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#1 crankbait2009

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Posted October 12 2008 - 06:19 PM

If i were to buy a rod/reel combo for no more than $100, could i get some recommendations on the best bang for the buck? i am looking at a good baitcaster rod/reel

i have been looking at the Abu Garcia combos but i also know there are a lot of manufacturers to pick from............

any advice?

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Posted October 12 2008 - 08:22 PM

Unfortunately, not going to get a ton for $100. That said, you could check your local Walmart for an Abu Garcia Revo S, they are on sale at some right now for $69 and throw it on a lightning rod by Berkley. Or check around for a sale priced Shimano Clarus. Great sticks for the money even at full price.

Best advice with that kind of budget is to shop used. Keep an eye on the flea market

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Posted October 12 2008 - 08:30 PM

Get a copy of the Bass Pro Shops fall angler catalog.  In it they have their Extreme reel and rod combo on sale for $100.  That rod is normally that much alone, and the reel is normally $80.  Combo usually sells for $130 which is a $50 discount anyway, but right now it can be had for even that much less.  

Honestly I can't vouch for the rod, never fished one.  But the reel is phenominal.  I have one that's 2 years old now and one more will be here any day from now.  Excellent reels for the money.  But I've heard good things about the rod too, just have never used one.  I have my heart set on a Shimano Compre rod for my Extreme reels, of course that's gonna cost me a good bit, but that's just what I want.  

But to save some money and have a good combo (especially the reel) then that's the way to go.  Only catch is, ya gotta have the catalog to get the deal.  The combo order number is not the same as just in the regular catalog, and of course there's a customer ID number on the back of the catalog too that you need.  GET THAT CATALOG!!! :)

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Posted October 12 2008 - 09:59 PM

If you're going with BPS the extremes are a good deal, especially at 100.... plus you could always wait for the spring classic...lots of good deals

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Posted October 12 2008 - 10:56 PM

I've been happy with a $60 combo I got at Dicks: Abu Garcia Silvermax on a 6'6" Berkley Lightning Rod.  After a $20 mail-in-rebate, its a great deal (the rods are in the $30 range themselves).  The reel is OK, not great, no issues yet with quality.  But, your purpose is to catch fish, no? This combo can help you do that with a minimum of fuss, check out my post (insert shameless self-promotion) in the outings section entitled "Best of '08", I caught my best LM (7lbs 2 oz) this year using this combo. I'm not saying that more expensive gear is not needed per se, I'm as susceptible to the gear/bait monkey as anyone else (my St. Croix rods are testimony to this).  This combo provides reasonable versatility and sensitivity at perhaps a more digestable price, particularly if this is your first baitcaster.
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Posted October 13 2008 - 09:47 AM

Get a copy of the Bass Pro Shops fall angler catalog. In it they have their Extreme reel and rod combo on sale for $100. That rod is normally that much alone, and the reel is normally $80. Combo usually sells for $130 which is a $50 discount anyway, but right now it can be had for even that much less.

Honestly I can't vouch for the rod, never fished one. But the reel is phenominal. I have one that's 2 years old now and one more will be here any day from now. Excellent reels for the money. But I've heard good things about the rod too, just have never used one. I have my heart set on a Shimano Compre rod for my Extreme reels, of course that's gonna cost me a good bit, but that's just what I want.

But to save some money and have a good combo (especially the reel) then that's the way to go. Only catch is, ya gotta have the catalog to get the deal. The combo order number is not the same as just in the regular catalog, and of course there's a customer ID number on the back of the catalog too that you need. GET THAT CATALOG!!! :)



You don't have to have the catalog.  You can bring it up on their web site print it out and take it in to BPS or go there and tell them the price in the catalog and they will look it up and match the price for you.  Just a little FYI

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Posted October 13 2008 - 06:49 PM

I bought last year's Cabela's Fish Eagle II bc rod and I love it. I think it was in their bargain cave for $29.99.

Here is what they have there now - although this is a spinning combo (you did not specify).
PBs
LMB: 5 lbs 14 ozs
SMB: 4 lbs

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Posted October 13 2008 - 07:00 PM

Bass Pro extreme...I have about 10 of them. Redfish, specks, bass, smallies, trout, walleyes, and even catfish. It doesn't matter i use them for all species in multiple states. I have never had a single problem.

They will serve you well I promise. If yu want a great cheap line to go with it, order 15 Triple Fish X rated.

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Posted October 13 2008 - 09:51 PM

And now comes the next deal!!! I got in the mail today the Bass Pro Shops Christmas 2008 catalog and it has the same Extreme rod and reel on sale for $99.98 ($100 roughly) but it also has a $20 off coupon that's good on internet or catalog purchases of $100 or more, and it specifically says it's not available in stores. So that will allow you to get that rod for $80 instead of $100 now. Now how you gonna beat that!!!! Only thing is, you'll end up having to pick out a lure or something to go with it in order to push it over the $100 dollar mark. It's $99.98 right now, and cause of that 0.02 cent difference, it won't qualify alone. You'll need line for it anyway, so get some of that and that will make the difference needed to save the $20.

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Posted October 14 2008 - 01:05 AM

hey guys, i couldn't find which rod+reel combo on the BPS website for the extreme rod+reel combo. Can anyone show me?? I've alrdy ordered the BPS catalog. still waiting for it to come in.

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Posted October 14 2008 - 06:22 AM

They are all listed on this page.  They are all $129.98.

Extreme Rod/Reel Combo

Later, :)
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Posted October 14 2008 - 07:38 AM

The website does not show the same prices as the fall angler or the Christmas catalogs show.

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Posted October 14 2008 - 09:36 AM

No it does not, you have to pull up the catalogs, same prices for the fall as for the Christmas catalog. Except the $20 off coupon in the Christmas catalog on orders over a $100. Use the following links:

Christmas Catalog

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#14 way

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Posted October 14 2008 - 10:18 AM

thx guys. is there a way to buy it for $100 or w/ the $20 coupon if i don't have the catalog.? Also they have so many rod choices. which ones do you guys prefer? Are they all 1 piece rods? length and action

ML = Medium Light
M = Medium
MH = Medium Heavy
H = Heavy
XH = Extra Heavy

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Posted October 14 2008 - 06:06 PM

bump. anyone?