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Topic: Conventional rod and reel recommendations for Halibut in SF Bay, and nearshore  (Read 832 times)

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Mumblepeg

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Hi All,

Any recommendations for Conventional rod and reel recommendations for Halibut trolling in SF Bay, and nearshore? I'm not as concerned about price - I just want a rod and reel that I'll be happy with for a long time. So maybe $200 to $500 for a reel (maybe $600). And I don't know about the rod - like $200 to $400?

For reels, I'm thinking about an Avet SX or MX (or HX?), a Daiwa Saltiga or Saltist, or Penn Fathom 2 or Squall 2. I'm new to fishing, so I don't understand all the different specs totally. But on drag, in the 20 to 40 size, the Saltiga lists the most, but are all sufficient for Halibut (...and ideally Salmon at some point)?

And...
1. I thought a line counter would be nice, so I can confirm when I'm on the bottom for ball bouncing, or if I want to target different levels in the water column, but most reels don't have one. Why is that?  Is that because if you have a fish finder, you can see where your line is? Or do people just know how to measure how much line they let out?
2. I want a lever drag I think
3. It seems like a clicker would be a good idea

For rods, it seems like people like Phenix, CalStar, Lemiglass, Ugly Sticks and Shimano. But what are good for halibut trolling 10 to 16 ounces?

Any recommendations or insight is much appreciated!


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KISS = my advice.  If you're new to fishing, you may want to start with something more basic.  An Ugly Stik with a Penn Warfare with line counter will only run around $200.

Line counters are great, but they fail relatively easily.  I call them "lyin' counters" after a few trips.

Yes, skilled anglers should know how much line they have out whether they have a line counter or not.

Sometimes you can see your gear on the fishfinder, but you can't count on it, IME.

Hardly anyone uses the clicker.
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Eric's advice is spot on. I would add that you don't really need a lever drag for halibut - those seem to be more for bait and wait for big stuff like sturgeon, or trolling big baits for tuna. Star drag works great for trolling, ball bouncing, jigging, and drifting.  Clicker is also best suited for bait and wait - can use it for trolling too, but don't need it.

I have an 8ft light medium ugly stick tiger. Great rod for the bay and inshore stuff. Sensitive tip and lots of backbone. I have a Piscifun Alijoz 300 on mine - I like low profile reels for in the bay. I also have a variety of round baitcaster and conventional reels. Sometimes you gotta try a few things to find what works best for you and your methods.

I would also add that you will 100% lose some gear while fishing from a kayak. I've lost rod combos, nets, etc. It happens fast. I don't really fish with any combos that cost more than about $200 because of this.
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I like the Takota 500 A line counter reel paired with a medium Trevala rod. Around $350-400 for the setup. I use it in the bay for halibut, and in the ocean for rock fish. Using the line counter along with the FF you can reduce snagging to almost zero. You just watch the depth on the FF and adjust accordingly. I run my bait or jig 8-10í above the FF depth. Last time at Shelter Cove I fished 2 days caught plenty of fish, and I donít remember getting any snags.

I have 3 of the Takota 500s, and 2 of the 400s, and havenít had any issues with the line counters other than occasional fogging. Also, last time at Shelter Cove one of them spent about 15 minutes under water. When I returned home I took it apart and it was spotless clean inside.

 I have a couple of high end slow pitch setups Accurate reels, and Temple Reef rods, and Iím so addicted to the line counters that I put after market clip on ones on those.

Good luck with your research.


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Having lost and broken a few rods and reels on the ocean I suggest you donít spend any more than you can afford $$$ to lose. 


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An Ugly Stik and Avet reel is good starting point and should run around $200 for this setup.
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Shimano Tekota 500HG is a great reel for the price, and I'd suggest getting a heavier-duty rod than you think you'll ever need, so you're not overmatched when you hook that 40+ pound halibut. Also, leash your rod to the kayak, and be sure to carry a knife that you can access instantly...
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Thanks all! Very helpful!


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Ugly stick, and penn 501. The narrow jigmaster is all you need.  Easy to clean, service, and upgrade if wanted. I have been fishing my jigmasters,and surfmasters since the late 80's. I have killed many yellowtail, and tuna,with them. So it is plenty for anything that swims in our neighborhood. You will probably have to ebay it because they don't make them anymore .make sure it has an aluminum spool. 
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Ugly stick, and penn 501. The narrow jigmaster is all you need.  Easy to clean, service, and upgrade if wanted. I have been fishing my jigmasters,and surfmasters since the late 80's. I have killed many yellowtail, and tuna,with them. So it is plenty for anything that swims in our neighborhood. You will probably have to ebay it because they don't make them anymore .make sure it has an aluminum spool.

Wish I could find a lefty jigmaster... been looking for a few months now.
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If price is not a concern Iíd go seeker 270 and an Avet sx


 

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