What rod and lure should I set up on my Quantum SL100HPT Smoke PT Baitcast Reel

by Corey
(Lake Charles, Louisiana United States)

I just bought a Quantum SL100HPT Smoke PT Baitcast Reel 7.0:1 ratio and trying to figure out the proper rod, string, and lure for it. I like fishing soft plastics, weighted and weightless. Is this a proper reel for a soft plastic lure?

Hi Corey,

I used to bass fish on the Barksdale AFB lakes when I was stationed there back in the late 80's early 90's. Some awesome fishing where you are! (but seriously, wear sunscreen!!)

The new reel you have is top notch and since you rolled out some cash for it, I have to assume you take your bass fishing seriously. I would suggest for you the St. Croix Mojo Bass rod. Not only is it awesome looking, it's tuned like a guitar to land those bass.

You can find them for around $100 online or at retail stores.

As for the line, if your fishing in a lot of cover I would go with a braided line to withstand abrasions and hold up longer.

If its pretty clear, mono or fluorocarbon line will work.

Keep in mind that Fluoro has less stretch, is more sensitive and will stay down better than mono. Probably making it more ideal for your soft plastics which this setup will work just fine for.

Great fishing!

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Jan 28, 2014
Rod Size
by: Brian

Hi Corey,
If you're going to be fishing mainly plastics with this rig, I'd suggest using a medium power rod in either the 6' 6" or 7' length. You really don't want a heavier rod as it will make it harder to cast those smaller baits.
If you're willing to spend the money, Quantum also makes the Smoke rod which will match up perfectly with your new reel. Another good choice is Bass Pro Shops Carbonlite rods. They're lite and sensitive and cost just under $100.
Spool on some 12 or 14lb fluorocarbon, or braid with a fluorocarbon leader if heavy cover is present, and you're ready to go!

Good luck!

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