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On a whim, I recently picked up some new G. Loomis bass rods. Now, I wish I hadn't spent so much on rods that are probably far to good for my fishing ability or how much I fish. I'd like to sell the Loomis sticks and "downgrade" to some rods in the $100-150 range and would like some advice on which brand/series is best in that pricerange. I would like to go split grip, and hate rods that are really tip heavy. These are some rods I saw on TW that looked interesting, which should I go with?

Abu Garcia Veritas

Dobyns Savvy

Falcon Bucoo

Powel Max

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Keep the Loomis rods and go enjoy them!

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IMO, if you are not perfectly acquainted with a rod, don't buy it on line.

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I have 2 of the Veritas rods and really like them. I don't know anything about the rest of them though. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the group.

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IMO, if you are not perfectly acquainted with a rod, don't buy it on line.

X 2, no wait, X 10

Been there, done that, bad mistake, wont do it again.

Hootie

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Keep the Loomis rods.

Use them!

Enjoy them!

Save your pennies and dimes and start reading about other rods to complete your collection. Just remember, you never have enough rods.

May I suggest reading the Tackle Warehouse reviews of different rods; search this site for specific discussions on specific rods; go to the manufactuer's web pages and read their BS along with your favorite pros web pages and read their hype on the brands they are hawking.

Go to BPS, Cabela's and local tackle shops and feel the rods. Take your reel along and set up the rod and see how it feels. Front heavy? Back heavy? Balanced just right?

Rods are not simple products. A lot of engineering and research go into each rod's production by the rod companies. The manufacturers want to produce a good product but you need to decide which type of rod you have the most confidence.

Also be sure to read the rod's specifications to make sure they apply to the techniques you use and your reels will balance with the rod's paramaters.

Just be sure to make up your own mind and dismiss a lot the the pap and babble you will read from the pros and manufacturers.

Now get some construction paper and a big red chisel tip Sharpie and write the following to post in your "man cave" or front room wall: YOU NEVER HAVE ENOUGH RODS!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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All you were looking at are good rods. Also, try the Shimano Compre. I just acquired one, and I really like it. You might want to try and get your hands on one of them first before buying one. If you buy online I know its tough.

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I have 3 veritas and 1 vendetta and I don't think there is a better rod for the money. I build custom rods for fun and have a hard time building that good of rods for 100 bucks.

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I own pretty much every brand of rod in the $100 - $200 price range. Dobyns, Powell, Phenix, IROD, Shimano, Abu, Cabelas, BPS, and Falcon. Out of them all, I would opt for the Powell Max or Endurance or the Phenix Recon.

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You probably won't get back the money out of those rods that they costed you to buy them new by just selling them to the next guy. I understand the feeling you are having though. I've bought stuff that I thought was too much at times. My Shimano reels for example. Sometimes I think for what I'm using them for that they costed too much money and there's the impulse to sell them and go with cheaper reels, but then I remember that used they are worth far less so all I would be doing is getting what I could for them and then spending that whole amount, or more, on lesser reels. Also, there are times when I'm using them that I realize how well suited they are to the particular task I'm doing at the time as well, and then I'm glad I kept them.

Whatever you decide to do, just remember these won't be the last rods you ever buy and next time you will know how much use you got from these so you can choose then to either continue with buying rods like them, or step down some based on what you have learned from this experience. In the mean time, since you have them, I'd fish them and see if they are better than the others you've had before. The only way I'd do otherwise is if they were still brand new, unused, and could be returned for a refund or exchange. You might get lucky and sell them for a very modest discount over what you paid but I think most guys buying rods from someone instead of from a store are looking for a deal so they won't pay retail prices or even close to that.

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On a whim, I recently picked up some new G. Loomis bass rods. Now, I wish I hadn't spent so much on rods that are probably far to good for my fishing ability or how much I fish. I'd like to sell the Loomis sticks and "downgrade" to some rods in the $100-150 range and would like some advice on which brand/series is best in that pricerange. I would like to go split grip, and hate rods that are really tip heavy. These are some rods I saw on TW that looked interesting, which should I go with?

Abu Garcia Veritas

Dobyns Savvy

Falcon Bucoo

Powel Max

On a whim, I recently picked up some new G. Loomis bass rods. Now, I wish I hadn't spent so much on rods that are probably far to good for my fishing ability or how much I fish. I'd like to sell the Loomis sticks and "downgrade" to some rods in the $100-150 range and would like some advice on which brand/series is best in that pricerange. I would like to go split grip, and hate rods that are really tip heavy. These are some rods I saw on TW that looked interesting, which should I go with?

