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Posted: 19 May 2011 12:21 PM
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hi i am a new member of kvd and i want to know if yall could help me out. i use only spinning reels and want to know what is the best reel rod combinations to use for worms/jigs, shallow crank baits/top water, medium to deep crank baits, and spinners? any replies would be great.

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Posted: 19 May 2011 02:01 PM   [ # 1 ]
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7ft fast action med for the worms jigs and spinners, med power moderate action for topwater and cranks

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Posted: 19 May 2011 02:04 PM   [ # 2 ]
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you need a 40 series reel and 7’ m with a fast tip rod for cranks and topwater and 40 series reel with 7’ mh-h with fast tip for spinnerbaits, jigs and worms. 7 ft will give you longer casts and more backbone.

I never fished baitcasting gear till i forced myself to learn it last year, i tell you what, it has made my fishing a whole lot easier and probably more productive, reeling in deep cranks and big spinnerbaits will wear you out on spinning gear, much easier on baitcasting gear. But to each their own, good luck

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Posted: 25 May 2011 04:10 PM   [ # 3 ]
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I use a 20 size Quantum Catalyst PTi-B for shallow to mid diver cranks which for me fishing from shore is about 6-8’ maybe 10/ max. Most or my reels are 20 size with a couple of 30 size reels as backup.

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Posted: 25 May 2011 04:15 PM   [ # 4 ]
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kvd uses nothing but 40 series spinning reels, if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me

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Posted: 25 May 2011 06:21 PM   [ # 5 ]
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I personally wouldn’t use a 40 size reel unless I was going to be using lines 12lb & over. I match my reel size to the line I’m planning on putting on it(4lb & under 10. 6-8lb 20, & 8-10 30) & 20/30 size can handle the under 10lb lines I throw on spinning gear just fine. 40 size reels are usually a couple ounces heavier than their 20/30 size counterparts & I don’t see the point in adding those extra ounces to get the bigger spool, especially for lines under 10lbs. You can always use braid if you want extra strength & smaller diameter on spinning reels, but watch out for wind knots, I’ve had a couple doozies throwing 20lb braid on spinning reels.

For rods, I’d go with a 7’ M or MH with F action for worms/jigs, depending on how the rod felt. If it’s a pretty solid M, I’d just use that, but I want some pretty good backbone to drive hooks for worms & jigs, so I’d likely go MH. Topwater I’d go with a 6’6” M, as I like the slightly shorter rod for working topwaters. It should also handle cranks solid as well.

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Posted: 26 May 2011 07:22 AM   [ # 6 ]
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kvd said in his book he uses 40 series reels exclusively. that’s good enough for me as far as advice goes, personally i don’t think i have any 40 series spinning reels except maybe for catfish, i think mine are 30 series, i do have a new president i have never used and i think it is a 35 series. i usually run 10 or 15 lb braid on my spinning reels when the weeds get high before then i usually throw 8-10-12 lb copolymer line. he wanting to throw spinnerbaits and deep cranks, worms and jigs and a smaller spinning reel would really labor when you’re throw these type baits and that’s why i told him 40 series.

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Posted: 26 May 2011 01:54 PM   [ # 7 ]
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For larger single hook baits like a spinnerbait a St. Croix Mojo MBS70MHF / Power Spin (3/8 - 3/4) with some 30# braid.  you gotta set these hooks.

Then a St. Croix MBS70MF / Tubes/Grubs.  Would work for cranks and topwater too.

Finally a St. Croix MBS69MLXF / Drop Shot.  Use 8# flouro with a 40, 4000, or 104 reel.

I have these rods and they are nice, but there are other good manufacturer’s too.  I think comfort and balance are really important.

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Posted: 26 May 2011 02:50 PM   [ # 8 ]
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I have a 30 series Plueger pres. reel, 2 of them in fact, and love them.  They are one of the smoothest spinning reels I have used and owned.  I use braid on them and pull Rapalas, lipped shallow or deep, lippless, spoons ect. I have no probs with them and have never had a problem getting them in.  I fish walleye and pike with it on a 7’ walleye rod.  I am getting a BP Qualifier on Sat. so I can use it for my cranks and spinners.  Really excited about it too. I have a great walleye weekend next weekend, so I will get a good chance to try it out.

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Posted: 26 May 2011 07:39 PM   [ # 9 ]
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I HATE size 40 reels, they are way too heavy and bulky for me. I stick with 30’s, and 20’s for super finesse. I like 6’6M Fast for finesse, and 6’6 MH for everything else.

