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FishTank

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  1. FishTank's post in Information about different YGK braided fishing line...? was marked as the answer   
    Here is their website.  
     
    https://xbraidygk.jp/
     
    Here are the ones I have tried.....
     
    Ohdragon - Sinking braid. My favorite for Ned Rigs on spinning gear but not as abrasion resistant as others 
     
    OLLTOLOS PE WX8P-1 - Great jig line. Slick and easy to cast. Only available in heavy sizes.
     
    Upgrade - Great all around line. I have used it on both spinning and casting
     
    Zone Finesse - Lighter, softer line. Great for BFS gear but it can be finicky
     
    Super Jigman - Good all around line. Slightly slicker than Upgrade
     
    Unless you're fishing heavy cover (weeds and grass), I would use leader on all of these lines.
  2. FishTank's post in Terminator Baits was marked as the answer   
    After digging deeper, I see what you are saying.  
     
    If you are looking for an alternative,  check out Picasso.  I can't remember why kind of keepers they have but I don't recall having any issues. You can go down a deep rabbit hole with all of what they offer. 
  3. FishTank's post in 7’ light expride/ Ned rod suggestions was marked as the answer   
    I have the NRX+ 821S and have no issues with casting a long way but I was kind of "not feeling" this rod when I got it. In order to see what would work best, I tried a couple of different reels with it, a previous generation 3000 Vanquish,  an older Stradic 2500, a buddy's 2500S Stella,  a 2500 Daiwa Emeraldas Air and finally the new Vanquish C2500S.
     
    The new Vanquish was the ticket. It was then I realized, for whatever reason,  that this rod needs a smaller, lighter reel to load correctly.  I now love this rod. It will cast a light weight Ned into oblivion with just flick but I also attribute this to the high specific gravity braided line I have on there, YGK OHDRAGON.
     
     
  4. FishTank's post in Need bfs rod recommendations was marked as the answer   
    Here is what I have been using since I got bit by the BFS bug.....
     
    Megabass P5 Criffhanger - soft plastic (stiffer tip than I would like but fun to fish)
     
    Megabass P5 Siglett - soft plastic, hair jigs, light trout baits and some topwater
     
    Megabass Kasumi Six Eleven - crank baits (great all around rod)
     
    Dobyns Sierra Ultra Finesse 700C - also great rod (soft but fast tip with a moderate middle, I have caught more fish on this rod than anything else)
     
    Kislter Hunt 6'8'' 3X - my favorite so far (loads and casts everything well, can be used with one hand and is more of a true BFS rod, in my opinion, than any of the other rods I have). 
     
    I would also lump the G. Loomis NRX+ 802C JWR in there but it is more finesse than BFS.  I use this for small jigs and 1/16oz shaker heads with a 6in Roboworm. 
     
    For a 1/16oz bait the Hunt BFS has been great and would be my over all choice. With any of these rods (except the 802C NRX+), I would recommend you buy a good net. You won't be boat flipping a fish or pulling them up on a bank with any of them on a regular basis. 
     
     
     
     
  5. FishTank's post in Bass rod vs musky rod was marked as the answer   
    I had a 8' St. Croix Mojo Musky rod with around the same specs. I wanted to use it for A-rigs and swimbaits. It looked good on paper but in practice it was not the best idea. If I had a good size fish hit it, say 3lb+, it wasn't bad but when a smaller fish would bite, which would be most of the ones I catch, I had a hard time getting a good hook set because of how stout the rod was.  A fish really had to hit hard. The way it loaded was just different from a bass rod. Also, it was fatiguing to fish this thing. I ended up selling it. 
     
    The short answer for me is yes, you could use it but I would try it out with the idea you may need something else.
  6. FishTank's post in OSP Tiny Blitz DR running depth? was marked as the answer   
    On 5 or 6lb FC, I get about 12ft on a long cast. 
  7. FishTank's post in Steez SV TW new or old was marked as the answer   
    What do you intend to use it for?
     
    I have been overly satisfied with the older Steez SV TW. I don't see much difference between the two, except the spool and the color.  The Steez CT, on the other hand, is a step up to me from the SV. 
     
    I like limited edition stuff but after reading everything I could find on the 21 Steez limited, I decided to pass. 
     
    Take this video for what it's worth but it does have some good info.
     
