We have more rods than sense, some of them as old as I am and still in use. My wife recently suggested we stand them side by side to make a picket fence around our property. All 2.5 acres of it!
But after our winter trip to Florida and fishing with borrowed rods, she suggested new rods. She opened Pandora's box this time, and not me!
We were using small lightweight spinning outfits in Florida for everything from sea trout to tarpon ranging up close to 4'. The combos were very light in the hand, yet incredibly powerful and long casters.
She's never mastered casting with conventional reels, so has been hamstrung with an older spinning outfit when circumstances called for casting from our boat. Specifically, we often find kings in places that are impossible to troll, requiring that you lay off and cast to them. An unhappy situation needing help, and she was inspired after Florida. So I went shopping for a king salmon spinning outfit for her, buying two while I was at it of course!
Older and younger guests on our boat have serious problems with conventional rigs, even for jigging and mooching, much less while fighting fish. The reels want to flip to the bottom rather than staying on top, and it gets both tiring and tiresome for them. Our aim was to put spinning rods in their hands to make life easier. We have storage for 15 rods on our Hewescraft Open Fisherman, so extra rods aren't a hassle.
Did my research, bought the rods and reels, and now we've proof-tested them. Wow! They work so well that I'm using the "spare" for casting jigs. No sweat so far on kings to 42#. That's not the upper limit for the rods by any means, just the biggest we've managed to hook so far while casting jigs.
I realize I'm preaching for spinning outfits along with all the other gear on your boat. But man, have they turned out to be a welcome addition to our rod racks. Jigging, mooching and fish fighting have indeed proven easier for anyone not doing well with conventional gear. My wife now casts a mile, and is back to outfishing me, even when casting.
Pick your own models, but give it some thought. Here's what I settled on: Loomis 9' SAR 1084S Salmon Spinning rods. Penn Spinfisher V 5500 reels. About 2 miles of 40# braid.
The reels have fast retrieves, perfect along with the extra rod length for kings that race right at you, as they often do in the shallows. I didn't even look at the bill when I had those big reels filled with 40# braid. It looks to be about the size of 10# mono. I didn't want to know how much it cost or how much line was on there. But that 42# king took the spool down to less than half capacity, telling me we'd have been motoring fast to catch up if I'd opted for 25# mono. The rods are rated for 1/2 to 1 1/2 oz weights and line weight to 25#, but they perform really well casting 2 oz jigs or mooching 4 oz weights. Since I'm not pushing the drags to 40#, I'm not worried about the line rating. I can't begin to imagine just how much 25# braid those things would digest!
Okay, my soap box is stowed. But consider the possibilities with spinning gear on your boat!