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Old 03-06-2011, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have just aquired a Trinidad 16 DC reel and am looking to pair it up with a new musky rod. I'd like an 8ft plus heavy action rod to throw big blades, bulldogs, jerkbaits, and topwaters. I'm looking at the Okuma 9.3ft telescopic @ $100, a Diamondback 8.5-9.0ft custom rod for $220, or the st croix legend Big nasty 8.5-9.0 ft for $320-340. Does anyone have any other suggestions or recommendations for these rods?
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would stay away from the telescopic.

The others are decent options. I know a local company that can custom make you a rod to fit your desired budget. You can pick everything including the blank, guides, handle, reel seat style, etc...

PM Dan S. for details
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I don't know why Brookfield said that, many of the newer extra long/heavy rods are telescopic. My vote is for the Okuma. Both for price and performance. I got rid of a Lamiglass and 4 St. Croix after I tried the Okuma.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ive heard of several failures on the okumas. Besides, I love my one piece rods. With the exception of a custom travel rod I have being made, I always felt like some performance was sacrificed with each piece.

just my $.02
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That's interesting Nick. I have not heard of any Okuma failures. They were originally designed for heavy swimbaits fishing for west coast super lunker bass guys. It may be something to think about. I have actually had St Croix and Diamondback failures, so those I know intimately.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, you have a valid point and I think you can say there are cases of failures with just about every rod out there. I suppose with the limited lifetime warranty with the Okuma, you're investment is pretty safe.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Big Nasty is the best, but for a better bang-for-buck: Tackle Industries!!! $110!!!
http://www.tackleindustries.com/muskypikerods.html
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Big Nasty is the best, but for a better bang-for-buck: Tackle Industries!!! $110!!!
http://www.tackleindustries.com/muskypikerods.html
That's a very nice rod for big baits, but as the name suggests, it's big and heavy. I would not want to throw that all day but there is no better rod for the money for chucking pounders and such.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:39 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Marabo, or anybody
The okuma telescopic 9'3" rods how small do they shrink down to?
I found a lot of info on them but nothing about the compacted size. Is it the handle or the blank or both that move?
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm not 100% sure because I use the Okuma Guide Select 7'11" Split Grip rod ($130/Shipped@Tacklewarehouse) I believe the Big Okuma Telecopes down to 7'11" as well.
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