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I have another question for y'all. Have or do any of use the Carrot Stix casting rod? I am looking for a new rod for my new bait caster. I am trying to stay under $200. Any suggestions/advice is appreciated!

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I would look for other rods.  MANY better options for under $200.  What specific techniques you looking to use this rod for?

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I would look for other rods.  MANY better options for under $200.  What specific techniques you looking to use this rod for?

Sorry should of put that in the original post but mainly worm maybe sometimes a jig

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The people who have used the Kistler KLX rods all seem to be very impressed.  One is on my list.  :teeth:  I recently picked up a Fenwick Aetos after a friend raved about how light and sensitive they are.  No chance to use it yet, but I sure like its looks.  I am also impressed with the Fenwick Elite Tech Smallmouth rods I have.  Light, well built and plenty sensitive.

 

As already stated, you have a ton of options at $200 or less.  Especially if you are willing to buy used.  The *** Black is another fine rod to consider although its handle doesn't suit everyone for one hand casting, but do like I do...use two hands.  :teeth3:

 

You are going to want an Extra Fast or Fast action rod in the power best suited for the weights you will be using.  A MH will probably be the better choice as it should handle a wider range of weights.

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For bottom contact rods under 200 there are a ton of great options. here are my top choices

1) shimano Crucial (150 or less, a lifetime warrenty,IM10 graphite, and the best reel seat in the business(imo) the compre is also pretty nice for the 100 dollar range

2) Daiwa Tatula (around 110 from Ron) reviews are great, many say it fishes well above its price point.

3) Falcon Bucoo micro is super light well balanced and plenty sensitive. ( a lot of wallmarts have them on clearance right now too)

4) duckett micro magic ( great rod, light, sensitive, balanced)

5) st. Croix avid( awesome rod just at the high end of the price range)

 

I have no experience with Dobyns rods, but many on here will vouch for their performance.

 

Mitch

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My picks would be Fenwick Aetos or Elite Tech Smallmouth and Crucial. 

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Sorry should of put that in the original post but mainly worm maybe sometimes a jig

 

i like the shimano crucial, i have a compre and it just came down to $ but would have bought a crucial if i had the $ then.....

more importantly, i think you'll see from the responses that the carrot stix is not on the radar when talking about the better rods....

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I'm looking for the same information Brady is. 

 

I've read good things about the Powell Max rods, does anyone have any experience with them?

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*** is having a 25% you can get loomis rep samples for 150 and some high end shimano for around 200

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I would buy an ugly stick for the same price before I bought a carot stick.

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I've been impressed with my powell diesels. I found them on tackle warehouse for 54.88 bought a couple to try then replaced all of my compre's and mojos with them. Think I've got 7 now as my main rods.

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Check out the Phenix M1 line...

It will push your limit but it will also push your button :eyebrows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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Any users of duckett rods want to chime in? I think i am either going to go with St croix mojo bass or one of the ducketts

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  I bought a E21 Carrot Stix Pro Grade 6'9 MH F (no longer make that model)  3 seasons ago, and have caught literally hundreds of bass on it, including multiple 5-6lb largemouth, and my personal best smallmouth at 5lbs, he fought like a beast.  Also caught lots of northrens, several large ones, one was 13 pounds, it hit my weighted senko.  I even somehow snagged a 15lb carp right on the dorsal fin one time with a small strike king weedless jig.  I thought I had the world record bass on, but it was the carp, and I landed it after a short fight, and the rod handled it well.  I don't know why so many people talk down about E21.  They are straight up awesome.  I bought the rod on clearance, and it was 150, marked down to 100.  Best purchase I ever made, and for 100, there is no better baitcasting rod.  I use this rod as my main baitcast setup, and it does a lot of things well, I especially like it for texas rigged worms, lizards, etc.  I have it paired with a shimano curado 200G7 and it is an awesome setup.  I have tried different lines, braid, mono, and fluoro, always the good stuff.  I now have fluoro (seaguar invizix 12lb on it, and like it a lot.  Im standing up for E21 here, they are not crap like most say, in fact, I bet more than half people that say that have never even really tried one.  They are impressively light, and extremely sensitive, yet very strong.  These guys saying they break easily must have ran them over with their truck before fishing with them, or they whacked them real hard on the side of their boat, because I have put mine through hell, and it always stands up, but I try to take the best care of my equipment.  Now im not sure on the "wild" series, same as black, green, or orange, but I know the PG pro grade rods are very good.  I would not take any rod mentioned over mine, it is a good one!   

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