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For Those That Punch Mats...is This A Good Choice Or Not Strong Enough?

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I recently picked up a Shimano Sellus Rod on CL. Its a 6'8" medium heavy worm/jig rod with an extra fast tip.

I was wondering if it might be suitable for punchin mats or should it be used for standard jig/t-rigs?

What else could this rod be used for...would it be suited for anything else specifically?

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do not use this for punching mats. you will either have a very poor strike to land ratio, or break the rod. either way it is a loose loose. I would use closer to a 7'6" heavy action rod definately not a MH.  

 

Mitch

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I use a 7'6" XXH/Mod-fast stick for punching.  That might be a nice rod for general use, but doesn't sound nearly stout enough for punching.

 

Here's a video, so you can see what "punching" is about:

 

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A more stout rod is in order for true mat punching as suggested above.

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Not a punching rod, but would probably be a great worm/ jig rod.

The rods i punch with are all 7'6" - 8' and Heavy action

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Definitely do not use it for punching, you'd snap the rod in half for sure.

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Sounds like a heck of a spinner bait rod or a pitchin stick for docks/light cover. Surely not punching rod though. Honestly most 7' 6" flipping sticks are not even up to the challenge of true punching. I have found that an 8' rod is just about perfect for this technique. 

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Would a 7' heavy fast actin be any match for punchin.

Its a Falcon Lowrider Carolina Lizard Dragger I. Someone here told me it could be used for Froggin.So if its decent enough for that...how might it handle punching?

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12-25# line and 3/8-1oz on the weight

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12-25# line and 3/8-1oz on the weight

 

Let's say your going to use a 1oz weight, 4/0 flipping hook, punch skirt and bait, that's probably close to 1.5oz and already over the rods rated weight. Sometimes a 1oz weight isn't heavy enough and you'll need to go to 1.25oz+, so you'll want at least a heavy action rod. Longer rods will give you more leverage as well.

 

I have a 7' rod rated up to 1.5oz and it feels under power for light punching, but does well for frogs. I rarely punch, unless I see a mat too good to pass up.

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The rod I use is rated for 35# line and 2.5 oz. baits.  You can't pound in a railroad tie with a tack hammer.

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