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Hi all,
I am considering buying a rod for high speed jigging. I have looked at the Cape Fear range (too expensive), Star Rods Plasma series, Conoflex Trilogy and the Lawson Power Jigger. If anbody could provide some suggestions it would be most appreciated. The Rod will be used with an Avet LX or a Shimao Tekota 500 with pirks and jigs between 100-400g, it may also be used for trolling. Just looking for suggestions.
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I'm Going to find this interesting.

The Japanese, Koreans, Kiwis and Americans sometimes spend vast amounts on very, very expensive specialised jigging rods (blanks almost always made in Japan) for "extreme" jigging. They are very strong for their weight (or, if you like, very light for their strength) with some 'snap' to the recovery and a particularly stiff butt (up to a couple of feet above the hand) but when you see them in use in photos they are usually bent into a semicircle, so heaven knows how hard those guys lift while pumping.

For 'our' style of jigging (and for high-speed, if most of the speed is coming from the reel rather than you working the rod like a madman) all the rods mentioned above would be good (in my opinion) but I'll be interested to see if anyone suggests ones with either more tip-action or noticeably softer.

Later on, when it won't affect answers, I shall post a link to a vid of a "master" extreme jigging. It looks to me like he is to all intents and purposes striking hard on every up stroke and then reeling down as fast as he can for the next 'strike' up. It makes me feel tired just looking at it !
 

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Roger, most of these vary expensive "jigging" rods are built on "S" glass 12 or 20lb tip action stand-up blanks, 6ft 6inch or a bit longer, normally one piece but can easily be two piece. Very fast tip action and massive lifting power in the guts. Extended foregrip with sightly longer than normal butt grip and gimbal.

I built two on Cape Fear blanks last year as that was what had been specified. Had I asked them for 20lb stand-up blanks they would have sent the exact same thing.

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Any recomendations? I have the Speedmaster 20-30 which i will use. What about the Penn Tidecutter.
 

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The Japanese, Koreans, Kiwis and Americans sometimes spend vast amounts on very, very expensive specialised jigging rods (blanks almost always made in Japan) for "extreme" jigging.
In addition to these Japanese rods which include makes such as Carpenter, Smith and Fisherman and cost over £200 and upward there is an American brand called Lamiglas which have a good reputation and are a bit cheaper (albeit not lot) than the Japanese rods. Here's their site.

http://www.lamiglas.com/
 

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I was thinking of getting a longer 8'+ rod. Would the Conoflex Trilogy be up to this kind of work Stan M. I like the thought of different class tips as they could be matched to the weights. I was thinking about the 20 or the 30lb class trilogy would this do for what i want it? Saw the reviews in Sea Angler and they looked good, also a mate has one and i have felt them in the shop and have to say they do feel a nice rod.
 

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Built quite a few of them and some with a slight blank variation, (Tom Bettle got one last week and he seems happy)

They come in 6 / 12 / 20lb with the 20 capable of 140 - 160 grm but I have to be honest I`ve never built one specifically for jigging. Dedicated jigging rods tend to have slightly different grip positions and probably a more tippy action. The Triology
is more of a mid to tip action so would be a bit slower on the return.

6 or 12lb "S" glass stand up blank makes an excellent jigging rod. Fast return on the tip and lots of power in the nethers. Can be built using thos blanks anything from
5ft 6inch to 8ft. Modern "S" glass in those line classes is as light as carbon but can take ten times the punishment.


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Thanks Stan thats the Trilogy ruled off my list then. I think i will just go with the Shimano Speedmaster 2030 for now and see what its like. Perhaps the rod i am looking for is more of a 30-40lb class blank for the heavier pirks yp to 400-500g. I think that i will have a look at the Shimano Speedmaster 400g jigging they seem popular on Norwegian forums. I would like to know more about the Penn Tidecutter 30-50 Pirker and the Penn Formula rods though as a few places still have them on offer.
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Thanks Stan thats the Trilogy ruled off my list then. I think i will just go with the Shimano Speedmaster 2030 for now and see what its like. Perhaps the rod i am looking for is more of a 30-40lb class blank for the heavier pirks yp to 400-500g. I think that i will have a look at the Shimano Speedmaster 400g jigging they seem popular on Norwegian forums. I would like to know more about the Penn Tidecutter 30-50 Pirker and the Penn Formula rods though as a few places still have them on offer.
Cheers
Bass-ic

Dont get mixed up on line classes on blanks. When I say a 12 or max 20lb stand up rod ( IGFA ) they will handle those heavy jigs without a blink.

30 -40lb blank ??????? You are into Porbeagle shark territory, yellowfin tuna, marlin .
 

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Cheers Stan i know that IGFA rated blanks are heavier then manufacturers ratings. The rod ratings i was refering to were the manufacturer ratings and not IGFA. I know that the ratings can eveb vary quite a lot between manufacturers for example my 20-40 Fladen Solid C has nowhere near as much backbone and strength as my Shimano Speedmaster 20-30.
 

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Perhaps it would help best if i said i would be using either a Avet LX or Shimano Tekota 500lc with 30-40lb Powerpro braid and pirks and jigs between 120g and 300g as those ar the acyual weights and setups i will be using the rod with. If you could come up with some suggestions for rods then it would be most appreciated Stan.
 
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