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I want to get in to throwing smaller sized swim baits ( sub 3 oz) and also a rigs. I have a revo winch that I am going to throw them on. The only problem is that I do not have a dedicated rod. Also using the winch takes it off another rod that I use for crankbaits. I am stuck between getting the veritas schooling rod and the fenwick aetos swimbait rod. Then on top of that I want to get a reel to slap on a 7ft mh that I use for deep cranking.  I do not know if I should get an stx or sx (6:4) for the 7 mh for a more versatile rod or if I should just get another winch or possibly abu c4 for the swim bait/ a rig rod. This is kind of a confusing post, basically im trying to decide how to spend my money. Do  I want to spend more for the aetos or go the cheap route with the veritas and then buy an sx to fill the gap.  

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Don't be confused.  Leave your winch where it is.  Buy a dedicated sub 3 oz swimbait / A-rig rod and then get a reel for it.  Sooner or later you are going to want to use them both on the same fishing trip, and you won't want to be bothered by switching the reel - so go ahead and buy another reel.

 

As far a quality goes - do what every one else does, buy the best quality you can afford.  If you tear it up on a fish - you've got a great story to tell.   If you tear it up while fishing ( tearing up the gears by throwing too heavy a weight or something like that) well, then, next time get a better reel.  That is doable.

 

Don't over think this.  Many fishing issues can be solved by throwing money at them and this is one of those instances.

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Don't be confused.  Leave your winch where it is.  Buy a dedicated sub 3 oz swimbait / A-rig rod and then get a reel for it.  Sooner or later you are going to want to use them both on the same fishing trip, and you won't want to be bothered by switching the reel - so go ahead and buy another reel.

 

As far a quality goes - do what every one else does, buy the best quality you can afford.  If you tear it up on a fish - you've got a great story to tell.   If you tear it up while fishing ( tearing up the gears by throwing too heavy a weight or something like that) well, then, next time get a better reel.  That is doable.

 

Don't over think this.  Many fishing issues can be solved by throwing money at them and this is one of those instances.

Very true I was talking with my friend about it. I wasnt sure of the versatility of a swim bait rod especially a 7 ft 9 H.   If I am not throwing an a rig or swim bait I want to be able to use it for something else. I assume heavier jigs and punch rigs, maybe frogs in mats? I have a jig / frog rod but nothing very heavy.

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Cheap route: Okuma GS 7'11" MH/ Cardiff 300. (Cheap doesn't mean bad in this case).

$$ route: Custom rod / Calcutta 300TE or Curado 300.

 

I love it how every rod manufacturer seems to have an A-rig rod in their line-up now. If you have a great flipping stick, chances are it's going to make a lousy swimbait rod. I think Bill S said that.

 

I'm not saying the Fenwick or the Veritas won't make a good swimbait rod; just that I'm not going to spend my money and time to find out. The key word in most things concerning swimbaits is "proven". Proven rods, proven reels, proven baits. Big baits and big fish will test your equipment and your techniques,

 

Jared Lintner has a video on TW about fishing A-rigs for pre-spawn bass, I think he's using a Loomis swimbait or a BBR (the back-bounce rods have a good following with the swimbait crowd) and a Calcutta 300D.

 

 

P.S. If you like Abu Garcia reels, the Revo Toro Winches make good big bait reels. I had a Toro Winch 51.

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Cheap route: Okuma GS 7'11" MH/ Cardiff 300. (Cheap doesn't mean bad in this case).

$$ route: Custom rod / Calcutta 300TE or Curado 300.

 

I love it how every rod manufacturer seems to have an A-rig rod in their line-up now. If you have a great flipping stick, chances are it's going to make a lousy swimbait rod. I think Bill S said that.

 

I'm not saying the Fenwick or the Veritas won't make a good swimbait rod; just that I'm not going to spend my money and time to find out. The key word in most things concerning swimbaits is "proven". Proven rods, proven reels, proven baits. Big baits and big fish will test your equipment and your techniques,

 

Jared Lintner has a video on TW about fishing A-rigs for pre-spawn bass, I think he's using a Loomis swimbait or a BBR (the back-bounce rods have a good following with the swimbait crowd) and a Calcutta 300D.

 

 

P.S. If you like Abu Garcia reels, the Revo Toro Winches make good big bait reels. I had a Toro Winch 51.

Yeah I want to go with a pretty stout rod with decent sensitivity. I can get the Fenwicks for a steal so I like it. Also I might go with the st croix mojo swimbait rod, cheap and gets the job done. I like putting more money into other techniques ex drop shot, shakey heads and then jig rods.       I am not a fan of round reels , I really cant figure out where to rest my finger I like the toro winch better.

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I'm a Fenwick guy myself. I throw the A rig with a 5500 C3. 

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I'm a Fenwick guy myself. I throw the A rig with a 5500 C3. 

Felt the c3 at my local shop. Slapped it on a rod and did not like it there wasnt a good place to keep my fingers comfortably. I prefer low profile reels over round reels. 

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