I'm looking for some advice on halibut setups for our boat. We only own one rod and reel for halibut right now and it's a pool cue (penn mariner stand up) with a 113H2 special senator attached to it. I got the rod used for 12 bucks from a charter company that was going out of business and the reel from trustworthy hardware in Soldotna one year when they were doing their bucket sale for like $55, so I was extremely happy with the price of the entire combo. I'm very happy with it as a tank of a rod that I don't mind loaning to people and letting people use when they come up to visit if they haven't done much fishing or are bad at taking care of gear. With that being said, I'm looking for something a little different for my wife and I to use as our day to day halibut rods. We will mostly be fishing halibut in the Cook Inlet out of Anchor Point and Homer. I would love any input you can offer on a lighter and more responsive setup for us to use.
I had a chance to handle some of the Shimano Trevala jigging rods the other day and I really like how light they are and the line ratings on them. I am a little concerned about how they'll hold up to fishing bait with 1-2 pound sinkers and jigs up to 24 ounces. I saw the recommended jig weight rating on the rods, but from what I can tell, that is just to correctly load the rod up for speed jigging. Do these rods have enough backbone for soaking bait or setting the hook when I am fishing heavier jigs? Does anybody have experience using them for an extended period of time?
I would also appreciate input on what reel to pair up with our rods.
Finally, if anybody has a couple of used pool stick boat rods they're looking to sell with or without decent reels on them feel free to PM me. We'll have to make sure to follow the commission rules on the swap n sell forum.
Thanks in advance for any and all advise.