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Old 07-10-2019, 09:50 AM   #1
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Hello, I want to bobber fish from the bank for steelhead. I’m still trying to figure out which rod and reel I want to buy. Would the Berkley air Im8 9’6” medium moderate fast action and Sedona 2500Fd reel get the job done?

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Sure, that's a perfectly reasonable combo for a modest budget. 9.5' is a good length for being able to pick up line to help get clean drifts but not be too cumbersome to cast or get around the bank veg, and the 2500 size is a good balance of weight to match the rod and decent line capacity.
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Sure, that's a perfectly reasonable combo for a modest budget. 9.5' is a good length for being able to pick up line to help get clean drifts but not be too cumbersome to cast or get around the bank veg, and the 2500 size is a good balance of weight to match the rod and decent line capacity.
Awesome thank you!
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:14 PM   #4
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I do a lot of bobber fishing for steelhead, mostly winter. If it were me I'd go with the medium light action, 6-10# line rating (A94-9-9ML)......

......and depending on the rivers you intend to fish most often, if they're larger more open ares for casting the 10"-9", medium light action, 6-10# line rating (A94-10-9ML) would be good.

Longer the rod easier it is to mend line, but the 9'-6" would work just fine..............

I fish an Okuma Guide Select Pro 9'-9", medium light action, 6-12# line rating (GSP-S-992ML) and absolutely love that rod. A little more money than the IM8, but worth it I think....
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:49 PM   #5
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While you're passing out advice, any tips on plunking from a boat? I plunk the CR from the bank but wondered if the same techniques work from the other side. Any help would be welcome.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:32 AM   #6
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9 1/2 Okuma with a Pflueger President 2500. Great combo for the price... you can get them both at Bi-Mart and frequently on sale.
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I do a lot of bobber fishing for steelhead, mostly winter. If it were me I'd go with the medium light action, 6-10# line rating (A94-9-9ML)......

......and depending on the rivers you intend to fish most often, if they're larger more open ares for casting the 10"-9", medium light action, 6-10# line rating (A94-10-9ML) would be good.

Longer the rod easier it is to mend line, but the 9'-6" would work just fine..............

I fish an Okuma Guide Select Pro 9'-9", medium light action, 6-12# line rating (GSP-S-992ML) and absolutely love that rod. A little more money than the IM8, but worth it I think....
Ahh that’s good to know! Thanks for the advice! I appreciate it.
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Once you have a rod and reel get yourself a few of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Aerojig-Steel.../dp/B01N48G4ML
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Once you have a rod and reel get yourself a few of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Aerojig-Steel.../dp/B01N48G4ML


Just don’t pay that much for them! Not sure why they are so expensive on Amazon. You can normally get two for that price at BiMart.


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I'm not sure if they are still having it but Fisherman's Warehouse is having a sale on Lamiglass X11 for 69.99. Might be another option.
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I just checked. The sidewalk sale goes on til the 21st of July. They have the Buzz Ramsey IM8 for 59.99 and Lamiglass X11 for 69.99.
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Once you have a rod and reel get yourself a few of these:
https://www.amazon.com/Aerojig-Steel.../dp/B01N48G4ML
That specific black and red jig has killed lots of summers.....the hole right at the mouth of dog creek..at clack....and upriver of oxbow park by the gravel bar..back in the days when I had my 8'6 buzz ramsey with mitchell 300 ex...the small spool loaded with 10 or sometimes 8# mono..and fluoro leader...believe it or not...caught a sockeye with same setup...at sauvies...after loosing several pink jigs to those runners...you can cast them too (heavy ones)..at right place...at right time...
I think your combo is good. Anything 8'6 or 9/ 9'6 are great. Long rods for bobbers is kool but at times become hassle..so I say 8'6 is perfect..getting caught in trees and things....I've seen happening on small coastal rivers ..tidewater..where not much access at places.

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Thank you I went to Fisherman’s and got the pole!! I appreciate all the info from you guys. I’ll make sure to grab some of those nightmares
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What did you get?
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Old 07-15-2019, 09:17 AM   #15
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Hey you! I have the Okuma Cellilo 9'6" I believe with the Pfleuger President reel as my first steelhead rod and my second one is a 10' or a little longer Rox made by Okuma. The Cellilo was about $60 and the reel maybe $50? My second rod I got on sale for $40 both the rod and reel but I like it and the action is really good, I can cast it farther and it is really fun to hook fish on bc you can feel every little thing. Some people may make fun of me for buying really cheap rods but my take is, you will lose lots of gear and constantly be buying more line, lures, and bait so save your money for that! For winter steelhead please look into LURED brand beads, they are a great local company and they CATCH fish! My first was caught on a Lured bead, and I hooked my first summer stealhead last week on a Lured bead. You can buy them at sportsmans warehouse among other places. Good luck!!
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Oh didn't see you already got the rod, that's awesome! And like others said, nightmare jigs are great !
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Thank you I went to Fisherman’s and got the pole!! I appreciate all the info from you guys. I’ll make sure to grab some of those nightmares
Which pole did you end up picking up?
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:05 PM   #18
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Hey Sharon! Thanks for the info! Good to see ya on here. I’m new to this site and stoked to see a familiar face.

Anyhow I went to Fisherman’s hoping to leave with the Lamiglas x11 10’6” medium light spinning rod but ended up leaving with the Berkley Air IM8 9’6”. They sold out of the 10’6” (d’ohh!). Then this weekend I got a brand new (packaged and everything) Sedona 2500 for $35 on OfferUp. You could say I’m a happy girl!!
My husbands looking into buying a pole as well so I’ll send him all your guys recommendations👍🏻 Thanks again!
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Awesome! I found this site a couple years ago and everyone has been so awesome to me with giving advice freely and not making fun of me for beginner questions Haha! Anyway I'm glad you got a good deal, and are starting to stlhd fish, its alot of fun!
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