I'm looking for some recommendations for a new trolling rod and reel. I guess I would prefer a rod and reel combo unless you really feel piecing one together is better for this. This would be dual purpose for trolling for Pike on inland lakes and for Salmon trolling dipsies in the Milwaukee harbor area, so a line counter would be needed as well. I have just been using my inland casting setup until now, a 6' AG Premier Conolon medium action rod with a Pflueger President spinning reel. But I am looking to upgrade to a more specific setup. Budget is about $150ish
Trolling rod/reel recommendations?
You should be very happy with those reels, they are made by Okuma for Cabelas.
Cabelas brand DepthmasterIII 45 reel (made by Okuma) -$50 and a 9-10 foot fleet farm downrigger rod ($20).
I've had no issues with either the last three yrs (probably 75 salmon trips). The extra $80 buys your line and lures.
If you have any issues with the reel (I have 6- no issues) take it back. Cabelas stands behind their private label products extremely well.
I have the 10ft downrigger rods because I use braided line and need the shock absorption. No Mfg issues. Broke one- human error. Chucked it and paid $20 bucks for another one.
Thanks for the responses so far. I will look into them all.
How about a secondary question of reel ratio? Its something I have never really considered before. But hooking into big fish in deep water, maybe I should be.
For a budget of 150$ you could get a abu Garcia 6500 line counter, great carbon drag,and it still has the antibacklash controls.Team that up with a glass 7to8ft trolling rod,then you can use it for casting also.
Accudepth and Okuma Magda Pro's are not up to Salmon demands. They are fine for inland fishing, but not huge runs a king will make. I do use them for cold water brown trout fishing and musky sucker rods, so they are not total garbage.
If you want Daiwa to to Sealine over Accudepth.
Diawa Accupdepths 27 or 47 will fit your bill depending on how much and kind of line you want to put on it. Spend way more on the reel than the rod for trolling.
You can pick up an Okuma Line Counter from anywhere between $50-$100. They are a good line counter. You can get them as a combo for around $75-$80 at Cabelas or Gander. Cabelas sells both Okuma's and Cabelass brand that are specially made for them by Okuma.
I would get Gander Mountain Planer Board rods. They are telescopic and extend to 8 feet. Put a size 20 Okuma Convector on it. If you want a little longer rod you could go to the down rigger rod at 8'6" and that is standard 2 piece design. I would not recommend a true dipsey rod because that will be over kill for pike.