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Rod Action For A Noob

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     Well, it's time for me to invest in a new rod.  I've narrowed my choice down to the Fenwick HMX or the Fenwick HMG, and I'm not 100% percent sure on the reel yet.  I generally only carry one rod with me seeing that I fish from shore.  So, I need your help choosing length, action, and the taper.  I mostly throw crankbaits and topwater baits, but lately I'm getting into jigs and weightless plastics.  I fish in lakes with an abundance of weeds and mats. The rivers I fish are filled with large rocks and downed trees.  I primarily go for smallmouth, if their not biting, then largemouth.  Occasionally large pike take my bait.  Currently, I've been looking at seven foot rods with a medium heavy application. However, seeing that I throw baits varying from 1/8 ounce  to 1 ounce, should I look at lighter actions?  My favorite style of fishing is definitely hollowed bodied frogs, if that helps.  

     

     All tips are greatly appreciated. 

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7'MH fast action

X2 on this being your best bet for an all around rod. From what you are describing though, you might be asking an awful lot out of a single setup.

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    I know I'm asking a lot for one setup, but that's all I can afford.  I'll still use my old baitcaster and spinning reel from time to time.  Except, they just aren't cutting it.  In both reels the anti-reverse is shot.    

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