I gave in and picked up a bunch of cover scats and bull flats. I have a friend who last year absolutely CLOBBERED ‘em on the scat, it was basically his tourney winner consistently so I’m giving them a whirl.
The bull flat I’m just taking a chance on, as it seems to fit my game perfectly- chunky and erratic and perfect for flipping into cover or working near structure. I grabbed the 4.8s and am definitely looking forward to seeing if they’re as good for my style as I think they’ll be.
The hibernation stoke is so real this time of year! 🍻
What size Tranx are those? I had a 301 and loved it- wish I kept it to put on my big boy rod! I regret selling it as a package with my Tequila Baccarac which was not an ideal pairing.
It showed up today. Packed into a sort of janky triangular long box but fortunately was fully padded with beefy bubble wrap and was in perfect shape. All the eyes were straight and no blank damage. I’m relieved, I was a bit stressed after I read your post!
Well I didn’t NEED another rod but I was looking for a slower taper casting rod that could handle my jerks/cranks/other moving treble hook baits as well as having a higher weight rating to throw my smaller glides up to 1.5…
Yesterday I saw an Evergreen Combat Stick 7’1M/regular (3/8-2oz) on Amazon for $145 and I had a $20 gift card in my balance so she came home for $125.
I already had the 7’8” wakebait rod in that line and have been super impressed with it especially for a $200 rod, there was no way I could turn down one for $125! Now I just have to figure out if I like a Exsence DC or PXL-R better on it. 🤔
I got mine off FleaBay, shipping was fast and the price was very reasonable. The reel is almost too light lol with the short butt section of that rod it’s inherently tip heavy and that reel doesn’t help balance it very much. Thankfully I’m usually a “pinky behind the reel seat, everything else in front” gripper so right in the sweet spot.
I fish primarily from a kayak so I only bring 4 combos with me at any time. This is my main 4 for this season so far.
Megabass P5 Destroyer Kirasame Kameyama Special stinger tip w/ Exsence Ci4 3000
Loomis NRX 852c w/ Shimano Aldebaran 51
Shimano Zodias MH w/ Daiwa PXL type R
Megabass Perfect Pitch w/ Shimano Exsence DC XG.
I also swap out the Perfect Pitch a lot for my Evergreen Combat Stick Wakebait rod if heavy cover isn’t a thing where I’m headed and I want to throw bigger swimbaits instead of frogs and jigs.
Might eventually swap out that Zodias for something else but it’s hard to find a 3/8-1ozish rod that has so much sensitivity and good taper for moving baits so it’s staying for now.
My Exsence Ci4 finally came in yesterday so I spooled it up with 20# X8 grand and popped it on the Kameyama. Going to be hard to put this combo down this summer, it feels as good as it looks! Hope I have enough time to put the cork knob on it after I put my son to bed tonight I think that’ll be the icing on the cake 👌
I am really excited to get back out on the water this summer. It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to get after it like I used to but now my son is old enough to teach the joys of fishing. My combos are pretty dialed and I’ll be fixing up the flotilla so we can make the most of the warm months!
Smith Longfin sunglasses with polarized chromapop lenses- available in both brown and copper lens for $60 which is crazy cheap considering they’re usually like $180 and worth it even at full price. I picked up a pair in polarized chromapop brown, my absolute favorite lens.
I also have other JWR rods but I have found that I really like the physics and positioning of a spinning rod in bottom contact baits when I’m finesse jigging for a long time, for me it is very intuitive and natural. Also this tip seems absolutely perfect for my bigger bento minnow drop shotting desires. I would love to see those instructions lol, mine did not come with that!