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What Would Your Setup Be?

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When spring rolls around I'll be fishing a small lake (20 acres) and I'm curious as to what type of setup I should use (Rod, Reel, Line, etc.). I spend most of my time fishing with frogs, brush hogs, and senkos. This lake is very grassy and I will be fishing from a canoe. One problem I run into is not feeling the fish bite my lure and I would really like to have more sensitivity. What setup would you use? Thanks for the help!!!

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How much are you looking to spend?

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X2 on price range... also, are the frogs you use topwater or do you T. rig them? Cause from the looks of it you're going to want a bottom contact rod.

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You don´t need more sensitivity, no money you spend is enough if you don´t pay attention to what your bait is doing at all times.

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FWIW this is my setup when fishing from my canoe

 

6'6" MH Spinning setup

10lb Power Pro Braid

8lb FC leader if clear.

 

This was my very first setup and is the single setup I use for fun fishing.  I, of course, added a ton more to my arsenal since I started doing tournaments but I am still able to do everything I want with this setup.

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You don´t need more sensitivity, no money you spend is enough if you don´t pay attention to what your bait is doing at all times.

Why would you assume he isn't paying attention?

Hootie

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You don´t need more sensitivity, no money you spend is enough if you don´t pay attention to what your bait is doing at all times.

You said it...probably a little more tactful than I :wink7:  I find it comical that some people think that a more "sensitive" rod is going to start loading the boat for them..........I out fish a LOT of people who use GLX's, Steez reels, and all sorts of higher end stuff with my $80-$100 rods. And I have not lost any feel, or had my on the water results suffer from "down grading" to said $80-$100 rods from $200-$300 sticks...

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I think sensitivity is a BIG factor with bottom contact baits, specifically soft plastics

and jigs. This is where a fellow should step-up.

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6'6"-7' MH action rod, 50lb braid, and a reel with a strong drag. With those techniques and grass you need power. Brands of rod and reel will depend on your budget and be highly subjective. 

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I'm using a Texas rig setup with zoom horny toads (my personal favorite). I'm certainly paying attention, I've just had numerous occasions where I've thrown my line against the shore and have had fish on that I had absolutely no idea were on because I couldn't feel any taps or tugs. When I throw my line against the store or structure these fish are hitting right away and thats the only way I get bites, my problem is I just can't feel them half the time so I randomly set the hook; sometimes I get a fish, sometimes it's nothing and I look like a fool. Thanks for the feedback.

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I think sensitivity is a BIG factor with bottom contact baits, specifically soft plastics

and jigs. This is where a fellow should step-up.

I agree. But anymore I do not think stepping it up means spending more. The 30 ton Toray blanks are just as sensitive and crisp as any high end Lamiglas or Loomis Ive ever owned, or at least very close. I will say that I have not fished new Loomis for the last couple seasons so I cannot really jugde how much better the NRX may have gotten.

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What is your current rod/reel you're using?

Once you get into braid as we discussed in your other thread, your sensitivity will sky rocket but the rod plays a big part of it too.

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What is your current rod/reel you're using?

Once you get into braid as we discussed in your other thread, your sensitivity will sky rocket but the rod plays a big part of it too.

 

I have a Quantum PT Accurist baitcaster on a 7' medium heavy Abu Garcia Silver Max pole

I also have a Quantum PT Energy spin reel on a 6'8 medium heavy Shimano Sellus pole 

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Go finesse.

 

7' MH graphite spinning rod.

2500 Spinning reel to match rod's parameters.

8 Pound fluorocarbon line

Drop Shot or Shaky Head or JIKA rigs for plastics.

 

7'MH graphite baitcaster

6:3 or 7:1 reel.

12 to 17 pound fluorocarbon line.

Crankbaits and other treble hook baits.

 

Always keep a finger on the line coming off the reel so you can feel the bites.

 

Learn how the line and bait feel without a bite. If you feel anything different SET THE HOOK!
 

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What is your current rod/reel you're using?

Once you get into braid as we discussed in your other thread, your sensitivity will sky rocket but the rod plays a big part of it too.

 

Good point.

On one outfit I'm running braid on a Dobyns and the sensitivity is almost too much (if there is such a thing).

A pebbled bottom feels like a steady stream of strikes.

 

Roger

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