ML bottom contact rod recommedation

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ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Freddie » Mon Sep 25, 2023 7:34 pm

I'm on the prowl for a dedicated 1/4 oz finesse jig/bottom contact casting rod. Total bait weight=8-12 grams...

Has anyone experience with the Shimano Expride 72ML(A or B?) and would it have have sufficient power?

If I had $600 I'd just get the Daiwa Steez AGS 'The Sensor'...but on paper the Sensor is a little more powerful?

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by MeatHead » Tue Sep 26, 2023 3:18 am

I have the A version of the Expride 72ml+ and use it now for throwing 1/8oz Owner Flashy swimmers or Okashira screwheads with a 2.8 keitech (total weight 8 grams) and it's great for that. Have also used it for throwing 1/8oz jigheads with 3 inch paddletails inshore for slot redfish and it had more than enough power for that as well. Sensitivity is great too.
I also have the Steez ags 69m Universal Light that I use inshore for the same techniques and love it as well, I have no experience with The Sensor though.

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Hogsticker2 » Tue Sep 26, 2023 10:21 am

Evergreen Black Raven Extreme. Save those pennies!

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by reason162 » Tue Sep 26, 2023 12:49 pm

Freddie wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2023 7:34 pm
I'm on the prowl for a dedicated 1/4 oz finesse jig/bottom contact casting rod. Total bait weight=8-12 grams...

Has anyone experience with the Shimano Expride 72ML(A or B?) and would it have have sufficient power?

If I had $600 I'd just get the Daiwa Steez AGS 'The Sensor'...but on paper the Sensor is a little more powerful?
The Expride A 72ML has more power than the Expride B 72ML - I know people say the Bs have more power but not in this case.

I throw 1/4oz keitech ball heads with 3" spark shads on both A and B 72ML with 8-10lb fluoro w/o issue...but that's a light wire hook. I'd say any hook gauge thicker than what you would use with straight 12lb fluoro is probably too much hook for the B, but just at the top end for the A.

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by rubs96 » Tue Sep 26, 2023 7:05 pm

Haven’t tried that expride so no comment on it. But my recommendation is the Legend Elite 7’6” MLXF. My favourite ML rod and the rod I have fished the most the last two years. Incredible feel to it.

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Hogsticker2 » Tue Sep 26, 2023 9:57 pm

Freddie wrote:
Mon Sep 25, 2023 7:34 pm
I'm on the prowl for a dedicated 1/4 oz finesse jig/bottom contact casting rod. Total bait weight=8-12 grams...

Has anyone experience with the Shimano Expride 72ML(A or B?) and would it have have sufficient power?

If I had $600 I'd just get the Daiwa Steez AGS 'The Sensor'...but on paper the Sensor is a little more powerful?
What is your budget?

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Drakestar » Wed Sep 27, 2023 9:25 am

In the Expride price range (around $300) I'd go with a Trika 6x ML over an Expride any day.

6'10" or 7'0" both work, and the 6'10" M is a great (not over-powered) finesse jig rod, as well.

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Fishing4Fun » Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:56 am

If you can find a used one the Sedition Cristobal is a top notch mag Ml rod with incredible feel, balance, cosmetics and length. It casts incredibly well baits in that 1/4 to 3/8 oz range such as 1/4 jig with a trailer.

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Winstondry » Thu Sep 28, 2023 11:13 am

Fishing4Fun wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:56 am
If you can find a used one the Sedition Cristobal is a top notch mag Ml rod with incredible feel, balance, cosmetics and length. It casts incredibly well baits in that 1/4 to 3/8 oz range such as 1/4 jig with a trailer.

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Whoa, talk about tackleporn! Beautiful John! =D>

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Fishing4Fun » Thu Sep 28, 2023 2:24 pm

Thanks Alain! 8-)

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Chode » Thu Sep 28, 2023 5:26 pm

Might be easier finding an actual unicorn than that Cristobal :lol:

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by dragon1 » Sat Sep 30, 2023 6:21 pm

Fishing4Fun wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:56 am
If you can find a used one the Sedition Cristobal is a top notch mag Ml rod with incredible feel, balance, cosmetics and length. It casts incredibly well baits in that 1/4 to 3/8 oz range such as 1/4 jig with a trailer.

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Bro, if you're gonna do a photo op, could you at least spool on a usable amount of line first? :lol:

Brilliant combo John, thanks for sharing.
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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Hogsticker2 » Sat Sep 30, 2023 7:21 pm

dragon1 wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2023 6:21 pm
Fishing4Fun wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2023 7:56 am
If you can find a used one the Sedition Cristobal is a top notch mag Ml rod with incredible feel, balance, cosmetics and length. It casts incredibly well baits in that 1/4 to 3/8 oz range such as 1/4 jig with a trailer.

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Bro, if you're gonna do a photo op, could you at least spool on a usable amount of line first? :lol:

Brilliant combo John, thanks for sharing.
Haha, I think he has a cast out 🤔

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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by dragon1 » Sat Sep 30, 2023 7:30 pm

Yeah, just wanted to poke him a bit...it's an absolutely gorgeous combo and rare all the way around from custom painted OG Steez to the Sedition Cristobal.
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Re: ML bottom contact rod recommedation

Post by Fishing4Fun » Sun Oct 01, 2023 6:28 am

Bro, I spent all my $ on the gear and only had 2 bucks left over for line which only bought me 20 yards :lol:

Hog is right, it was after a cast \:D/

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