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Alright guys i'm curious to know how many rods you guys are bringing out on a given day. I'm not saying tournaments cuz we all know more is better for that. Also, what is always rigged on some of those rods?

Personally always rigged:

-7' MH baitcaster = jigs

-6'6" MH baitcaster = cranks

-6'6" MH baitcaster = plastics

-6'6" M spinning = flippin tube

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We always take "six outfits" aboard: 3 pre-rigged by my wife and 3 pre-rigged by myself.

Regardless of what lure is pre-rigged, when push-comes-to-shove we both have access to 5 outfits.

We've come to prefer all-purpose spinning rods between 6' 6" & 6' 9" long, and for Florida's heavy cover

we use medium-heavy blanks (1/8 to 1oz lures <> 10 to 20-lb line).

All outfits are pre-rigged at home with the appropriate jig or hook,

but all soft-plastics are installed on the water.

For quick lure-change and experimentation, one of the 6 outfits always dons a snap (no swivel).

The lures chosen for pre-rigging are rarely the same from one outing to the next.

Roger

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on the kayak i bring 1-3.

on a rental jon boat usually 5-8. not because you need that many, i just hate digging through tackle boxes and retieing.

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I carry 7 rods in the boat. I have a 6'6" MH-M glass crankbait rod that needs 2 guides replaced and a reel. It will be number 8.

Baitcast:

7' MH-F, c-rig/heavy jigs

7' M-XF, t-rigged plastics/light jigs

6'6" MH-F( While this rod is rated MH-F it has a soft slower action. It is old and cheap-much like me.) crankbaits/spooks

6'6" MH-F, spinnerbaits/chatterbaits/jigs

6'6"M-F, jerkbaits/buzzbaits/poppers/spinnerbaits/t-rigs/small crankbaits/light jigs

Spinning:

6'6" M-F, wacky rigs/grubs

6'6" M-F shakeyheads/light crankbaits/light top water/dropshot

Like Roger, my wife fishes with me often and all combos are interchangeable.

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Casting:

7' Heavy Xfast Jigs/Rigs/Spinnerbaits (usually a Carolina to start.)

6'10" XH Xfast Pitching rod.  Jigs/Trigs

6'10" M Xfast Topwater/Small Crank/Jerkbait

6'6" Glass Crank/Spinnerbait/Topwater rod.

Spinning

7'2" Med Fast "finesse" Rod

6'10" Tube Dragger

6'3" plastics rod

All, typically, are rigged based on the lake I'm fishing before I leave the garage.

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Freshwater from shore, 1 rod med or light spinning 6'6 10# braid.

Saltwater inshore, 1 rod spinning 7'6 med 4000 reel, back up rod in car.

Saltwater offshore, 3 rods. Avet mxj on a Star handicraft 7' 10/25 for trolling 20# mono. 1 spinning, 8000 reel on a Shimano Blue water rod 10/25 for drifting, 17#mono.

1 spinning 5000 10/20 mh, 20# braid for casting for dolphin, cuda , bonita, cobia.

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Depends on how you are going to fish.

I like the 6'6" medium heavies plus a 7' for Carolina rigs, frogs/rats and pitching and flipping.

I bring additional reels ready to go in case a baitcaster brakes or gets a bad backlash or the spinning reel goes nuts with line twist.

Easier to carry fewer rods and more reels.

If you plan your trip and what you are going to be throwing you will take much less tackle.  ;)

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On my pontube (float tube) I carry 3 rods. Usually I have 2 spinning setups and one BC setup:

1 - 6'6" medium heavy spinning - senkos

1 - 6'6" medium heavy spinning - spinner/crankbaits

1 - 7'    medium BC - topwater/frogs

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I have an arsenal of 6 rods that I normally have onboard, but it changes for whatever the circumstances might be. For example, a clear lake with smallies I will have another spinning outfit or two and lighter action casting rods, versus a dirty water largie lake where jigs and frogs will be the ticket I will have heavier stuff.

But right now on my deck is:

Casting:

7'6" Heavy Flipping stick with a jig/punchbait

7' Heavy with a T-rigged beaver/finnese flip bait/frog/C-rig.

7' Med Heavy with a Spinner bait/C-Rig/T-rig/Senko

7' Med Heavy with a 4" suspending Jerkbait/Flukes T-Rig

7' Medium with a Rattle Spot/Crank baits

Spinning"

6'9" MH fast with a shakee head/drop-shot/small tube

This will probably be the rods I carry 90% of the time with various baits on them for the situation. Only a trip to say Erie, the Potomac etc. would make me swap out rods or leave a rod home. These rods allow for everything I need in most circumstances right at hand.

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This weekend I'm fishing the Tennessee River

downstream from Wilson Dam:

PR844C/ Core 100 Megabass PopMax/ Bandit 200

AVC66MF/ Scorpion 1000 LC Slender Pointer

MBR842C/ Core 50MG7 Rage Tail Smokin' Rooster

AVC70MM/ Chronarch Sebile Flatt77/ River2Sea lipless crank

ES70MF/ Stella 2500FD GYCB Kut Tail/ Senko/ Fat Ika

EC70MHF/ Calais/ 3/4 oz Ledgebuster Single Willow Blade

8-)

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steez 103/cbr785...trebles

steez 100/mbr783...blades

steez 103/bcr803...plastics

steez 100/bcr804...jigs

sustain 2500/sjr783 just for kicks.

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steez 100ha / steez flexlite 7'M - cranks/spinner/buzz

steez 103sha / steez flexlite 6'5"ML - plastics

steez 103sha / steez compilex 7'1"H - jigs

steez 103sha / steez svf-xbd 7'4XH - frogs

steez 103ha / steez svf 7'MH - multi-purpose

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Depends on the time of day and season.  During spring time, and through prespawn, I'll have a hard jerkbait rigged up, two crankbait rods, and small swimbait rod, finesse worm and one or two spinner/chatterbait rods.

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i bring five whenever I go out.  Here is a list.

6'6" H, Casting-Jigs, T-rigs in heavy cover.

6'8" MH, Casting-T-rigs, Shakey Heads in heavy cover, Topwater

6'6" MH, Casting-Spinnerbaits, Buzzbaits, Topwater

7' MH, Casting-Crankbaits, Lipless Crankbaits

6'6" M, Spinning-Weightless Soft Plastics, Jerkbaits, Shakey Heads

Some things I always have tied on are a medium depth crank or lipless crank, white/chart spinnerbaits, weightless fluke, t-rigged power worm, and a jig.

Next up for me will probably be a proper flippin stick.

Cliff

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