Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
CrappiesNeyes

Walleye rigging / jigging rod recommendations. Avid? Loomis? Fenwick?

Recommended Posts

CrappiesNeyes    0
CrappiesNeyes

I am in the market for a Rigging / Jigging rod in the $130-$180 price range. I was thinking a 7ft rod with Medium or Medium Light power and a fast tip but please let me know if you prefer something else.Here are some of the rods that I've looked at.

St Croix Avid

Fenwick HMG

G-Loomis Gl2

Gary Roach "Mr Walleye" series

Cabelas Xml series

I know that Shimano, Gander,and other companies also make good rods. Please let me know what you have tried and any likes/dislikes you may have. Thanks in advance. CNE

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
hanson    1
hanson

I think you are on the right track!

6'-6", 6'-9", 7'-0" are all good lengths in this category. Some guys like their jigging rods even shorter but thats personal preference.

ML with a fast tip is a good choice as well.

To make your decision even harder, I would seriously take a look at a Limit Creek rod too. The rods are much less expensive than some of the ones you are looking at and every bit as capable IMO. The 6'-9" "Smoothie" from Limit Creek is a very nice rod for about $90. When you hold it side by side with a St Croix Avid, and then look at the cost difference, you'll wonder if the extra $60, $70 is really worth it.

Another thing to consider is customer service and/or warranty on the rod. How does the manufacturer (or retailer) deal with returns, exchanges, broken tips, etc...

Happy hunting! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LMITOUT    29
LMITOUT

I have two Fenwicks, a Techna AV and a HMG, and they are both nice rods. I'll be looking at Fenwick for my next jigging/rigging rod too and it'll most likely be the 7' HMG in ML.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PerchJerker    0
PerchJerker

What hanson said ---- that's all great advice grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mamohr686    0
mamohr686

I have a Gloomis walleye series jigging rod (for a spinning reel) that is wicked sensitive for live bait rigging. I prefer a medium action 6.5' rod. I really like the handle design. I can feel a shinner flutter before a walleye takes it in when I'm lindy-rigging. I can also feel a great thump on the drop when I'm vertical jigging. I also have a fenwick HMG and the difference in sensitivity is huge. I did break it after I caught an 11lb fish on it a tobin lake, and scheels sent it in and it was replaced under warranty for free. I also have an avid series rod that I would rate a very close second.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
iffwalleyes    0
iffwalleyes

I have had loomis, St croix, and Fenwick. With that said I currently only buy Fenwich rods. You sound like you are looking for the same thing as I was this spring. I ended up getting a HMX 7'0" ML it is a awesome rigging rod. It works well for jigging as well. The only think I don't like about it is when I am jigging it has a longer handle that I would like. If you go with a 6'6" it has a shorter handle. Right now for the money I don't know if there is a better rod out there. $79.99 for the one I got. I do hear the limit creek rods are nice but I have never used one. The HMG are nice too but I don't own one and they are a little more but I see one coming into my collection before next summer grin.gif.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CrappiesNeyes    0
CrappiesNeyes

Has anyone tried any of the Cabela's Xml rods? Or the Gary Roach "Mr Walleye" series rods?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Muddog    0
Muddog

I picked up a 7' HMG in M power the other day looking for somthing a bit stiffer then my Gander 7'ML that I use alot. Talk about a fast action, that Fenwick has all the action on the last 12" of the rod. I'll have to try it jiging because the dang thing is all but impossible to load up on the cast. I do have a 5-6" HMG in M power, That is a super rod for jiging and casting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Jim Hudson    0
Jim Hudson

Lots of great sticks out there on the market now for rigging purposes along with jig sticks too... I seperate these two rods as I like a longer rod for rigging and a shorter rod for vertical jigging.. Tools of the trade sort of speak, and each rod plays independently of each other for these two presentations..

This year, I have exclusively been using the Jason Mitchell Elite series of rods for these applications.. Where on the rigging end of things, either the 7 foot model or the 7'6" model are the cats meow in my book.. The 7 foot model excels all around, where the 7'6" model makes handling long snells, such as those used on Mille Lacs and other clear bodies of water, a breeze. The 7'6" model also is a good stick to cast small cranks and pitch jigs with for 'eyes too.

On the jigging end of the spectrum, Jason developed a 5'9" rod, that balances great with smaller spinning reels to make a weight friendly set-up for an all day adventure on your favortie jigging water.

All these rods are super sensitive, extremely light weight, and are built rock solid for years of use. Jason backs these rods with great customer service and warranty as well, where the rods are definately in your price range..

Check em out... And if you have any other questions, give me a holler... Jason Mitchell Elite Series Rods

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • RuddyDuck
      Reminder, meeting tonight at 7:00pm in Annandale and written comment period runs til August 28th. The email addresses for comment are on pages 18-19. Comment now or the days of fishing your favorite lake anytime you want, will be over! I’m sure this is coming to a county near you if this goes thru out here.
    • gimruis
      Not uncommon at all for this time of year.  I used to try and find some regularly around Labor Day and always ran into problems.  I think its just the nature of the bait business.
    • BringAnExtension
      Does anyone know where I can get some jumbo leeches between the Twin Cities and Mille Lacs?  I would even settle for large.  There seems to be a shortage of supply. Thanks!
    • proguide
      Our prayers were answered from the south with some river flow. For now the river is back to easier and safer boating so we can get around.
        The catfishing has held steady, same as the past two weeks. The fish have moved to the shallow off current sides of the river since the nights have recently become cooler.  Sits have become longer to 25-35 minutes per spot to allow the fish to find the bait.  Mid-Day don't be afraid to find some current or move back to the middle to see if the fish have moved out to feed.
        Bait has been frozen suckers and frogs.  All other baits just don't seem to have the same effectiveness.
        We are entering into some transitions to fall and things will be changing over the next week or two.  The new flow should get the fish moving a bit more and that fall feed should ramp up over the next couple weeks.
    • PRO-V
      Also check for water in the fuel filter. At higher rpms water droplets travel to carbs and causes poor combustion. Happened to me some years ago. Had to drain water out of tank.
    • CigarGuy
      Skunked, It was nice meeting you.  I've seen you,  your wife and little one a few times, but you never waved-thought you might be mad at me after we had a little debate on netting.  Sounds like were good!  Stop by if you see me on the dock.  That was my wife and sister in-law assembling the bench. That pinch area on the river is tight and some folks tend to fly right thru.  Also, people fishing on that dock in the pinch down area in the spring, don't like to reel in their bobber when you try to navigate through the boats in the spring.  I used the fish the St Louis River a lot and fellow fisherman were terrible flying by you.  I too follow the no-wake policy when going through tight areas.
    • delcecchi
      Yep, done for the year.  Not much for heat or insulation in the cabin.  It's a real, honest to goodness cabin.   So, as of Thursday, adios.  Until next year, etc.
    • CigarGuy
      Del, are you done up here for the year?  Missing the best part of the year!  If you see me on the dock or out on the lake..say hi!  I wouldn't just drop in and introduce myself either-not my style.  Don't have to worry too much about anybody climbing the mountain to do that
    • delcecchi
      About 69 this morning.... And this concludes my reporting until sometime in 2018, Lord willing. But I will still be watching....
    • delcecchi
      I will add that it is nothing like the old days when throwing a marker was practically life threatening..... But that is west end.   If it wasn't for the musky  guys there would only be like three of us...