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Which "house" brand rod(academy, bps, etc) has surprised  you with its performance? What techniques did you use it for? 

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Cabelas tournament zx 7'5 mh crankshaft. It is labeled a crankbait rod but with a fast tip. I use it as a Carolina rig, deep texas rig, football jig rod. I have thrown big cranks, spinnerbait, and chatterbaits on it but I like it for deep water single hook applications best. 

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3 minutes ago, CroakHunter said:

Cabelas tournament zx 7'5 mh crankshaft. It is labeled a crankbait rod but with a fast tip. I use it as a Carolina rig, deep texas rig, football jig rod. I have thrown big cranks, spinnerbait, and chatterbaits on it but I like it for deep water single hook applications best. 

Sadly the ZX is being discontinued, from what I heard. :(

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18 minutes ago, punch said:

Sadly the ZX is being discontinued, from what I heard. :(

Thats what I'vee picked up on. Its a good quality rod. Love the Winn grips as well

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I haven´t tried house brand rods (newest models) in a while but Bass Pro Shops used to have some nice rods.

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I have an Academy Ethos spinning rod that I like a lot.  It's become my Ned rig rod and has worked well for that method.

 

BPS Johnny Morris Carbonlite rods are good too.

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Academy ethos rods. Now have 4 med-mod 7' for cranks and a spinning rod. 

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Cabelas Arachnids are my current favorite rod and they are discontinued........ I also liked the XML spinning rods.. again discontinued. so while i love/loved cabela's brand rods, watch out they are going to be discontinued if not already due to the merger with bps.

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On ‎1‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 11:34 AM, Jelvas said:

I haven´t tried house brand rods (newest models) in a while but Bass Pro Shops used to have some nice rods.

I really liked the older black Carbonlites, still have a couple 7'MH fast that are good all around rods. Had a 6'9" MH Xfast and 7'Medium all performed better than expected. I can't speak for new one's

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The Cabelas Walleye series spinning rods are fantastic. Really light and sensitive.

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I have 3 BPS Johnny Morris Carbonlite 2.0.  Very good rods for the money.  I paid $79.99 each on BF.

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From what I've read, personally seen and felt, the JM Signature Rods seem to be excellent.  

 

And I'm not saying that because you see some pro's using them. 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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BPS Extreme line of rods.

 

Handled all techniques very well.

 

Out of production now.

 

And did you know that Seaguar makes the BPS line?

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If I had to pick one.....  The Johnny Morris line but......  As a general rule of thumb I shy away from rods that have a store or a persons name on it.  Doesn't mean they can't be a good rod, especially since most places have way improved the level of quality with these offerings.  It just hasn't been my thing. 

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Cabelas mag touch rods were excellent. A wide variety of models, including 2 piece spinning and casting rods. I have their medium 2-piece 7’ casting rod that serves as my trunk rod. Very sensitive. I’ve caught everything from gills, trout, lmbs, Smbs and even salmon. It’s as do all as a rod can be. Like many other house rods, they’re no longer made.  I’ve had it for perhaps 10 years give or take and it has been in action every season. Sad will be the day I break it.

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H20 Xpress Ethos rods. Designed by a couple Texas fisherman and manufactured overseas. 

No different than the design and manufacturing of name branded rods.  

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1 hour ago, kschultz76 said:

 

Thats very interesting...

Yep. The guys at my BPS told me that last year and I was very surprised.

 

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I bought a couple of Cabelas fish eagle spinning rods. I haven't gotten to use them a very much yet but they seem to be good rods. When I was looking for them I was at a BPS. I asked someone in the fishing dept. if the had the Cabelas rods. He said they wouldn't bring their rods in to BPS. He said BPS fishing stuff was much better quality than Cabelas. 

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Academy Ethos, I paid $9 for my 7'3 H. It's a killer rod!

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When I think of being surprised by a house rod I think Cabelas ZX rods for sure.  Guess I'll be trying the BPS rods at some point.  They now own my beloved Cabelas store.

15 minutes ago, Log Catcher said:

I bought a couple of Cabelas fish eagle spinning rods. I haven't gotten to use them a very much yet but they seem to be good rods. When I was looking for them I was at a BPS. I asked someone in the fishing dept. if the had the Cabelas rods. He said they wouldn't bring their rods in to BPS. He said BPS fishing stuff was much better quality than Cabelas. 

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What rod company makes house brands? BPS/Cabela's doesn't own a rod company, Acadamy or DSG doesn't own a rod company so where do these house brands come from? Who designs them? 

Would you buy something that you have no idea where it came from?

Tom

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2 minutes ago, WRB said:

What rod company makes house brands? BPS/Cabela's doesn't own a rod company, Acadamy or DSG doesn't own a rod company so where do these house brands come from? Who designs them? 

Would you buy something that you have no idea where it came from?

Tom

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Tom, I have no idea. For my money, though, the H2O Xpress rods are the best store brand rod on the market. Their Mettle reels are top notch as well.

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Not long ago both Cabela's and BPS identified the maker of thier house brands, Fenwick made the Fish Eagle brand and Daiwa made their baitcasting reels for examples. This was handy to know for spare parts purposes. Fenwick is no longer made domestically the rods are made off shore by the same source who supplies the house brands. The rods and reels are basically throwaway or disposable products, no spare parts inventory anywhere.

Tom

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