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I’m going to buy my first baitcasting rod, I wanted one high quality setup for everything at first but now I think I’d rather have a few than just one. I’d be fine spending $120(including $50 Bass Pro Gift cards) on a rod. I looked in store but nothing really caught my eye, I’m looking for a basic multipurpose rod specifically at BPS, most likely MHF. Any suggestions? 

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What about the carbon light 2.0 rods? They feel nice in hand. So does the Fenwick HMG, but I haven't fished either of them. 

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Not much to choose from at BPS. I think they sell the Mojo Bass rod which is a good rod for the money.

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6 minutes ago, LonnieP said:

Not much to choose from at BPS. I think they sell the Mojo Bass rod which is a good rod for the money.

I can switch them to Cabela’s

 

18 minutes ago, LCG said:

What about the carbon light 2.0 rods? They feel nice in hand. So does the Fenwick HMG, but I haven't fished either of them. 

I’ve heard good things but I’m iffy about buying a house brand rod.

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For $120 (and sometimes less on sale) my first and favorite baitcaster rod is the StC PC66MF. For me it's the "do everything" baitcaster for freshwater bass fishing. It's said that StC is a little heavier power compared to other brands so it may be more like other brands' medium heavy, or something inbetween. If you really want MH, I second @LonnieP's rec for the Mojo Bass. It's built on a higher modulus blank. I have it in the 6'8 MHF flavor (MJC68MHF) and really like it for heavier duty applications. Great quality rod for not crazy money. Well not too crazy anyway ;)

 

 

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37 minutes ago, TylerT123 said:

I can switch them to Cabela’s

 

I’ve heard good things but I’m iffy about buying a house brand rod.

Nothing wrong with house rods.  Cabelas Tournament ZX rods are excellent for the money and go on sale for $ 80 often.  Never tried BPS rods though

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22 minutes ago, LionHeart said:

Nothing wrong with house rods.  Cabelas Tournament ZX rods are excellent for the money and go on sale for $ 80 often.  Never tried BPS rods though

The Cabela's Fish Eagle II rods with 38-million modulus, CX2 IM6 graphite blanks... some of the best ever made...

 

 

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1 hour ago, LionHeart said:

Nothing wrong with house rods.  Cabelas Tournament ZX rods are excellent for the money and go on sale for $ 80 often.  Never tried BPS rods though

I’m a little concerned about quality and warranty though.

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5 hours ago, greentrout said:

The Cabela's Fish Eagle II rods with 38-million modulus, CX2 IM6 graphite blanks... some of the best ever made...

 

 

 

Let's keep this quiet. 

 

True words though.  Do you know who manufactured them?  I've heard rumors.

4 hours ago, TylerT123 said:

I’m a little concerned about quality and warranty though.

 

Unless things have changed, Cabelas has one of the best warranty programs you can find.  Maybe someone more familiar with them recently could correct me.  

 

On your budget and desire to pick up multiple rods, I'd check out Cabelas over BPS if you look at house brands.  I've fished the ZX jig and worm a bit and it's a nice rod, especially when on sale.  Biggest thing I noticed about it is the rubber Winn grips, performance wise otherwise certainly felt a bit nicer than a $100 rod.

 

Check out Fenwick too.  I have the AETOS and HMX spinning rods that are very nice for their price point, very light.  I'd imagine the same goes for their casting rods.  

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5 hours ago, TylerT123 said:

I’m a little concerned about quality and warranty though.

I'd say the quality is on par if not better than many $100 rods, and they have a lifetime warranty.  I have returned many items to Cabelas and it has always been painless.

 

I usually take 4 rods when I go out unless I'm on the bank, and a Cabelas ZX Spinner bait and Swim Jig rod is one of them.  

 

It is rated 1/4-5/8 oz., and while I don't regularly recommend exceeding lure ratings, I'd not hesitate to throw 3/4 oz. on this rod.  It has a decent backbone with a nice tip.

 

My only gripes would be that I don't really care for white fishing rods (but whatever), and they don't exactly have premium guides (although they have never given me any cause for concern).

 

If you can catch them on sale, it be difficult to find a better rod for $80.  If you want to spend your full budget, I'm sure you've already heard of the Diawa Original Tatula rods.  You can get them on EBay for $100. I have a 7'2" MH, and it is absolutely fantastic.  Very sensitive and well made rod no doubt about it.

 

This option won't let you use the gift card, but trust me, those things spend themselves.

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Check out the St. Croix Mojo and the St. Croix Premier Crankbait Rod versions. A bit softer tip. 

 

They don't break the bank and I think you'll like them for Crankbait fishing. Just a thought. Two rods I thought were good purchases. 

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I'm a fan lately of favorite rods, but a buddy of mine just bought the carbonlite 2.0 7'6" heavy and I had a chance to compare the carbonlite and my favorite defender 7'6" heavy. I have to admit that I was super impressed.

 

If favorite manufacturing quality crapped out tomorrow they would be on my radar for sure. 

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6 hours ago, puddlepuncher said:

 

True words though.  Do you know who manufactured them?  I've heard rumors.

What have you heard? The foregrip and composite cork looks familiar...

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