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Ok, so I have a new 8' medium-heavy calypso mako spinning setup I had gotten as a gift through work. I tried to cast it a couple times but it's a total beast. The heavy 30 lb mono just slaps against the guides and is coiled like a slinky so I cant get much distance on it. Im pretty sure its a surf casting rod but i live south of chicago so saltwater is kinda outta the question. My question is how can make this useful so it isnt just collecting dust in my garage? I was first going to respool it with 80 lb braid instead of the mono. Im not really sure what I could fish with it around here. Catfish? Help me out please.

Question by maynardtl8. Uploaded on October 06, 2012

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from santa wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Using a softer fresher line will help. Line just sitting on the spool will take a set. Plus a spinning reel will twist the line automatically on every cast. Hopefully the twists are removed on the retrieve, but in the end, most lines end up having some twists put into them by the time the reel goes back into storage after a fishing trip. Then along with the natural set from sitting along with the twists in the line, it can become very hard to cast on the next fishing trip. The reel you have will work with a lighter weight line and can be used on just about any size fish. I often rig surf reels on ultra light rods in order to get the advantage of the larger diameter spool when setting up for crappie fishing. Each wrap of line around the spool generates one twist when casting, thus the larger spool requires less wraps to hold the same amount of needed usuable line as a smaller spool would. With the larger diameter spool, I put filler line on the spool first then put enough 6# mono on the on top of the filler to actually do my fishing with. The rod action on the other hand may be a little heavy for fishing for small freshwater fish.

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

santa said it all I cannot add a single thing +1

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Take that rod and spool it with 17 pound Trilene XL and use it for salmon fishing in Lake Michigan. Starting in late September you will be able to cast for them off of the shore at the planetarium and along Soldier Field. The closer you get to the Bernam Harbor entrance the better off you will be. Use a heavy silver/blue or silver/green Krocadile or a large Little Cleo in the same colors. Next Spring (April/May) go up to Waukeegan and cast off the pier with slightly smaller lures (you could also drop down to 12 pound line then too since the salmon/trout will be in the 5-12 pound range).

If you get a chance, join Salmon Unlimited and attend a few gatherings. That rod is great for all five species of salmon and trout in Lake Michigan... they hit hard and swim at 20 mph so you need a big spool when shore fishing. In the Fall, the Kings can go over 30 pounds.

When you go out, sharpen your hooks until the points won't slide on your finger nail and test your knots good. Those guys pull very hard yet have a soft enough mouth that you need to sink the hook into the bone of their jaw or you will lose them. It won't sink into bone unless it is razor sharp. Good luck and enjoy that excellent gear!

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from maynardtl8 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips guys. And those sound like great ideas dakota. I take it you must be from around here ofcourse. I didnt think the salmon and steelhead would be in this shallow and close to shore this late in the year. I thought that would have been more in the spring.

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from maynardtl8 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Hey, DakotaMan, do you know where there would be good parking around there with out having to mule my gear a mile?

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

take it to a local pawn shop and swap it straight up for a setup that you like. I swapped what I call a shark rod with a grossly huge real for a nice shakespeare baitcaster combo.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

take it to a local pawn shop and swap it straight up for a setup that you like. I swapped what I call a shark rod with a grossly huge real for a nice shakespeare baitcaster combo.

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from santa wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Using a softer fresher line will help. Line just sitting on the spool will take a set. Plus a spinning reel will twist the line automatically on every cast. Hopefully the twists are removed on the retrieve, but in the end, most lines end up having some twists put into them by the time the reel goes back into storage after a fishing trip. Then along with the natural set from sitting along with the twists in the line, it can become very hard to cast on the next fishing trip. The reel you have will work with a lighter weight line and can be used on just about any size fish. I often rig surf reels on ultra light rods in order to get the advantage of the larger diameter spool when setting up for crappie fishing. Each wrap of line around the spool generates one twist when casting, thus the larger spool requires less wraps to hold the same amount of needed usuable line as a smaller spool would. With the larger diameter spool, I put filler line on the spool first then put enough 6# mono on the on top of the filler to actually do my fishing with. The rod action on the other hand may be a little heavy for fishing for small freshwater fish.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Take that rod and spool it with 17 pound Trilene XL and use it for salmon fishing in Lake Michigan. Starting in late September you will be able to cast for them off of the shore at the planetarium and along Soldier Field. The closer you get to the Bernam Harbor entrance the better off you will be. Use a heavy silver/blue or silver/green Krocadile or a large Little Cleo in the same colors. Next Spring (April/May) go up to Waukeegan and cast off the pier with slightly smaller lures (you could also drop down to 12 pound line then too since the salmon/trout will be in the 5-12 pound range).

If you get a chance, join Salmon Unlimited and attend a few gatherings. That rod is great for all five species of salmon and trout in Lake Michigan... they hit hard and swim at 20 mph so you need a big spool when shore fishing. In the Fall, the Kings can go over 30 pounds.

When you go out, sharpen your hooks until the points won't slide on your finger nail and test your knots good. Those guys pull very hard yet have a soft enough mouth that you need to sink the hook into the bone of their jaw or you will lose them. It won't sink into bone unless it is razor sharp. Good luck and enjoy that excellent gear!

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from Carl Huber wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

santa said it all I cannot add a single thing +1

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from maynardtl8 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips guys. And those sound like great ideas dakota. I take it you must be from around here ofcourse. I didnt think the salmon and steelhead would be in this shallow and close to shore this late in the year. I thought that would have been more in the spring.

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from maynardtl8 wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Hey, DakotaMan, do you know where there would be good parking around there with out having to mule my gear a mile?

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

take it to a local pawn shop and swap it straight up for a setup that you like. I swapped what I call a shark rod with a grossly huge real for a nice shakespeare baitcaster combo.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

take it to a local pawn shop and swap it straight up for a setup that you like. I swapped what I call a shark rod with a grossly huge real for a nice shakespeare baitcaster combo.

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