     
  8. FishTank's post in Favorite one-hand grip casting rod? was marked as the answer   
    I thought of another one. St. Croix Mojo Yak. The handles on these rods are shorter and the tip is pretty soft. I have enjoyed mine.
  9. FishTank's post in BFS reels for flipping and heavy cover and skipping was marked as the answer   
    One other I forgot about, the Daiwa Alpha 800S. I have not heard anything about this reel but it does have a shallow spool, 85mm handle and not bad price wise. 
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFwxT7nQTfc
  10. FishTank's post in gloomis 842c glx mbr vs 843c cbr imx pro? was marked as the answer   
    I think the 843C CBR would be ideal for 3/8oz squarebills. 
     
    As to why Loomis doesn't have a GLX crankbait rod.... they use to and discontinued them. I owned one and didn't like it.  It was actually too sensitive and it didn't have a good arc to keep the fish pinned. I would loose fish with it and the constant heavy thump would drive me crazy. I ended up selling it. 
     
    Other rods to consider,  look at St. Croix Legend Tournament and at the Megabass P5. The P5's to me are very versatile. I have been very pleased with the ones I have.
     
  11. FishTank's post in Antares a new for 400 dollars was marked as the answer   
    As long as it not used, $400 is a good deal. IMHO, the 70A, put on the right rod, is best long casting reel out there. My only complaint with this reel, its like holding an ice cube when its cold outside but other than that, its amazing.
  12. FishTank's post in Anyone tried the Megabass X-75? was marked as the answer   
    I have a couple.  Think of it in the same way you do a 110 but smaller than the Jr. It's works great on BFS gear and on a spinning setup.  I fish it on BFS setup with 6lb Sunline Sniper Invisible. 
     
    Here is 110, the 110jr., and the X-75 Nanahan for size comparison. 
     
     

  13. FishTank's post in Another...which rod would you go with thread lol GLX 783cMBR or St Croix Legend X 7MH was marked as the answer   
    The 783GLX has been my favorite rod for the past 12+ years. I also the 7' MH Legend Elite and it is a souter rod than the 783. Great rod though.   But for what you are wanting to use, the 783 GLX would be my choice. 
  14. FishTank's post in Shimano CU200BSF Super Free - what type new bearings? was marked as the answer   
    I use to have this reel (about 5 of them and sold them all).   I have tried a couple different bearings in them and the best for the price are the ABEC 7 metal shield from Boca, despite the cost.  You can usually find a coupon code for 15% or even 25% off.   The ABEC 5's are OK but they are not much of an upgrade from the stock bearings from Shimano.  The most noticeable casting improvement is in the 7's.
     
    I have swapped several for guys over the years and I put in what they want.  Usually the ones from ebay that are cheap are just that cheap and they are hit and miss as to whether they are good from the get go.  I would get the cheaper stock bearings from Shimano instead.  
     
    https://www.bocabearings.com/products/fr-008c-zz-7-ld-19897?make=SHIMANO&model=CURADO CU-200 BSF (SPOOL)&feature=BAITCASTER
     
    https://fishshop.shimano.com/collections/cu200k   
    You will need BNT4343 x 2 or you can do BNT3627, one of Shimano's better bearings.
     
     
  15. FishTank's post in Gloomis Cbr 783 was marked as the answer   
    I have this rod.  I like it but it took me awhile to get use to it.   It has more power than it appears to have.  Hooks set are a little weird too.  I can't really explain it but once you use it, you will see what I mean.  
     
    I would say this rod works best with light weight cranks that dive to 4 to 10 feet.  
     
    Bottom line, it is an odd rod but a good rod that takes some getting use to. 
  16. FishTank's post in St Croix Premier was marked as the answer   
    If you fishing for fish that will be from bass to muskie, I would pick a MH Fast 6'6'' rod that feels comfortable and balances well with your reel.  With that said, the Premier, as stated above, is a good, basic, no thrills, rod but it will serve for your purpose.  
     
    Considering your applications, there is another rod that has yet to come out that may suit your needs.... The Fenwick Elite Tech Largemouth rods.  They offer a 7'' 2 piece MH rod that would fit the bill.  I like the Elite Tech Smallmouth casting rod I have in comparison.  
     
    One other thing, if your going to fish for Muskie and Pike, at the minimum 20lb braid is in order, along with a heavy wire leader.
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