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Thanks for checking this thread, I'm in the market for a new spinning rod to pair with a pflueger president LE. I only use spinning gear, and already have two rods for general applications. Looking into the 6'9" Fenwick Elite Tech Bass MF Medium, a Fenwick Aetos, Phenix M1, a few St. Croix, maybe an Abu Garcia in this price range.  I have never used a Fenwick or Abu Garcia and have read mixed reviews. Any input on these rods or what you would buy in the $150-250 price range would be appreciated. I have used the St Croix mojo bass, premier, and a few legend tournaments. I really want to try Fenwick or an Abu Garcia but I don't want to spend the money and wish I would've bought a St Croix. Are the Abu as sensitive as advertised? Fenwick's sensitive and well built?


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Fenwick makes some really nice rods.  The aetos is a great choice IMO.

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In that price range I would look at the St Croix Avid X and the G Loomis IMX. Through Monster Fishing Tackle website you can get the IMX for under $200.

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Actually it looks like Monster Fishing Tackle raised their prices because the old sale price I had the rod under $200 now it's about $20 more.

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dobyns rods i was a big st croix fan for along time but honestly there rods have gone down hill IMO. also there lower end rods dont have warranties like they used to.  this year i decided to switch companies andam very impressed with the dobyns line up

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I had a bad experience customer service experience with Dobyns but saying that they build nice rods. One day a DX 743sf may find a way into my rod collection.

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32 minutes ago, Hopslam said:

Anyone use the *** 13, or Abu Garcia rods?

Actually I might have something for you. I bought way too many rods this offseason.  I got an Abu Garcia Villain 6'9" medium light fast action spinning rod on sale at BPS. The regular price is $179.99 but they had them marked down to $80.  If you're interested to pay me $80 + shipping. I used it once. Abu Garcia ML is equivalent to most rod M. Let me know if you're interested.

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ALX Maestro is the best I have used at that price point that isn't discontinued.

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I'm infinitely impressed with the Legend Tournament
series from St. Croix, and I only have one spinning
in the 6'3" range (in the LT).

If I had another $250, I'd drop it on a second LT from
St. Croix no question.

Just me, tho.

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St. Croix guy here....

Cant go wrong with the Avid and LT series from St Croix

Lifetime warranty on the rod from the 2 models listed above... PHENOMENAL customer service.

I own several Legend tournament rods and really like them....

 

If you can fork over another $200ish on your budget, the new 2016 Elites are the best St. Croix rod to date...I own 2 and they are phenomenal rods!!!

 

but the Avid and LT series you will be MORE THAN PLEASED with 

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what techniques do you want to use the rod for? 

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Get a shimano zodias it is probably the nicest spinning rod i've seen.

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15 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Actually it looks like Monster Fishing Tackle raised their prices because the old sale price I had the rod under $200 now it's about $20 more.

am I missing something?  when I saw IMX rods for $220 I jumped....but the Monster site I'm looking at shows all IMX bass rods for 295.........can you point me in the right direction?

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33 minutes ago, avidone1 said:

am I missing something?  when I saw IMX rods for $220 I jumped....but the Monster site I'm looking at shows all IMX bass rods for 295.........can you point me in the right direction?

You have to click on the link that says email price. Also sign up for the mailing list and save another $25 with a discount code.

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I would say Phenix M1 but the last guy on the forums that got an M1 based on forum responses had his snap on the second cast :(  But I'd still go with an M1!

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I'm a Fenwick fan, if you are looking for a rod under $200 then look at an Aetos, the 7' medium power fast action is very sensitive and very light. I like the St. Croix Avid X at the $200 mark, but it uses micro guides which could cause problems if you like using braid with a leader.

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Just left my local tackle shop and browsed around for a good hour. Looked at the elite techs, and a few others but ultimately decided on a 6'6" M Fast Fenwick HMG and a Pflueger Purist in the 30 size. They pair up excellent IMO, and I can't wait to try it out! Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm sure I will check out some of the other rods in the near future! 

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5 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

You have to click on the link that says email price. Also sign up for the mailing list and save another $25 with a discount code.

I can't imagine a better rod for under 200 than the g loomis IMX rod for 195.00 from monster.  It is really a superior rod at an outstanding price.

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38 minutes ago, Hopslam said:

Just left my local tackle shop and browsed around for a good hour. Looked at the elite techs, and a few others but ultimately decided on a 6'6" M Fast Fenwick HMG and a Pflueger Purist in the 30 size. They pair up excellent IMO, and I can't wait to try it out! Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm sure I will check out some of the other rods in the near future! 

Nice!

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22 hours ago, dsqui said:

dobyns rods i was a big st croix fan for along time but honestly there rods have gone down hill IMO. also there lower end rods dont have warranties like they used to.  this year i decided to switch companies andam very impressed with the dobyns line up

Can you elaborate on the aspects of the St. Croix rods that you feel have gone downhill? I am pretty invested in their SCII Mojo Bass line due to the sales caused by the introduction of the SCIII models. I personally don't have any complaints, but my experience isn't that vast either.

 

Thanks for your time!

20 hours ago, caskey_b said:

St. Croix guy here....

Cant go wrong with the Avid and LT series from St Croix

Lifetime warranty on the rod from the 2 models listed above... PHENOMENAL customer service.

I own several Legend tournament rods and really like them....

 

If you can fork over another $200ish on your budget, the new 2016 Elites are the best St. Croix rod to date...I own 2 and they are phenomenal rods!!!

 

but the Avid and LT series you will be MORE THAN PLEASED with 

Would you mind expanding on the things you like about the Avid and LT series compared to the lower line stuff from St. Croix, specifically their Mojo lineup? I love my St. Croix stuff, but really cannot afford the higher end rods, and have been rounding out my arsenal with the recent sales on the Mojo rods...

 

Thanks!

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1 hour ago, avidone1 said:

I can't imagine a better rod for under 200 than the g loomis IMX rod for 195.00 from monster.  It is really a superior rod at an outstanding price.

I got me a NRX 872s for under $370 on that deal ;)

1 hour ago, avidone1 said:

I can't imagine a better rod for under 200 than the g loomis IMX rod for 195.00 from monster.  It is really a superior rod at an outstanding price.

And thank you for the record I've mentioned this deal to several people looking in the $200 range for a rod and didn't get much feedback at all. I think it's a steal at $200.

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