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I am looking to round out my arsenal of set ups

I currently have:

6'6" M St. Croix Triumph

Lews Tournament MG 6:4:1

12# mono

6'9" MH Veritas

Citica G 6:5:1

Unspooled right now

Spinning:

6'6" Light Damiki Angel Ex

Lews Speed Spin 200 5:2:1

8# Flouro

All my rods are two piece because I own a very small car. I have been exclusively bank fishing but recently got a kayak and a bigger car so I can get longer one piece rods now.

The spinning setup is used mainly for wading for smallmouth but can be repurposed now.

I also have about $450 to spend on a setup right now and would like suggestions on that. I was leaning towards the Chronarch Ci4 and a GLoomis rod but am open to anything you guys feel will help me out in the long run.

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If you fish jigs and frogs then a heavy 7'x" is your next rod. The reel will be what you want, which is the ci4.

Or

A 7'x" moderate action for deep cranking

What will you use your next purchase for?

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You will need to give us more information about your style of fishing and what presentations you use most. However, I would get a longer heavier rod in the 7'3" range and a reel with a faster retrieve for jigs/heavier t-rigs. I personally prefer straight fluorocarbon for these presentations, specifically Toray Superhard Upgrade in 16#, but I feel personal preference applies more here.

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I do a lot of frog fishing but mainly stick to spinnerbaits and crankbaits. In the past year or so I've never gotten into jigs or soft plastics but plan on throwing a lot this year, mostly Texas and wacky rigged worms.

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You will need to give us more information about your style of fishing and what presentations you use most. However, I would get a longer heavier rod in the 7'3" range and a reel with a faster retrieve for jigs/heavier t-rigs.

is there any other uses for a heavy action rod? I do own a couple of A-rigs butt haven't thrown them too much.

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You should be able to throw lighter A-rigs with the same rod, though I might prefer a slower reel for that. It all depends on the total weight. I recommend getting into jig fishing. It is one of the most universal styles of fishing for nearly all species and will make you a better overall fisherman.

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I do plan on getting into jig fishing this year. I've picked up about 10 jigs so far but have yet to use them. As of now could I get by using my MH Veritas with about 16# Flouro or mono for jigs if I needed to?

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Yes you can, it just would not be my first choice. I use a 7'8" rod rated for 1/4-1oz and 12-25# line. I love the length of the rod for moving line on hook sets and I would actually prefer more power.

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Now planning way ahead, what would be my next choice after the 7'+ Heavy action rod? After that would it be more personal preference rather than what I actually need?

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I would also recommend a reel with a higher gear ratio(7:1 to 8:1) if you are wanting to get into jig fishing. Not that what you have wouldn't work but I prefer a higher ratio reel for my jig fishing. I use a Zillion 100HSA and an Aggrest for my jigs because I get the jig in where I want it and if nothing bites I want it out fast to make another cast.

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I would get a cranking rod first, if it were me.  Many people consider Abu rods as rather stout iirc, so I would think it would cover jigs and stuff for the time being.  Put braid on the Veritas, and you could use it for jigs, frogs, spinners; Triumph for stuff under 1/2oz;  and the light rod for drop shotting maybe?  Then grab a MHM for trebles.

 

My only concern is if you are going to fish the Veritas in heavy cover, going above said route.  I have never used a 2 piece rod, and don't know how that would affect trying to pull a fish out of the slop. 

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I agree that a cranking rod is in order after a jig stick. You will have a much higher landing ratio with treble hook lures if you use a rod with a mod-fast action.

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I would get a cranking rod first, if it were me.  Many people consider Abu rods as rather stout iirc, so I would think it would cover jigs and stuff for the time being.  Put braid on the Veritas, and you could use it for jigs, frogs, spinners; Triumph for stuff under 1/2oz;  and the light rod for drop shotting maybe?  Then grab a MHM for trebles.

 

My only concern is if you are going to fish the Veritas in heavy cover, going above said route.  I have never used a 2 piece rod, and don't know how that would affect trying to pull a fish out of the slop. 

I had braid on it this past fall and it was doing fine with frogs. I've never had any problems compared to a one piece.

 

And as far value rods does anyone have any opinions on the St. Croix Mojo Bass technique specific rods?

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I bought a Mojo last spring for spinner bait fishing, I love the rod but I just cannot get used to the split grip. It just not fit my hand, give it a try. Not for me

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Lamiglas Excel II, 7'3" , 4 power; EXL 734 bait casting rod, $120 retail

Daiwa Tatula R-100XS, 8:1to 1, $199 retail

Sunline Super Sniper 12# FC, $30 retail

Contact Valley Sports, sponsor and save $$$

Tom

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Cannot agree enough with what WRB said about contacting Ron at Valley Sports. Excellent customer service and he will save you money. Shoot him a PM or give him a call when you determine what you want.

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