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Quantum Qx36?

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Has anyone ever had this rod before? Is it good? Also, can someone give me some rod suggestions under $40? (Please don't tell me that if I want a good rod I have to spend $150)

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A rod under forty? Up until I found this forum and was infected with the bait monkey virus, I was blissfully ignorant of expensive equipment, I got by with Walmart specials, lol. My first "expensive" reel was a pinnacle platinum plus, my how things have changed! Growing up reel maintenance consisted of dunking my reel in the river when it got gritty. I knew nothing, I caught allot of smallies 14" was a giant and redeyes. I also lost allot of fish, I didn't have the equipment to handle anything above a panfish. When I started taking fishing seriously and stated spending more my eyes were opened. I could feel the bottom, tell the difference between wood rock mud vegetation. I started catching bigger fish, I had the equipment to handle it. My point is I was ignorant, to have a quality rod you will have to spend more.

Anyway back to your question, if you are near a academy, you can get a rod all graphite for as little as 10 bucks on sale. If Walmart is what you have to deal with the Shakespeare Durango is all graphite exposed reel seat for around 20, these are cheap rods that have rod blanks that go all the way to the butt of the rod. Dick's has the Berkley Amp, they all have the Berkley Shock I think these will run around 40. I wouldn't classify any as a good rod but they'll do. What you want to look for is all graphite, blanks that are exposed at the reel seat. Typically on cheap rods, if the blank isn't exposed at the seat, the blank doesn't extend to the butt of the rod. If you can spend 60 then you can start getting decent rods, the Convergence line from Shimano comes to mind. Decent sensitivity and life time warranty. Sellus are less expensive around 50, Walmart carries some Abu's around 50 Vendetta maybe. Good luck

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Yeah, the Berkley Amp sounds good around your price range, also, the QX36 you suggested is a good rod for your limit.

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Has anyone tried the QX36? Can anyone who has used it give me some feedback?

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I have used the old quantum torsions and harmonics, these are similar. Which power are u looking at. Remember these rod's listed action are not action but power ratings. Have you actually handled one? From my experience with these low end rods, a medium has a moderate to moderate fast actions, good for cranks but not for soft plastics. The MH will have an action closer to fast which will be good for spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Hopefully someone will have real world experience with one, but I doubt it.

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Wait for the rod riot at Academy at you can pick up an Ethos for $40, they are $60 normal price.  I have a bunch of them and they handle everything I need them to do.

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you can get a berkley lightning rod or shock version for 39.96 from walmart, nothing wrong with those rods for the money

 

bass pro has the reg version for 34.99 but the shock is about 50 there

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I have an amp and although it feels good to fish they are junk. I mistakenly quoted it as being berkleys lightening series previously, let me state for the record I was wrong then. This amp rod the guide wrap started to peel at the handle after trip one. Thank god I am good with epoxy resin. The next time I went looking for a rod every one of these amps that dicks sports had in stock had some kind of defect or was flat out broken. Stay away from this rod.

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