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I've got the good TD Black 2-6kg and will go 1-3kg in a BC at some point, but I want a second cheapo rod for the yak, mainly for squid but maybe trolling a second lure. I'm thinking 6'6 to 7' and maybe 3-7kg but definitely under $100, preferably well under.

Perhaps Daiwa Legalis, Shimano Catana or Penn Ally, but wondering if Daiwa RZ or Shimano Aquatip wouldn't be awful. Even mulling over a Jarvis Walker Bullseye at $40. Anything else I should look at? I want something local BTW. I know I'm overthinking a cheapass rod but I have trouble limiting myself sometimes ;)

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For the kayak I prefer a rod to be 7 foot long and graphite. I use alot of cheaper rods from the yak and used the anaconda entry level Esteem graphite rods for years. These were 7 foot graphite, skeleton reel seat, weighed under 100g and were $50 on sale. Currently I am running a few savage gear MPP2 7'2" 3 to 5kg rods. They were down to $30 on sale last year from BCF so I picked up 4.

Head instore and have a play. Graphite will be much nicer and lighter to hold. If you can hold off till sale time you can save some $ 

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Thanks. Was planning on waiting for xmas time specials but heading to the Coorong this weekend and would really like a second rod with me. All my old rods are either awful or more awful. :)

BCF don't seem to sell the MPP2 anymore. :( Ah found it, $99 atm

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BTW the Bullseye is graphite, 3-6kg, 7'3, no rating on lure weight. Looks ok on paper, hard to believe they can make it for $40, might feel dreadful though

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3 minutes ago, lofty64 said:

Maybe have a look at the OKUMA flexi tipz , I like them but you may not , around $50 .

 

Can't find em in SA with a online search. Do you know a local store that might have em?

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Seems I'm about to have plenty of free research time :(

Did manage to look at the Bullseye before the lockdown madness set in, the rod seems not bad at all, and I like the short butt for the yak, but the reel seat is terrible.

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Long story short, ended up with a 6'10 Black Savage 2-4, @Kuerschie looked after me, more of a bream rod really but with enough grunt for bigger fish should I get astoundingly lucky. Not the cheapie I originally planned but could not pass up the value. The Atomic Arrowz are $120 atm at the orange place, seem like nice rods but a bit more than I really wanted to spend at this time.

I decided my TD Black 2-6 rod should be for the bigger fish and squid and the 2-4 might get me learning lure fishing a bit faster with it's responsiveness.

I do think the RZ series are hard to pass up for just pure cheap but good. It makes your head spin with how many really good rods are around these days.

God help me when the xmas specials happen.

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When you look at some of these kayak vids you'll notice they'll have 3 or 4 rods/reels with them,it's incase something goes wrong with the line/reel and your missing valuable time trying to sort it out while they're biting.Some may have variable line/rod strengths or lure sizes,if i'm out in the boat i'll usually have 4 rod/reel combo's ready to go with varying lures.Don't get caught in thinking i'll spend the day out only to be heading home within the first 15mins out,and sitting in a yak trying to sort out a problem isn't ideal.Been there done that.

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On 22/11/2020 at 6:37 PM, Soobz said:

The Atomic Arrowz are $120 atm at the orange place, seem like nice rods but a bit more than I really wanted to spend at this time.

I have an Atomic Arrowz Bream Surface in my arsenal of wands for surface YFW. Great rod, especially for the price!

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