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Offline ATGEP

Salmon rods
« on: October 29, 2017, 06:43:11 PM »
My $10 boat show rods are nearing the end of the road. I am looking for something better but dont want to break the bank either.  I have fished my friend's lamiglass and they are better in every regard. He also broke 2 of the lamiglass rods fighting chinook this year and that has me leaning against not buying them.  What is a good option in the $100 range?

Thanks everyone.

Offline Tj805

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 06:52:59 PM »
Kinda out of your price range but seeker 196 in a 7 ft 15-25 is my favorite salmon rod.
If your on a budget it's hard to beat an old ugly stick .
Killed quite a few salmon on them.
1987 sea ranger 17
90 hp yamaha precision blend
2014 yamaha f8

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 07:11:42 PM »


Seekers are my favorite rods. (S-glass)
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Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 08:55:04 PM »
Okuma Salmon Steelhead (SST), 9'6" rods are hard to beat.  Decent price and good actions.  Med to Med/heavy for trolling...  Nice tip action with good backbone...  Often on sale in the mid $60 range...

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Offline First Cabin

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 08:59:48 PM »
In that price range, I would go with the Berkley Air IM8.  You can get one for $70-80 on sale or on-line.  I fish Lamiglas and Loomis and the Berkley makes it hard to justify spending 2-4x more.

First:  1982 15' SeaHunter, Yamaha 70 2-stroke, Yamaha F6
Second:  1987 17' SeaRanger, Merc 90 2-stroke, Yamaha F8
Current:  2002 17' SeaChaser, Yamaha F100, Yamaha T8

Offline Rokefin

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 07:57:08 AM »
Agree with the "ugly sticks" great rod for the money.

Personally, I find the 9 foot rods too long for our boats and use the 7 foot ugly sticks.

1989 17ft Arima Sea Chaser 2010 115 Yamaha 1995 9.9 Yamaha kicker - Bodega mostly

Offline J Chaser

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 10:15:13 AM »
Fenwick HMX

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Sea Chaser 1511, Yamaha F70, Yamaha F6 kicker

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2017, 10:59:27 AM »

I use a 9 foot parabolic 15-30 Super Seeker to absorb head shakes.

The length is a bother. But worth the action.

1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Rokefin

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2017, 12:28:04 PM »

I use a 9 foot parabolic 15-30 Super Seeker to absorb head shakes.

The length is a bother. But worth the action.

I have thought about using the longer lengths for that reason "head shakes" and feel but I keep a very loose drag to compensate. I used the long rods a couple years ago then opted for the shorter ones, I may give the longer ones another try next year.
1989 17ft Arima Sea Chaser 2010 115 Yamaha 1995 9.9 Yamaha kicker - Bodega mostly

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2017, 12:31:23 PM »

If you use Spectra, There is no stretch.
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Markshoreline

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2017, 07:06:40 PM »
For downriggers I use 8' ugly sticks.  Never broke one.  Otherwise I use Lamiglass or Fenwicks.
« Last Edit: October 30, 2017, 07:50:39 PM by Markshoreline »
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Online Threeweight

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 04:20:43 PM »
I run Okuma SST's on most of my salmon rods (fishing either lead or divers).  My down rigger rods are Lamiglass Classic Glass (around $70 if you catch them on sale).
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

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Offline Tunacious

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2017, 09:18:17 AM »
In that price range, I would go with the Berkley Air IM8.  You can get one for $70-80 on sale or on-line.  I fish Lamiglas and Loomis and the Berkley makes it hard to justify spending 2-4x more.

I use the Berkley IM8 rods.  I have a couple of longer ones in two piece for bobber fishing in the river but I prefer the shorter one piece rods for the boat.

You can get them on sale at Bi-Mart for a good price.
2003 Sea Ranger 21' HT
2003 130 Honda

Offline Keel-er

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2017, 11:22:41 AM »
I am with Russ and Steve on the Okuma rods.  Work great and catch fish.
1986 Sea Ranger 17
2001 Yamaha F100 4 stroke
2007 Mercury 8hp 4 stroke

Online AlexB

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2017, 01:22:34 PM »
I really like my Lamiglas “Classic Glass” rod for salmon trolling with a Deep 6 or downrigger.

Were the Lami’s that broke fiberglass, or some kind of lightweight graphite/composite material?


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Online Threeweight

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2017, 02:02:28 PM »
For downrigger rods, I feel like old-school fiberglass makes a lot more sense than graphite.  And it's a lot harder to break.
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

“Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.”
       --- Hunter S. Thompson

Offline Markshoreline

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2017, 10:56:20 PM »
Yep, no sense in carbon fiber for downriggers, not looking for sensitive feel on the hookup.  Just tough fiberglass in the length you prefer.
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2017, 11:38:38 PM »
For downrigger rods, I feel like old-school fiberglass makes a lot more sense than graphite.  And it's a lot harder to break.

Graphite are lightning rods in a storm.
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Fishin Machine

Re: Salmon rods
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2017, 07:57:46 PM »
I use several different Rods, two of my favorites are the Loomis GL3 and GL2 Loomis. The other two rods I have are Shimano Tiagra trolling rods best bang for your money. Get them over a ugly stick.

The rods I use the most and have three of the are the Lamiglas Mark Wilson series. They only come in 7' or 7' 9" models. Mark Wilson is a known striper fisherman in the California Delta and had Lamiglas custom build rods for him. They like his design and started selling them. I own three of them and caught salmon stripers and a sturgeon using this rod.

https://www.fishermanswarehouse.com/shop/lamiglas-signature-mark-wilson-striper-trolling-rod/

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2003 19' Sea Ranger