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So I messed up I caught my biggest bass ever a 3 pounder and got bass fever. I subsequently bought a new reel a Shimano Curado 200i 6:3:1 and while I was waiting for it to come in I found an Abu Garcia Revo SX 6:4:1with an Abu Garcia Vendetta 6'6 medium rod. Now I already had a Lews Carbon Fire in the same gear ratio. I am new to bass fishing but am wondering if I should try to sell two of these and just keep one in this ratio. If so which one should I keep. Thanks for helping.

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Maybe move on from the Carbon Fire as the other two reels are "better". But if you like 6.x gear rations and need/use three rods then no harm in keeping them.

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6.3/6.4 reels are very versatile reels, can be used for a lot of techniques. I probably have half a dozen. It really depends on how many combos you plan on having. 

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Thanks I will just keep them all and vary the rods thanks for the help

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I agree with the above post. It certainly isn't against the bass laws to have a couple of reels with the same ratio.  With the exception to my cranking set ups, I believe all my other reels are 7.1:1.

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4 minutes ago, diablojoe said:

Any suggestions on rods for each

What do you like to fish? Match what you fish with your Rod selections 

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what rods do you currently own? are you upgrading or adding to the collection?

a great all-around rod is the Loomis GLX MBR 783c (if you don't mind 6'6"). Does everything well and is my favorite spinnerbait rod. this is one rod I do not think i will ever sell.

they cost some coin but with the new GLX rods coming out, maybe there will be a sale on the classics. there are a few sales going on currently - i think monster tackle online store?

both Loomis and St. Croix have great replacement programs should you happen to break a rod.

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I will check that out currently I have the 6'6 Abu Garcia Vendetta the Ugly Stick elite 7'0 in medium and a *** Hellbent Aramid in MH

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1 hour ago, Nathan Burton said:

I agree with the above post. It certainly isn't against the bass laws to have a couple of reels with the same ratio.  With the exception to my cranking set ups, I believe all my other reels are 7.1:1.

Sure hope not.  Otherwise I'd still be serving time.  :lol:

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I'd just stick with what you have. If you buy anything new I'd look at a medium power spinning combo for lighter baits and finesse stuff. I'd use the 6'6" vendetta with the carbon fire and mono or fluoro for target casting with spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and swim jigs. Also topwater. I'd use the ugly stick elite with either of the other 2 reels and fluoro or mono for cranks and treble hook baits since ugly sticks have a softer tip, and I'd use the hellbent rod for bottom contact like Texas rigs and jigs with fluorocarbon or braid line depending on water clarity and cover.

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timsford has it right.  I also agree my next combo would be a medium xtra fast spinning rod. With this you can throw grubs, tubes, Sencos, and smaller plastic worms with 1/8 to 5/8 worm weights.  I think as time goes on you could upgrade a rod or two but you would be in pretty good shape.  A good choice might be the Lews Mach 1 speed spool in the 6'9" medium rating.

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I forgot to include my spinning setup 7' Berkley Lightning rod medium with an Abu Garcia Revo S30 and today I just won a *** *** 6:6:1 I don't understand

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Uh O I think the bass bug has bitten him!!!  Your spinning rod set up sound fine.  Since you are new to this game let me suggest some must have lures to begin using. Always have some 4 to 6 inch worms and some good hooks like the Gamakatsu extra wide gaps. Make sure you have some 3 to 5 inch grubs and some Sencos as well.. Baits like Reaction Innovation Skinny Dippers catch fish for me everywhere.  I like to fish them on belly weighted swimbait hooks in 1/8 and 2/18 and 1/4. I also use some swim bait jig heads with the skinny dippers in deeper water.  All of these will work fine on the spinning gear.  For the crankbait rods make sure you have some minnow imitations like Rapala minnows, or other floating diving jerkbaits. Have some jigs and plastic craw trailer  A couple of chatterbaits and spinnerbaits would round out a beginners selection. I would add one more important bait.  A company called .Z Man makes a mushroom head jig called a shroomz head and a 2.5 inch plastic body called a TRD ( stand for the real deal) . The simplest bait to fish. Throw it out let it hit the bottom and just very slightly lift it up and let it fall oh and you better hang on lots of big fish eat these little baits. 

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19 hours ago, timsford said:

I'd just stick with what you have. If you buy anything new I'd look at a medium power spinning combo for lighter baits and finesse stuff. I'd use the 6'6" vendetta with the carbon fire and mono or fluoro for target casting with spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and swim jigs. Also topwater. I'd use the ugly stick elite with either of the other 2 reels and fluoro or mono for cranks and treble hook baits since ugly sticks have a softer tip, and I'd use the hellbent rod for bottom contact like Texas rigs and jigs with fluorocarbon or braid line depending on water clarity and cover.

Thanks for this I won a *** yesterday 6:6:1 and am thinking with everything I already have I might pick up flipping stick in the 7'4 to 7'6 range. Is that a good idea?

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Personally I like a 7-1 or 8-1 for flipping and pitching but you could get away with it. Try finding a rod that would let you flip and frog.

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The tatula 7'4" heavy frog rod is great for frogs, pitching/flipping, and swimbaits, is plenty sensitive for bottom contact with jigs and anything from 1/2-2 oz. Makes a great all around heavy action rod that would complement the rods you already have. Can be found way cheaper than retail also if you look around. The *** you just won doesn't have a lot of line capacity so I'd use it on one of your other rods and use one of the other reels on the heavy rod, unless you use braid on it. 

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so keep the spinning setup for

7' Medium Abu Garcia Revo S30 for soft plastics and tubes with mono or fluorocarbon 

6'6" vendetta with the Lews' Carbon Fire and mono or fluorocarbon for target casting with spinner baits, buzz baits, top water, and swim jigs

7' Ugly Stick elite medium flex with Shimano Curado fluorocarbon or mono for cranks and treble hook baits since ugly sticks have a softer tip,

7'3 MH Hellbent rod for bottom contact like Texas rigs and jigs with *** with fluorocarbon or braid line depending on water clarity and cover.

7'4 Heavy Tatula frog rod with Abu Garcia Revo SX with heavy braided line for flipping dense cover...

 

Does this sound right?

 

I live in Florida so have been using mainly Flourocarbon

 

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I just wanted to thank everyone for the help on this I really appreciate it. As a bass fishing beginner options can be a nightmare from looking at all the different baits and rods and reels. It really helps to have seasoned veterans helping us newbies out.

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