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combo question - vegetation
« on: October 06, 2017, 10:44:05 AM »

Hi all.  New to the group and just started fishing this summer in the Hudson Valley of NY.  Been bank fishing local ponds and lakes.

There's a spot where there are lots of bass in and around lily pads.  My Light rod set up with 6# mono doesn't work to keep them from diving into the weeds/lilies and I can't wrestle them out.  Fishing with Texas rigged worms.  Been doing research online but need help with combo.  Have a ton of questions - will try to be brief.  Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Thinking of MH/F rod, probably 6' or 6'6";  i'm 5'7 and there's lots of trees, etc on shore to get snagged on.
Will switch to braided line.  Is 30# enough?  Too much? Some suggest 50# for fishing in heavy vegetation. 
Biggest dilemma - what spinning reel??  Thinking of Pflueger President or President XT.  Worried the 30 size might be too small for the heavier line, but the 35 might be too big for the smallish rod.  Maybe a 35 in the XT, since it's lighter?  I like that the XT is "braid ready".  Should I go with the 6'6" rod to accommodate the bigger reel?  Will even the 35 reel be big enough??  Comfortable with spinning reels and don't want to switch to baitcaster just yet. 
Any and all advice appreciated.  I know so little, I'm sure there are other things I should be asking.  Or maybe I'm overthinking it... THANK YOU!!

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Re: combo question - vegetation
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 10:50:34 AM »

My wife uses Power Pro 20# on her lews spinning reels and it performs well.  It should handle anything you can give it in your location.  I suspect the rod will go before the line.  In your case the Knot is the key.


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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 03:07:42 PM »

My wife and I fish a lot of Pflueger stuff. We both have some Presidents and am amazed by how they perform especially for their price. We prefer the size 30's for our lightest stuff. We have Berkley Fireline in 14 pound test (6 pound mono equivalent) and use a 4 foot 8 pound P Line CXX leader. Our larger baits we throw on spinning gear is done on a President 35. Again mono backing, Fireline 14 pound test and a 10 pound CXX leader. That CXX breaks close to 22 pounds.  She also uses a Pflueger Supreme 35 with 30 pound  Power Pro Spectra as her frog setup.
I really like that Supreme 35.  If you can afford the extra cost I am sure you will appreciate it every time out.
To fish the jungle throw 30 pound Power Pro Spectra.  That is my standby for grass fishing unless it is my frog rod and then it is 65 pound Spectra. Of course that is on one of my baitcasters.

As for a rod consider a rod like an Ike series 66-6 MH spinning rod. I fish several of his rods and like them.  Take a few minutes and listen to his explanation on you tube.


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Re: combo question - vegetation
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 04:14:27 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 06:06:05 PM »

30# lb Power Pro should do the job for you. Welcome aboard!!
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