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    Re: Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    I want to give sturgeon fishing a shot. Day or night is best?

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    Re: Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    The 12' Uglystik is old technology, heavy, not very sensitive and plain old clunky.

    With that said they're just about perfect for that application. There heavy enough to throw 10-12 oz sinkers, long enough to get distance on a cast and keep more line out of the water and off the bottom (important from shore). And they're tough as nails. Good old fiberglass is a lot more forgiving than graphite.

    Sensitivity isn't an issue because you're bait fishing on the bottom, so you'll see bites vs feel them.

    As for being too heavy, I think it's fine. Not very sporting if you're catching 3 pound cats, but if you need to get a sturgeon out of the rocks, the power and length is handy.

    I prefer much heavier braid. Not necessarily that you put more than 25 pounds of pull on the line, but nicks and dings in the line are more common fishing from shore. Having some excess strength that way is handy, but a judgement call. You'll lose a bit more gear from the shore and braid isn't cheap.

    Good choice in my opinion. Tell up how you do.

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    Re: Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    My old (black with yellow and red) 12 Ugly Stick lasted me 12 years before I retired it due to stress cracks at the mating points. I just bought one of the newer (red and black) Ugly Sticks and hope it treats me as good.

    I love the feel of the 12' Daiwa Emcasts and Emblems but have had one of each break on me already shortly after buying them.
    Fishing, it's cheaper than therapy!

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    Re: Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by BoiPotato View Post
    Amazon was having a sale and I picked up a Penn Squall 30LWLH over the 50 cause left hand. Im looking for a bank fishing rod to pair with this. Is the 12ft Ugly Stick too big and heavy?
    Im fishing around the Boise area and have no plans to head to the Columbia. I talked to one gentleman and he said he only uses 10oz pyramid sinkers in the snake. I think he was using 30lb mono cant remember.

    Im new to Sturgeon fishing.
    I fished a similiar setup in the past. I think it was a penn 320ld or something like that on a 12ft ugly stick. We use up to 8oz pyramids to fish sturgeon in the carquinez straight from shore. I have also had a penn squall in the 30 size. I liked that reel too.

    To answer your question a 12ft ugly stick is an ideal rod to launch 6-8oz lead. Im sure u can luanch a 10oz sinker also. I just havnt needed to personally. When casting that much weight u will want to have at least 25lb mono. 30lb makes sense also, it just starts to lose casting distance.. i prefer 25 on a setup like this. Or 20lb if i know i wont be casting over 6oz of lead. Im not a fan of using braid to soak bait from shore in the areas i fish. But it may be an option for u.

    Similiar rods like a diawa beef stick work well and are not too pricy either.

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    Re: Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by AnglingWes View Post
    I have been using that reel for lings in the salt all year. It’s not bad for the price.


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    Did you see it today? Amazons Deal of the day. $83

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    Re: Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    I have been using that reel for lings in the salt all year. It’s not bad for the price.


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    Bank Fishing Rod Suggestion

    Amazon was having a sale and I picked up a Penn Squall 30LWLH over the 50 cause left hand. Im looking for a bank fishing rod to pair with this. Is the 12ft Ugly Stick too big and heavy?
    Im fishing around the Boise area and have no plans to head to the Columbia. I talked to one gentleman and he said he only uses 10oz pyramid sinkers in the snake. I think he was using 30lb mono cant remember.

    Im new to Sturgeon fishing.

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