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im torn between getting a lightning shock rod or a ugly stick lite pro just cause of the more moderate action of them. I need something under $50 I can throw square bills, shallow cranks, etc. what do you guys suggest? oh and its going to be used with a baitcaster too.

 

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I'd imagine between those rods at that price range either will be fine.  Though I have no experience with either. 

 

But look at Tackle Warehouses sale before you pull the trigger they have Powell Diesels marked down to $45 including the glass cranking rods. I've heard good things, but never used one myself. Might be a good value option for you if you're not opposed to glass. 

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Smart man. Don't need expensive rods for cranking. Just find the power/action that makes you happy and enjoy.

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I picked up an Abu Garcia Vigilante 7' MM from walmart for 30 bucks not long ago.Id check there before shelling out more.Your

right it doesnt have to be expensive.My crank setup is the cheapest of all my builds.

6 minutes ago, Jeff H said:

Smart man. Don't need expensive rods for cranking. Just find the power/action that makes you happy and enjoy.

 

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ai own and fish with a bunch of more expensive rods. Two of those include a Falcon Bucoo and an Irod, both are used for crankbaits. I also use two Berkley Lightning Shock rods for cranks. In the fall the stripers leave the main Chesapeake Bay and enter the tidal rivers. Iti s at that time I can go catch them with my aluminum bass boat. I need 4 crankbait rods on the deck in order to fish different brands of traps. I fish some  Rattle Traps, Red Eye  Shads, some one knocker  XCaliburs, and even some Cotton Cordells, and they differ in weight as well.  Those two Berkley shock rods do just as well as any of the other two rods so that would be my suggestion. Get a 6'6" Medium mod Lightning Rod Shock.  For less than $60 it is your best choice.

If you can double your budget than I would go with a Dobyns Fury 705CB, but that is not what you asked about. 

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I have a Kvd tour that I picked up on amazon that I really like.  It's a moderate/mh....price was awesome to!

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With a little searching you can find options in that area.

While many speak highly for the ugly stick, I disagree.

Way to much of a noodle for me.

While I don't  think you need to spend a lot for a crankbait, if you pass on that next case of beer, the dobyns becomes affordable ?

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try the flea market page here there are always good deals.

 

between the rods you mentioned i would go with the lightning over the ugly stick.

 

if tacklewarehouse is having a sale you can find good deals there as well.

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To add to the thread, and I hate saying this, but my BPS Crankin Stick is just as good as my G. Loomis crankbait rod.

 

Go figure. :P:P

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I haven't used those personally but I researched rods a lot before I bought my furys.  I don't think you can go wrong with the Lightning shock rods.  They get recommended a lot and they feel great in hand.

 

When trying to stay under a budget, always check the good deal thread on the tackle forum.  It has saved me a ton! 

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now for the lightning rod shock. do you guys think that's too stuff of a tip for crank baits? I'm not one to set the hook very hard as we don't have huge bass here that give a good fight and 90% of the time when they bite it its good enough.

 

I went to 2 Walmart's and 2 dicks sporting goods looking at rods and checked out the ugly stick lite pro and they had some good bend to them but still a little heavy and IMO heavier than the gx2. found a rhino rod that is similar to ugly sticks and about the same weight for $24. the shocks in medium felt stiff to me but what do I know I've never owned anything but ugly sticks. also looked at the abu Garcia vengeance. if you guys say lightning shock in medium is okay I will pick one up this week.

 

I don't know how I'm going to like baitcasters so looking for something to get started with the reel I was given.

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Don't overlook the Berkley amp.  It was my first casting rod and I got it about a year or a little more ago.  It was $20 shipped from FFO tackle and I bought it because I wanted something the use before I had a nice squarebill/lipless setup.  It's a 6' 6'' M/MF.  I set it up with a daiwa lexa 100 hs (got it on sale for $75) and it cast very well.  Then I switched the daiwa out for a abu Garcia silver max, as I needed a fast reel on my spinnerbait rod. 

 

The AMP and the silver max are a killer combo in my experience and I still use it as my go-to baitcasting setup for pond fishing. In fact, I caught two decent bass with it yesterday.  With 10 to 12 pound mono, you can really get good distance.  The rod is as sensitive as I need it to be and it will definitely be enough for somebody just getting started in bass fishing.  The components seem to be of good quality too.  I have had zero major failures with it in the 12 to 14 months I have used it.  No issues with the cork, reel seat, guides, or any other parts.  The only things that have broken are the small decorative accents (like a little plastic Berkley logo that was glued to the reel seat that cracked and popped off.  Only a cosmetic issue). 

 

I think that this rod is a good option if you want to start fishing with BC gear on a budget.  I have had nothing but good luck with it and it seems like it will continue to perform.  I have caught about 30 bass on it and I can tell you that the rod is plenty sensitive and has enough backbone to set the hook without need for concern.  I use mine for squarebills and topwaters, but also use jerkbaits and spinnerbaits on it from time to time.  It has done its job for all of them.

 

A $20 rod doesn't sound like much of an investment, but I think that this rod is one you should look at if you're beginning or even if you want a canoe/kayak or even as a loaner rod.  And with a decent reel, you'll have a setup you can use for a while.  Even if you didn't want to buy it as a long-term rig, its a cool rod to have ntil you can get a quality upgrade and use it as a backup after.  In theory, you an have a bulletproof setup for about $75 (rod, reel, line, and even a lure) that will get you some experience and will not fail you like other cheap options will. 

 

Good luck in your search and hope you get on some fish

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So I took the Vengeance out for the first time today.Before I even put it in the car I looked down and noticed the hook keeper was falling out of the wrap.I pulled it out and hooked to the reel.It fished fine and wasn't uncomfortable to fish with.I will say I don't really care for the full EVA grip aesthetically.But seems to be worth the 20-30 you can get them for.

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1 hour ago, MassBassin508 said:

So I took the Vengeance out for the first time today.Before I even put it in the car I looked down and noticed the hook keeper was falling out of the wrap.I pulled it out and hooked to the reel.It fished fine and wasn't uncomfortable to fish with.I will say I don't really care for the full EVA grip aesthetically.But seems to be worth the 20-30 you can get them for.

$20-30? cheapest ive seen is $50

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3 minutes ago, ohihunter2014 said:

$20-30? cheapest ive seen is $50

I paid 30 for my vengeance at Wal-Mart

You can find the vendetta for 50 there too.

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7 minutes ago, MassBassin508 said:

I paid 30 for my vengeance at Wal-Mart

You can find the vendetta for 50 there too.

man wish I lived in Mass. I went to 2 Walmart's the last few days and all normal price. I might have to tick off the sporting goods people by calling every few days like I did when ammo was hard to find. :)

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