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Hey guys. I bought a Pflueger Supreme 8040 MG Spinning Reel when I was younger and just pulled it out of storage. I do not have a rod for it but it is in good condition and I would hate to retire it. I am wondering what recommendations y'all have concerning action, size, and brand of rod you would recommend pairing with this specific reel. Also looking for recommendations for what lures and styles of fishing are best suited for this rod and reel combo. Below are the specs of the reel. It's a good size reel shall I say. 10 bearings and is also rated at 12lb/215 yards.

 

 

8040MG 250 yards / 10 Lb. 6.2:1 9.6 oz Left & Right Medium Freshwater

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Lets start this a little differently. What type of fishing do you like to do. Also what are your other rod and reel combos.

That reel is very versatile, a little on the larger size but still very versatile. 

Do you fish fresh or salt  primarily?  Do you fish for cats at all?

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I fish everything. Catfish, bass, crappie, trout, all the wiper and striper species, walleye. Almost exclusively inshore. My other combos are another thing. When I was younger I had no idea what I was doing - piecing together rod and reel combos so the following is what I ended up with:

 

Baitcast Combo 1: (Bass Pro Carbonlite Rod - 7", medium power, fast action) paired with (Abu Garcia Revo S believe it is 6.4:1)

 

Baitcast Combo 2: (Team Diawa Pro Rod (TD701MFHB) - 7", medium heavy power, action is unknown) paired with Bass Pro Qualifier Tournament edition reel looks like it is 6.4:1)

 

I am willing to buy new set ups for bass fishing. However, this is what I have. Not sure what type of fishing I should be doing with either setup as well. Willing to switch reels and rods to accommodate new setups however I would like to be able to use the equipment I have. 

 

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Its got a ton of line capacity but is still  light enough for tip up presentations. I'd fill the spool up with backing, top it with braid, and find a good 7' Medium Pwr Fast action rod and fish senkos and the like. Maybe even throw smaller, lightweight frogs and such in lighter cover.

 

 

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Your two combos are fine and will serve you well. 

I asked those questions in order to figure out how that reel could serve you best.  I appreciate the picture into your fishing world.  Many bass only guys they would have picked a smaller version of that reel just to balance it with a typical "finesse rod" for bass.

Now the guys that fish for things in a saltier world would go for that size reel as fast as they could.

I like craww's idea but you could also go for a little more stout 7 foot MH fast action rod and chase catfish, stripers, wipers and walleye with it.

If it were me I would spool the reel 1/2 way with something like 14 pound or 17 pound Stren mono. I like this line for use as backing and in the event you hang a big one it is quality line to fight a fish on.  I would fill the rest of the spool up with 50 pound braid.  Another good option would be 17 pound Big Game mono.

Now you could go with one of the stouter 'catfish specific" rods and depending on your budget Bass Pro has several. I have a friend that fishes for cats a lot and she likes the BPS catmaxx rods.  Of course there is always an Ugly stick catfish series.  If you have a larger budget then a MojoCat from St Croix is a great choice.

If you want a more all around combo that can still catch a cat but also a striper, wiper etc then I would look at a rod like a Cabelas Salt Striker Inshore rod. Look at the ISS-706-2FB 7 foot 2 piece Heavy or an Ugly stick striper series rod.

Ifd you use lighter lures or weight/bait combos for the stripers,and wipers  then go with a more medium specced rod.

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I'm not an expert on this topic, but...

 

Because the 40 size is fairly large (and sticks out from the rod), you probably want to consider the size and height of the stripper guide (closest to the reel).  Typically it is preferred to have the line go from the reel through the guide with minimal tension and friction.  For that reason it may be a better fit for heavier power rods that have guides positioned for larger reels.

 

Take it to the shop and see what rods feel right with it.

 

Also, being magnesium, it should stay away from salt water.

 

I have the 30 size in that reel.  It is smooth and light :)

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2 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Your two combos are fine and will serve you well. 

I asked those questions in order to figure out how that reel could serve you best.  I appreciate the picture into your fishing world.  Many bass only guys they would have picked a smaller version of that reel just to balance it with a typical "finesse rod" for bass.

Now the guys that fish for things in a saltier world would go for that size reel as fast as they could.

I like craww's idea but you could also go for a little more stout 7 foot MH fast action rod and chase catfish, stripers, wipers and walleye with it.

If it were me I would spool the reel 1/2 way with something like 14 pound or 17 pound Stren mono. I like this line for use as backing and in the event you hang a big one it is quality line to fight a fish on.  I would fill the rest of the spool up with 50 pound braid.  Another good option would be 17 pound Big Game mono.

Now you could go with one of the stouter 'catfish specific" rods and depending on your budget Bass Pro has several. I have a friend that fishes for cats a lot and she likes the BPS catmaxx rods.  Of course there is always an Ugly stick catfish series.  If you have a larger budget then a MojoCat from St Croix is a great choice.

If you want a more all around combo that can still catch a cat but also a striper, wiper etc then I would look at a rod like a Cabelas Salt Striker Inshore rod. Look at the ISS-706-2FB 7 foot 2 piece Heavy or an Ugly stick striper series rod.

Ifd you use lighter lures or weight/bait combos for the stripers,and wipers  then go with a more medium specced rod.

Cabela's has the Salt Striker on sale from $80 to $40 right now. Obviously a pretty good deal. Is this known to be a pretty good rod? On a final note, given the other comments, I would like to be able to use this rod for wiper, striper, walleye.

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Its reviewed pretty highly. I have never touched one.  I suggested it because it is suggested for fish like snook and reds, well cats and stripers fall in that same category lure weight and power, in my mind. I would check them out more closely.

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A 7ft MHF rod will cover most types of fishing.  The Berkley Lightning Rod Shock is a nice affordable model.

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Welcome aboard, @Tristan Hayes!

 

Good advice above. That reel is a great inshore reel based

on what I've read. If you like 7' rods, then there are plenty

that will offer both salt (inshore) and fresh capabilities. In 

fact nearly any rod will work so long as it is rinsed afterward

in fresh water.

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