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Dennis Bryant's Answer:
Great question!
Believe me though, it's one that every professional angler out there would
probably answer differently depending on their own personal preferences.
What makes it so tough to suggest a perfect set-up to you; is the fact that
not any two rod-makers can agree on an industry-wide standard for either
'rod-action', {the lower two-thirds of a rod - also known as "back-bone} or
the 'rod-tip taper' {the spot where the rod bends under load ["fast" bends
closer to the tip, "slow" bends further down the top one-third of the rod-
which controls the accuracy of a lure presentation}. So, let me tell you
about my own personal preferences for a jigging rod/reel combination.

For Jig-Fishing shallow-water (flipping and/or pitching skirted-jigs) I
prefer using my 7'6" 'Shimano Crucial' Medium-Heavy ACTION/Fast-TAPER rod,
matched with a 'Shimano Bantam Citica' bait-casting reel spooled with 17 lb.
'Excalliber' co-polymer line.
For Deep-Water Jig-Fishing (Tubes & Stand-Up Jigs) I prefer using a
slower-tipped, and a little more forgiving set-up. One that won't betray my
being directly above the jig. For this, I use my 7'0" 'Shimano Scabbard'
Medium Action/Medium-Fast Taper Rod matched with a 'Shimano Stradiac 2000'
spinning reel spooled with 12 lb. 'Excalliber' co-polymer line.

Both rods are graphite through-handle blanks, with graphite reel-seats and
have direct contact points on the seat to the rod. Both the bait-casting &
spinning reels are high-speed retrieve models. Both have fast enough
"tapers" to allow for accurate, soft casts to structure, and still have
plenty of "back-bone" for a good hook-set. Neither set-up is a
manufacturers' "top-of-the-line" model, nor are they huge-priced items. But,
both accomplish for me; just what I expect them to do; perfectly! YOU have
to become comfortable with your own equipment. Buy and use what feels best
to you, for your own personal style of fishing!
Charles Stuart's Answer:
Jigging poles are a matter of choice. I do not know your height, but any
fishing rod should be checked against a persons height and abilities. I am
six feet tall and I can comfortably handle a seven foot six inch jigging rod.
A person of five feet should look at a pole of around six foot, to six foot
six inches.

The action should be medium heavy!

Look in your local sports stores such as The Sports Authority or K-Mart and
try to find a Quantum or Shakespeare rod combo. It is always good to start
out with a lower end rod and reel to "learn" the method you wish to try. As
yo get better, you can always "trade up" to a better outfit.
Leo Watson's Answer:
My rod company sponsor
Piranha Rods takes good care of me as far as jig fishing goes. This company
offers rods which feature a fast tapered tip. If you are not familiar with
what a fast taper does I will explain. The fast taper means that the tip of
the rod and the first third of the rod bend before the rest. What this does
is give you more feel and sensitivity but, still allows plenty of backbone
for hook sets as well as plenty power to wrestle the biggest of bass. My
flipping stick is 7' 6" in length. I would recommend a minimum length on 6"
6" for jig fishing and the action would be medium heavy or heavy for jig
fishing. Remember the fast taper in the rods action is key. Good luck and
enjoy. You can check out my rod sponsor at www.piranharods.com


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