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Alright guys im looking into adding a new combo to the arsenal. Im looking into putting alot of time into fishing with swim jigs and smaller paddle tail swimbaits this year. I was wondering what you guys would recommend. What size and action rod? what gear ratio reel? and what kind of line? Thanks for the info guys.
 

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For smaller paddle tail swimbaits, I will typically throw them on a lighter setup than my swim jigs. I throw the smaller swimbaits on a 6'10"M 13 Fishing OMEN Black with 10lbs. Seaguar AbrazX with a Lew's BB1L 5.1:1 unless I'm using a heavier head with a small swimbait body, then I'll bump up my equipment to a heavier rod and heavier line. I also like this combo for throwing squarebills, smaller cranks, senkos, and jerkbaits.

For swim jigs, I throw a 7'3"H OMEN and a Lew's 6.4:1 to help get the fish out of cover a little faster with 17lbs. AbrazX and will typically throw a 1/2-3/4oz. Dirty Jigs-California Swim Jig in cover/grass. I will also throw this combo using jigs(football, Flipping/pitching jigs) or texas-rigged plastics with a 1/4-1/2oz. bullet weight. I like the 7'3"H because the length gives it more tip for casting while the Heavy provides the backbone for the hookset and pulling them out of cover.

If you already have something that you use for some of the other applications listed, I would get whichever setup you don't have yet. Hope this helps! Tight lines.

-Mark
 
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