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Hey everyone, fairly new to bass resource. Been checking in here a lot as you guys have such great info and now I’m looking for some advice. And a couple questions.

 

Im looking to complete my arsenal by adding a versatile spinning set up. I’d like to be able to use this rod for small topwater on occasion, senko’s, neko rig, smaller-mid size tubes, smaller jerk baits. Most lakes I fish I fish 20’ and up, but unfortunately the one lake I fish annual pretty hard is down to 55’+. 

 

My first question here is what makes a good tube rod as I don’t fish tubes currently and have been told I’m missing out big time.

 

second is what makes a good ned rig rod? Or so that a much lighter technique I can cover with my dropshot set up?

 

last question along with what do you recommend, is should I be looking into something a little longer or sticking around the 7’ mark?

 

Considering a st. Croix ltb or legend elite 7’ range or 7’6”, daiwa tatula elite 7’1 or 7’4 ags guides, shimano zodias 7’ range

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I've got technique specific rods for my drop shot, tube, jerkbait, and ned rig/spybait. They all require their own specific action, power, and length. But if I were trying to combine those all into one a, 7 foot medium fast would do the trick. It would be pretty nice to have the 7 foot medium fast Daiwa steez AGS as my only spinning rod. 

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I would recommend the new Daiwa Tatula bass rod series. The 6'8" medium with a Tatula LT 3000 (shallow spool version) would be able to do everything great. It's so light and balanced as a rig you will love it. It's a very sensitive rod and is really well made. To me it's much more comfortable than the Elite Series because of the handle, and IMO way better looking. I would save the money. I also have 3 St Croix LTB rods which I love, but this rig has blown me away.

It's designed to be an all around rod and it is. My 2 cents.

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I really like all of my St. Croix spinning rods. 

 

Versatility, sort of a rod's version of a "jack of all trades, master of none (well, actually mastering a few!)": a Medium power for spinning rods qualifies as the one power I think is the most versatile.

 

A Shimano Stradic Ci4+ in a 3000 series is a fabulous reel.

 

Rod length, to me, depends on where and how you are fishing. Likely the most versatile length would be 6'6' to 7'0".

 

Brad

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Welcome aboard!

 

I'd agree with others on a Medium being most versatile. Length is up to

you. I don't fish anything over 6'6", personal preference.

 

And of the brands you list, I've only got experience with St. Croix LTB/W,

as I own the 6'3" MLXF (walleye version of LT series). It's no longer that

length, thanks to a stupid mistake on my part. :rolleyes:

 

But the Tatula rods get a lot of love here.

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1 hour ago, DubyaDee said:

I've got technique specific rods for my drop shot, tube, jerkbait, and ned rig/spybait. They all require their own specific action, power, and length. But if I were trying to combine those all into one a, 7 foot medium fast would do the trick. It would be pretty nice to have the 7 foot medium fast Daiwa steez AGS as my only spinning rod. 

Awesome thank you! What makes a good tube specific rod? And the difference that of the ned rig rod? One lighter or longer then the other?

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What's your budget?  

I agree with a medium fast rod 6'6" to 7 foot range and either a 2500 or 3000 spinning reel but this set up could go from $100 - $1000

 

with that said the dobyns sierra rod is in sale at TW for a little over $100.   Lots of sales this time of year. Good luck 

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I consider spinning outfits as finesse fishing presentations only.

Thinking you need lure specific finesse outfits may be over thinking this, my suggestion is break it down by line size and lure weights.

Dobyns Sierra series being closed out on TW are a great deal for the price point. Dobyns 2 power and 3 power will do everything your looking for.

I use Major Craft medium and medium heavy that are very similar to Dobyns 2 & 3 power or St Croix medium light and medium, all fast action.

My fineese lures range from 3/32 oz to 3/8 oz with 5 lb Max UG and Sunline 7 lb FC line.

Reels are Shimano Stratic 1000 and 2500.

The MJ M/fast 6'9" with 5 lb Max is the combo that I use more often.

Tom

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I think it depends on where you fish. Open water them I would go medium light fast to extra fast. It there's cover or wood nearby medium fast to extra fast. I like 6'8" and 6'9" spinning rods. St Croix makes a good rod as does fenwick, shimano, Dobyns, G loomis, and I'm sure a few others. 

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22 hours ago, Deeare said:

What's your budget?  

