• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • Join In - We Share Fishing Reports & Outdoor Information Here

     
      You know what we all love...

      The same things you do!!!! Share what you love & enjoy in the outdoors as well as thank those whose posts you 'appreciate.'

      Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
opsirc

graphite rods

Recommended Posts

opsirc

I have been tossing the idea around of replacing my ugly stick with a graphite rod. I read some posts a while back where folks really like them. any suggestion for which ones to look at. I am looking for a spinning rod in the 6 to 6 1/2 ft range. any suggestion where to look in the twin ports area.

thanks

O

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
delmuts

what kind of fishing do you plan to use it for?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
superhawk16

I really like the IM8 gander mountain guide series rods if you are on a budget. If you have a little more money to spend I would go with a St. Croix. They have excellent blanks and are about as sensitive of a rod as you can buy unless you go with a custom rod. I'm sure others will have some good input for this topic.

Superhawk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PerchJerker

First question is what do you intend to do with the rod, ie. cast jigs, vertical jig, live bait rig, slip bobber, pitch for bass or pike, etc. That will narrow down a lot of powers and actions. Other than that, I'll go along with everying superhawk said.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
opsirc

Thanks guys

plan on using it mostly for eyes. mostly jigging and live bait, maybe a bobber once in a while.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
superhawk16

opsirc,

for what you are looking to use it for I usually like a medium light 6 and a half foot rod with a fast action. I can almost guarantee that if you would go to a graphite rod like this you would catch more walleyes just because of how much more sensitivity it will have than your fiberglass rod. You will have to be more careful though because graphite rods do break much easier than fiberglass rods (getting bumped or stepped on, etc.) Have fun searching for your new rod, its always fun to get new fishing gear smile.gif, let us know what you get!

superhawk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rost

How much do you plan on spending?

There are a ton of rods out there ranging from $30-$300. Give us a price range and we'll set you up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
opsirc

Rost

would like to say money is not a problem, but with with 3 teenager, have to stay on the lower end.

thanks

O

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rost

That's cool. You don't need a St. Croix or Loomis to catch fish.

If I had $75 to spend, I'd look at these...

Mr. Wallaye Signature 6'2"- $50

Berkley Series One- $80

Eagle GT- $60

Shimano Clarus-$60

Cabelas Tourney Trail- $60

Gander Mt. Series-

Heartland Walleye Rods- $70

Scheels IM8 Tourney- $80

Stick with the Medium/ medium light actions

I've been jigging a Scheels Tournament IM8 series rod for the last 3 years, but I am thinking about making a change this year to that Mr. Walleye 6'2" signature series. It's a cheap rod, but I love it!

Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Deitz Dittrich

Great advice Rost!... Might throw the Shimano Comre in there for $90 as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dan Brelje

i like fenwick. Eagle GT and HMX are both less than $80

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
caseymcq

I bought a St. Croix Triumph last spring and for the money I love the rod. It is a 6'6" medium light power, fast action rod. I mainly use if for riggn' with long snells and crawlers. I use 6lb test with the rod and the sensitivity for a relatively inexpensive rod is great.

If you have to oprotunity to go to Park Falls stop in at the St. Croix factory. They have factory seconds that are less than new but still great rods. They also have reconditioned rods (mostly broken tips) that you can save a bundle. I was with a guy that bought a Legend Elite Tournament that had the tip replaced and he got it for $50! The rod is normally $300!

I think as long as you go with at least an IM6 blank and cork handle rod you will get what you are looking for. Try looking at Gander, they have a pretty good variety and there are usually times where the Guide Series rods are on sale for $10 less than the tag.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sportland_Bait

One rod that you guys should really check out is coming out this spring from Rapala. I had a chance to check it out last week at the dealer show. I would put it right up there with the high end rods in terms of quality and feel. I'm guessing that it will retail between $75-$100. I was very impressed.

Jason Erlandson

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fish Head

I have a few St Croix rods and love them. But I would have to agree with Dietz. Last year a purchased a Shimano Compre and a Shimano Crucial. I'm now starting to become a Shimano fan! If you haven't fished yet with the Crucial for walleyes..... you should give it a try. It's a great rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wayne Ek

Take a look at the Quantum Alliance rods. New for 2007. They have an over the counter life-time warranty, no money to send-in for the warranty. They should retail around that 60 dollar range. They are designed as species specific rods so for walleyes look at the ALSW661M, 6'6" medium with a fast action. For slip-bobber fishing I would just keep one of the ugly stix's. Since slip-bobber fishing is mainly a visual presentation you really don't need all that sensitive of a rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
daredevil_tipped_w/leech

St. Croix has a Legend Tournament Walleye rod that is beyond top notch. I own 2 of them. This technology is way out front folks. You will be able to feel the the fish breathe with this in your hand.