Worm/jigs I would use a 6’6 or 7’ MH with 30lb braid.
Shallow cranks I would use a 6’6 or 7’ M with 30lb braid
Topwater I would use a 6’6 M with 10lb mono.

If you fish shaky heads or drop shots I would use a 6’6-7’ M or ML with 15lb braid if you can find it, if not 10 or 20lb.

Should be able to use a 30 series for all three unless you need to make extra long casts or in an area with heavy vegetation or lots of rocks where you need thick line (more room on a 40).

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Posted: 26 May 2011 07:45 PM   [ # 10 ]
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CincySid - 26 May 2011 07:22 AM

kvd said in his book he uses 40 series reels exclusively. that’s good enough for me as far as advice goes, personally i don’t think i have any 40 series spinning reels except maybe for catfish, i think mine are 30 series, i do have a new president i have never used and i think it is a 35 series. i usually run 10 or 15 lb braid on my spinning reels when the weeds get high before then i usually throw 8-10-12 lb copolymer line. he wanting to throw spinnerbaits and deep cranks, worms and jigs and a smaller spinning reel would really labor when you’re throw these type baits and that’s why i told him 40 series.

KVD uses a 40 series because he is a power fisherman and likes to move fast. Also says it reduces line twists which I agree with. But I still dont like them unless you get into the really expensive reels. My father has a pflueger supreme 40 and it is super light and nice, just wish I could afford one!

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Posted: 26 May 2011 08:20 PM   [ # 11 ]
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I like the 35 size presidents I got this winter, they balance nice with the 7’ med avids

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Posted: 26 May 2011 08:46 PM   [ # 12 ]
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BBK - 26 May 2011 07:39 PM

I HATE size 40 reels, they are way too heavy and bulky for me. I stick with 30’s, and 20’s for super finesse. I like 6’6M Fast for finesse, and 6’6 MH for everything else.

Worm/jigs I would use a 6’6 or 7’ MH with 30lb braid.
Shallow cranks I would use a 6’6 or 7’ M with 30lb braid
Topwater I would use a 6’6 M with 10lb mono.

If you fish shaky heads or drop shots I would use a 6’6-7’ M or ML with 15lb braid if you can find it, if not 10 or 20lb.

Should be able to use a 30 series for all three unless you need to make extra long casts or in an area with heavy vegetation or lots of rocks where you need thick line (more room on a 40).

I added 104 as in “Cardinal 104.”  These are really good reels and are about the size of 2500.  I’ve used 14lb mono on them with no problems.  I know you like what you like for a reason, but if you ever wanted a standby the old Cards ain’t too bad.

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Posted: 26 May 2011 10:48 PM   [ # 13 ]
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I fish a cardinal 302 for walleye, love it. So far this season I’ve caught countless 10lb+ drum, a 8.75lb flathead today, and a 20.13lb carp on it and it hasnt had any problems.

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Posted: 27 May 2011 07:35 AM   [ # 14 ]
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i agree 40 reels are heavy and i don’t have one, if i’m power fishing baitcasters are the way to go but if you don’t have the money for good baitcasters you have to use spinning gear, catfish_hunter sounds like he wants to do some power fishing with his spinning gear and who better to imitate than KVD, that’s why i suggested 40 series reels. With the big spools on the 40’s you can eliminate a lot of line twist and emulate the speed of a baitcaster picking up the line quickly, plus if you do hook into a nice fish you got the power.

i use Cabela’s Ripcord SI on my spinning reels and they do have 15 lb test. i’ve been using it for 3 years with no problems and it’s strong and cheaper. i just bought 5 each of 10 & 15 lb test of 150 yards spools for $4.99 in the last year they are still cheaper but the price is slowly going up. you do get more for the same price as name brands. used to be way cheaper with more line.

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Posted: 27 May 2011 08:07 AM   [ # 15 ]
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BBK - 26 May 2011 07:39 PM

I HATE size 40 reels, they are way too heavy and bulky for me. I stick with 30’s, and 20’s for super finesse. I like 6’6M Fast for finesse, and 6’6 MH for everything else.

Worm/jigs I would use a 6’6 or 7’ MH with 30lb braid.
Shallow cranks I would use a 6’6 or 7’ M with 30lb braid
Topwater I would use a 6’6 M with 10lb mono.

If you fish shaky heads or drop shots I would use a 6’6-7’ M or ML with 15lb braid if you can find it, if not 10 or 20lb.

Should be able to use a 30 series for all three unless you need to make extra long casts or in an area with heavy vegetation or lots of rocks where you need thick line (more room on a 40).

I just checked the Cabelas website and they still have their 15 lb braid on sale for $4.99 for a 150 yard spool.

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