Abu Garcia Veritas

Dobyns Savvy

Falcon Bucoo

Powel Max

Which models are they.......

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I'd keep the loomis rods!

If I had to downgrade though I still dont think anything is close to the *** *** black series... If I were to spend a little more I'd be looking @ the Phenix Recon/M1 series. Just ordered 1 of each with the TW sale. Might even order a *** *** too...

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Keep the Loomis rods.

Use them!

Enjoy them!

Save your pennies and dimes and start reading about other rods to complete your collection. Just remember, you never have enough rods.

May I suggest reading the Tackle Warehouse reviews of different rods; search this site for specific discussions on specific rods; go to the manufactuer's web pages and read their BS along with your favorite pros web pages and read their hype on the brands they are hawking.

Go to BPS, Cabela's and local tackle shops and feel the rods. Take your reel along and set up the rod and see how it feels. Front heavy? Back heavy? Balanced just right?

Rods are not simple products. A lot of engineering and research go into each rod's production by the rod companies. The manufacturers want to produce a good product but you need to decide which type of rod you have the most confidence.

Also be sure to read the rod's specifications to make sure they apply to the techniques you use and your reels will balance with the rod's paramaters.

Just be sure to make up your own mind and dismiss a lot the the pap and babble you will read from the pros and manufacturers.

Now get some construction paper and a big red chisel tip Sharpie and write the following to post in your "man cave" or front room wall: YOU NEVER HAVE ENOUGH RODS!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Read this twice...Great advise.

Mike

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I bought the Loomis rods on clearance at a really good price, so I know I can get my money back and more out of them. That's part of the reason I jumped on them, didn't really know whether I wanted to keep them or turn them for a profit, but I knew I couldn't lose. I am going to sell them now, either on here or another fishing site or on flea-bay.

So, totally disregarding the fact tha I have a couple of Loomis sticks propped in the corner currently, what's the best rod in the $100-150 range?

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First off ~ Welcome to the BR site

Second - your posts are a little confusing -

"On a whim, I recently picked up some new G. Loomis bass rods. Now, I wish I hadn't spent so much on rods that are probably far to good for my fishing ability or how much I fish. "

"I bought the Loomis rods on clearance at a really good price, so I know I can get my money back and more out of them."

Which is it ?

Either way - I'm with the majority of the previous responses here -

Since you acquired this gear on clearance (which doesn't happen much) Keep It.

Opting for what some might consider inferior gear for slightly less money might not be the way to go.

Many anglers start with a lesser quality rod and work up to more expensive stuff as their abilities and experience increases.

There is nothing that says you can't start with better gear unless the Loomis rods are the totally incorrect action / length for your applications.

A-Jay

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I own pretty much every brand of rod in the $100 - $200 price range. Dobyns, Powell, Phenix, IROD, Shimano, Abu, Cabelas, BPS, and Falcon. Out of them all, I would opt for the Powell Max or Endurance or the Phenix Recon.

I've owned my fair share of rods in the price range too, and BY FAR, the Powell (havent owned a Phenix yet) is the best rod in the category, plus fits all your need, at a price that doesn't make your wallet cringe.

Check out my review I did of them on here, use the search feature or just google Powell Max Review

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I bought the Loomis rods on clearance at a really good price, so I know I can get my money back and more out of them. That's part of the reason I jumped on them, didn't really know whether I wanted to keep them or turn them for a profit, but I knew I couldn't lose. I am going to sell them now, either on here or another fishing site or on flea-bay.

So, totally disregarding the fact tha I have a couple of Loomis sticks propped in the corner currently, what's the best rod in the $100-150 range?

This seems a bit shady to me, you buy these rods on sale and will turn around to sell them to make a profit, take a portion of that money to buy cheaper rods, why? If it was me I wouldn't buy them from you based on this post, you may have burned yourself on this one. Personally I would keep the rods, because a $150 rod will not compare to a high end rod and if you got them for a deal that only makes it better, these rods will last you for many years why sell emm?

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Doesn't seem shady at all to me. If you saw a $350 rod for $175 but you couldn't try it before you bought it, it's still a safe bet because if you don't like it you can always get your money back. All it costs you is a bit of time to sell and ship it and you might even make a few bucks. If you like the rod then heck...you got a rod you like for a great price. Nothing wrong with that at all. Lots of people buy and sell gear constantly. If someone is selling a dozen of them.....there's nothing wrong with buying them up and selling them for a profit if you want to do that. That's business.

