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I am teaching my son how to bass fish with poppers and buzzbaits and sometimes wacky or texas rig worms. Dont wanna spend a lot to start him off with. Have an extra Mitchell 308 spinning reel, just need a rod for him. Looking at the Ugly stik GX2 or Berkley Lightning Shock. I learned on an ugly stik long ago. Any suggestions would be great. Have about $60 to spend on a rod (need to buy more lures and a box for him)

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Go with the Shock. I taught my son one technique at a time. He would learn a new technique when he understood and was confident. 

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Look at the Ethos rods if you're near an Academy Sports. They're great rods and go on sale for $40 and even less pretty often. I have several, they're great for the money. 

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I have and ugly stick gx2 and if you are looking for a combo around $50 bucks its will do fine. If you are just looking for a rod I would recommend the No. *** Hellbent. It is $59.99. I have the  baitcast version and I love it. I would highly recommend it assuming that the spinning version is of the same quality as the bait cast.

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I vote for lightning or uglystick. These type of rods are part of the learning experience. I learned on a uglystick. 

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go with the ugly stik gx2 or the Lite Pro, those berkleys are prone to breaking. I've caught a lot of bass on my Ugly Stik Lite Pro 5'6 Light rod, up to 4.5lbs being the biggest, great for throwing weightless soft plastics too

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The shock has good backbone and a soft tip .It works well setting a single hook and trebles.

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On 7/10/2016 at 2:10 AM, Bluebasser86 said:

Look at the Ethos rods if you're near an Academy Sports. They're great rods and go on sale for $40 and even less pretty often. I have several, they're great for the money. 

^^^ This 

Yeah I've had uglysticks and the Berkeley's and they caught fish.  But why start at the bottom when you can up your game a little bit. Id consider it a waste to get a lesser rod just because. 

The Ethos seem to be a step up so that's where is would suggest. 

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I agree with the Ethos.  Those are great rods for the price.

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