I only fish musky 10 days maybe in a season. I use an older 7ft rod ..good quality. Id like opinions on upgrading to the longer models that are popular now
A new rod????
Tackle industries telescopic 9’ rod. I bought mine last year for 150$ Very nice rod. Great for figure 8’s on big fish. Makes it easier and it casts really well. I also have MH 8’ St. Croix mojo rod which I like well also. Personally I think to much is made about fishing rods in the Muskie world. Other than having the extra length for good 8’s, almost any graphite rod works well enough. Especially if you only fish 10 days a year for them. Yes, there are differences and we all have our own preferences but I don’t think they make that big of difference in fish catching ability. As long as it’s weighted properly for the baits used. Reels are a different story. Throwing big blades and/or working a glider/softbait etc needs different reels. I guess my pics of advise is don’t break the bank on a rod vs buying a nice reel. Just error in that direction and buy at least a 7’ 6” long rod with the proper weight for the baits you use.
I'm not sure that there is any "perfect" rod out there. There are certain baits that work better on different rods. Lengths and actions.
My go-to bucktail/topwater/dog/jigging rod is my 9 foot St. Croix Big Nasty. Heavy power, fast action. Not too whippy on the 8, but not too firm either. And...can't beat that warranty.
Now if cost is a factor, Musky Innovations has a great rod. Bulldog Pro Rod. I've got their 8.5 footer XH for throwing larger plastic and also for jigging. Surprisingly enough, it turned into a good bucktail rod, too. Cost is a lot lower and it's a quality rod.
I've also got their 7.5 foot XH for pitching my larger glide baits and it is amazing. I'd never get rid of this rod.
Reel wise, my go-to is the Calcutta 400B. Bullet Proof. Throw a power handle on there (from jigging world) and it takes care of 10's nicely. I too have a 500 Tranx PG and it kills me to use it. I had to put a jig ripper handle on that rod to see if I can now use it. But, it is smooth as butter and can bring in any bucktail easily and fast enough to blow it out of the water.
My advice is to grab the reel you want, then walk around an expo, or Rollie and Helens and put it onto the rods you like and see how it all feels in your hand. You will find one that just feels better and that should be your winner.
The 8'6" Heavy with a size 400 lexa is a great all around setup for rubber, gliders, and smaller blades/topwaters. If you're serious about throwing 10's you'll need a reel with a lower gear ratio and ideally a power handle. I'm currently running the low speed tranx 400 with the high speed power handle and it really seems to do the job well. I used to own a size 500 tranx but ended up selling it due to the fact that at 20 ounces it was killing me on those all day summer trips, with that said it blew 10's and 13's out of the water! The low gear ratio Revo Beast does a good job with 10's as well but it's somewhere in the middle of the two tranx's weight-wise and cost-wise so personally I'd opt for the smaller tranx. The 400 lexa and 400 tranx in medium and high speed models (respectively) will both be great for jerkbaits but you may need to go with a shorter rod. I'm 6'3" and my boat rides high so I can get away with throwing gliders with my 8'6" but some of my buddies prefer a 7'6" or even a 7'. Also for the smaller glide baits such as baby squirkos, it helps to have a softer blank like a MH action muskie rod. Hope this helps, feel free to ask away!
I could use some advice too if you wouldn't mind.
Just started the musky game last year.
I bought a 8'6" Heavy Fast Bulldawg from Cabelas and put a Dawia Lexa 400 (high speed) on it.
I plan on running three casting rods. Bucktails (up to 10's), jerks/cranks and rubber.
I don't think I'd want to go longer than 8'6".
I like the Bulldawg rods, more interested in action type and reels for what I want to do.
Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.
1. How tall are you?
2. What baits are you throwing?
3. Are you fishing out of a boat or from shore/wading?
4. Do you want a semi-telescopic rod or a true one piece blank?
5. What's your price range?
As someone who has sold a lot of musky rods I can give you way better advice if you tell me/us what you're looking for.
I like a 8" heavy seems to be a good all around rod unless you through little baits that are 1 oz or lower
The brand I like are Tooth Tamer but if you only go out 10 times a year you can probably get away with a Cabels or off brand