new mooching rod?

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Fixit, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    ive got a set of shimano TRD 9'6" medium heavy medium fast rods that i like but they are getting old.

    looking to upgrade to 10'6" with my new admunson reels but not sure of which rod to buy

    ive got a convergence medium heavy, slow action but i feel it lacks enough backbone to pop the clip reliably (al least from what i can feel)

    ill need 4 rods, so looking to spend less than 200$ea. Also i want a rod with a longer but grip- so the reel doesnt rub the scotty rod holders?
    any recomendations guys?

  2. tubber

    tubber Well-Known Member

    I got one there for $149 last Boxing Day.
    Reel up with the tip downward, hold the rod and the reel handle with one armpit and hand and let the ball down with the other hand to pop the clip. My buddy nearly took his eye out when a Convergence blew up, but I find then fine for the price if you're careful.
  3. scott craven

    scott craven Well-Known Member

    Just a suggestion, hit the up button on the downrigger and reel up with the rigger.
    release the clip once you get to the surface.
    much easier on the rods.
  4. Fishtofino

    Fishtofino Well-Known Member

    Derby sold me some great downrigger rods with a nice butt that doesn’t get impacted like cork from being in the holder.
    The brand name was Kufa. They don’t break
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
  5. fishin solo

    fishin solo Well-Known Member

    Titan ttsa3106
  6. Sentinel

    Sentinel Active Member

    ^This!^ I have seen many a good rod broken with people trying to get the line out of the clip. Even if there is a fish on the line but hasn’t released, just hit up and reel to keep up and things will work themselves out. If it is a good enough fish it will come loose of the clip on the way up. If it doesn't come loose it is most likely not worthy of keeping anyway.
  7. Whole in the Water

    Whole in the Water Well-Known Member

    Shimano Technium's are under $200, good rod, great actions, virtually indestructible, that's why many fishing guides use them. I have 3 and love them.
  8. Discus

    Discus Well-Known Member

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  9. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    what model rod holder are u using?
  10. wildthing

    wildthing Well-Known Member

    why not match your tmx-5s with one of Amundsons team them up....
  11. Ripperoflips

    Ripperoflips Member

    The first thing that you have to realize when you're buying a mooching rod is that it's a mooching rod not a down rigging rod. If you have a composite rod blow up on you it is more than likely a defect in the rod or the rod blank has been bruised. I'v got 2 mooching Technium's and never have had a problem, but then again I mooch with them.
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  12. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    #350 rodmasterII
    And your typical stainless 30 degree in gunnel rod holder

    Usually it’s the stainless holder that I have problems with the reel touching the gunnel as the buts are shorter on a lot of the mooching rods
  13. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    Not easy to do when you stack rods

  14. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    i like the techniums, could someone measure the butt section of their rod? The 8.5” butt on the convergence rods is too short for me

    I noticed that daiwa has 10’6 downrigger rods anyone tried these?
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
  15. Salmon Seeker

    Salmon Seeker Active Member

    I like Ugly Stik. Mine have stood up to alot of abuse
  16. Buckethead905

    Buckethead905 Member

    IMG_6766.JPG Medium heavy, slow-action Shimano Technium rods are outstanding.
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  17. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    8 1/4 inches
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  18. fishin_magician

    fishin_magician Well-Known Member

    This type of thread comes up on the board every so often.

    Shimano Technium is the only way to fly under $200. the Rapala Moocher a good rod too.

    Shimano Convergences are crap and with each passing generation they are made worse than the last generation. Legitimately they are a $50 rod. I know a local charter firm who blows these rods up often....doing things right.

    Trophy Titans are good rods.
    I have several years on a set of 8 Trophy Titans but in my opinion they are not as industrial as the Shimano Techniums. The action though is what I am sold on with the Titans.

    From what I have seen among other brands.....stay away.

    I take care of my I have to say listen to the advice of those who know.

    I was in Steveston Marine and Hardware just recently and I checked out what was there....lots of junk. I shop PNT frequently. Go with what the pros use. Use what the pros use.
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  19. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    Put a good 45 days on the Okuma Celilo this last season and this rod stood up very well.... and I now run a set of them with my shimano tech .. :)
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  20. fishizzle

    fishizzle Member

    Fenwick HMX 10'6" $129 at Berrys... great rod and better warranty...had the cork spin on one and they replaced it no questions asked and I didn't have the receipt
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