Im trying to build a good tarpon rod for live baiting from a pier. I inherited a Shakespeare Ugly stick 12-30# ln wt 7' rod from my pop who no longer fishes. I was wondering if this would be a good rod for this application or save for a more beefy 40 - 50 ln wt rod. Should Id rather go longer on the rod and let the bend of the rod do the work for me rather then trying to muscle it with a 5'6" or 6' foot rod.
If I can use this rod what size reel should I be looking at? 7? 8? 9?! for spinning of course. and I have decided on 40- 50 # braid whether i go spinning or build an entire conventional or baitcast trolling rig.
If i go baitcasting I have been lookin at Penn 320gt or 330Gt what are you guys thoughts on this? I want a reel with a decent amount of drag in the 20-30# max setting to tire the fish out.
Hmmm, I guess not. The Tarpon (Silver King) can be found I believe all around Floridas coast. All the information on them can be seen here. http://www.gianttarpon.com/tarpon1.htm. They are amazing fighters and as my angling skills increase I will definetley try and nab a nice tarpon.
Hello, The type of rod is your choice. I fish for Tarpon from Key West Florida to Crystal River florida.(west cost of fla.) If you want to test yourself aginst the King, go with a 6' rod (stand up with rollers) The long rod does some of the work for you, but you still need to get the Tarpon to the boat as soon as you can. I moved here to fish for the big ones(200)lbs is my dream fish on fly. Hope this helped you, Have a great day. Good luck with the poons!!!