Fishing doesn’t happen as often as I would like these days, So I always like to have different rod and reel combos set up ready for when the time comes I don’t have to waste time setting my gear up.
I have 5 different set ups that I use, some more than others, but they all have their respective uses.
No. 1. An ultra lite setup, a short one piece rod around 4’6 with lite action, spooled with braid on a small spin reel.
I use it for flicking soft plastics or small spinning lures, and it’s size is good for when you need to keep it in the boat to avoid catching it on low branches when traveling to a spot in the river.
No. 2. A medium ugly stik, 6 foot long heavy action rod, an open faced reel spooled with about 65 pound braid, used where there is a lot of structure like sticks, logs and rocks, and good sized fish that are likely to grab the bait and head straight for the structure to cut me off.
Being a heavy action rod with braid that size, allows me to put the hurt on a big fish and drag it out of the structure, before it can cut the line.
No. 3. Is a 7 foot medium/ heavy action Abu Garcia rod that has a fast tip action, this makes it great for jigging, using a live bait, or fishing with lures where more sensitivity is required to feel what is going on at the other end of the line.
It is a well-balanced rod and reel combo, which makes casting distance and with accuracy easy to achieve.
No. 4. Is a 7-foot medium to heavy action rod, with bait-caster reel which is ideal for trolling out on the lake or up the river.
No. 5. This is a heavy duty deep sea fishing combo with a heavy overhead reel, the line guides have rollers and it is spooled with 100 pound line, I use it trolling with big live baits or heavy skirted lures, when I am looking for that big catch of a lifetime.
I would say that for the majority of my river fishing, I use my number 1 rod, the ultra light combo, and my number 2 rod, the 6 foot Ugly Stik.
These 2 rods cover the majority of situations and the other 3 are good for out on the lake or in open water, chasing bigger fish.
With these 5 different fishing rods setup I’m always ready to go as soon as the fish come on!
In the Summer months when the sea is alive with action, there is nothing I love more than having a troll around for a few yellow fin tuna using one of my trusty Daiwa rods and rapala lures.
I find that if I target tuna then I will usually catch just about anything else that is around as well using the same setup.
When it comes to trolling for any pelagic species your eyes are your best asset.
You need to look around for signs of action, like chopping water, birds diving and even visible current line changes.
If your not lucky enough to have the budget to afford top of the line sounders and radar gear that can do some of that for you, then you need to learn to read what you can see with the naked eye.
Daiwa Rods Gear You Can Trust
Any time I’m fishing and even more importantly when I am miles out to sea, I need to know that the gear I am using is not going to let me down because it is a long way home to grab a spare if something goes wrong.
That is why I switched almost all of my rods over to Daiwa Rods some time ago and haven’t looked back since.
Daiwa Rods are built to handle the toughest situations and are setup to allow the angler to have maximum strength when needed to take control of even the biggest fish.
Fishing With Lures
When it comes to Fishing With Lures, some people put way too much thought into picking which lure they think the fish are going to go for today, and I have found that it doesn’t make a huge deal of difference.
I have heard people say that you should pick a bright colored lure on a cloudy day and a dull one on a sunny day, but no one has yet been able to prove to me why this has any merit.
I personally have a couple of favorite lures I may switch between if nothing seems to be striking but I usually find that if one lure doesn’t work the other probably won’t either.
When targeting fish like tuna I will always use a skirted lure that produces a good stream of bubbles behind it when towed at the correct speed.
When you spot an area that looks like it may be what you are after, try to slowly work around the outside of it rather than driving straight through the middle. If you find a patch of fish you don’t want to split them up or scare them off by barging straight in amongst them.
Preferred Trolling Set up
Both Daiwa rods I use I have set up with good quality overhead reels to compliment the rod and I have one set up with braid and the other with mono-filament.
I have mostly used mono for many years but are starting to experiment more with braid and so far are liking the results.
I’ll keep you informed if I ever decide to use one or the other more in coming posts.
I have put together a 30sec video of some of the range of Daiwa Rods Here!
Till next post,
The Mad Fisherman