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I have fished all my life but really got into bass fishing these last couple years. Been on bass resource since last year don't post much (I enjoy reading the articles and reading some of the wiser anglers posts. Anyway, I have a question about rod applications. I have a medium action rod and a reel which I think is a 6:3:1 ratio. With 15 pound test. I use this for my all my applications. I do know that this setup is pry optimized for certain applications. My two questions are, what applications should I use for the one set up I have, an what type of rod n reel combo should I look at getting next? I fish mostly lakes occasionally I get on a river. Have access to a boat. Thanks in advance.

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For enthusiasts, technique specific gear is fun
to collect. However, three rigs cover all the
basics:

#1 6 1/2' or 7' MH baitcaster for jigs, some
soft plastics and spinnerbaits

#2 6 1/2' or 7' MM baitcaster for treble hook
lures

#3 7' MF spinning rod for lighter lures and a
variety of techniques

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For enthusiasts, technique specific gear is fun

to collect. However, three rigs cover all the

basics:

#1 6 1/2' or 7' MH baitcaster for jigs, some

soft plastics and spinnerbaits

#2 6 1/2' or 7' MM baitcaster for treble hook

lures

#3 7' MF spinning rod for lighter lures and a

variety of techniques

 

What type of line would you recommend for each of these? My line up is looking very similar to this. I was thinking 40lb braid for the #1, 12#lbyo zuri for #2 and 20lb braid for #3

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What type of line would you recommend for each of these? My line up is looking very similar to this. I was thinking 40lb braid for the #1, 12#lbyo zuri for #2 and 20lb braid for #3

This is just my opinion, but I would go:

#1 30lb braid (hi vis), #2 12 mono or fluoro, #3 10lb braid or 8lb copoly.

My reasoning is that those #'s work well for each application and if you want to keep expanding your arsenal, you will have yourself setup to do so. I think 40# is kind of overkill unless you fish enough heavy cover to warrant it. It's a good compromise between 30 and 65 if you aim to use the one rod for bottom contact AND frogs, but the 4th rod I'd get after those 3 is a heavy with 65# braid, so it's kind of s moot point.

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What type of line would you recommend for each of these? My line up is looking very similar to this. I was thinking 40lb braid for the #1, 12#lbyo zuri for #2 and 20lb braid for #3

 

My jig rods are spooled with Kanzen #50 with a Tatsu #20 leader.

 

For treble hooks I am using Sunline Super Natural #12

 

Spinning reels are either Yo-Zuri Hybrid #4 or Tatsu #6

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For enthusiasts, technique specific gear is fun

to collect. However, three rigs cover all the

basics:

#1 6 1/2' or 7' MH baitcaster for jigs, some

soft plastics and spinnerbaits

#2 6 1/2' or 7' MM baitcaster for treble hook

lures

#3 7' MF spinning rod for lighter lures and a

variety of techniques

I still think this post should be pinned. It's dead-on, concise and one the most relevant posts ever.

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If your rod is in fact a Medium action rod, and not a Medium power rod, then it should do well with most treble hook lures  Going on the assumtion it is Medium action, then a good second rod would be one with a Fast action.  I think most would agree that a Fast action rod makes for a good all-around rod.  It may not be the best for everything, but it will do reasonably well for many techniques.  I have always used a Medium power Fast action for throwing cranks.  it wasn't until last season ended that I bought my first baitcast rod designed specifically for crankbaits.

 

A Medium Heavy Fast rated for 1/4-1 oz. is a very versatile rod.  I prefer in the 7' to 7'3" area, but some prefer 6'6".  It is all a matter of personal preference......and where you fish.  I prefer a 6' rod if fishing from shore and am surrounded by trees and bushes.  Either than or go with a longer rod and pitch.  :teeth3:

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For enthusiasts, technique specific gear is fun

to collect. However, three rigs cover all the

basics:

#1 6 1/2' or 7' MH baitcaster for jigs, some

soft plastics and spinnerbaits

#2 6 1/2' or 7' MM baitcaster for treble hook

lures

#3 7' MF spinning rod for lighter lures and a

variety of techniques

 

What type of reels would you guys use on the baitcasters in this scenario?   

7.1:1 on #1 and 5.4:1 on #2?

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What type of reels would you guys use on the baitcasters in this scenario?   

7.1:1 on #1 and 5.4:1 on #2?

 

Those would be fine choices!

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RW´s suggestion is dead on for most ocassions in a lot of places, the only discrepancy bewtween his choice and my choice is the second rod, I would rather get me a MH crankbait specific rod than a MM, even though crankbait rods are moderate/ moderate-fast action the M power rating is poor to my eyes, many cranks I cast are up to 3/4 oz in weight.

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I still think this post should be pinned. It's dead-on, concise and one the most relevant posts ever.

 

Okay...Pinned!

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