I agree with a medium fast rod 6'6" to 7 foot range and either a 2500 or 3000 spinning reel but this set up could go from $100 - $1000

 

with that said the dobyns sierra rod is in sale at TW for a little over $100.   Lots of sales this time of year. Good luck 

I’m not so worried with budget. Thinking like stradic ci4+ for the reel and loomis glx, st. Croix legend elite price range max. Maybe nrx.

 

ive never order anything through the states before. With dollar exchange as well as shipping I don’t know how much cheaper it would really be.

 

 

I definately thought a 7’ or longer would of been a better all round rod. Didn’t realize the short rods were so much more versatile 

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15 minutes ago, Oba said:

I’m not so worried with budget. Thinking like stradic ci4+ for the reel and loomis glx, st. Croix legend elite price range max. Maybe nrx.

 

ive never order anything through the states before. With dollar exchange as well as shipping I don’t know how much cheaper it would really be.

 

 

I definately thought a 7’ or longer would of been a better all round rod. Didn’t realize the short rods were so much more versatile 

 

A lot of people find that, all else equal, making accurate casts to target spots is much easier with a short rod than a long rod. As that's what I'm doing most of the time, most of my rods are under 7'.  People also like short rods for jerkbaits and topwaters as it is easier to work the bait with the short rod pointed down than a long rod.  Tubes may benefit from a longer rod rod if you're going to have a lot of line out, making long casts or fishing deep deep (or both).  But if you want versatility, something between 6'6" and 7' may be a better option. A medium fast would be good for all the techniques you mention.

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41 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

 

A lot of people find that, all else equal, making accurate casts to target spots is much easier with a short rod than a long rod. As that's what I'm doing most of the time, most of my rods are under 7'.  People also like short rods for jerkbaits and topwaters as it is easier to work the bait with the short rod pointed down than a long rod.  Tubes may benefit from a longer rod rod if you're going to have a lot of line out, making long casts or fishing deep deep (or both).  But if you want versatility, something between 6'6" and 7' may be a better option. A medium fast would be good for all the techniques you mention.

 

Perfect. Well I have a few casting rods and I have a 6’10 rod I use for drop shots so that’s why I was looking for a more versatile rod. I don’t do a ton of finesse fishing so just wanted one that I could try and cover more of my basis. I was thinking a bit of a longer rod just due to the fact I was figuring I’d use it for a bit of deeper water and tubes. Something in the 7’-7’6” range. But if a 6’6-7’ range is better then I’ll look that way

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I’m in the midst of filling the same thing you are in my arsenal. Right now I have a 2 piece st. Croix avid x with a nasci on it as my universal spinning set up but I would now like a good 1 piece and I’m selling the 2 piece. 

 

From the information ive gathered I’m lookin at a 7’-7’4” medium fast or extra fast action. The 7’ fast action is probably the most universal and would do better for top water and jerks, where the 7’4-7’6 medium fast or extra fast would do better for tubes, neko rigs, deeper water! 

 

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On 12/31/2018 at 2:02 PM, Oba said:

Awesome thank you! What makes a good tube specific rod? And the difference that of the ned rig rod? One lighter or longer then the other?

My tube rod is an Alpha Angler Tac Mag, it's 7'6" Medium Fast. It's got a ton of power in the back bone. I usually throw a 3/8 ounce tube and need to cover lots of water quickly. This rod will set the hook form a mile away and still keep the fish pinned all the way to the boat. 

 

A ned rig rod should be medium light and between 6'6" and 7'. I could throw a ned rig on my tube rod, and a tube on my ned rig rod...but I wouldn't want to. One is too heavy, the other is too light. 

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23 hours ago, DubyaDee said:

My tube rod is an Alpha Angler Tac Mag, it's 7'6" Medium Fast. It's got a ton of power in the back bone. I usually throw a 3/8 ounce tube and need to cover lots of water quickly. This rod will set the hook form a mile away and still keep the fish pinned all the way to the boat. 

 

A ned rig rod should be medium light and between 6'6" and 7'. I could throw a ned rig on my tube rod, and a tube on my ned rig rod...but I wouldn't want to. One is too heavy, the other is too light. 

Well I have a drop shot rod currently so maybe that could cover the ned rig. So would something a bit longer do better for me like a 7’2-7’6. Something to cover tubes, deep water applications, senko’s. Or stick with a 7’ medium fast 

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