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2 Piece Casting Rod To Match With Pro Qualifier

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Hey guys, I'm planning on purchasing my first casting setup this spring :D and I've decided to go with the Pro Qualifier for the reel.  I'm waiting for the spring sale at the end of February to make the purchase.  In the meantime I need to decide on what rod to match it with.  From all my research it seems like I'm looking for a 6'6 M/H rod for my all-around needs.  I'm going to be using this setup for jigs, shallow cranks, topwaters and spinnerbaits.  Maybe some plastics too.  Doing all my fishing from the bank this year if that matters. 

 

I drive a compact car and I have no room for a full size rod so I'm limited to a 2 piece rod and I'd like to keep it at a reasonable price.  Less than $60 or so, hopefully cheaper.  I have a Cabelas in my area, I went there last week to get a feel for some rods and I ended up walking out with a Fish Eagle II for $60.  They were getting rid of the last of their stock, making room for the new Fish Eagle 50's so it was on sale.  Should I stick with this rod or should I wait and buy a different one during the spring sales coming up online?  I still have the reciept and all the tags are on it so I can return it no problem.

 

I realize that this kind of question probably comes up twice a week here so I hope you guys aren't too annoyed with me already :P  I searched the forums but I couldn't find the exact information I was looking for.

 

So just to break it down I'm looking for recommendations for a cheapish 2 piece casting rod to match with a Pro Qualifer that's good for all-around use for a first time baitcasting user.  Thanks in advance everyone! :)

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If I remember correctly St Croix has some travel rods built on nice blanks. You check their site.

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first welcome to the sight! I'm from WA as well, i live in Enumclaw up near auburn. the cabbalas here don't have the best bass selection, can't wait for the BPS to finish construction and open in tacoma !!!! i would fish with that fish eagle II for now, that is a pretty good rod that will defiantly get the job done for you. 

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If I remember correctly St Croix has some travel rods built on nice blanks. You check their site.

 

I don't think St Croix sells any rods for the price he is willing to pay.

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I think you'd be surprised at the length and number of rods a compact car will carry inside.  Unless you plan on leaving them in the car full time.  If just heading out to fish,  they'll fit pretty well going from front to back. 

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Why keep it "reasonably" priced ?

 

That´s because you fish from the bank ?

 

Well, my "foot patrol" rigs, which btw, see a lot more action than my "boat rigs" are a GraphiteLeader Veloce MH 2 piece rod + a Chronarch 50 Mg reel complemented with a couple extra 100DSV spools ( around $500 rod n´reel ) and a GraphiteLeader Bosco ML 2 piece rod + a Daiwa Revros 2004 reel ( around $300 ), I use a BPS rod tube to carry them around.

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Thanks Motodmast!  I'm 10 minutes away from Cabelas wich is great, but yea they don't have quite the selection Bass Pro does.  I think they're finishing it this summer I foresee lots of drives to Tacoma in my future lol.

 

I'm sure I could fit a full size rod in my car but I'd like to carry a passenger as well and also not have to worry about it getting banged around and breaking the rod tip or anything.  I've carried some spinning rods in my car that way and it makes me nervous every time.  Looks like I'll stick with the Fish Eagle then, only 1 more month till the sale and I'll buy my reel!

 

Oh and if I had the budget to buy $500 and $300 combos right now I'd get a fishing kayak instead :D  Someday I might have that kind of gear but I got bills and priorities to make and right now $500 combos dont fit into that :lol1:

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Shimano clarus and abu Garcia vendetta comes to mind. A little over your budget but worth it imo.

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I don't have experience with the fish eagle, but I'm sure it will be great.  However I would probably opt for a longer rod (7'+) fishing from shore for longer casts.  The pro qualifier is a fantastic reel and when on sale is the best bang for your buck.

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I have a 6'6" Abu Veritas Med/Fast 2 piece I keep in the back seat of my truck in Summer. It's light & very sensitive. I currently have a Core 50mg on it but am still swapping my different reels to find my favorite combo.

For $99 I find it a great rod.

BTW - the Pro Qualifier is probably one of the best and most popular reels at its price point. I'm sure many other members would agree. IMO...

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They have a two piece MagTouch in M and MH. I have the M and really like it.

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