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    Default Baja Rod Recommendations

    Looking for recommendations on an all around saltwater rod for Baja. I donít have a mint to spend on it. Just want something that I can use for most fish fishing off a panga. Thanks!!!

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    TFO bluewater will cover what you are looking for and the prices are very reasonable. 10wt or 12wt depending what you are catching. Katz
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    I would buy a 9' #10 line in 4 piece for most species like Dorado, Roosters, etc.

    For medium size Tuna and sailfish I would get a #12 line rod.

    Big tuna and big Marlin some use 14-16 line size outfitts.


    Some veteran Baja anglers will have 4 to 6 outfits set up in the boat.


    Some with floating lines, some with slow sinking clear lines and some with very fast sinking lines.


    Used or discontinues high end rods will be around $300-400.

    Imported brand name rods like Redington, TFO and Echo will be around $300 new.


    You do need a good reel with a good drag here unlike 90% of the fresh water fishing.
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    Send me an email. I have a blue water rod.

    [email]jaysflies@me.com

    I have a few rods ranging from 10wt to 12wt. I have fished Baja over 25 years.

    Most if not all rods are under $200.00 or less
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    Booneshaya

    I have the following rods...

    TFO Blue Water MD. which is the 10 wt with a fighting forgrip.

    TFO Esox 10 wt which is the 300/400 gr

    TFO Esox 12 wt which is the 400/500 gr.

    As anyone of this board who has bought items from me and they will tell you I sell quality items at a great price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Murakoshi View Post
    Booneshaya
    I have the following rods...
    TFO Blue Water MD. Which is the 10wt with a fighting forgrip.
    TFO Esox 300/400 which is the 10wt and the Esox 12 wt which is the 400/500 gr.
    As anyone of this board who has bought items from me and they will tell you I sell quality items at a great price.
    I can vouch for that. Anyone heading to Baja would also do well to buy some of Jay’s flies.
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    Default Baja Rod....

    I second Jason's recommendation. I've been on many trips with Jay's groups to Baja and elsewhere. Also, bought several items/flies from him. All were in good shape and at reasonable cost....

    In addition, I'd say you should have two rods for Baja, primary and back-up). It's not uncommon to break a rod on the gunwale while trying to land a large, powerful fish. You don't want to pay to travel that far to fish only to be sidelined with a broken rod. A second item should be a large line capacity reel with a very good, adjustable drag.
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    +1 on Bill's recommendation for a quality reel. Those fish will make it scream and mist fly off your backing, so don't try to go too cheap on the reel because it'll need to have a good drag system.

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