Worth every penny.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bobb-o

I agree with Jason, Rapala makes some quality rods, i cant wait to see the new ones that they will be coming out with. I currently use the Sportsman series rods they have, and for $20 you cant find another rod that will even come close to competing with the Rapalas. Make sure you take a look at these while you are out shopping around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

I own and have used just about every rod out there. I do enjoy using my St Croix scv, but they are spendy. I will agree with Dietz and a few others on the Shimano line of rods. For the money they cost, you get a pretty good rod and they wont break the bank. I was pleasantly suprised with the sensitivity in the Shimano Compre and Crucial.

If you would rather not break the bank, I would give the Shimano a shot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
iffwalleyes

All the suggestion as great. I think that I have used almost all of the one or at least looked at what Rost mentioned. I like the Fenwick GT eagle a very nice rod for the money, the Cabela's tourney trail is darn nice too, I myself have never been too sold on the lower end St Croix they don't have the feel that I am looking for. I have a couple of the lower end shimanos and I really like them as well. Might look at one of those mr walleyes rods this year the price sure is right. I might consider the Scheels IM8 that sounds like a heck of a stick.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
opsirc

Janson, Bobb-o,

were you guys talking about the Rapalas LONG CAST and Tournament series?

O

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Fishbreath1

I had to move from the Twin Ports to the Twin Cities frown.gif I am not going to speculate on budgets and types of rods, that would be like a debate on which full size truck is your favorite. There are lots of good rods out there and you can find them in Duluth. Gander Mntn. has good deals and clearence items from time to time (although their in-house brand (Guide Series) IM-7 and 8 rods are very nice) but lack selection at times and its next to impossible to get some help from their lousy staff. Marine General on London Rd. and 17th Ave. E offers excellent service and selection, but higher prices. They also have sales there and good deals can be found. IMHO those are the best places to shop for rods in the Twin Ports, in otherwords where I'd go. There are other places but Gander has the best prices, Marine has the best service, and both have good selections.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bobb-o

Rapala has a variety of graphite rods, and everyone of them is a quality rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
opsirc

after looking at alot or different rods, fenwick, berkley. st croix, shimano and so on. I deceided to pick up a Mr Walleye, Gary Roach series from gander today. The price was in my range and I like the spec on it. Never thought buying a rod could be so complicated, just too many good rods out there to pick from.

O

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
onemore

I would highly recomend a Fenwick HMG or HMX 6'6" single piece rod. I have had both for years. I also have a Gander Mountain IM-6 and IM-7 rod, which I don't like as much. They feel a little dead compared to the Fenwick. Comparing the Fenwick to my friends G-Loomis, I prefer the Fenwick. The reel seat, handle and guides on the Fenwicks are excellent. They also take the time to find the spine. It is truly a pleasure to fish with and very sensitive.

My second recommendation would be the St Croix Premier, Avid or Tourney.

Good luck and have fun shaking some rods.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rozman

I have several differnt Falcon Rods from ML to MH that are really nice, great feel and sensitivity. I think I paid about 90 to 100 bucks for each, give or take.

