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Has this scenario been covered?

Mods please pull this if it's been posted like 20 times. I couldn't find anything.

Anyway, here goes.

Imagine a day on your typical 1500 to 5000 acre midwestern lake and you can only have 5 rods rigged on the boat. You've never fished this water so the lake is unfamiliar.

What do you take? List rod length, power / action, and type of line. Then briefly list what the 5 represent & what they cover - cranking rig, jigs and heavy plast rig, heavier swimbait rig, drop shot rig, etc.

I hope to buy my first glass boat this year, and have assembled about 3 good rod / reel combos so far. I've bought a few used Loomis IMX rods from guys on these forums, and just ordered an 09 Citica E. I'm phasing out some of my old fishing equipment I've used for years fishing from the bank and now I'm trying to understand what kind of rod arsenal will be the most comprehensive for me once I have access to the whole lake.

Can't wait to hear a few replies.

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7' MH T-rig Baby Paca Craw Gamma line 12lb.

7' MH C-rig 7 in. to 10in.worm or a lizard Sufix Braid  with a Fluorocarbon leader.

7' M  Finesse worm or finesse jig,Triline 10lb. Fluorocarbon

7'6" H jigs ( flippin, pitchin ) Sufix Braid 50 lb.

6'    MH senko's Gamma 10lb.

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Dobyns 784 - Jigs or C-Rig

Dobyns 734  - Little heavier soft plastics, spinnerbaits, etc.

Dobyns 733 - Weightless and other soft plastics

Dobyns 705CB - Crankin/Spinnerbaits

Dobyns 702 - Drop Shot / Shaky Head

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really depends on time of year but here are my 5 versatile rods

7' medium action G. Loomis 843 cbr 10# test (topwater, shallow-med cranks)

7' medium heavy G. Loomis 843 IMX spinning 8# test (finesse worms,senkos)

6'6" medium heavy G. Loomis 783 IMX bc 15# test (spinnerbait, jigs,buzzbait, tx rigged worms)

7'1" Heavy G. Loomis Mossyback 854 15-17# test (jigs, tx rigged creature baits, toads)

6'6" medium 782 IMX spinning 8# test (tubes/grubs, senkos, flukes)

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really depends on time of year but here are my 5 versatile rods

7' medium action G. Loomis 843 cbr 10# test (topwater, shallow-med cranks)

7' medium heavy G. Loomis 843 IMX spinning 8# test (finesse worms,senkos)

6'6" medium heavy G. Loomis 783 IMX bc 15# test (spinnerbait, jigs,buzzbait, tx rigged worms)

7'1" Heavy G. Loomis Mossyback 854 15-17# test (jigs, tx rigged creature baits, toads)

6'6" medium 782 IMX spinning 8# test (tubes/grubs, senkos, flukes)

That's OK Triton, I'm looking for opinions on 'generic' anytime - anyplace combos.

This is awesome. Thanks.

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Excellent post

1) 6'6"-7', M, mod. fast, for shallow- mid cranks, traps and light spinners

2) 7'-7'6" MH, mod fast, for mid to deep cranks , traps and heavy spinners

3) 7' M-MH, fast to X-fast action, <1/2 t-rigs, weightless t-rigs, spinners

4) 7'-7'6" MH, fast to X-fast action, > 1/2 oz t-rigs, c-rigs, jigs, light swimbaits and spinners

5) Would depend on the time of year, lake and what kind of fishing I thought I would be doing.  Probably a dedicated swimbait rod or walk the dog topwater rod

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Id be like Alan Jackson at a Eminem hip hop show LOST.So in the midwest so id bring 2 rods one spinnin rod 6 lb line rigged with a manns jelly worm and a BC with a blk /blu jig tipped with a brush baby braid 50 lb

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I have no clue what it's like to fish in the Midwest but I'd feel more than comfortable with my regular 5 rod set up.

