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So I am in need of some help. I currently have 3 BPS Pro Qualifiers 6.4:1 reels on 6'6" Med/Hvy fast action (BPS Extreme) , 7' Med/Hvy fast action (Johnny Morris Carbonlite) , and a 7' Med fast action(Pro Qualifier Tournament IM8 graphite). I would like like to add/upgrade to my collection. I mainly fish out of a kayak in stained waters. What are your suggestions? I am in SW Ohio and fish a combo of lake and river. 

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i would say add a spinning rod to that collection or a moderate action rod for crankbaits

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2nd on spinning rod for really light lures (inline spinners, ned rigs, senkos)

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Yep...and before you ask, Pflueger President for the reel.  Get another of those Carbonlite (Medium Light will work just fine)rods that happen to be on sale right at the moment and you are set.

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Spinning, 6'6"-7', ml-m power, f-xf action. Light weighted to weightless plastics and light lure finnese fishing covered.

 

Pick what feels best to you and matches the type of water and cover that you fish. 

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Wow, Thanks for all of the advice!! To go along with all the spinning reel recommendations, What type of line? 

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Over decades I have tried too many different lines on the spinning reels my wife and I use.

We both prefer Berkley original FireLine in 14 pound test (that is equal to the diameter of 6 pound test mono).   I will spool the reel 1/2 way up with 14 pound Stren mono as backing, then attach the FireLine.  I also like to add a 4 foot leader of 8 pound either Stren original mono or P LIne CXX in moss green.

 

This is the setup on 6 out of our 10 spinning combos. The others have either 65 pound Power Pro Spectra for jigs and frogs or 8 pound Halo for throwing light weight jerkbaits in cold water.

 

We have come to really like the way the Berkley FireLine handles on the reel.  The line will feel weird to you at first. Once it gets wet it will stop feeling kinda wirery. It will become very smooth and will almost never coil off, unless you cause an issue.  It is very abrasion resistant, strong and thin.  As with any line on a spinning reel, I highly recommend you get in the habit of ALWAYS closing the bail by hand.  Using the reel to close thebail just causes line issues eventually.  Also never reel as a fish pulls drag. Let it run or add a little resistance with your hand, but never reel as this will add line twist as well.

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I use braid, 10-15lb and tie on leaders.  I would also say get a 2500 sized reel, so you have a good all around reel.

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2 hours ago, lmbfisherman said:

I use braid, 10-15lb and tie on leaders.  I would also say get a 2500 sized reel, so you have a good all around reel.

 

Which knot do you use to tie on the leader? 

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I use the alberto knot to tie leaders.  For me, it's the easiest and strongest knot.

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54 minutes ago, IT_Kayaker said:

 

Which knot do you use to tie on the leader? 

Modified Albright and uni to uni.

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I'd get a heavy powered rod frogs and pitching into cover.  I fish from a yak as well and I find myself fishing in pads and weeds alot.

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I always use a uni to uni or double uni. I find it very important to pay close attention once you make either loop, make sure that when you wrap around both lines and go through the loop the wraps lay smooth and do not cross over each other, this along with the usual lubricate the knot.  Make sure that when you pull down the first uni knot, before you tie the second knot, do not pull the first down completely tight, this allows the two knots to easily slide together later.

Then each one will be alternately tightened and pulled back up against each other.  I know my advice is confusing, so watch this video and then relate my advice to what you see on the video. It will make more sense I promise! Also I never bother with the chap stick suggestion. My fishing lines never came with lips! LOL  

 

The video says to tighten loop 1 down tight then do the same with knot two. I snug mine down but never all the way, I feel it can cause the lines to burn when pulled together later.  This can be a real possibility when one of those lines is a fluorocarbon leader.  Another little tidbit as I tighten both lines my way,  I have to alternately tighten the knots by  pulling on the main lines and tag ends alternatively

I believe these simple habits have allowed me to use this not very successfully for over the last 6 years without a single failure.

 

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Thanks for all of the advice. I ended up with a Pflueger President and a 13 Fishign *** black 7'4" Med/fast action. I put 30LB braid with a 8lb fluorocarbon leader tied on with the Albright knot. I did notice that the Albright was kind of big, maybe it was just because it was my first time tying the knot. To me the knot hung up on the guides. 

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29 minutes ago, IT_Kayaker said:

Thanks for all of the advice. I ended up with a Pflueger President and a 13 Fishign *** black 7'4" Med/fast action. I put 30LB braid with a 8lb fluorocarbon leader tied on with the Albright knot. I did notice that the Albright was kind of big, maybe it was just because it was my first time tying the knot. To me the knot hung up on the guides. 

Hmm I've never had this issue.  Practice makes perfect though.

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23 hours ago, lmbfisherman said:

Hmm I've never had this issue.  Practice makes perfect though.

 Yeah I agree.

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On 4/9/2017 at 7:14 AM, IT_Kayaker said:

Thanks for all of the advice. I ended up with a Pflueger President and a 13 Fishign *** black 7'4" Med/fast action. I put 30LB braid with a 8lb fluorocarbon leader tied on with the Albright knot. I did notice that the Albright was kind of big, maybe it was just because it was my first time tying the knot. To me the knot hung up on the guides. 

 

Does anyone know why the name of of the rod was removed? Did i miss something in the F&Q?

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