Share this post


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



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Prody
      Looking to try fishing crystal and have never ice fished it before. Any suggestions on what to try if I am going for crappies. 
    • arctic_scrap1
      I picked up a used 2013 Forest River True North 20x8 ice house. I got a decent deal on it but the front jack is having problems. When I try to raise up the tongue I get some loud clicking sounds from the jack and it's not raising. I'm prepared to just buy a whole new jack for it since I assume the internals are stripped but has anyone else a similar problem? This jack is rated for 3500lbs and the tongue weight is well under 1000lbs so I'm pretty disappointed with it. For right now I'm just using my car jack. Maybe I'll need it for the rear jacks.....
    • leech~~
    • Bryan P
      Been a slow start to my season but finally found few decent crappies.They were in 23ft off structure. Tungsten jig tipped with white plastic did the trick to bring them topside. Can't beat plastics, caught tons of fish on just one. You know its on and doesn't fall off. Got some cool footage of the flasher in this video too.     
    • pikeandchester
      Got a pickup, wheel house, ATV and portable. Been to (not all this year) Lake of the Woods, Upper Red, and Mill Lacs. Any recommendations for something new? Otherwise may try to get to know the lakes near Garrison.
    • pikeandchester
      5 sauger Saturday, 4 sauger and 3 pout Sunday out of Adrian’s. Started in deeper water, east of the crowd on Saturday. Sunday I moved around a bit, even drove the atv west of the crowd, 34 fow, with no luck. Spent the afternoon and evening in 25 fow near pine Island which was the only place I caught fish Sunday. Resort houses where mostly in 34 fow. Back home now.
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle! Fishing remains consistently strong on the Minnesota side this week. Many species are quick to bite leaving anglers with a very mixed bag at the end of the day. We saw multiple 40+ inch Northern, many Perch, even a Lake Trout among an already strong Walleye bite. 22-24 ft on gravel bottom surrounded by mud has been our best spots. Be sure to charge up any Glow tackle in use, with the increasing snow cover, glow or lighted lures have been hot. Pink/white and gold are also very effective on sunny days. The Canadian bite just keeps getting better! Crappies can be found in 30 foot holes while 22-26 ft flats on break lines have been hot for a Sauger/Walleye mix. Remember to stick to well-traveled trails as most have not been staked/marked as of yet. Until next week!
      Sunset Lodge
    • Parmer
      Not sure about the resort... But I know Adrians road is like 11 miles out past pine Island and they were plowing farther. Guy from my work was 9 miles out last weekend and did good on 14 inch sauger with some walleye mixed in.  He said there is 24 inches of ice.   I would say to try and get away from the groups.  Good luck fishing. 
    • Parmer
      Am heading up this weekend... Not sure where we going out of... But like to be away from the groups also. I usually go out of hunters but they are having road issues again. I am sure it will be resolved by Friday. 
    • Matt Johnson
      Some good news and some bad news over the last week...  good news is that we made more ice!!  Bad news is that the fish keep moving (STAY PUT FISHY'S!!! LOL)!!    I'm finding 12-16" of ice on most lakes, but still practice caution.  I've been driving out on many area lakes with my Suburban but you still need to pay attention to the ice conditions and don't take any risks.  Some of the shoreline ice is a little weird and areas around islands, channels, neck-downs, etc, will continue to have bad ice... something you can expect all winter in some spots.  So, always use caution and don't go venturing "off the beaten path" if you don't know the lake or know where you're going.     Ok, onto the the fishing stuff!  A lot of fish still holding in the shallows, but they are constantly moving.  The additional pressure that the lakes are seeing has the fish more active--and not necessarily active as-in feeding, but more-so just roaming and moving around more.  The vehicle traffic will push fish around, same with the increase amount of holes being cut and just the increase in general fishing pressure.  So, preaching mobility is no longer an option... you have to PRACTICE mobility as well.  You know, the whole "practice what you preach" phenomenon.  Get those augers going and chase down the fish.  The shallow bite can require a lot of holes to find the consistent pattern, but once you figure them out you can hone-in on a more specific area and hammer-home.  Yesterday morning from 8am-11am I went through 4 batteries on my Milwaukee ripping holes, just be thankful the ice isn't 2-feet thick yet so it's a good time to get after 'em!   One thing I've noticed lately is that the fish are really relating to the bends on the shoreline structure.  Seems to hold them a bit longer than traditional flats and break lines.  The bends that have weeds are even better--assuming those weeds are alive and flourishing.  Not much snow on the ice so it makes for easy travel, too... but don't forget the cleats, or you'll know why real-quick!  Punch out those bends both on the edge and up on the shallow portion if there are weeds present.  The pattern has held true on a handful of lakes... Chisago area, Minnetonka, Forest Lake, Clearwater and many others.  Might be onto something... let me know if others find the same thing...   And for presentations, I've been absolutely crushing them on the Pinhead Mino with NO BAIT at all.  The 1/16oz has been deadly on crappies and gills.  An easy bait to fish when staying mobile and no messing with bait or even plastics.  I've had to slow down and finesse some fish with tungsten and plastics too, so don't get me wrong, but it's amazing what that Pinhead will catch! See pics below...   Otherwise I just keep glued to my Lowrance and Navionics chip, or else the Navionics App for my phone and continue to scout out new spots.  Never get complacent and keep searching out new spots.  I'm seeing the spots dry-up faster and faster after you find a "honey hole," so keep looking for that next one!   Some cool temps heading our way... might actually feel like winter in MN for a while! Lol.  I'll be back on the ice Friday-Sunday and I'll check a few more lakes and report back.  Good luck out there and be safe!