Newbie Rod and reel setups (Nelson)

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:41 pm

Getting my yak on Thursday so keen to go out this weekend (Cant wait!!). I need some input on rod and reel setups, line class, braid vs mono etc. I am used to fishing KP (Scarborough) reels on a 6ft rod with 50lb braid back and 16 oz sinkers back in South Africa, but the conditions as well as the tackle here are all very new to me. Any input would be appreciated!

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:28 pm

What style of fishing are you wanting to try? I am guessing from the mention of Scarborough and sinkers it's bait.
A good couple of options are either going spin with a baitfeeder type reel (Okuma Avenger, Shimano Baitrunner, Penn Liveliner) that mean you can strayline and cast easily.
Get a 6'6 glass tipped rod (Okuma sensortip, Shimano Aquatip, Shakespeare Ugly Stik) and they are pretty bombproof.
Overhead will set you back a bit more, but have a few advantages (and the thrill of a good birdsnest thrown in) Okuma Cortez, Shimano Torium, Daiwa Sl20sh and any of the rods mentioned above in an O/H version will be a good set for bottom bashing and trolling, etc.
Softbait - Okuma Ceymar C40 and X-Factor, $199 with braid will get you going.
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:05 am

Personally for kayak fishing around Nelson I like three rigs: -

1) A Thunnus bait feeder type spinning reel on 7kg rod (bottom fishing, trolling, spinning, stray lining)
2) A Caius low profile baitcaster on 5 kg rod with a fast action (soft baits, micro jigs, slow jigs, trout trolling/spinning/jigging, bottom fishing and catching bait)
3) A Saragosa spinning reel on a 12kg rod (top-water action targeting bigger pelagics)

#1 could just as easily be a round profile bait caster with reasonable drag and line capacity.

I think that combo will cover pretty much anything you can target in coastal waters and lakes near Nelson and on rubbish days you can use those rigs from wharves etc.

If you are going further afield you could look at a specialist jigging set up for kingis and something like a TLD 15 on a 12kg rod for deep water fishing.
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Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:28 am

im running pretty light gear due to lack of huge fish i catch.
k-labs >20lb rod with stradic 4000 14lb braid (softbaits n microjigs or casting lures)
okuma 10-15kg rod with a casitas 151hg low profile baitcaster 20lb braid. (live baiting setup) will upgrade reel to higher drag specs one day
daiwa tatula 100xsl or silver max on a shimano 5-8kg rod 12lb braid (slow jigs n straylineing)
nice to have options
started with a shimano aquatip and 5000 baitrunner, and shimano 5-8kg rod with cheap as shimano reels but am slowly going to the dark side n using low profile baitcasters.

good luck n get out there

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Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:24 pm

ive started going down in gear weight for the fun factor. my go to toy is a nano 1-3kg rod with 1kg braid on it. :D awesome fun with a kahawai on it. my next is a 6lb setup and then i have the usual 20lb set for straylining.
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