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Thinking about buying a cheap rod and reel to start getting into swimbaits, Like maybe a Abu Vengeance or a Academy ethos rod and a Daiwa Millionaire-S reel, Do y'all think a swimbait setup around 100-120$ would be worth getting or just waiting till I can get something more specialized....

 

Any other other rods or reels in the 60$ range that y'all would recommend?

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I have the Abu Garcia Vengeace and have 0 complaints. Okay, so it's not a G. Loomis, but it performs very well. Like many people will tell you, when ordering an Abu Garcia rod, they're typically heaver in action than their rating might suggest. So my 6'6 Med actually feels like a 6'6 Med H. Just something to keep in mind if you go with it. Also, you might try trolling around the flea market or asking people if they have a 80-100 rod you could pick up for 50-60 bucks.

Good luck on your search!

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Depending on the weights you plan on throwing, i picked up a cardiff 301 for $90, and a daiwa jupiter rod for $30. $120 was dirt cheap for a nice setup able to throw up to about 2oz swimbaits...

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I've got a Cardiff 301A in the flea martket for $75 if that is something that interests you. As far as rods, I use a BPS Extreme 7'10" H/XF. They're on sale right now for $59 as BPS is coming out with a new model. I bought it from Bluebasser86 and the only reason he sold it to me was he won a free swimbait rod from another website. I really like it.

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Yeah I saw your cardiff for sale, dunno if I'd wanna buy a lefty. I'd have to think about It...

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What size swimbaits?

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Yeah I saw your cardiff for sale, dunno if I'd wanna buy a lefty. I'd have to think about It...

Either way I would seriously consider the extreme. Really nice rod for an awesome price and it would give you some flexibility on the price of whatever reel you buy.

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Either way I would seriously consider the extreme. Really nice rod for an awesome price and it would give you some flexibility on the price of whatever reel you buy.

Hmm I couldn't find them on the BPS website...

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What size swimbaits?

I was thinking something that could throw 2oz lures, then I could throw some Mattlures bluegills and those Hudd 68s

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Hmm I couldn't find them on the BPS website...

The only rods they had left online yesterday were 6' MH and 7'6" H. If you have one near your area you could go check their stock, or maybe have a nearby store find one at another store and have it sent there.

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Nevermind, just looked on their website and they're back to normal price............

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That looks to be what I've been looking for, also.  I'd like something that will throw arigs and up to 7" swimbaits.   Maybe someone will come by and tell us it sucks....since my fishing gear budget is pretty well blown for this month already

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That looks to be what I've been looking for, also. I'd like something that will throw arigs and up to 7" swimbaits. Maybe someone will come by and tell us it sucks....since my fishing gear budget is pretty well blown for this month already

Shoot I'm about to say YOLO and order this rod...

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Shoot I'm about to say YOLO and order this rod...

YOLO....however....CCBAP*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Credit Card Bills Are Perpetual

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Buy a diawa DX. There are cheap and I have not heard anything bad about them. The M/H is rated 1-6 but for you I guess I would get the heavy at 2-8. You say your only going to throw 2 oz baits but that wont last. I am sure the rod woll cast 2 oz far enough and could probably go lighter or you can always use your regular bass rods. Don't short your self on power. I would rather have more power then I think I needed then not have enough. 

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I've got a Cardiff 301A in the flea martket for $75 if that is something that interests you. As far as rods, I use a BPS Extreme 7'10" H/XF. They're on sale right now for $59 as BPS is coming out with a new model. I bought it from Bluebasser86 and the only reason he sold it to me was he won a free swimbait rod from another website. I really like it.

 

Interested in any trades?

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Interested in any trades?

What are you looking to get rid of?

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I have a 7' 6" H/F Ethos I bought for $40 as a fill in until my custom was done and it served the purpose well enough that I kept it for a back up swimbait rod. 

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I have a 7' 6" H/F Ethos I bought for $40 as a fill in until my custom was done and it served the purpose well enough that I kept it for a back up swimbait rod.

I don't even know if they carry the heavy rods anymore, went in academy and didn't see any H/F ethos, same with the website...

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I don't even know if they carry the heavy rods anymore, went in academy and didn't see any H/F ethos, same with the website...

You might try calling a store and seeing if they have any in stock in any of the stores. There was at least 2 in one of the stores by me that were the 7' 6" H/F as of last week, both for $45 apiece. I'm guessing they'd ship to a different store for pickup for no charge like BPS or Cabela's does. FWIW, they didn't have any H/F Ethos listed on their website when I bought mine early this year either. 

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You might try calling a store and seeing if they have any in stock in any of the stores. There was at least 2 in one of the stores by me that were the 7' 6" H/F as of last week, both for $45 apiece. I'm guessing they'd ship to a different store for pickup for no charge like BPS or Cabela's does. FWIW, they didn't have any H/F Ethos listed on their website when I bought mine early this year either. 

 

Okay, maybe they were just sold out then... Next time I go ill look again

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??

Hootie

C&G suggested that he should just succumb to the Bait Monkey, because "You only live once" (YOLO)

 

I was simply lamenting that Credit Card Bills are Perpetual

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