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Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« on: Jan 31, 2020, 03:09 AM »
Just asking to the forum, what is the best Rod Reel combo out there for ice fishing in Canada (Saskatchewan), 1st time buyer.
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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #1 on: Jan 31, 2020, 04:09 AM »
Not from Canada but I can help.  First off it would have been nice to tell us what you will be targeting most.  If it is bluegill or crappie, I would go with the 28in. Snitch#8 from 13 fishing.  I would pair it with a Dave Gentz in-line reel spooled with 2lb test mono.  If you are going for walleye, lakers or another bigger fish, I would use a Med/Light 28in. Ugly Stix paired with a medium Pflueger Presidential, spooled with 10lb test fluorocarbon and a two foot mono leader.  I would also use the Ugly Stix/ Presidential combo for perch, but I would spool it with 6lb mono.  Hopefully this will get you started in the right direction.  However, I'm sure there will be other suggestions as rods and reels are a personal preference kind of thing.  Eventually you will find out what you like most.  The problem is that like most of us, it will probably cost you a little money to do so.  It is best to try out some of your friends or relatives gear to see if you like it before making a purchase.  The combos I described will set you back about $100 or less for each set!  Whatever you decide to buy, I wish you many years of great fishing.  Take care and stay safe! 

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #2 on: Jan 31, 2020, 06:20 AM »
Thanks for that, I fish for lake trout inside an ice hut, so space is limited, I am after something that is decent and will last. I am hoping to return once a year to ice fish, so just I wonít want to break than bank on spending.
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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #3 on: Jan 31, 2020, 07:22 AM »
You don't necessarily have to settle on a paired combo that is already set up in the store or online, in fact I would advise against that.  Imo the reels that are paired with some of the rod n reel combos are subpar at best.  Better off buying each (rod and reel) separate so you know you have an all around nice setup that your happy with... my .02

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #4 on: Jan 31, 2020, 08:36 AM »
if you can find a HT polar gold medium 25, that is what i use. with a piscifun ice 5 reel. about 50 dollars. spool it with some pline fluoro

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-HT-Polar-Gold-Ice-Spinning-Rod-25-M-PLG-25M/312802257683

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #5 on: Jan 31, 2020, 08:43 AM »
Amazon has some pretty good deals, I paired a Berkeley amp ice rod with a eagle claw reel for my son, it's a really nice setup for fairly cheap.

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #6 on: Jan 31, 2020, 10:36 PM »
Thanks for that, I fish for lake trout inside an ice hut, so space is limited, I am after something that is decent and will last. I am hoping to return once a year to ice fish, so just I wonít want to break than bank on spending.
Go with the Pflueger Presidential reel and the Ugly Stix.  The reel will set you back between fifty and sixty bucks and the rod about thirty.  So you will have a great rod and reel that should last you ten "or more" years.  That's less then ten bucks a year and you'll have a very good set-up!  Actually, I would be surprised, if you only use it once a year, you don't get 25 or more years out of them.

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #7 on: Feb 01, 2020, 03:49 AM »
Amazon has some pretty good deals, I paired a Berkeley amp ice rod with a eagle claw reel for my son, it's a really nice setup for fairly cheap.

Can't speak for the ice rod,  but I use a Berkley Amp rod for jigging Walleye on the soft water. Good little rod for the money. Dicks and Field n Stream have an ice combo for $30. Not bad.
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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #8 on: Feb 01, 2020, 08:20 AM »
You don't necessarily have to settle on a paired combo that is already set up in the store or online, in fact I would advise against that.  Imo the reels that are paired with some of the rod n reel combos are subpar at best.  Better off buying each (rod and reel) separate so you know you have an all around nice setup that your happy with... my .02
I totally agree! I have reels that I really like so if I am looking to pickup a new rig I find the rod and then match it with the reel.
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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #9 on: Mar 02, 2020, 06:47 PM »
i like a baitcast set up for fishing lakers.  i've got a 36" jason mitchell spiral wrap rod with a pflueger low pro bait cast reel spooled up with 18lb suffix braid and a 4ft lead of 10-14lb fluoro.  find that set up much more comfortable on the arm/wrist than a spinning rig especially for long days jiggng in the shack.  rod and reel together were under $100.

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #10 on: Mar 03, 2020, 08:36 AM »
Thanks for that, I fish for lake trout inside an ice hut, so space is limited, I am after something that is decent and will last. I am hoping to return once a year to ice fish, so just I wonít want to break than bank on spending.

The weak link in most combos are the reels ..start with a good reel ..something that you may be able to use in the open water season . After that the rod , based on the above reply , needs to be a certain length so you need to figure that out first ..some sales are sure to be going on now on both rod and reels . Next is line choice.. if fishing in a hut/shelter you can use braid..leader of fluorocarbon .   
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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #11 on: Mar 03, 2020, 08:50 AM »

 Lots of rod choices that wonít break the bank , for reels as already said ,pflueger president 25s are very good , try and catch one on sale , I have them from size 20-30 absolutely no complains
 

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #12 on: Mar 07, 2020, 07:27 AM »
I donít say this lightly but 13 fishing is crap. Itís all a marketing ploy for the new young interest in ice fishing. I bought a rod that snapped and a two different reels that audibly grinder when cranking. Total crap.

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #13 on: Mar 07, 2020, 07:28 AM »
And Pflueger president or shimano Sierra have been bomber for me. I have a st croix 32 inch stick that I love too.

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Re: Best Rod Reel combo for 1st time buyer
« Reply #14 on: Mar 07, 2020, 07:35 AM »
These are on sale at Cabela's.ca


https://www.cabelas.ca/product/99289/quantum-pulse-baitcasting-ice-combo

Free shipping if you order 2.

I bought 3 recently and they are perfect for Walleye and  small to medium trout.

For BIG Lakers you would be better served by Jason Mitchell Mackinaw rods.

 



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