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So I found a lews American hero combo on clearance for 38 bucks. Had to pull the trigger. 

 

So now I have 2 reels and 3 rods. 

American Hero reel  has 10lb. Flouro. 

Carbon Blue reel has 30 lb. Braid

 

6’10” Medium Heavy Carbon Blue rod

6’6” Medium Heavy American Hero rod

7” Medium Vengeance rod 

 

What would be the best way to set them up and what should I throw on each? Is 10 lb. flouro appropriate or should I invest in some other line?

 

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First, I would buy a third reel, even if it's a Black Max or a cheaper Kast King. Having three rods that are ready to can be really nice.

 

I would throw 10lb or 12lb copoly on the 7' Medium vengeance rod and use it for soft plastics, and anything with treble hooks. You can also fish spinnerbaits and bladed jigs up to 3/8oz and smaller on this rod.

 

I would then load the American Hero rod and reel with 14 - 17 lb mono or fluoro whichever you prefer and use it for 3/8oz and larger spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, jigs in open water etc.

 

Then step up to 40 or 50lb braid for better casting on the Carbon Blue. I find casting 40lb to be much easier, but 50lb braid to be the ideal diameter. You can use this for frogs, jigs in heavier cover etc. and you can also tie on a 10lb or 12lb leader to fish a t-rigged senko.

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1 hour ago, Boomstick said:

First, I would buy a third reel, even if it's a Black Max or a cheaper Kast King. Having three rods that are ready to can be really nice.

 

I would throw 10lb or 12lb copoly on the 7' Medium vengeance rod and use it for soft plastics, and anything with treble hooks. You can also fish spinnerbaits and bladed jigs up to 3/8oz and smaller on this rod.

 

I would then load the American Hero rod and reel with 14 - 17 lb mono or fluoro whichever you prefer and use it for 3/8oz and larger spinnerbaits and chatterbaits, jigs in open water etc.

 

Then step up to 40 or 50lb braid for better casting on the Carbon Blue. I find casting 40lb to be much easier, but 50lb braid to be the ideal diameter. You can use this for frogs, jigs in heavier cover etc. and you can also tie on a 10lb or 12lb leader to fish a t-rigged senko.

I do have another reel but it’s my girlfriends, so whatever rod I don’t use is going to her. So I’m working with 2 combos and she will get 1. 

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1 minute ago, Zab34 said:

I do have another reel but it’s my girlfriends, so whatever rod I don’t use is going to her. So I’m working with 2 combos and she will get 1. 

In that case, give her the American Hero combo and keep the Carbon Blue for yourself. Assuming you're fishing together, you can always trade when you both want to try something different anyway.

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She uses a left hand retrieve. So swapping doesn’t work out as well. 

 

She he has an ultra max reel to use, just wondering if I would be better served with a medium and medium heavy. Vs having two medium heavy combos. 

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27 minutes ago, Zab34 said:

She uses a left hand retrieve. So swapping doesn’t work out as well. 

 

She he has an ultra max reel to use, just wondering if I would be better served with a medium and medium heavy. Vs having two medium heavy combos. 

Left hand.... She's a smart girl! I would take 2 MH combos all day long. 

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22 minutes ago, Zab34 said:

She’s right handed and uses a left. I’m left handed and use use right. Sooooo. 

The most "natural" way to go.  :) Welcome to BR. 

 

I'd best guess that the 6'6" rod would probably have a more light saber like and "lighter" feel and I'd bet she'd choose that one. With that said, I'd let her decide which MH rod she feels most comfortable with give her that one.

 

 

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