1.  G Loomis 7'1 M/H GLX BCR853, Calcutta TE100DC 15 Yo-Zuri mono 8-10" worms.

2.  G-Loomis 7'1 M/H GLX BCR853, Calcutta TE100DC 15 Yo-Zuri mono, Jigs

3.  G-Loomis 7' M CBR843C, Daiwa Sol, 10 Invisex Fluoro, Crank baits-Traps

4.  G-Loomis 7' M GLX MBR842C, Chronarch 50mg, 10 mono, Small jerk baits

5.  G-Loomis 7' IMX  M/H MBR843C, Chronarch 50mg, 12 Yo-Zuri mono, Flukes, topwater (Spooks, Skitter walk).

I may substitute #4 with my flipping stick/swimbait rod.

G-Loomis 7'5 M/H Mossyback BCFR893, Calcutta 200TE, 20 mono.

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st croix ES66MLF - tube/split shot/grub

loomis BSR852 - senko / dropshot / shakey

loomis SJR783S - 1/8oz t-rigged 6" worm / 1/4oz bitsy bug with 3" paca craw

loomis BCR803 - 3/8 oz jig with trailer

loomis MBR783C - 3/8 oz white spinnerbait

what are crankbaits?

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Depends on the time of year but...

6'8" MHVY fast rod for spinnerbaits/buzzbaits (search bait)

6'6" Med fast for crankbaits/Rat L traps/top water (search baits)

7" Mhvy fast for jigs/soft plastics/c-rig

7'2" Mhvy fast for flippin/pitchin/frog

6' medium spinning rod for small baits

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1. G-Loomis 7ft H GL3 MBR844c/Quantum Tour PT Burner/50lb Stren Super or Sonic Braid = Frogs

2. G-Loomis 7ft H IMX MBR844c/Quantum Tour PT Burner/40lb Stren Super or Sonic Braid = Worms & Jigs

3. G-Loomis 6'6" H IMX MBR784c/Quantum Energy PT 6:3/17lb Stren Low Vis Green Mono = Spinner Baits

4. G-Loomis 6'6" MH GL3 MBR783c/Quantum Energy PT 6:3/12 Stren Low Vis Green Mono = Shallow Crank Baits

5. G-Loomis 7ft IMX MH MBR843c/Quantum Tour PT 6:3/14lb Stren Low Vis Green Mono = All Around everything else setup. Traps, Deeper Cranks, Jerk Baits, Plastics, ...................

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Seasonal patterns don't always lend themselves to the same type setups for me but in general I'd tend to take the following to be able to cover most of the bases. All of them are loaded with 30# Power Pro with some type of leader either fluro or mono varying from 10-17#.  Now as for baits I'd need a wheel barrow. :)

7' HF casting rod/reel

7' MHF casting rod/reel

6.5' MHF casting rod/reel

6.5' M spinning rod/reel

6.5 M spinning rod/reel

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Seasonal patterns don't always lend themselves to the same type setups for me but in general I'd tend to take the following to be able to cover most of the bases. All of them are loaded with 30# Power Pro with some type of leader either fluro or mono varying from 10-17#. Now as for baits I'd need a wheel barrow. :)

7' HF casting rod/reel

7' MHF casting rod/reel

6.5' MHF casting rod/reel

6.5' M spinning rod/reel

6.5 M spinning rod/reel

I hadn't seen fluoro mentioned much yet. I think that's been somewhat of a surprise. Braid mentioned quite a bit though.

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Id be like Alan Jackson at a Eminem hip hop show LOST.So in the midwest so id bring 2 rods one spinnin rod 6 lb line rigged with a manns jelly worm and a BC with a blk /blu jig tipped with a brush baby braid 50 lb

A purist.

You and my brother would get along just fine, Maxximus. Long live the Manns Jelly worm.

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7' H Kistler Helium LTX - Daiwa Steez 103H w/ Trilene 100% fluoro 15lb. - (jigs)

7' MH Kistler Helium LTX - Daiwa Alphas Ito 103 AI w/ Trilene 100% Fluoro 12 lb. - (spinnerbaits)

7' MH Kistler Helium LTX - Daiwa Alphas Ito 103 AI w/ Yozuri Hybrid Ultrasoft 10 lb. - (topwater)

7' M Kistler Helium LTA - Daiwa Liberto Pixy w/ Yozuri Hybrid Ultrasoft 6 lb. - (shallow cranks)

7'6" M Kistler Helium LTA - Daiwa Zillion Crazy Cranker 100P w/ Trilene 100% Fluoro 10 lb. - (deep cranks)

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The most I carry are 5 rods on the boat, from those 3 rods are always the same:

(M) GLoomis CR722 or MBR782 ---> finesse presentations and cranks

(MH)GLoomis CR723 or MBR783 ---> worming & jigging

(H) GLoomis CR724 or MBR784 ---> jigging/spinnerbaiting

Then if necessary I add other rods like a SJR782 or the CR721 or the Bosco or the swimbait rod, the additions to those basic 3 depends greatly on which lake I 'm going to fish.

