GT Popping Lures & Plugging Rods!

In this video i highlight the differences of 8ft & 10ft rods for plugging. Since i’m fishing in shallow water my choice of lures are surface poppers so i won’t snag the bottom. I chose 3 of my favorite lures to use.

Fishing Rods Used-
Penn 8ft Battalion BATSF1220S80
Line: 12-20lbs monofilament/17-30lbs braid.
Lure Weight: 3/4-3 ounces.

Daiwa 10ft Coastal SP Surf CLSP 1002MFS (Medium)
Line: 10-20lbs monofilament.
Lure Weight: 1-4 ounces.

Fishing Reel Used-
Shimano Spheros SW6000
Line:300yds 30lb blue Jerry Brown Braid

Lures Used-
Shimano Orca: Floating , Clear Silver, 145mm(5.7″), 47g/1.6oz
Williamson Surface Pro 130:130mm(51/8″), 46g/1-5/8oz
Live Target Mullet: 5-1/4in, 1-1/4oz

If i used the same brand of rods in different lengths i’m sure my results would still be the same. I found the shorter Battalion to be stiffer but has better hoisting power on a larger fish then the 10ft Coastal & i found i can be more accurate in hitting my target areas when casting. The 10′ Coastal gives me better casting distance but can’t give a more defined “jerk/skip/jump” reaction to my surface popper like the 8′ Battalion can.

In short you need to figure out what technique you want to employ. Your choice in equipment must reflect your style of fishing. I like distance & i’ve always done well with “tail walking” my surface lures so i tend to use longer rods with a straight retrieve with tip high to create chugging with a wake line. If i’m plugging in areas of reef structures that i want to specifically target i’ll use the stiffer shorter rod so i can accurately hit those areas & entice the fish with more forceful lure movements that a stiffer tip can employ.

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These are Amazon Affiliate Links For Gear Used-

Shimano Spheros Reel-

Shimano Spinning Reel Cover-

Daiwa Coastal Rods-

Penn Battalion Rods-

Shimano Orca Lure-

Live Target Mullet Lures-

Williamson Surface Lures-

Ultra Slim Pocket Scale Compact Digital Kitchen and Jewelry Weight Measuring Tool with LED Display-

Owner Hooks-

Piscifun Aluminum Fishing Pliers Braid Cutters Split Ring Pliers Hook Remover Fish Holder with Sheath and Lanyard-

AO Insulated Backpack-

Braid Scissors-


Finger Glove For Braid-

Contour 3 Video Camera-

Contour Headband Mount For Contour 3-


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  • Jay - January 9, 2018 reply

    is there a big difference between regular scissors and braided type

  • kameron steel - January 9, 2018 reply

    please do more videos like this this was really informative most people buy these long rods and don't realize they lose accuracy. I have 11 foot Battalion 12-foot Battalion 10 foot the tally 11 foot squadron 9 foot squadron to 9 foot battalions the 11 and 12 I only use for surf fishing. and I run spinfisher reels on all of them from 4000 to 6000

  • SYLVA.BRAND.808 - January 9, 2018 reply

    Where you get the livetarget from? link?

  • Phu Nguyen - January 9, 2018 reply

    Scuba Chris – At 8:50 you said you are going to show how you are going to add some weight to lure. Could you show us how to do it? Thank you.

  • Ace Rms - January 9, 2018 reply

    The last part of da video…crack up ! looool !

  • Dek Nandar - January 9, 2018 reply

    good lures.
    I want to buy lures like this. where to place his or link??? thanks

  • Evan Bacon - January 9, 2018 reply

    I want to see you catch one on a popper! lol

  • Scuba Chris - January 9, 2018 reply

    For plugging i really love my 10'6" Daiwa Coastal with my Spheros 6K with 30# Jerry Brown braid. You can also use a Saragosa 6K if you prefer a higher ratio retrieve. I also light dunk & heavy whip with this as well.

  • Rene Dagsaan - January 9, 2018 reply

    heyy bro nice vid i want to get into surf fishing but im confused on what rod to buy. Do i get a 10 footer or smaller? i want to be able to use lures and when i get tired use bait. Im looking into a ugly stil bigwater rod would this be good? any advice would help. Also I really dont have a target fish at the moment. I just want to catch anything really

  • Antboi - January 9, 2018 reply

    Hey Chris!
    How do you like the 10' Medium Daiwa Coastal? Im very interested in purchasing one to plug with for myself at Charley's. I plan on throwing lures similar in weight like you have here, maybe up to 2.5 oz, and running 30# J-Braid on a Penn Conflict 5000.

  • oofpukapoundah - January 9, 2018 reply

    Get big Uluas over there. My cousin landed a 75lb Ulua on 30lb test using a black Pili.

  • Dylan Astrande - January 9, 2018 reply

    When you plug for ulua make sure your drag is tight

  • Thomas JTN - January 9, 2018 reply

    I always knot the tag end after I tie on lures with a Palomar because I like using braid and the tag end starts to split and fray so the knot will keep the Palomar knot itself safe from the tag end splitting and fraying all the way to the lure.

  • SYLVA.BRAND.808 - January 9, 2018 reply

    How's it chris! where did you get that glove from?

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