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 Posted: Thu Nov 14th, 2019 07:23 am
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Location: JHB, South Africa
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benniejordaan wrote: 7' Travella jigging rods are awesome and that's what we use for the lighties but I don't like the single foot guides on the spinning version so replaced them with double foot guides. If the rod is too short it can be a pain especially if the fish circles and with a long trace. you need a longer rod to manage the trace. 8' is an ideal length and I recently bought an Okuma Metaloid rod for R1300 and I reckon that's a winner. Right length, strong guides and versatile. As for reels, we have been using the Penn slammers for about a year and a half now. Very robust and easy to fish with. Grinders would definitely be my choice for beginners / girls / or lazy asses like me.
I agree on Trevala - blank is good, eyes are far too soft  . I had to bend them back too many times.
Now my Trevala will be used only for catching bait and I have two Daiwa Saltiga Hiramasa that are miles ahead of trevala .I also had very same Okuma Metaloid and tip snapped due to defect in blank.
Grinder is really best for bottom but my Stella 20K has one set back as I cannot disengage anti reverse. You have to use grinder that has lever to disengage the anti reverse , that is where KP reels has advantage . Often seen when you do pull up few meters up and then drop few meters back , Rock Cod gets triggered and hits the bait .Constant opening the bail damages the braid . Does Penn Slammer has lever for anti reverse ? I see it has stainless gears and that is a must for this type of fishing .