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$300 to spend on a new Jig/Texas Rig rod......

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Currently using a 6'8" MH St. Croix Avid, which I love but I've got the itch for a new rod......

 

I'm a self proclaimed St. Croix and Loomis fanboy but I'm open to other suggestions. I'll be fishing with this rod 90% out of my kayak so would ideally like to stay under or right at 7'1". I'm not opposed to buying used as a lot of my rods I own are gently used that I've gotten for a steal. If buying new I'll buy local or wait until the TW Black Friday sale. I'll more than likely pair the rod with a Curado K or maybe a Curado 70 if I choose one over another K or DC. 

 

So, best Jig/TR rod for $300? Go

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The Orochi XX Perfect Pitch, or if you can find a used Destroyer FMJ for that price, do it.

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Megabass FMJ probably have to go the used route but they are sweet

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I’m in the same position and I’m pretty sure I’m getting a Kistler H3. Have heard nothing but great things about them.

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I like the FMJ and GLX MBR.  They are different but love both for that purpose.  They can be had for 300 used

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I've been using the Dobyns champion XP DC683SF for jigs/trigs, I absolutley love it great rod and I feel every little thing with it.

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5 hours ago, Chris at Tech said:

Kistler H3 7'1" MH/XF

 

The blanks were designed with the help of Gary Loomis, himself, & include his Raw Carbon Design with glass scrim & proven resin system.

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Since your fishing out of a kayak you might out a Dobyns Champion XP DC683 C or a DC684 C depending on what weight baits you want it for. I do not own either of these rods for I like full handle grips. I do own 14 Dobyns Rods & find them a excellent plus will save you a few bucks. I suggest you call them & tell them what you fish out of & what you are looking for in a rod & they will suggest a few rods that they have in your price range. 903 919 8028. Then you can ask around.

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11 hours ago, Chris at Tech said:

Kistler H3 7'1" MH/XF

 

10 hours ago, LonnieP said:

I’m in the same position and I’m pretty sure I’m getting a Kistler H3. Have heard nothing but great things about them.

 

Yeah, I think this is what I want. 

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If it were me I’d probably look at a glx either in the mbr or jwr series. An 843c mbr is suppose to be a wicked stick and the 853 or 854 in the jwr would probably pair up nicely for you as well.

 

kistler is a company I only have 1 rod from, an older rod but it’s great! I’d love to try a new H3 but there hard to find in Canada 

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At $300 for me its really hard to look away from Megabass.

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On 10/28/2018 at 7:22 AM, NHBull said:

I like the FMJ and GLX MBR.  They are different but love both for that purpose.  They can be had for 300 used

I have both as well and would give the nod to the FMJ for bottom contact use.  However, old model GLXs can be found for very good prices on eaby, I have built up a nice little kayak arsenal full of old-model IMX and GLX rods for not a ton of money.  

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On ‎10‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 5:06 AM, Chris at Tech said:

Kistler H3 7'1" MH/XF

This right here.

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7 hours ago, Chance_Taker4 said:

This right here.

  On 10/28/2018 at 4:06 AM, Chris at Tech said:

Kistler H3 7'1" MH/XF

 

x 3

 

FM

 

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21 minutes ago, Fishingmickey said:
  On 10/28/2018 at 4:06 AM, Chris at Tech said:

Kistler H3 7'1" MH/XF

 

x 3

 

FM

 

 

That would be 5 for Kistler 😉

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I happen to have an Orochi XX Tour Versatile for sale...

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13 hours ago, PatrickKnight said:

At $300 for me its really hard to look away from Megabass.

Yeah no doubt!

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You don’t mention what weights you’ll be throwing or to what cover, which for me impacts the decision.  I’d be looking at the appropriate power in either:

 

Kistler Helium 3

Loomis GLX MBR

Megabass Orochi XX

St Croix LTB

 

I own all of them and I like them all, but the Kistler and MB are really tied for my favorites. I love casting with the GLX MBR but it’s reel seat is not as comfortable for pitching as the others. All my MB Orochi are gen 1 models. 

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9 hours ago, kschultz76 said:

You don’t mention what weights you’ll be throwing or to what cover, which for me impacts the decision.  I’d be looking at the appropriate power in either:

 

Kistler Helium 3

Loomis GLX MBR

Megabass Orochi XX

St Croix LTB

 

I own all of them and I like them all, but the Kistler and MB are really tied for my favorites. I love casting with the GLX MBR but it’s reel seat is not as comfortable for pitching as the others. All my MB Orochi are gen 1 models. 

Max weight will more than likely be 3/8 jig plus trailer, light to medium cover more than likely..

 

The Kistler is currently in the lead, wish I could handle one first but don't have any local dealers.

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40 minutes ago, TBAG said:

The Kistler is currently in the lead, wish I could handle one first but don't have any local dealers.

I may be able to help you out.

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Why go off the shelf when for $300 you can have a custom rod biult to your exact requirements using nearly any high end rod blank available.

Tom

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spend a little more and get the MB FMJ. Traded my main NRX jig rod for it, glad i did!

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Megabass, St Croix, G Loomis, Dobyns comprise 95% of my rods. Id look into them before I would buy a Kistler. Just a personal thing.

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