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I am new to the drop shotting world, but it really sparks my interest. What would you guys say is the best rod/reel combo for getting the job done? I know there are alot of variables, but I would like to keep the combo around 200$. What size reel and length/power/action of rod? Preferably something from *** because I have a gift card. Thanks for you help in advance -- Tight lines

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I'm no expert, but I would suggest a Pflueger Tri-30 on a 6' or  6' 6" medium light to medium power with a fast taper.  There are a lot of good rods out there to get with the leftover money, like a St. Croix Avid X or even a E6x on sale.  Otherwise you could get a lightning rod, ugly stik, shimano stimula or other similar rod and have a nice combo for less than $100.

 

you could also use this setup for other finesse presentations as well, such as weightless trick worms, grubs, power worms, and so on.  Just my $0.02.  Good luck 

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Lews Custom 6'9"  med. rod with whatever you could afford Pflueger reel.

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I went with the Veritas ML 6' 9" rod and the Pflueger Supreme 30 size reel.  Extremely light and sensitive.  The guide I use when I go on vacation turned me onto this combo and I couldn't be happier.

I got the rod from a camping site and the reel from ebay.  Combo cost me $152.  

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My dad is using a Dobyns Fury 702SF. It works perfectly for finesse plastics, including dropshot. He normally tosses a 1/15oz Ned Rig on it.

The reel won't make much of a difference. Anything in the 2000 to 3000 size range. Whatever your preference.

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6'-8" to 7'-2" MLXF Fenwick or Shimano Compre with a Pflueger President LE or Supreme (25 or 30) or a Shimano Sedona 2500 or 3000. 12-15 lb braid and 8 lb fluoro leader. A line setup with little to no line twist that Never fails.

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1000 or 2500 size reel depending on the rod, and a MXF power/action would be my preference.  Length doesn't really matter to me, I use a 6'8", 7'2",even an 8' sometimes.

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A tiny caveat to using 1000 sized reels: they often only employ a single felt washer and keyed metal washer.  The 2500 series reels generally use 5 or more alternating keyed, felt, dog eared, etc. setup.  The multi washer set up is a bit smoother.  It's more important if you are going to use line below 8# size.  If you're going braid, I wouldn't hesitate to drop to the smaller size reel.  In fact, here's a pic with me, a 5# smallie, and a Daiwa 1500 series reel loaded with 15# braid, and leader from 6# fluoro (see article).

http://www.bassresource.com/fishing/dropshot-bedding-bass.html

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