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I am primarily a bank fisherman but will be purchasing a float tube this winter. I fish ponds and small lakes. I am looking into some new setups for next year and am not sure of what to buy. 

 

What i have:

-6’6 MH rod (tourney special)

-abu silver max reel

-cheap spinning combo

-6wt fly rod

 

What should I get next? I have a $200 budget to use on setups. Should I get more than one setup or just one? I would like to replace the spinning and get another baitcaster for under budget.

 

Thanks! 

 

(I am new to the multiple setup game so if you could list the purpose of each (what lures) that would be great)

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There are 2 reasons for multi setups... The most obvious is more setups--less lure changing. The second reason is matching the tackle to the technique. You are being too vague and have a lot to learn. I would take that $200 and get a good MH rod. This will cover most situations. You will have the sensitivity needed to feel the light bites on weightless worms, ned rigs, dropshots etc as well has have some backbone to throw some moderately heavy lures. Read the stickies in the tackle section. Read the stickies in here especially "What is the best rod". I started with the Dobyns Fury 734, but if I was stopping there for awhile I would go for the 705 Fury and spend the rest on a baitcaster of your choosing. Maybe sell your stuff if you don't like it and get the 734 and a good Medium spinning setup for the light work.

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Save more money. Shimano Exage with a Tatula SV TWS would be a long time rod. Or buy the reel and strap it on whatever that rod was up there. Don't buy cheaper gear for the sake of having gear. Look on Criagslist for rods. 

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Original Diawa Tatula rod 7'2" Med-Heavy Regular action on line if you dig for $99 and Lews Tournament MB 7.5 speed reel on EBay for $99.  Done.  Very good quality setup that will be versatile,  sensitive, and last a long time.  

 

2 bucks left for a cup of coffee.

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2 hours ago, LionHeart said:

Original Diawa Tatula rod 7'2" Med-Heavy Regular action on line if you dig for $99 and Lews Tournament MB 7.5 speed reel on EBay for $99.  Done.  Very good quality setup that will be versatile,  sensitive, and last a long time.  

 

2 bucks left for a cup of coffee.

I love my Tatula rods, but that regular action will not be great in a float tube unless you are fishing with exposed hooks. I am in a kayak and even with braid (no stretch) when I try to set the hook my kayak moves forward and I cant set the hook as well. I started using fast actions for anything requiring a good hook set and it has worked out much better for me.

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I just recently upgraded my gear. I really have no experience with high end gear but the new set ups I have so far seem to be good midrange gear for the weekend warrior. The spinning setup is a bass pro carbonlite 2 medium fast with a Shimano nasci reel $220 for both and I really like it so far. The casting also a carbonlite 2 medium heavy fast with a Shimano currado, bass pro has a combo deal for $269 for this one and I love it. Again I’m no pro and these are my first 2 setups into the next level of quality and I feel they are hard to beat at that price point. That’s my 2 cents from one weekend warrior to another. 

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As a fellow bank angler let me share some thoughts with you.

 

Until you know which techniques and lures you prefer, I would recommend sticking with versatile set ups.

 

So in general terms a 7ft spinning Rod, medium power, fast action with a reel that offers smooth drag.

 

A second set up that offers versatility is a 7ft casting rod, medium heavy, fast action with a solid smooth reel.

 

Shimano, Daiwa, Pflueger, Abu Garcia, etc.make good reels. Rods are very personal, I personally prefer St Croix and some Fenwick's. 

 

As an example, my two most versatile and favorite set ups are a St Croix Mojo 6'8" m-xf spinning Rod with a Pflueger president xt 30 reel with 10lb yellow braid to 8lb fluorocarbon leader mainly for smaller soft plastics,drop shot,Texas rigged worms,senkos,etc. The second is a St Croix Avid X casting rod, 6'6" mh-f with a Daiwa Fuego CT with 30lb yellow braid to a 15lb fluorocarbon leader mainly for jigs,creaturebaits,chatterbaits,frogs,etc. I can cover all of what techniques I prefer with these two set ups. 

 

YMMV, for me it works out great. 

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Fellow bank angler here also. I usually only bring 3 setups with me in the truck. 

 

1) 7’1 mhf, abu garcia revo x 6.6:1, 30# braid. I use this set up for weightless senkos, texas rigged soft plastics, smaller jigs, soft plastic swimbaits. This one is my do it all kind of rod but most times i use it for plastics. 

 

2) 6’6 medium spinning combo with 8# mono. I use it for small plastics, top waters. Its an older pfleuger combo but this was the setup i used for a long time before i started using baitcasters.

 

3) 7’ heavy fast, daiwa feugo 8.1:1, 65# braid. This one is used for frogs and jigs.

 

i fish mostly in and around grass down here in florida so these setups work for me because most times in the mornings im frogging over some pads or grass and as the sun comes up i switched to texas rigged worms or creature baits and fish the cover. I hardly use my spinning setup but carry it in the truck just in case. 

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