The real question is whether or not you will be as happy with the replacements. If you're not....it's not as easy to go and get the more expensive ones back for the same price. I say keep them. Rods are like jello. There's always room for more. Whether you learn to drive in a hyundai or a bentley.....you still gotta learn if you want to drive.

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Doesn't seem shady at all to me. If you saw a $350 rod for $175 but you couldn't try it before you bought it, it's still a safe bet because if you don't like it you can always get your money back. All it costs you is a bit of time to sell and ship it and you might even make a few bucks. If you like the rod then heck...you got a rod you like for a great price. Nothing wrong with that at all. Lots of people buy and sell gear constantly. If someone is selling a dozen of them.....there's nothing wrong with buying them up and selling them for a profit if you want to do that. That's business.

The real question is whether or not you will be as happy with the replacements. If you're not....it's not as easy to go and get the more expensive ones back for the same price. I say keep them. Rods are like jello. There's always room for more. Whether you learn to drive in a hyundai or a bentley.....you still gotta learn if you want to drive.

I understand this however that isn't how this post started, check out the post's title. To me it just seems like the whole post was to attract buyers, maybe I am wrong, but that's what I am getting from this post. Based on your logic, he would make a 25$ profit after a $150 rod purchase why would you sell a HIGH END ROD for that, think about it..

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I understand this however that isn't how this post started, check out the post's title. To me it just seems like the whole post was to attract buyers, maybe I am wrong, but that's what I am getting from this post. Based on your logic, he would make a 25$ profit after a $150 rod purchase why would you sell a HIGH END ROD for that, think about it..

He never said which rods he bought or how much he paid for them. There is no way to calculate a profit if you don't know those 2 numbers. My example was just numbers showing the cost being covered, not a big profit. That's why I said it's a safe bet. If you don't like it...no money lost. You never know....he might have gotten a way better deal than that. You could be right though....he could be looking to attract buyers instead of get rod suggestions. I just gave him the benefit of the doubt. Who knows.

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Sigh, this is why I tried to say ignore the fact that I have the Loomis rods now, it's become more of a topic on whether I should sell them or what my ulterior motives may be. Probably should have just titled the thread "best $150 rod?" and not even mentioned the ones I had. I was originally looking in the $100-150 price range, but then walked into the store one day and saw the Loomis ones on sale and snatched up a couple without really thinking it through.

Think of it this way, was looking at the $5 rods but bought a $10 rod for $8 on sale. Decided it's more than I wanted to spend, so sell it for $9, and then buy the $5 rod for what in effect is $4. I don't get what's shady about that. True a few people have PMed me about the Loomis rods, but that wasn't my intent and I haven't and probably won't respond to them.

Now, which is the better rod in the $100-150 range?

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Hopefully you can get what you think you can for those used Loomis rods. As far as your listed rods, the Powel is probably the best in that range with the Veritas being the best sub-$100. Personally I'd be all over clearanced Cumaras in that price range, but they're not on your list. Best of luck and don't sell yourself short on your skills not being "worthy" of any equipment!

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I've got diesels, veritas, bucoo, and the 13 fisihing *** black series. *** black is my fav by far. I've got a phenix recon and m1 on order I'll let ya know how those are! The *** *** series might be a good bet with the 20% off sales! Haven't read anythign negative about em yet and if finances allow I'll hopefully have one of them too.

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Sigh, this is why I tried to say ignore the fact that I have the Loomis rods now, it's become more of a topic on whether I should sell them or what my ulterior motives may be. Probably should have just titled the thread "best $150 rod?" and not even mentioned the ones I had. I was originally looking in the $100-150 price range, but then walked into the store one day and saw the Loomis ones on sale and snatched up a couple without really thinking it through.

Think of it this way, was looking at the $5 rods but bought a $10 rod for $8 on sale. Decided it's more than I wanted to spend, so sell it for $9, and then buy the $5 rod for what in effect is $4. I don't get what's shady about that. True a few people have PMed me about the Loomis rods, but that wasn't my intent and I haven't and probably won't respond to them.

Now, which is the better rod in the $100-150 range?

If you dont mind or would like to try micro-guides look at Quantum Smoke rod very light, balanced, sensitive rod in 7' Med Fast. I had the like feature in a veritas and the Smoke bettered it in these areas.

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