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I am looking to buy my first baitcaster rod and reel this summer and looking for suggestions on what brand yall would recommend. I am not looking to spend a ton of money but will spend a decent amount if i have to on a good rod. Any suggestions yall have would be greatly appreciate it.  Thank You 

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A ton of money is not very specific to me a ton would be around a grand but 4-500 for a nice set up is reasonable which I know to some seems like a ton.  If u are looking to stay at the bottom end of the spectrum say the 2-250 range take a look at dobyns fury shimano exage or Powell rods all can be had for 100-150.  As for reels I'm a lews fan take a look at the tournament mb they retail for 139 but can be found cheaper elsewhere.  Another reel a lot of guys on here race about is the daiwa tatula

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1) Go to BPS

2) find the house brand in your budget meeting your needs

3) compare the feel and features of this one to the model above and below the one within your budget (there is about a $25 difference between models +/-sale prices)

4) buy the one that you feel best about

5) repeat with the matching reel

 

I think a carbonlite rod and the last generation carbonlite reel can be had for about $200. Buy a good fluorocarbon (housebrand or invisx). Take 5 minutes to learn how the reel sets up the various cast control aids and enjoy.

 

Dave

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The new Phenix Recon Elite line is super nice. I always loved the blank on the original and the second model but the components were kind of junk. They are just nice all around now.

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