The Avet reel is a nice, high-end reel, so I bet you're feeling you need to put it on a rod that costs a little more than $30. Honestly, for the class of striper on SML or Leesville, the Ugly Stik striper or catfish rod is plenty, but a MH, 7' or 7.5' rod would do the job if you wanted a graphite rod or soemthing. Given you're not holding/casting the rod all day, the weight of the rod is not really an issue so an all fiberglass rod is not a problem and they are tough as nails, perhaps with the exception of the eyes somethings breaking if they take too much of a banging - but at $30, they are basically disposable and you sure won't feel as bad as you will when you eventually break an eye or the blank on a $150 rod.
As to other options - I know some guys using the yellow Eagle Claw rods that are generally the same type / class of rod.
Question though on "trolling" - are you talking about live-bait trolling, 1.5 mph or less with the trolling motor - or artificial trolling, u-rigs and the like? If u-rigs, then I'm with Shadslayer - I'd use the Catfish rod or something a little stouter than the Striper MH rod (though I think the Ugly Stick Catfish & Striper rod are the same blank, you just have the larger butt/handle on the Catfish rod which makes it a little stouter).
Post by CorneliaGale on Oct 25, 2013 21:21:03 GMT -5
Most of us on the forum don't have a lot of money to spend on our fishing. With family and everything else these days, you look around and find good equipment that works well and don't cost a arm and a leg. A lot of us are using the same equipment we've had for years, we add a new reel and rod and other stuff to it each year as we go. I know I have some reels I've had for 20 years, I clean them and go through them every year. Rods have a habit of getting guides broke or the ends broken off. You can spend a lot of money on fishing equipment, or you can watch and find deals, for the money the ugly sticks are great rods. Sure you can buy other rods, looking through the fishing catalogs I get, there is a wide range of rods and prices, do they work better, I really don't know I have never had enough money to buy a hundred dollar rod. Look around and see what you can find, its the end of the year, a lot of sales on now.