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hey... about 2 years ago i decided i would try finesse fishing, so i purchased a cheap Hank Parker spinning combo from Walmart, it was about $60. I was hesitant about small weight/hook/baits, but as soon as i got used to it, i began catching more fish than ever... i have barely used my casting combos fro the past 2 years, except for pitching heavier cover...

 

so now, i want to get me a decent combo. i used my friends's Pfluenger President / Cabelas Tourney Trail combo, and even though it is rated M same as mine, mine feels softer... his rod felt like it was MH...  i can throw 1/16 splitshots farther with my rod... 

 

i have a 7' M casting Falcon BuCoo Microguide, which last week i spooled with 15# braid and 10# fluoro leader to use as a "heavier finesse" with 3/16 weights. I had good success with it, so i was leaning towards a spinnign BuCoo. 

 

Which other rods i must consider?? Or stay away from them?? i would like it to be M, 1 piece, 7'. I am looking for the most sensibility without breaking the bank. 

 

Thank you, 

 

 

forgot to add, was thinking about pairing it with a Quantum Throttle or Accurist reel, just because i have some Quantum casting reels that i like. But i have not tried a lot of brands, so i am open to suggestions as well. 

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Dobyns Fury spinning rods are popular FR702. I use Major Craft spinning rods and they are well made.

Tom

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For the money the Dobyns Fury is hard to beat. If you want to spend a little more or wait until Black Friday and catch a sale, St. Croix Mojo Bass rods are ridiculously nice for the price point (~$130). 

 

As far as reels go, I’ve never owned a Quantum so I can’t comment there.  However I have used a bunch of Daiwa’s cheaper spinning reels and they’re all great for the money. Again, depending on your budget, I just picked up a Pflueger President XT probably 6 weeks ago. After I took it out the first time I went back the next day and bought a second one for another of my other spinning rods that needed an upgrade. They run about $90 and are really really nice.  

 

Good luck to you. Love researching and looking for new combos. Should be a fun one, there’s nothing like fighting a big bass on lighter spinning gear and light line. 

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thanx! I have been looking at the Mojo bass and looking at the reviews it has, i could definitely spend a little more. I plan on purchasing on Black Friday, so hopefully i can get it at a better price. 

 

Now i just need to pair it with a nice reel... i read good reviews of the Pflueger President. My partner just got this combo from Cabelas with one and it looks nice, i am leaning towards the XT. 

 

 

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On 11/15/2018 at 12:13 AM, zell_pop1 said:

Fenwick 6'9" hmg is in your price range.

ML is $91.95 with free shipping from Glen's Army Navy.  1/8-5/8 oz. 6-12 lb.  I like my HMGs.

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Wait for black Friday and get the Dobyns Fury 702 from tackle warehouse. And a great reel to go with it is a Daiwa Fuego lt or Sjilamo Nasci!

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On 11/12/2018 at 7:06 PM, (='_'=) said:

 

 

i have a 7' M casting Falcon BuCoo Microguide, which last week i spooled with 15# braid and 10# fluoro leader to use as a "heavier finesse" with 3/16 weights. I had good success with it, so i was leaning towards a spinnign BuCoo. 

 

I have 3 of the falcon spinning rods, Med. action. 2 have micro guides,1 regular guide. All 7ft. They are very well built rods. I use them for dropshot/splitshot.  They are the (Trap caster) models. Heck, i even use them for ned fishin. 

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Rods that I currently have and use for drop shot, split shot, ned rig, and other light line, light wire exposed hook techniques are:

 

Dobyns Fury 702

 

Fenwick HMX 7' ML

 

Daiwa Aird X 7' M

 

Each rod is excellent. The Dobyn's is the best built, best balanced but is about $20 outside your quoted price range. The current gen. Fenwick HMX is a real sleeper series that doesn't get much love, for $79 I like it better than the last couple gen's. of HMX rods, and WAY better than other pure fishing offerings in that price range (Abu Vendetta). The Aird X, while a M power rod, fishes more like a ML, and the entire Aird X line has replaced the Berkley Lightning Rod Shock's in my arsenal as the "best bang for the buck" budget rods.

 

FWIW, I am liking the Fury series SOO much that IMHO it's worth the extra couple bucks. Next season, the Fury's (and my custom built rods) will be what's in my boat all the time and everything else will be regulated to back up/loaner duty, or just sold off to buy more Fury's.

 

 

 

 

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https://www.americanlegacyfishing.com/daiwa-dxw-walleye-spinning-rods.html

 

The Daiwa DXW Walleye rods have been on close out for a while now and I picked up one of the ML ones a few months ago to use for panfishing.  It is very light and very fast and I have used it with pretty good success DSing small plastics with an 1/8oz weight.  The sensitivity isn't mind blowing, but I can feel the weight on the bottom and tell when it is getting caught up in muck.  But, the tip is so light that I can see most hits before I feel anything.  At full price I think there are better options but at $50 I am very very happy with it.  If the M model has the same taper as the ML I think it would make a good DS rod. 

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Let me try to put this topic of spinning rod for drop or split shot into perspective.

When I 1st used a split shot rig for bass my rod and reel was a  6' rod trout rod with Zebco Cardinal 3 reel using 6# Trilene XL line and caught lots bass in the 70's.

When my son started fishing I made up a 5' trout rod with Zebco Omega trigger Spincast reel combo a 6 year old could easily cast and he caught lots of split shot bass. In the early 80's. 

You don't need state of the art rod and reels for split shot or drop shot presentations to catch bass.

When my son was 10 he wanted to fish charity tournaments so I bought a Shimano Stratic 1000 at a fund raising auction and 6'6"  Phenix Split Shot spinning rod, big upgrade from his 5' trout rod and Spincast reel. He fast became a better split shot angler then his dad, so I fished jigs while he caught limits of tournament bass back seating me. Good quality spinning reels and rods will improve your catch rate per hour over budget tackle, plus you will not lose bigger bass. 

My son is now 35 and still uses his original Stratic 1000 reel and Phenix rod now 25 years old! Quality makes a difference.

Tom

 

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thanx for your input!!

 

So after some thought and reading your comments, i decided towards a St Croix Mojo Bass. Dicks is having a 25% off sitewide, so I will get it there. 

 

Now, should i go with the 6'10" Medium Light Extra fast, or the 7'1" Medium Fast? St Croix mentions the 6'10" for drop shot/finesse, so i was thinking about picking that one. I normally use 1/8 and 3/16 drop shot weight, and 1/16 split shot weights, so i need something that will cast light lures easily. My current spinning rod is very soft, labeled M but i dont know the action. I would like something similar. I am looking for more sensitivity, castability and overall performance i am very happy with that cheap rod. 

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