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If you had to start over from the beginning and had $300 to get a new rod and reel what would it be? Personally I'd get an AlX Zolo and a daiwa Tatula ct type r. 

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Must be too cold to fish.  Lot of "what if" threads.  :D

 

I like your choices.  Sound good to me.

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9 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

Must be too cold to fish.  Lot of "what if" threads.  :D

 

I like your choices.  Sound good to me.

What would you choose? I'm not in the market for a new rod and reel. I'm just curious what the more experienced folks would choose if they had to start from scratch.

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Starting over I'd pair alx or dobyns rods with tatula ct's. 

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Kast King/Ugly stick, and a visit to Ruth Chris...

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42 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

What would you choose? I'm not in the market for a new rod and reel. I'm just curious what the more experienced folks would choose if they had to start from scratch.

Like I said...I like your choices.  You said "new" so that means current production rods and reels.  I haven't used my Deputy ($175 sale price) enough to say so, but would put this rod with my make believe $300 combo.  That and a Tatula CT would leave me with enough money left over for line and a couple lures.

 

An alternate combo would be a Villain 2.0 (can be found under $160) combined with a Supreme XT (Walmart had for $115 plus tax (LH...I bought last one :teeth:) and ebay has a RH for $90...new in 6.4 ratio).  So still enough $$$ for line and a couple lures.

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  St. Croix Mojo Bass 7'1" MH/F with a Daiwa Fuego CT100H. For the way I fish, nothing under $450 could touch it.  jj

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13 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

Like I said...I like your choices.  You said "new" so that means current production rods and reels.  I haven't used my Deputy ($175 sale price) enough to say so, but would put this rod with my make believe $300 combo.  That and a Tatula CT would leave me with enough money left over for line and a couple lures.

 

An alternate combo would be a Villain 2.0 (can be found under $160) combined with a Supreme XT (Walmart had for $115 plus tax (LH...I bought last one :teeth:) and ebay has a RH for $90...new in 6.4 ratio).  So still enough $$$ for line and a couple lures.

I see you tried out a Supreme XT. Good reel!

 

I own a few rod and reel combos that I paid $300 (a couple of them may have exceeded $300 slightly, but not by much). And I'd buy them all again. I'm definitely not the most experienced on the forums, but I've had good luck with them all and rarely lose fish.

 

Daiwa Tatula 6'10" MH/F and a Tatula SV 7.1:1

Daiwa Tatula 7'2" glass MH/R and a Tatula SV 6.3:1

Daiwa Tatula 7' glass M/R and a Tatula SV 6.3:1

St Croix Mojo Bass 7' MH/MF (spinnerbait) and a Pflueger Supreme XT (for my youngest son)

St Croix Mojo Bass 6'8" M/XF (topwater) and a Pflueger

St Croix Avid X 6'9" ML/XF spinning rod and a Daiwa BG 2000

 

I also bought my oldest son a Dobyns Sierra 704C with a Shimano Curado K. That ran around $350 but paired with a Tatula CT would put it right at $300. That's a nice rod for soft plastics and jigs!

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With no hesitation I would get the Lew’s Custom Black combo. $279

 

https://m.dickssportinggoods.com/p/lews-team-lews-custom-black-baitcasting-combo-18lewutmlwscstmblcoma/18lewutmlwscstmblcoma

 

First baitcaster combo from Lew’s that features an aluminum frame reel. I am anxious to see how that vibration transfer ring on the rod works. 

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10 hours ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

I'll take my combo and head to Taco bell. 

Yuk, make sure they don't put any romaine on that chalupa.

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For $300 I would try to find an old model 3-power Loomis MBR or CR IMX rod on ebay and a used Alphas to go on it. 

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10 hours ago, Boomstick said:

I see you tried out a Supreme XT. Good reel!

 

I own a few rod and reel combos that I paid $300 (a couple of them may have exceeded $300 slightly, but not by much). And I'd buy them all again. I'm definitely not the most experienced on the forums, but I've had good luck with them all and rarely lose fish.

 

Daiwa Tatula 6'10" MH/F and a Tatula SV 7.1:1

Daiwa Tatula 7'2" MH/R and a Tatula SV 6.3:1

Daiwa Tatula 7' M/R and a Tatula SV 6.3:1

St Croix Mojo Bass 7' MH/MF (spinnerbait) and a Pflueger Supreme XT (for my youngest son)

St Croix Mojo Bass 6'8" M/XF (topwater) and a Pflueger

St Croix Avid X 6'9" ML/XF spinning rod and a Daiwa BG 2000

 

I also bought my oldest son a Dobyns Sierra 704C with a Shimano Curado K. That ran around $350 but paired with a Tatula CT would put it right at $300. That's a nice rod for soft plastics and jigs!

Hey!  I have those 3 Tatula rods.  You should add the 7' MLR to your collection.  1/4-5/8 oz. rating.

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2 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

Hey!  I have those 3 Tatula rods.  You should add the 7' MLR to your collection.  1/4-5/8 oz. rating.

Oh, I forgot to mention the 7'2" MH/R and 7' M/R are glass.

 

Is the 7' ML/R basically a medium from other companies? Daiwa's MH's are like MH+, the M's are like many companies MH's...

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On 12/1/2018 at 11:21 AM, Boomstick said:

Oh, I forgot to mention the 7'2" MH/R and 7' M/R are glass.

 

Is the 7' ML/R basically a medium from other companies? Daiwa's MH's are like MH+, the M's are like many companies MH's...

As you know there are no standards.  The rating is 1/4-5/8 oz.  This makes it more a Medium in my mind.  (My Medium Falcons are all 1/4-1/2 oz.)  I feel a ML should handle 1/8 oz.  I have only used 5/16 and 3/8 oz. on it so far.  I went crazy last winter.  The few times I got out this year was spent trying out new rods I had purchased. A custom finesse casting rod didn't get tried.  Then I bought a couple more this past summer that haven't had a reel put on them yet.

 

I don't have any of the glass models.  I really like my Tatulas and feel you can't get a better rod for the money. (Haven't tried a Fury yet.)  I'd have to put the Smallmouth Elite Techs right there too....if they were still available.

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10 hours ago, new2BC4bass said:

As you know there are no standards.  The rating is 1/4-5/8 oz.  This makes it more a Medium in my mind.  (My Medium Falcons are all 1/4-1/2 oz.)  I feel a ML should handle 1/8 oz.  I have only used 5/16 and 3/8 oz. on it so far.  I went crazy last winter.  The few times I got out this year was spent trying out new rods I had purchased. A custom finesse casting rod didn't get tried.  Then I bought a couple more this past summer that haven't had a reel put on them yet.

 

I don't have any of the glass models.  I really like my Tatulas and feel you can't get a better rod for the money. (Haven't tried a Fury yet.)  I'd have to put the Smallmouth Elite Techs right there too....if they were still available.

That summarizes my thoughts exactly!

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