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Jeremy, My troppo was awesome, if you can still find one round I would def recommend it for starting out. I got some nice kingies on mine, biggest about 24 kilo which it handled fine. I think these have been discontinued but if you can find one of the old cherry red 8ft ones I would still say best sub $200 rod on the market. 
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norcross had a couple at the boat show.
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking at the 7' 12-18kg troppo 7002 spin rod for casting topwater from a boat targeting midsize kingies around Moks, Chicks and Flat Rock. Teaming it up with a Fin-nor OF5500. I've been offered this setup for $259. Do you think it will work OK for the application? lure weights will be between 25g-80g. My concerns are the weight of the reel (a bit heavy at 750g) and stiffness of the rod tip (too stiff?). I know the OF 5500 is not as smooth as some reels, but it is built tough which appeals as I am rough on my gear.

My other issue is that it is through Marine Deals, and while they are an awesome store, I feel like I should support my local fishing shop!
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I haven't seen one of those troppo rods in the flesh, so i cant comment on them, my only thoughts are that at 7ft they might be a bit short for casting and working lures. The reels are heavy, but bullitproof. so you have to weigh up what bothers you more. I guess have a talk to your local guy, there is nothing wrong with shopping around, they may even be able to price match. 
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Originally posted by miss daisy chain miss daisy chain wrote:

Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking at the 7' 12-18kg troppo 7002 spin rod for casting topwater from a boat targeting midsize kingies around Moks, Chicks and Flat Rock. Teaming it up with a Fin-nor OF5500. I've been offered this setup for $259. Do you think it will work OK for the application? lure weights will be between 25g-80g. My concerns are the weight of the reel (a bit heavy at 750g) and stiffness of the rod tip (too stiff?). I know the OF 5500 is not as smooth as some reels, but it is built tough which appeals as I am rough on my gear.

My other issue is that it is through Marine Deals, and while they are an awesome store, I feel like I should support my local fishing shop!

I have used a 7 foot Troppo top water rod before and because of its short length i found casting long distances hard, i reckon something over 8 foot.
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Keep in mind i'm not hugely experienced in top water but have really gotten into it over the last two years.

I started off buying the cheapest set i could, a 7ft rod and a finnor biscayne spooled with run of the mill 50lb braid that i thought "did the job"... While i had no problems with the gear i never really got into topwater because it was hard work casting all day and i struggled to get the lures to work properly no matter what i did so i kind of gave up on it thinking my technique was rubbish.

Then one night TAS got the better of me and i bought a shimano 8'6" topwater rod and finnor lethal 100 spooled with the cheapest 80lb hollowcore braid i could find and first cast with the new set made the old set feel like crap, i could cast further, sweep the lure properly and plug poppers well, and what do you know i started catching alot more fish instead of mainly just having them follow and turn away at my feet!

Fell in love with the sport!

Fast forward to 6 months ago, out with a mate flicking some lures.
He commented on my broomstick Angry i thought it was a choice rod...
I took a look at his rod and thought [email protected]#% me my rod feels like a broomstick!

Again TAS got the better of me i bought a penn ocean assassin 8'2"rod and penn slammer 8500 spooled with shimano ocea ex8 PE8 braid.
Same as before, what a difference! night'n'day difference actually.


Morale of the story.... try before you buy and absorb all that the gurus on here have to say!
I should have, it would have saved me $800 had i have brought something more suited for the job in the first place plus you will hook more fish and really enjoy the sport a lot more, i was nearly put off fishing topwater because i brought a set that i thought would get the job done despite the interwebs all saying 8-9ft rods an a reel with decent retrieve.

To me the ocean assassin rod is probably the best value topwater rod around at the moment, they are $300 retail but if you look around can be picked up for $250 and probably cheaper as a combo.

Remember im still pretty new to the topwater game and this is only my opinion LOL

Good luck! 



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Thanks for the good advice. I guess I'll have to save up a bit more cash! In the meantime my $50 7' (well closer to 6.9' as the tip broke off) glass rod will have to doCry
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Originally posted by miss daisy chain miss daisy chain wrote:

Thanks for the good advice. I guess I'll have to save up a bit more cash! In the meantime my $50 7' (well closer to 6.9' as the tip broke off) glass rod will have to doCry

Have a look on trademe sometimes there are some good deals on top water rods.
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