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Just joined this site in looks for knowledge and help. I am fairly new to bass fishing, about 2 years. I'm getting the Quantum Energy pt baitcasting reel. I would like to get the St. Croix bass mojo trigger rod, but don't know what would be ideal for that reel. Need to know length, power, action etc. I do alot of texas rigging if that helps. Also what is the best type and strength of line to use for that. Live in indiana so any help and knowledge would be great. Thanks!!!

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Welcome aboard, Cameron.

 

Since you're new, I'd strongly recommend you hit up

the articles on the site, and hit the forum search function.

 

There's been a lot of discussion on the Mojo series of 

rods, and others.

 

In the mean time, are you fishing from shore, a boat, 

a kayak/canoe? 

 

A general length would be 6'6" in MH or M for TX

rigging.  Some of us use braid for mainline and tie

on leaders for shock, abrasion resistance, etc. Braid

handles better (IMHO) than mono, copoly, or fluoro.

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~

 

Your rod selection depends on various factor some of which revolve around (but are not limited to) a few factors:

 

Cover your fishing

weight & type of baits used

Type / strength of line used

and a host of others

 

To keep it simple the St Croix Mojo Bass Casting Rods  MBC70MF - Plastics & the MBC70MHF - Spinnerbait ~  are both decent all purpose sticks and will do well to meet your needs. 

 

Good Luck

 

A-Jay

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Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource ~

Your rod selection depends on various factor some of which revolve around (but are not limited to) a few factors:

Cover your fishing

weight & type of baits used

Type / strength of line used

and a host of others

To keep it simple the St Croix Mojo Bass Casting Rods MBC70MF - Plastics & the MBC70MHF - Spinnerbait ~ are both decent all stick and will do well to meet your needs.

Good Luck

A-Jay

This is very true. It all depends. However, if you are just wanting to fish sparse cover and some rocks with a Texas rig, I would recommend the following.

If you mainly throw 1/4 and 3/8oz t-rigs - 6'6"-7' medium power fast action rod on 10-12# fluorocarbon line

3/8 and 1/2 oz - same just up the power of the rod to medium heavy and jump the line up to 12-15#.

Anything heavier or lighter just move up in rod power and # test accordingly.

A good cheapish fluorocarbon line is Seaguar red label.

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Thanks for the comments guys do appreciate it. I fish out of a boat and i generally use 5 -7' worms with 1/16 to 1/8 weight and creature baits when I texas rig. But I some times use lures as well. But as this is the most money I have invested in a reel and rod, just needed to know what was the best overall if im I am to throw lures and soft plastics.I know soneone said depends on weight of lure, but is there something out there that is a good overall for all baits and sizes? Still not very educated in this department sorry, hints why I am here lol. Thanks again guys

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When you approach buying a rod, think of what you want to use it for and the types of baits, that will dictate the rod you are going to buy. For example, you are going after bass with Texas rigged soft plastic baits, for that presentation I'd get a rod that is between 6'6" and 7' that is a medium heavy power with a fast action.

 

The 6'6" to 7' medium heavy power, fast action is what is typically known as an "all purpose" type set up, it will be good for fishing Texas rigs, jigs, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits , basically any bait or technique that features a single, large hook. As for hard body lures like crankbaits and topwaters, or lures with treble hooks, you would want a 6'6" to 7' medium power, fast action or a medium power, moderate action, it gets a little tricky if you're new to fishing lures for bass but the concept is simple. Treble hooks aren't large enough to always penetrate a fish's mouth and instead it gets tangled in the flesh, so a rod that is stiff, like a medium heavy, fast action rod will often put too much pressure on the lure and it will pull the hooks free and the fish gets away. To keep that from happening we use moderate action rods that have a lot of flex so that it keeps pressure on the fish but when it makes a run or a sudden surge, the rod will bend keeping pressure on the fish but not so much the hooks get pulled free. The problem is these moderate action rods often lack enough backbone  to drive large diameter jig and worm hooks through a fish's mouth good enough to not lose the fish so the solution is 2 different rods but that doesn't always work for everyone but there is a compromise. You can sort of meet in the middle by getting a 6'6" - 7' medium power, fast action rod, this will have enough backbone to drive all but the heavy flipping style hooks home through a fish's mouth and it will be forgiving enough that it won't pull the hooks out of the mouth all the time but it comes with a sacrifice. This medium power, fast action rod will limit you in that you will have to fish sparse or moderate cover with smaller baits as you will only be able to fish like 1/4oz to 5/8oz lures but when it comes to jigs and spinnerbaits you'll be looking at 3/8oz because the skirt and trailer aren't included in the weight as you only get the head weight. So figure out what you use more and go from there, I hope I didn't confuse you.

