage I'm looking at 7 foot rods unless I'm recommended another length ?

I will use braid 8 to 10 LB or is this too heavy or to light ?

I may take up brother sloths offer and buy the 1000 size reel he has up for sale depending on the advise I get here, THX guys.



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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby snapperslayer » Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:58 pm

what is the budget mate?

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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby hornet » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:04 pm

I'm going in small $ to see if this style is for me or not so at the moment about $60 for the rod and $60 for the reel, the braid I have in various sizes so don't need line.. thx.

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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby Snapper Snatcher » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:06 pm

Fast taper is much better for plastics, reel and line depends on the rating of the rod. For example a 1-3kg rod is usually best suited to a 1000-2000 sized reel and a 2-4kg rod with a 2000-2500 but it also depends on how it balances etc.
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Postby hornet » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:10 pm

I saw this on their site, looks ok and the price is right but I've never heard of the brand ?

http://www.bcf.com.au/online-store/prod ... true#Cross

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Postby Nude up » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:23 pm

Ray longs in geelong have berkley drop shot im6 dropshot 1to 3kg 7ft two piece for $49 give them a call.



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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby hornet » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:31 pm

Nude up wrote:Ray longs in geelong have berkley drop shot im6 dropshot 1to 3kg 7ft two piece for $49 give them a call.


Hi nude up, 1 to 3 kilo string seems to me to be under powered ? I feel more comfortable with 8 to 10 LB line / braid, just to put the odds on my side.

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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby snapperslayer » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:36 pm

What SS said. Fast to Xfast is perfect for sp fishing.

You will find that a shorter rod is better suited as it puts more pressure on the fish, compared to a longer rod. You can put 8lb braid on a 1000 size reel(depending on braid diameter), as long as you adjust your drag pressure accordingly, you wont have any problems.

I use PE 0.6 on one of my outfits, which breaks at 10lbs on a 1-2kg rod.


For light fishing, 1-3kg rod with 4 to 6lb braid is more than enough mate. Unless you want to chase jewies or snappers off the boat.

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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby hornet » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:52 pm

snapperslayer wrote:What SS said. Fast to Xfast is perfect for sp fishing.

You will find that a shorter rod is better suited as it puts more pressure on the fish, compared to a longer rod. You can put 8lb braid on a 1000 size reel(depending on braid diameter), as long as you adjust your drag pressure accordingly, you wont have any problems.

I use PE 0.6 on one of my outfits, which breaks at 10lbs on a 1-2kg rod.


For light fishing, 1-3kg rod with 4 to 6lb braid is more than enough mate. Unless you want to chase jewies or snappers off the boat.


That's the confusing part of all this, some rods sound great on paper but when I've gone in to handle it in person at the shop, I have been disappointed with the action, that's one reason I seldom buy rods online, reels no problem but rods are a very personal thing, I'll take your advise though and go for a fast tapered rod, this is a learning curve for me, I've been fishing since I wore green sleeves so that's about 45 plus years, trying to teach an old dog new tricks and all.

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Re: Advise on Soft Plastics rods please.

Postby Nude up » Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:00 pm

I have just replaced my original berkley drop shot sp rod with a shimano sahara 2500 for a berkley dropshot 3 to 5 kg gen 4 cost $80 and I purchased a stradic ci4 2500 10lb braid used it today catching 39cm wrasse in 6mt of water felt great.



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