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Would you rather have 4 $200 rods or 8 $100 Rods? 

Please explain why?

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I'd opt for the 8 - $100 rods.

There are a ton of good rods in the $100 range.

I own Dobyns champion extremes retail $350 down to academy H2O xpress retail $60 and many in between there's not a lot of difference IMO.

To me the  Dobyns over priced and the H2O is a steal.

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13 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

Can I go with two $200 rods, and four $100 rods? Since the budget is $800.

You thinking $200 for bottom contact presentations where you need sensitivity and $100 for reaction style baits?

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14 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

Can I go with two $200 rods, and four $100 rods? Since the budget is $800.

Exactly what I was thinking.

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I'd go with the 4 $200 rods and expand as my budget allowed.  I had a large arsenal of cheaper rods and ended up selling the majority of them once I purchased a few more expensive rods.  Ended up costing a lot more money than if I would have bought the expensive rods in the first place.  

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37 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

Can I go with two $200 rods, and four $100 rods? Since the budget is $800.

If you're building the arsenal from scratch, I think this answer would give the most versatility, effectiveness, and bang-for-the-buck for your $800.

Me? I already have lots of run of the mill rods so I would go for two $400 rods...;) (or maybe two $450 rods and kick in another C-note !)

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I buy what I like and brands I have faith in. That way I don't have to buy this years or next's best $100 rod. 

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Right now manufacturers are building some of  "THE BEST " rods in the $75 to $175 range they have ever made.  long island basser mentioned he thought his Dobyns Champion was nice but overpriced.  That is a rod costing  $360  They make rods in the exact or nearly exact same action and powers in 6 different rod lines, so you could purchase a Champion Xp DX 703C for $360 or a Fury FR 703C for $109.  Now the graphite is going to be a little different and some of the components are going to be a little different, but the rod is going to do the same job and react about the same. For a lot of techniques I think I like a lot of the $100 to $200 rods best. Where I really like the high end rods the most ( and I am talking the $300 plus rods like Dobyns Champion XP, G Loomis and others) is in the bottom contact techniques like deep water jigs on ledges and carolina rigging, but definitely on finesse spinning like Ned Rigs, wacky wormin, tubes, grubs,and Sencos. Even drop shotting, so I would split the field, I own 3 "expensive" spinning rods and 1 expensive casting rod and 9 moderately priced  (in that $50 to $200) range. The other neat thing is often the rods that cost around $100 to $150 can be found on sale for $50 to $75 online and places like Dicks Sportind Goods or Academy and definitely on Amazon. 

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I'm buying these rods 

1 - Dropshot 

1- Texas rig/ jig

1- cranking 

1 - spinnerbaits/swimbait

 I'm think of buying the env y for the first 2 and the ome n black for the second 2... Choices.

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I am not sure I would classify expensive as $200. However if I had to pick between many $100 rods and a few nicer ones I would pick a few nicer ones. Most people usually go through a "what if" phase and end up selling their cheaper rods to buy more expensive rods. In the process they take a loss on their cheaper rods and shipping and normal depreciation take their toll. Spend more for your bottom contact stuff and less for your reaction rods. As finances allow add additional rods to round out your arsenal so at first think versatile to an extent.

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It all depends on what you need. At one time 8 rods would of been my answer. As mentioned there are a lot of solid offerings at that price and I could of built a good arsenal. I used my boat a fair amount and was fishing some tournaments. So 8 rods would of been good at that time. Now I use my kayak more than anything, and I haven't fished a tournament in over a year or longer. I can only take so many rods on a yak and 4 would suite me better than 8. 

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I like the answer by fish baller.  Two 200 and 4 100.  The two higher priced definitely bottom contact.

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6 350-500 rods, 2 150-200 dollar rods. 

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All my rods are $100 or less. My flipping stick was only $25 two decades ago. Still works. I wait to find deals like my Mojo rod that was on sale for $70. When you work for peanuts you learn to live with the shells.

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There is quite a bit of difference between a 1 bill rod and 2 bill rod imo. Mostly pertaining to the blanks. I'd opt for 4 quality universal rods to cover the techniques and baits I fish most often, and being universal can pull double duty when needed. Better yet,  save another hundred and get 3 custom bass slayers built to grinning perfection! 

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800 is a lot of money, I only need 3 rods, make that:

  1. 2 casting 250-300 rods and
  2. 1 200-250 spinning rod.
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Yeah if you're determined to drop money on rods, get 2-3 exceptional ones. $800 gets you a pair of new Destroyers or GLX's. Money can in fact buy happiness.

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Idk. I don't need that many rods. I have 4 that I use exclusively. 3 baitcasters and 1 spinning setup. And none of the rods cost more than 150.00. But I'm really happy with what I have.

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Most people can't figure out needs vs wants. No one needs more than 3-4 combos to bass fish. I've got lots of rods and lots of high priced ones. That said, today I would choose to buy 8 of the $100 rods since there are so many nice, quality bass rods to choose from that didn't exist 5-10 years ago.

And exactly what rods does KVD fish with? You honestly think he would be better off (meaning a better angler) fishing with $500 NRX rods vs his $100 Quantums? 

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13 minutes ago, fishindad said:

Most people can't figure out needs vs wants. No one needs more than 3-4 combos to bass fish. I've got lots of rods and lots of high priced ones. That said, today I would choose to buy 8 of the $100 rods since there are so many nice, quality bass rods to choose from that didn't exist 5-10 years ago.

I can't get over how much nicer a $100 rod (or reel) is than it was around the year 2000, which is when I bought most of my equipment. 

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16 minutes ago, fishindad said:

 

And exactly what rods does KVD fish with? You honestly think he would be better off (meaning a better angler) fishing with $500 NRX rods vs his $100 Quantums? 

But he is KVD, the man can catch a truckload of bass with a broomstick, on the other hand we regular mortals need all the help we can get.

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18 minutes ago, Raul said:

But he is KVD, the man can catch a truckload of bass with a broomstick, on the other hand we regular mortals need all the help we can get.

But let's be honest Raul, we buy the high end stuff cuz it looks so cool and it gives us more fun when we catch a bass on $$$ equipment. Those guys get their gear for 'free' (at least KVD does) and their focus is on catching fish for a paycheck. I guarantee if I had to do that, no way I'd be buying GLXs and Alphas.

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There is always a better tool for the job. Needs vs wants is irrelevant. Only the individual can decide how far they want to climb the rope. I won't steer anyone in either direction. The question was asking for opinions so no need to make comments about not needing expensive gear to catch fish. That's rather obvious. Also no need to bring KVD into the conversation. I've never understood that. Is anybody here him? I enjoy catching fish on anything I can. Using a light, well balanced, well built rod with good components and a crisp sensitive blank only enhances the experience everyone on this forum loves. For some it can also enhance confidence in your ability which can lead to more fish pictures. You can buy eight 100 dollar rods, but how often are you going to use half of them? Four "better" rods that you will use regularly in addition to the comments I made above just makes sense in my mind. I've spent my money on worse things. 

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