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  1. Easy619

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    I'm looking to get on a sport boat for the first time soon, probably 1/2 day maybe 3/4. Looking for advice on CHEAP setups, don't have tons of cash to spend.
    Probably the only gear I have worthy of getting on a boat is a 7' Diawa Beefstick (30-50lb) with a Penn jiggmaster, and maybe my California Calico Special 10-20# for calicos or rockfish. I've been thinking of getting a lexa 300 or something along those lines for awhile now. Also looked into some of the ugly stik jig rods. Used or new if affordable. Only looking to spend 200$ or so if that's doable.
    Looking for some advice on setups for calicos, rockfish, bonito and yellowtail. Not able to break the bank, so looking for some advice on cheapish gear that will handle those tasks, I have yet to get on a boat in a looooong time and haven't since I've been in san diego. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Forgot to mention, only other reel i currently have with maybe enough line capacity is a kk sharky 5000 spinner. Currently have 30lb mono on the jigmaster
     
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    You will actually be alright with what you have.. that said, go the sealine route. Get a used sealine, prowl the pawn shops and yard sales, you will find a deal if you look around a bit. Put it on a used big 5 rod, and you could easily get two combos for less than 200 that could last a lifetime of half day work
     
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    Of course you are welcome to come over and raid the trash pile...
     
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    Agreed with Werf. Your stuff is fine for 1/2 - 3/4 day. Just make sure your reels function if you haven’t used them in a bit. Here’s a quick tip... open the gear side of an old reel that’s been sitting around and just shoot WD-40 into the whole system. Most times on an old reel, the grease turns to clay / wax, and the WD will break everything up and get it smooth as silk. It’s not a fix all by any means, but trust me, you’ll be good to go in a pinch. ( or 3 ). Lol. I do it all the time with old reels I find at the thrift stores just to see their potential. I break them down later, but I’m always surprised at what a little WD will do. Also.. make sure you spool up some new line. Big Game at Wal Mart is cheap and works just as well as any other mono. IMO... new line is key if your stuff has been sittin..
     
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    I'm looking around for some deals, raiding your gear pile certainly sounds enticing though..
     
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    Werfless is right, you have what you need. Fish what you've got, raid his pile and save your money until you've enough to upgrade. Make sure you do like B8DHOOK said and put on new line. I fish Izorline monofiliment. It gets bit exceptionally well and doesn't cost a lot. It's the color of the old blue Maxima which I like and something the Old Man did intentionally. Put 20# on your calico outfit and 40# on the Jigmaster. I still fish mine. If you haven't used them in awhile maybe use some of the money and get the reels serviced. It could be the difference from landing fish or not. If you're thinking of getting a level wind I'd take a look at the Okuma Komodo 400. I've fished them and know what they are capable of but do your own research. Most salespeople will try and sell you what they use because that's what they use and because they use it they think it's the best. Thing is you are going to be using it so pick what's best for you
     
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    Yes sir, the old Daiwa 30H and 50H reels are built like tanks
     
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    Also if you are going to put braid on use a color that you can easily see. When I went braid for the first time all the tackle shops stocked was moss green and I HATED it as it is impossible to see. After a few trips I just stripped it off and went with white and it is so much better.
     
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    Also while your fine with what you have I just saw this deal for a custom rod from M&M which seems like an awesome deal.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. For the 10-20# rod, i only have 200 size low profile baitcasters, like a curado 200k and blackmax ect. Would 180yds of 30lb braid plus leader be enough? I know it's probably pushing it.
     
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    Might push it a bit, but you will be fine, especially if they are fishing calicos.. wouldn't use it for deeper bottom fishing though
     
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    Yeah i figure that rod would be for jigheads mainly. Then either the daiwa beefstick/jigmaster for bottom fishing or maybe another setup
     
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    Saw some good stuff when I took a peek on offer up earlier..
     
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    Yeah i was looking at several things last night and sent some inquiries
     
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    Saw an old Penn on a stroker rod for 40 bucks? Should work fine for you for sand bass, RF and calicos...
     
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    Haha i just messaged on that a few minutes ago. Also looking at a 5'6 30-80# stroker with a penn senator for 60.
     
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    Picked up that Sabre Stroker 30-80# and penn senator 3/0 combo for 60$ delivered. That will probably be the bottom fishing rig
     
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    Good choice. Decent trolling rig too
     
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