Drop shot set up help

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Drop shot set up help

Post by georgeweeber » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:11 am

I am finally breaking down and buying a drop shot/shakey head spinning set up. I prefer shimano and daiwa reels. Thinking about a 2500-3000 model to reduce line twist. I am not too familiar with spinning setups and was just looking for advice on a rod and reel that I could use for both. I would like to stay under $400 for the entire setup. Thanks.

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by ah_long » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:35 am

Phenix M1 ML or M depending on your preference

Stradic Ci4+ 2500

Nothing in the Daiwa Spinning around that price range is really worth buying IMO. Shimano has the better Spinning offering in the $150~$200 range.

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by BlaineFred » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:26 am

You can frequently find a used like-new Stradic CI4 model 2500 for sale on here for around $150, maybe a little less now that the CI4+ model is out there, and the CI4 discontinued.

A Dobyns DX702S rod...in excellent condition usually sells for around $250.

They make an excellent combination for drop shotting and shakey heads.

Put 7-lb Sunline Sniper on it, and it's a nice rig.

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Post by georgeweeber » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:17 pm

Thanks for the help. I already found a dx 702sf. Now if I can find a used shimano ci4 I'll be in business.

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by rubs96 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:14 pm

CI4 is the way to go!

Good luck on your quest!

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Post by G3Steve » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:55 pm

I'm gonna go against the grain and recommend a Symetre or if you have to have a Stradic, go with the FJ. Yes, they are heavier reels but they balance out the rod much better than the Ci4. On the DX702SF it's a nearly perfectly balanced setup. If you can, try them out at the store and you'll see what I mean.

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by grantman83 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:17 pm

georgeweeber wrote:Thanks for the help. I already found a dx 702sf. Now if I can find a used shimano ci4 I'll be in business.
This is my exact setup and is a lightweight dream

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Post by georgeweeber » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:55 pm

Thanks for the help guys. I got my hands on a good used 702 and have a ci4 headed this way. I like the idea of a light set up. Hopefully it also balances out okay. In my bait casting set ups it seems that balance is more crucial than the actual weight. Ill be able to let you know in a couple of days.

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by BlaineFred » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:37 am

georgeweeber wrote:Thanks for the help guys. I got my hands on a good used 702 and have a ci4 headed this way. I like the idea of a light set up. Hopefully it also balances out okay. In my bait casting set ups it seems that balance is more crucial than the actual weight. Ill be able to let you know in a couple of days.
I use the same rig, and the things that you will notice are the excellent balance and the lightness.

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by G3Steve » Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:28 am

georgeweeber wrote:Thanks for the help guys. I got my hands on a good used 702 and have a ci4 headed this way. I like the idea of a light set up. Hopefully it also balances out okay. In my bait casting set ups it seems that balance is more crucial than the actual weight. Ill be able to let you know in a couple of days.
Exactly! Which is the reason for the heavier reel. I did the same comparison in store and the Symetre was more balanced than the Ci4.

Have fun with your new rig!

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Re: Drop shot set up help

Post by CJVDH » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:13 am

My drop shot setup is a Shimano Stradic Ci4 w/ Falcon Micro Guided Buccoo rod and it's extremely light and balanced couldn't ask for anything else.

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