View Full Version : big plug rod

10-09-2009, 10:44 PM
I have recently begun to believe in the big fish big lure theory. I am fishing a copy of the three trebbel gibbs pencil. It weighs about five oz I am interested in suggestions in regard to a spinning blank that could throw 3oz to five oz thanks chuck.

10-13-2009, 07:31 PM
I use an Arra 1205 conventional and it throws 3-5 well.
I have a SS 120mh that also will throw 5, even 6 oz jigs passably well.
Both rods are happiest around 3-3.5 oz.

10-14-2009, 07:19 AM
which reel are you using on your 1205? I am using an abu 6500 wondering if it is too small.

Mike P
10-14-2009, 06:54 PM
I'm currently using a Penn 525 Mag on mine. In the past, I've used a Newell P-220F on it. A Daiwa Saltist 20H would also be a fine match. All of these reels are great for 50# braided line as you'll get 300 yards on them, with a little mono backing.

If you prefer a levelwind I would suggest a Shimano Calcutta 400 or a Saltist 20 LW over a 6500 Abu.

If you want to use mono, I would suggest stepping up the the 229 size Newell or the 30 size Daiwas.

With a 525 Mag, 50# braid and a 1205, I'm confident I can handle any size bass, anywhere---even in the Canal.

10-14-2009, 08:29 PM
which reel are you using on your 1205? I am using an abu 6500 wondering if it is too small.

I used to use a Newell 229 but now use a Calcutta 400TE and think it is a perfect size for what I do. The TE is a much more powerful reel than a 400 or 6500 and better matches the 1205's power....without the weight of a 700 or 7000. It is easier to cast than the Newell and the levelwind is a nice luxury when plugging. The 400TE does have some downsides. It is expensive, a biitch to clean when you dunk it, and after 2-3 years of hard use mine is starting to get "rattley", which might just be a bearing or levelwind wear. I have never owned a 525 Penn, but could see that that might be a good option as well. The shimano Tekotas might also be worth investigating.

10-15-2009, 12:18 PM
I use an Abu 7000 on my ara 1205. You can use a 6500 but you need to go down to like 35 pound braid which is OK for the beaches but not in heavy current IMO.

I had a Loomis 108-30 that was a good big plug rod. Another good one that casts great is the Allstar 1418. Its a little long for some people but it casts a mile.

I have a century Tip Tornado light that will cast 4 OZ a mile too. I use a ABU BG 7000 Cl on that one too.

My loomis 1266 will handle 4 OZ and on that I use a Calcutta 400 with 35 lb Cortland Spectron braid. i think there are better braids available now since the Spectron went down hill some and the others available improved some.

I think its nice to have distance capability this time of year. very frustrating to see fish breaking just out of casting range.