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Mark’s Mailbag – Choosing the right rod/reel combo
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On May 15th, Mike wrote – Mark – Relatively new to your show but really love it! The way you guys break down each segment and show what you are doing and why you chose a certain technique/method really adds to the education of the viewer. Just gearing up for walleye trolling. May be on Saginaw Bay or Erie the first week of June. I’ve got big Ugly Stik rods with line counters but I want to downsize for walleyes. What specifics would you recommend to for pulling boards or Tadpoles? Can I get away with 7′ med action spinning rods? Or would you go with casting reels and line counters? Size and action? I only want to buy this gear once so any insights would be most appreciated and THANKS in advance! Hoping you and your son keep up the good work for many years to come! -Mike
Mark replied – Mike:
fishing, but if you already have 30 or 40 size reels there is no reason these can’t be used effectively for walleye fishing. If you have the larger 30 or 40 size reels, it’s a good idea to fill up half or a little more of the reel with an inexpensive off-brand monofilament line as backing. Next top dress the reels with a premium line like Maxima Ultra Green to fill the reel to capacity. For walleye fishing you’ll only need approximately 100 to 150 yards of line, so its more economical to top dress rather than filling the reels completely with premium line. This step is especially useful and provides even more cost savings if you opt for a braided line. Braid is much more expensive than monofilament. In this case I’d recommend 40# test Maxima Eight Strand Braid which is about the same diameter as most 10-12 pound test monofilaments and again 100 to 150 yards of top dressed onto the reel is plenty.
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