I have just moved my guiding business to an area that has great halibut fishing, and I`m looking for advice on a rod & reel combo that would be best.
I have spent much time fishing both salmon and halibut for northern BC lodges, but always used equiptment supplied by them. Often just the cheapest rod & reel they could get to do the job.
One lodge I worked for used a Penn 309M reel with a cheap rod that was labled "Chinook Troll". The reel was loaded with 120 lb T.U.F.F. line.
I am looking at buying a Shakespear UglyStick, but I`m not sure what type of reel to get. While the Penn 309M did the job, I felt that it was not strong enough to stand up to the daily work a fishing guide. I broke a couple of them during the season. On one, the line guide broke off, and on the other the drag gave out and either ran loose or locked up tight - not a great way to fight a big halibut!
Thanks in advance!
Jim Pook www.jimsfishing.com Box 326, Tahsis, British Columbia Canada V0P 1X0