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Have the right fishing rod— because fish don't give mulligans

Dave Bayes of Dogfish Tackle is hitting the water instead of the links, replacing his golf clubs with the 14 fishing rods that should pretty much handle any angling situation he encounters in the bay area.


Dave Bayes of Dogfish Tackle is hitting the water instead of the links, replacing his golf clubs with the 14 fishing rods that should pretty much handle any angling situation he encounters in the bay area.

Fishing is a lot like golf, you need the right tools to play a good game. You wouldn't head out to the greens with just a putter and 9-iron, and likewise you wouldn't always go fishing with just one rod. On the next page is a rod guide for west coast of Florida anglers:

All-around inshore rod

Dogfish Stik DF761MH

This is a 7½-foot spinning rod good for lures or live bait, $60

Reel: Shimano Spheros 4000, $80

Inshore dock rod

St. Croix TIS70MHF

This 7-foot spinning rod has a lot of backbone for pulling fish away from or through structure, $140

Reel: Shimano Stradic 5000F1, $180

Inshore lure rod

G Loomis BSR852

A light, 7-foot 1-inch spinning rod with extra-fast action to enhance erratic lure action, $220

Reel: Shimano Sustain 3000, $249

Inshore live bait rod

Shimano Teramar TMS-X710M

A 7-foot 10-inch spinning rod with a soft tip, which makes it great for casting free-lined or corked baits, $110

Reel: Shimano Saros 4000, $130

Tarpon rod

Dogfish Stik spinning rods

These 8-foot rods range in class from 12 to 40 pounds. They have a soft tip for casting and a lot of backbone for setting the hook and fighting the fish, $140

Reel: Shimano Stradic 8000 F1, $200

Bottom fishing rod

Dogfish Stik 15H

This is a 7-foot conventional rod with a sensitive tip so you can feel the bite, but it has a lot of backbone to pull the fish off the bottom, $129

Reel: Daiwa Sealine 400H, $130

Deep-water bottom fishing rod

Dogfish Stik 16

The Dogfish Stik 16 is an 8-foot conventional rod. This longer rod is strong enough to fight big grouper or amberjack, $140

Reel: Penn 114H 6/0, $140

Kingfish rod

7½-foot conventional Dogfish Stik

This rod ranges in class from 10 to 25 pounds. The soft tip helps to keep bait from tearing when kingfishing, $130

Reel: Shimano Torium 30, $190

Snapper rod

7-foot conventional Dogfish Stik

This rod comes in the 15- to 50-pound weight classes, and also sports a soft tip to feel the bite. The durable ceramic guides will prolong line life, $150

Reel: Daiwa Saltist 50H, $190

Grouper, kingfish rod for trolling hardware

Dogfish Stik 38

This 6½-foot rod has a stiffer tip for big-lipped plugs and planers or for skipping ballyhoo, $130

Reel: Shimano TLD25, $170

Standup trolling rod

Dogfish Stik STUP 30

The 5-foot 8-inch 30-pound class stick is a short rod with a leverage roller stripper and tip for fish that run a long distance., 250

Reel: Shimano Tyrnos 30, $260

Jigging rod

Shimano Trevala 66MH

This rod is lightweight and responsive, which makes it easy to jig all day, but it also possesses a lot of backbone, $100

Reel: Shimano Trinidad 16N, $390

Inshore fly rod

St. Croix Reign 8/9 weight

A midrange, all-purpose fly rod for targeting redfish, trout and snook, $140

Reel: Okama Helois 8/9, $180

Bass rod

Shimano Crucial CRC-66M

This rod is great for making accurate casts. The soft tip works well with a variety of lures, $130

Reel: Shimano Cruxis 200, $100

Have the right fishing rod— because fish don't give mulligans 04/03/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2008 2:59pm]
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