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Lake Trout Jigging Rod new
      #414813 - 07/05/11 08:35 PM

Here's the situation: Jigging for lake trout up to 280' deep, using braid, 1 oz. jigs, sometimes a bit heavier. Trout will run 3-20 lbs. What would anyone recommend for a rod with a sensitive enough tip to pick up the take on a dropping jig, and enough backbone to set the hook on a hard mouthed Mack?

I've been using an 8', medium light, extra fast tip. Just wondering if there's something better out there?

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Re: Lake Trout Jigging Rod new [Re: alanmikkelsen]
      #414819 - 07/06/11 09:00 AM

7 foot 3 power mag bass rod will fit the bill, used this option when I was invited to Tahoe for a weekend. I myself for fly ins would use a flipping stick with a roller tip installed, I now have a jigger, troller, including wire line trolling, and a rod that packs down to 6 ft.
My all timer favorites are my 2 piece Rogue Back bouncing rods, but they a no longer available.

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Re: Lake Trout Jigging Rod [Re: Washougal]
      #414928 - 07/12/11 09:06 AM

Alan, here are 4 choices I recommend. XBB962 8' 10-20lb. fast, this is a backbounce rod and makes a killer jiggin stick for anything, it is RX8 graphite so it has a lot of sensitivity need for those on the drop bites. Next choice would be an HS962 8' 12-20lb. extra fast, great kwikfish rod and great for jigging. Next choice would be an HS1023 8'6" 12-25lb. extra fast this rod is great rod for some light jigging, I have used mine for jigging kings, it also runs kwikfish and divers for fall kings/springers. Both HS models are RX7 graphite with an extra fast tip to pick up those on the drop bites. Your last option would be an XSW80ML, this is an 8' 6-14lb. fast action walleye blank featuring the RX8 graphite. I have no experience with this blank for the walleye line was introduced not to long ago, but I've had it in my hands and it is extremely light and sensitive, matched with some 14 or 20lb. braid it should be deadly for jigging a 1oz. jig. Hmmm Lake trout, BUCKET LIST!!!

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