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Thats what I needed to know. Thanks to all. If there is any more tips please feel free to post. Thanks for all the help

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If you are going to throw 1/16 oz and 1/8 oz weights, I'd stick to a spinning outfit unless you wanna drop some serious dough on a good finesse baitcaster. You can still throw those weights with casting gear, but to me it's a pain. It's up to you though.

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By the sound of the lure weights you listed, and you are looking at a st croix mojo rod, my opinion would be for you to get the 7 ft medium fast action. I think they label it as a plastics rod. It is very versatile and in all honesty is a med/heavy powered rod by most manufacturers standards. It's rated 1/4 to 5/8 ounce lures and has a good solid backbone. It will handle the lighter t Riggs, senkos, spinnerbaits and your trebles just fine and as an added bonus is lighter at the tip which makes it much more comfortable to use. If I were to take only one st croix rod with me, and I wasn't flipping this would be the rod I chose.

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So would that be a good rod to use with the Quantum Energy? And what is the best line and poundvto use for plastics? Just welcome for opinions

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For 1/16-1/8 oz weights? A light action is about all you can use effectively. Just go by the lure weight ratings on the rods. Although these aren't exact, they are a good guideline. A cheaper and lighter rod than the mojo is the tfo signature series. It also has a better warranty. I like mine a lot.

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Cam,

 

You're not all that far from me. 

 

Come spring, I have a number of rods of different lengths I'd be willing to let you try.  None are in the St Croix class, but you might get an idea of what you want.

 

I personally prefer 3/8oz and heavier lures, but have been known to throw lighter with a medium rod, and much lighter with an ultralight spinning setup.

 

Josh

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That'll be cool. But im using my tax check to buy this stuff lol. So I dont know if I can wait that long lol. I mean I use soft plastics majority of the time. Occasionally will I throw hard lures. But my step dad and me fish big barbee chains and tippy. Isn't that close to where you are? But I'd be up for fishing regardless. Only downfall dont have my own boat... but looking to get one when I pay off my mustang to get a truck

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By all means, get a Medium/Fast Action of your choice.  Spend time practicing.  Train your thumb on that Quantum!  I don't know that real well and don't therefore know how it would handle lures lighter than 3/8 even with a ML rod.  (I prefer Ambassadeur reels in the 5000/5500 size range).  It depends a lot on the bearings, lube, and spool mass.

 

I'm in the general neighborhood -- you're talking Warsaw IN, right?  It's been years since I fished there.

 

Josh

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Yeah by Tippeecanoe. But think you said you fish salmonie... been there once but little rough. How do you do there? I used my step dads boat there but just didnt know any spots.

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The quantum energy is a fine reel. I peg plastics to 1/8 ounce weight all the time and have no problem casting them even with my older reels. 1/16 weights is tough. If you are looking for other reel options, a 50 sized shimano is all that I've ever had experience with, it will cast lighter baits a little easier. I'm sure there are other finesse casting reels out there but I have no experience with them.

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If you're going down to 1/16 of an ounce a spinning rod/reel might be a better option for you. Otherwise, if you already have the reel you should probably be looking at the 7' M/F "Plastics" rod.

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