I'm looking at trying a new jig skipping rod. For years I've used a 7' MH St. Croix Avid and it has served me well. I'd like to try a rod that is just a hair shorter and have it narrowed down to these 2 rods
Fitzgerald Bryan Thrift 6'9" skipping rod (9 micro guides, 14 1/2 inch handle)
Daiwa tatula hd andy montgomery 6'9" skipping rod (8 standard guides 14 inch handle)
The rods are within 10 dollars of each other. Honestly on paper they are very similar rods. If anyone has any direct experience with either please let me know. I will be throwing a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce jig on 20lb. fluoro 90% of the time with this setup.
I recommend the diawa Montgomery rod, with a SV reel. The SV reels are by far the best skipping reel period. Plus the silver is pretty cool. Another good rod is the shimano curado 6"10 MH. I have one and its pretty sweet.
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Here is my ratings
1 - Rekkai
2 -(TIE) Tatula Elite 6'9" Skipping and Super Destroyer
4 Super Orochi (Ofcourse its an F5 Power which is equal IMO to a MH)
1 - Super Destroyer
2 - Rekkai
3 - Super Orochi
4 - Tatula Elite 6'9" Skipping
I usually skip docks, overhangs, anything where skipping technique can get to vs pitching/flipping. I use 3/8oz - 1/2oz jigs 95% of the time. And yes me being 5'11", the shorter rods are much better and pairied with an SV reel is a almost flawless. Skipping 20yds+ is easily done. My rod of choice which i use 95% of the time? Rekkai. However, I use the Tatula Elite 6'9" as my dedicated swim jig skipping rod.
The Tatula Elite 6'9" is not as sensative as the Super Destroyer and Rekkai but have a slower tip than the Super Destroyer and very similar tip to the Rekkai. To me, I feel the Super Destroyer tip is almost Xfast and don't like it it for this purpose. I just prefer Fast Tip for skipping - that's just me. Plus, the you are comparing $180 Tatula Elite rod vs $500+ Megabass rods. And the Tatula Elite 6'9" skipping rod holds it's own against rods almost 3X it's price. It's not the most sensative rod and no where near the Phase 3 rods but it's as sensative as any heavy rod in the $200-$300 range. And very well balanced as well as it should be for it's length. I highly recommend the Tatula Elite 6'9" rod if you are looking for something under $200. You can't go wrong.
Also a very similar rod to the Tatula Elite 6'9" Skipping rod is the first gen Daiwa Zillion 6'9" MH Fast casting rod. I swear they are identical but the Zillion is a bit faster in taper. Almost makes me wonder.....is Daiwa rehashing?
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