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Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:53 pm
hi peps, im gonna buy a boat fishing rod next week but im not sure if i can use the reels i have or buy a new one.
i only have two cheap reels, one i bought and one was given to me.

the reels are both fixed spools,i have a jarvis walker aurora AR2 6500 spinning reel which i bought 4 20quid or i have a silstar shuttle 7000.
i am new to sea and boat fishing so i really need abit of advice.

also, can anyone recommend a good boat rod.

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:03 pm
by rabbi2
The Silstar boat rods 20 to 30lb class are really good I have 2 of them, personally I myself would purchase a multiplier boat reel. Okuma magnetix 3 or a cheaper reel such as a silstar loaded with 80lb braid.
keith :D :D

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:02 pm
by eccles
It is possible to use FS reels for boat work but not many do. If you hook something biggish in 50 ft or more of water you are much better off with the cranking power of a multi designed for boat work. From my own experience I would find reeling in say a 20lb cod from 80ft down with a FS would be dam hard work, even with a good multi you will need a bit of muscle.

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:46 pm
by rabbi2
As said in my previous reply The Silstar 20/30lb class boat rod coupled with the magnetix are a great combo. When I book a boat trip and someone hasn't got boat gear, this is the combo I fix them up with in the sure knowledge that they have the sensitivity to feel the smallest fish an at the same time have the power to wind in the big uns.
keith :D :D


Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:37 pm
thanks for the advice guys, i goin out monday to see what i can get.defo gettin a multiplier reel.
do i only need a 6-7 ft rod?

also, when going on a boat comp do u only need rod, reel and rigs?

do u take your own bait?


Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:45 pm
by rabbi2
Yep only one rod, I normally take my own bait but some skippers you can order bait from at the time of booking. Don't be afraid to experiment like using baited lures so as to add scent to the lure. Hokies are a good example.
Keith :D :D

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:46 pm
by westy

boat comp

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:56 pm
nice one westy, hopefully be able to get something sorted next week.

so defo a 12-20lb and not a 20-30lb?

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:05 pm
by westy
12-20 is wot ive been useing for year and had cod to 18lbs skate to 16lbs etc etc, 20-30 is ok i only use them when we fish in big tides offshore in depth of 60-90ft with 1lb leads. but its your choice.

Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:14 pm
by strathy
Down you,re way they tend to fish both uptide and downtide.
It might pay you to buy a combo uptide/ downtide rod like the Abu Esprit or Suveran uptide / downtide combo , or the Abu Conolon travel uptide/ downtide combo rod that have on offer . Means you can fish either style and double you chances of getting into the fish.
They,re also good pier rods too. Can be used with FS or Multi,s.
If you,re going to start using multi,s at the same time it may pay you too look at LHW ones like the Abu 7001i or the Penn 321gti or Okuma Solterra 10LX or 15 LX, as I,m always lending my LHW Abu,s too newbie multi users who are finding RHW uncomfortable.