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Lead Core???

  • Matthew Sandys
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    #2117046

    Well with the wonderful weather up north I have been dreaming about sunny days and summer fishing. It is snowing as I type this and we have had to much winter this year.
    I have been looking at getting some new lead core rods. I have been looking at the Tuned Up Custom Rods Eclipse in the 8’6″ and the B2 Fishing Genesis trolling same length. Both are out of stock right now, has anyone had any experience with either rod?
    I just wanted to make sure if I order they are not to stiff and have a good moderate action to absorbed the head shacks and runs of some walleyes.
    I have never hand any experience with 2B fishing rods?
    I love the guys at Tune up they have been so awesome to us over the past few years, so I have a bias for them.

    Thanks

    Matthew Sandys
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    Posts: 250
    #2117053

    I’m ok with the price as I use them a lot. Lead core, bottom bouncers and planer boards. Just have two reels for each one for boards and bouncer and other for lead.
    I’m weird and will only get them with telescopic not the two piece rods. That style just works for me.

    Ty Kennedy
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    Posts: 139
    #2117059

    Okuma copper/leadcore rods are fantastic at a fraction of the price point for this.

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 4195
    #2117061

    The tuned up ones are probably awesome. With that said I’d still save my $$$ and go with something cheaper for this application. The nicer version of Scheels trolling rods have been great. I’ve been planning to upgrade the entire fleet as needed from the Cabelas brand cheapos I started with years ago. Surprisingly they just keep on taking the beating though. I’m confident those shorties will last until I die, and I pull lead probably 30+ outings a year

    sji
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    Posts: 419
    #2117081

    The Scheels version works well for my application. Also have the Limit Creek which is my go to lead rod. Reasonable in price and it’s a local business.

    Karry Kyllo
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    Posts: 815
    #2117226

    I’ve never used TUCR rods but for trolling leadcore I’ve used Scheels rods, Cabela’s(now called Bass Pro) DepthMaster rods and Jason Mitchell rods. They all work great for leadore. I like them all but we like to match them when trolling. My wife and I usually use 10 1/2′ rods fished perpendicular to the boat on each side to cover more water when only running two lead core rods or if fishing in ND where we can legally fish two rods each, we fish the two 10 1/2′ lead core rods perpendicular to the boat on each side and 8’6″ rods using heavy snapweights almost straight out the back of the boat.
    Like others say, there’s no need to break the bank on lead core rods.

    Dan Baker
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    Posts: 759
    #2117230

    I used the Tuned Up Eclipses last year, but I am not much of a troller. They are definitly a moderate action and soft in the tip. They have a parabolic bend when hooked up. I do know that the wait for the 8’6″ might be a while this year, as we don’t build these in shop, which puts us at the mercy of the supply chain. We do have pleanty of the 7’6″ and 9’6″ rods though.

    rjthehunter
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    Brainerd
    Posts: 1103
    #2117241

    Like others have said, I don’t spend much on my trolling rods. If it’s going to sit in a rod holder, I don’t need to spend much on it. I picked up a half dozen leadcore rods at gander last summer when they closed out their fishing section. At 60% off, I think I paid like 16$ a rod or something. For the price, they do what they need to. I’ve reeled a lot of fish in with the rods. I’d save the money and spend a little more on a nicer reel. I like the Okuma Classic Pro for a planar board rod. Depending on the weight I’m pulling, I do use them for bottom bouncing as well.

    Moderate action is what you need for trolling. No sensitivity, doesn’t need to be super light weight, it’s usually sitting in the rod holder. At least I can’t justify spending the extra $ on it.

    Matthew Sandys
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    Posts: 250
    #2117246

    Dan,
    Thanks for the information. That is what kind of rod I’m looking for. It looks like everyone is out of the 8’6″ models till further notice.
    Got to love pandemic shipping issues.

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
    Posts: 4195
    #2117254

    If you’re looking to cover water and get baits away from the boat without dealing with boards, the real long rods (12 or 14’ers) from Scheels work well. They take a bit of a learning curve to land fish with a forward and vertical slow sweeping motion, but but they’ve worked for me when trying to run 4 lead rigs out of a 17′ boat. One lead tangle from a fouled bait or pushing the limits on a turn and you’ll be swearing for a long long time.

    Fife
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    Ramsey, MN
    Posts: 3930
    #2117267

    I’ve used the 9’6” TUCR Eclipse rods and they are comparable to my go-to which is the 9’6” Mr. Walleye rods. Both are just over $100.

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