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Message Subject: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.
oly67
Posted 9/7/2022 11:44 AM (#1011496)
Subject: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




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I have a reel and rod(9')that works good for D-10's and larger stuff. I have a Tranx 400 that I use for burning D-8's and staggered 8-9's,etc, and smaller. I bought a 10' Tackle Industries MH Telecopic this year to try a 10' rod, in their lightest MH rating, for this Tranx. I love the length, but I have lost a couple larger fish in which I did not think I could control the fish as well as I would have with my 9' stiffer T.I. rod. These two hit by the boat, and it seemed like I struggled more to bring the fight to the fish right away and they came unpinned. I did catch a 38"er on it, and seemed like the rod was pretty light for that also. I realize maybe I have to learn how to fight fish differently with this lighter rod that what I am used to with the heavier rods. But, I am heading back up to LOTW in a couple weeks and I am seriously thinking on buying another rod, still probably 9'-6" or 10', just stiffer, like I am used to. I thought the lighter longer rod might fling the smaller baits farther, but my stiffer shorter rod does it as good. I want to keep the length for figure 8's. Looking for brand and model recomendations that have worked for you with 9'-6" to 10' lengths for this type of application. Want to spend around 150-300 bucks. Thanks!
mcnewbski
Posted 9/7/2022 8:26 PM (#1011518 - in reply to #1011496)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




Location: Canada
I used the 10' TI XH with a Tranx 400 for mag 8 blades this summer and found it perfect. Any bigger than 8s and I'd say the tip a little soft for figure eighting.
HNTNBUX
Posted 9/8/2022 7:39 AM (#1011526 - in reply to #1011496)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




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I know its out of your listed price range.....but my hands down favorite bucktail rod is a 9"6" Thorne Bros Predator Heavy -2 with a revolution reel seat. I have used this with 8/9 combos and it feels perfect. I also used a one piece TI Pro XH 9' with the revolution reel seat that is not to bad either it is just a bit softer in the tip.
Ogandrews
Posted 9/9/2022 6:02 PM (#1011596 - in reply to #1011496)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
For smaller blades like that I have a Thorne predator 9’10” heavy-2 which is perfect for 8’s. I also have been using a chaos 2020 shock and awe 10’ which is a super versatile rod, have thrown little blades up to super models on it and felt perfect
Handy1
Posted 9/9/2022 7:50 PM (#1011600 - in reply to #1011496)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.





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Location: Mississippi
I use the 8'6' MHF Long Ranger for my smaller bucktails, from double 8's under 2oz to the smaller single blade bucktails. It is also great for 8" under minnow baits. I do pair with Shimano Tranx 300 HG to burn the bucktails.
I use the 8'6" HF Sling Blade for bigger bucktails , topwater, jerkbaits and less than 8oz rubber baits. I do pair with Shimano Tranx 400A with power handle to bring them bigger bucktails in with ease and speed.
I can cast the two combos all day long with relative ease.
Great One - Two punch for Musky fishing. I paid right at $325 each for the rods. Big and Nasty is also great rod at 9'!
oly67
Posted 9/10/2022 9:39 AM (#1011609 - in reply to #1011496)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




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Bought a Chaos 9'-6" Swat original telescoping. I will see how it works a week from now
Solitario Lupo
Posted 9/10/2022 4:28 PM (#1011614 - in reply to #1011496)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.





Location: PA Angler
Just to throw this out there if your buying a new rod. It helps having a heavy rod for power but it also needs a good speed to it (action). The slower the better.
mcnewbski
Posted 9/10/2022 10:44 PM (#1011617 - in reply to #1011609)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




Location: Canada
oly67 - 9/10/2022 10:39 AM

Bought a Chaos 9'-6" Swat original telescoping. I will see how it works a week from now

I'd be interested on how you find it behaves with bucktails in the figure 8, i.e., is the tip stiff enough for 10s
oly67
Posted 9/12/2022 8:04 AM (#1011654 - in reply to #1011617)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




Posts: 166


mcnewbski - 9/10/2022 10:44 PM

oly67 - 9/10/2022 10:39 AM

Bought a Chaos 9'-6" Swat original telescoping. I will see how it works a week from now

I'd be interested on how you find it behaves with bucktails in the figure 8, i.e., is the tip stiff enough for 10s


I will use it mainly to burn D-8's up to IC-9's. I will snap on some IC-10's and D-10's to see how it works and let you know. Keep in mind, on the muskie fishing skill & knowledge curve, I am a lot closer to being Howard Sprague than Dick Pearson, and haven't come close to catching "Old Sam" for over 20 yrs...........
mcnewbski
Posted 9/24/2022 10:32 AM (#1012122 - in reply to #1011654)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




Location: Canada

I will use it mainly to burn D-8's up to IC-9's. I will snap on some IC-10's and D-10's to see how it works and let you know. Keep in mind, on the muskie fishing skill & knowledge curve, I am a lot closer to being Howard Sprague than Dick Pearson, and haven't come close to catching "Old Sam" for over 20 yrs...........

Plenty knowledgable to test those aspects of the rod!
oly67
Posted 9/26/2022 7:53 AM (#1012167 - in reply to #1011654)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




Posts: 166


I'd be interested on how you find it behaves with bucktails in the figure 8, i.e., is the tip stiff enough for 10s

I like the rod alot, I think it is a little light for D-10's in the eight, I would switch to my stiffer rod when I was throwing 10's and larger. If you want a more all-around rod, and want to stay with Chaos, I would go to the Shock and Awe
mcnewbski
Posted 10/1/2022 4:30 PM (#1013351 - in reply to #1012167)
Subject: Re: Rod recommendation for medium bucktails.




Location: Canada
I appreciate the info, thanks.
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