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What size guides would you suggest for a 15-20lb spinning rod that I will be using primarily for jacks and bull reds. Also any suggestions on a blank would be appreciated. I'm thinking 7' with enough tip to cast 2-4 ounce of lead + bait but will still be useable for casting lures. Also is there a sight or book with suggested guide charts on it?
 

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I've got 2 blanks I'm fixin to start and I'm going thru the same thing. One is a 7' Calstar GF700ML I'm going to put a Penn 8500SS w/ 20lb on.The ML may be alittle too heavy for casting lures. I ordered AmTack GCBV guides(30,20,16,12, & 5 - 10s). Tom Kirkman's book frowns on the idea of a standard setup and thinks you should mix and match guides by test casting, etc until arriving at the best setup. I may not use all the guides I ordered and may need to order a 40. As I finding out, I'll gonna have a small rodbuilding inventory if I keep going the way I am. Other issues are butt and foregrip length/diameter, reel seat size, butt cap size, etc. The other rod is a 7' Calstar Eglass 270 to be used w/ a Calcutta 700 baitcast. I'd like to spiral wrap and haven't figured out what guides/size to try first. We'd all like to just order what we need, but I haven't figured out how to do that, unless building a copy of a built rod. Jerry
 

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I'm going to be pairing this rod up with a penn 5600 liveliner "already have" which is about the same size as a 6000 shimano with 30 or 40 lb power pro topped with 15 or 20 lb big game. It will primarily be used for live or dead baiting but want it to be able to throw large arti's if need be. A rod that I found to be close to what I want is either the Ocean Master om16sa or the ombs71540 cant remember which it was. The ugly stick custom uscs1170h is also close but I like the OM's better.
 

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Gear For Monster Fish?

Catn' Around said:
What size guides would you suggest for a 15-20lb spinning rod that I will be using primarily for jacks and bull reds....
That size line is begging for you to use BRAID if you want any sort of good casting performance - especially with LURES as well as leads & baits. I would aim for a reel with powerful drags & with line capacity suited for 300 yard spool of 30 or 50lb PP. Fuji offers some specialist rings for spinning with braid line and rods from about 7-1/2' to 11' long...

Scroll down the page at Fuji Tackle on this link and you can see the suggested ring sizes and spacing for this kind of rod...

http://www.fujitackle.com/c_new/t_guide.html

Catn' Around said:
....I'm thinking 7' with enough tip to cast 2-4 ounce of lead + bait but will still be useable for casting lures....
There's some powerful spinning rods in the length and power range you want, but these are all boat rods and casting performance is limited somewhat due to the (shorter) length. It's not as hard as most guys believe, to handle a 9' or longer rod from a boat or jetty, pier, etc. You also have the option to build your rod with two butt lengths and a single tip section. In other words, you can have a 2pc 9' or 10' rod in two equal lengths for better casting performance, and a shorter butt for special purposes when a shorter rod is called for.

The guys on this link below are dedicated big fish anglers, who use spinning tackle exclusively.
http://www.gt-fisherman.co.jp/newnewtop.htm

Have a look around their website and check it out. They're throwing monster topwater poppers for the largest Jacks in the World - Giant Trevally (GTs) and ULUA in Hawaii. Their gear is set up with very heavy braid - mostly 80lb class rods, reels & braid line. They're also fishing for Pelagics around the Pacific Rim and catching both billfish and tunas on the same tackle.

Daiwa & Shimano offer spinning reels with 30kg drags - that's 66lbs of drag power! Daiwa Saltiga & Shimano Stella 10000 & 20000 models. Less expensive and less powerful reels typically offer 15kg drags... Here's a useful page with more info and a photo sequence showing how they fight these monster fish! Note specs for the catch below.

http://www.gt-fisherman.co.jp/rodr10.htm

 
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