Greetings from central Ohio - where I long for open water :-(
I posted here in the Salmon/Steelhead forum because the rods I'm looking at are the G 1336-T Flame Tip Hot Shot and the G 1330-T Hot Shot Mag. However, I'm open to suggestions for ANY Lamiglas Rod that fits the bill. Here's what I'm looking to do - forgive the number of details and it's probably a tall order - but rather than buy 2 or 3 cheapo rods, I'd like to get ONE good rod to cover a lot of species.
- First and most important... Must be made in the USA or have a great deal of American content
- Casting rod
- Good fit with a round reel - most likely a 5000 series Abu (but them new Revos are awful tempting)
- Using mostly 50# test/12# diameter braid or 12# Polycarbonate.
- I fish mostly for bass (LM and SM), catfish, and Ohio reservoir muskies (but only once or twice a year).
- I use unweighted worms frequently... both finesse and stick types.
- I use use small to medium crankbaits and topwaters (jitterbugs)
- I use buzzbaits mostly "waked" across the surface.
- For musky - downsized baits (2oz or less, but a couple are bigger) and fish mostly during the casting time of year... very little trolling.
I was looking at the Hot Shots thinking they'd have a bit more fight against big cats, the occasional "oopsie - I caught a carp" and the muskies - but realistically, they may be overkill for most of what I catch. Since I use low stretch lines, I like the rod to have a little bit of give to it. I do have some other rods - one 4# ultra light for panfish and one 8# spinning outfit for GP pond/river use... so I guess if those are the "small" and "medium" rigs - I'm looking for a "large" :-)
Hope that's not too much info - but I figured more is better than not enough.
Thank you very much for your time - and good luck on the water!