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St. Croix Legend 7'3'' MH.........buzzing and floating frogs

St. Croix Legend 7'0'' M...........fluke and soft stick bait

American Rodsmiths 7'0' H.......jig rod

American Rodsmiths 6'10''.......worm rod

St. Croix Avid 6'8'' M spinning..shakey head

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1. G. Loomis GLX 894 7'5 Rod for flipping jigs and soft plastics.

2. Dobyns 734 7'3 Rod for Chatterbaits, Topwater and spinnerbaits.

3. Shimano Cumara 7'2 MH Rod for finesee soft plastics/dropshotting.

4. Fenwick Crankshaft 7'3 Cranking stick for crankbaiting.

5. Dobyns 735 7'3 Rod for Buzzbaits, Small Swimbaits & Wakebaits.

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5 setups is all I ever carry on any body of water :)

Jigs or Carolina Rig: Daiwa TD-V701MHRB Team Daiwa-V Medium Heavy Extra Fast & Shimano Cardiff CDF100A spooled with braid

Texas Rigged Plastic: Shimano Crucial CRC-X610MH Medium Heavy Extra Fast & Shimano Calcutta CT100A spooled with Berkley Big Game 15# Mean Green

Lipless Crank Bait: Castaway CSAP68 Sport Series Med. Heavy All Purpose & Shimano Calcutta CT100A spooled with Berkley Big Game 15# Mean Green

Finesse Presentations: Castaway CSB66 Medium Heavy Medium Heavy Extra Fast & Shimano Cardiff CDF100A spooled with Berkley Big Game 12# Mean Green

Spinner Baits: Bass Pro Shops SG60MT Spiral Medium Heavy Extra Fast & Shimano Calcutta CT50A spooled with Berkley Big Game 15# Mean Green

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5 is the most I ever have with me.

St. Croix LTB 7' M/F, Stradic 2500 YoZuri UltraSoft #6 or PP 10/2, all soft plastics

Shimano Crucial 6'3" M/XF, Saros 2500 YoZuri UltraSoft #6, grubs, hairjigs and skipping baits

St. Croix LE 7'6" MH/F, reel TBD, PP 50, pitchin

Loomis SBR813 6'9" MH/XF, Revo SC, YoZuri US #12, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits

Shimano Crucial 6'6" MH/XF, Energy PT, PP 50, jigs

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Here is what I always have on my boat deck. I'm pretty sure you can guess that I use all Shimano or GLoomis rods and Shimano reels :) And lots of FC line here in So-Cal.

Swimbait

Wakebait

6" swimbait

Jig/Worm

Finesse rod of some sort

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The disciplined approach. I like it. I carry around a dozen setups, but rarely put more than 5 in a boat; sometimes less.

1. 6'6" Setyr MH-F, TD Fuego, #12, Shake2 jighead & GYCB Hula Grub

2. 6'6" Setyr M-F, Millionaire, #12, spinnerbait / topwater

3. 6'8" Avid M-XF, Revo STX, #10, Fat Ika / Senko

4. 6'8" Cumara M-XF, TD Fuego, #12, T-Rig / Jig

5. 7' Setyr M-F, Revo STX, #10, Tube / Fluke / Jigworm

Ask me tomorrow. I'll probably give a different answer. ;D

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7'6" H  flippin stick (14#mono) for big cranks & pike lures.  7'6" M flippin stick (10# mono) for most cranks,spinnerbaits, and jigs. 7'Mh spin (10#mono)jigs, worms, and cranks if it is real windy. 7' M spin (8#mono)all-purpose. 7'ML spin (6#mono)dropshot. 6'6"M spin (6#mono)senko,surface,grub,tube etc.  (i usually carry 7 rigs in my boat)

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