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The best baitcasting combo for 200$?

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I get asked all the time what the best baitcasting combo is for a serious fisherman that doesn't want to break the bank.  My suggestion is always a duckett ghost with a lews mb.  I myself would like to know other people's opinions.  I think it would be cool for people to see all the baitcasting combos for under 200$.  Comment below what you personal think is the best.

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Do you work at a tackle shop or is there something else that draws people to you with this particular question?

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I have a YouTube channel and instagram and a lot of my buddies ask me it all the time.

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Original Tatula rod with original Tatula reel.  Just under $205.  New of course.  Used the field opens up a bit.  Never used a Duckett rod so I don't know how good they are.  The Lew's Tournament MB is pretty darn nice though.

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37 minutes ago, Cha said:

I have a YouTube channel and instagram and a lot of my buddies ask me it all the time.

I think it's a fair question, especially for my sake as I'm looking to upgrade from my AG Black Max around Christmas, or luck out on a sweet Black Friday deal. 

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This is a simple question to answer.  I always suggest finding a new Daiwa Exceler ($70) or Daiwa Tatula ( for around $100) and pick any Dobyns Fury rod. These run $110.   It all just depends which model Fury they want. If this is for someone buying their first baitcaster then I suggest the most versatile rod for them is a Fury 704C although the FR 703C is a close second. 

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Lew's® Tournament MB or the Daiwa Tatula and the Fenwick® AETOS have been excellent combinations for me. Of course you will have to catch one or both on sale to get in under the $200 most likely.

For something a little easier to find under $200 I also use the Lew's® Speed Spool and Fenwick® HMG rods with no issues what so ever. 

All 3 reels above have aluminum frames and well documented history of being quality products from quality companies. As for the Fenwick rods I started using them a while back and with the sales they had it just made them a easier choice. To date I haven't had any issues or complaints with any of them. 

 

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6 minutes ago, S. Sass said:

Lew's® Tournament MB or the Daiwa Tatula and the Fenwick® AETOS have been excellent combinations for me. Of course you will have to catch one or both on sale to get in under the $200 most likely.

In fact, this is quite doable:

http://www.americanlegacyfishing.com/daiwa-tatula-100h-casting-reels.html

http://www.ffo-tackle.com/ffo-rods-casting/fenwick-aetos-casting/FFOM1365054.html

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3 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

It is a excellent combination. I have one Daiwa Tatula on one of my Aetos rods and really cant complain its a work horse. I just prefer the Lews Tournament MB ever so slightly over the Tatula. Its slightly lighter and slightly stronger drag and the MB feels a little more comfortable to me. 

 

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Just now, S. Sass said:

It is a excellent combination. I have one Daiwa Tatula on one of my Aetos rods and really cant complain its a work horse. I just prefer the Lews Tournament MB ever so slightly over the Tatula. 

I have both reels, too.  I spent the last summer with the Tournament MB...what a great reel. I got it at Manventureoutpost.com for a little over 100 (comes in and out of stock -- check in regularly). Would be very happy to get another the next time I need a reel.

The Tatula I just got a month ago, and haven't fished with it properly (and probably won't until late march/early apr). VERY smooth, easy to dial in, Really good distance (testing in backyard). I have high hopes. I have both reels sitting on elite tech smallmouth rods right now....I'm sure they would be as good or better on an Aetos.

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Without a doubt a Tatula CT and a Tatula rod. Can be had on EBay or Amazon for under $200.

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