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I'm looking for a 6'6" medium power mf/f action spinning rod that I can buy for pretty much under $60. I've had two Berkley lightning rod shocks, and by some stroke of misery both broke about a foot above the first guide. I like the rods but don't know if I want to risk purchasing another one. I'm pairing this with a Pflueger President, size 30. I fish alost with casting gear and I mostly pondhop, so I don't need anything too crazy.

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My experience with rods as this price point has not good but there is one that sticks out....  Fenwicks Eagle or if you can find it on sale... the HMX is great.  Both rods are a no frills, get the job done type rod. 

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I like the Cabela's Tourney Trail and Berkley Lightning Rod at this price point.  Pretty solid, plus lighter more sensitive than the Ugly Stiks in the same price range.

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I have heard good things from multiple people about an Ugly Stick Elite. They have tons of different sizes so you shouldn't have a problem finding which one you want.

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here's a link to FFO tackle, where they have the Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0, 6'6" medium power/fast action spinning rod on sale for $60. Also, they have a $15 off $50 order promotion on that site (see top of their web page) NICE rod for that kind of $$$!

 

http://www.ffo-tackle.com/ffo-rods-spinning/abu-garcia-veritas-2.0-spinning/FFOM1363855N.html#start=2

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I bought the Cabelas Fish Eagle spinning rods when they were on sale for around $50. They are usually about $70 if you can go a little more. I have not gotten to use mine a lot since I bought them but they seem to be good rods.

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Nowadays I only buy and use UglyStik rods. They're extremely durable, available in strength and lengths no other rod  is available in, with features also not found anywhere else.

 

An example is their USSP601H. It's the heaviest action, shortest rod (6') with the shortest handle (8") on the market and I bought my three for less than $45 (each) delivered.

 

For me it's the perfect frog rod for hard fighting fish like southern snakeheads in close quarters, especially on my tin boat. That short handle doesn't clank on my bench seat or my fishing vest, and the short rod is perfect in densely wooded canals.

 

 

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26 minutes ago, PolarKraft195Pro said:

here's a link to FFO tackle, where they have the Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0, 6'6" medium power/fast action spinning rod on sale for $60. Also, they have a $15 off $50 order promotion on that site (see top of their web page) NICE rod for that kind of $$$!

 

http://www.ffo-tackle.com/ffo-rods-spinning/abu-garcia-veritas-2.0-spinning/FFOM1363855N.html#start=2

Beat me to it...

 

FFO is always worth checking in every few weeks -- you never know what they'll have, and the promotion rotates continuously.

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Wait for the spring sales or get one of the new lighting rods. Not the shock series.

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39 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

Beat me to it...

 

FFO is always worth checking in every few weeks -- you never know what they'll have, and the promotion rotates continuously.

yep! LOVE FFO :thumbsup:

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4 hours ago, KDW96 said:

Wait for the spring sales or get one of the new lighting rods. Not the shock series.

 Duly noted, haven't had the greatest experience with the shock series. I liked the rod in itself but both of mine fell and broke above the first guide 

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KastKing Perigee II 6'7" M/F spinning rod, $59.99 from Amazon.

 

I have this rod and it's a paired with a Penn Battle II 2000. It should pair great with the President 30, which I also have on 6'6 Cabela's tourney trail, which is also a nice rod.

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Powell inferno is under $80 at DSG right now. A couple of happy meals or ramen lunches and you're there. 

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Since you are in the north, waiting for the next big sale and then striking should work.  You aren't missing fishing time, most likely.  When is the next "sale date," like Black Friday?  Ebay sellers with 99+ % approval ratings can be trusted, in my experience.

 

But as all are saying, find a rod on sale as far below its list price as possible, and you'll have a good rod at $60.

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2 hours ago, Junger said:

KastKing Perigee II 6'7" M/F spinning rod, $59.99 from Amazon.

 

I have this rod and it's a paired with a Penn Battle II 2000. It should pair great with the President 30, which I also have on 6'6 Cabela's tourney trail, which is also a nice rod.

I second this recommendation. Fantastic rod at a great price.

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Daiwa Aird X is another option.

 

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6 hours ago, MickD said:

Since you are in the north, waiting for the next big sale and then striking should work.  You aren't missing fishing time, most likely.  When is the next "sale date," like Black Friday?  Ebay sellers with 99+ % approval ratings can be trusted, in my experience.

 

But as all are saying, find a rod on sale as far below its list price as possible, and you'll have a good rod at $60.

I'm not exactly missing fishing weather, it was a "brutal" 80 degrees today. 

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At this point I seem to have it narrowed down between the Fenwick, veritas, and the Ugly Stick. The problem is choosing which one

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Go to Academy, the rods there are always on sale. You can get good IM7-IM8 rods with Fuji seats/guides for around $50.

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1 hour ago, pondbassin101 said:

At this point I seem to have it narrowed down between the Fenwick, veritas, and the Ugly Stick. The problem is choosing which one

Ugly stick are pretty inexpensive so if you decide for some reason you do not like them, you won't be heavily invested in a booteek rod.

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Berkley Lightning rod is a great value. The reel seat is just ok but the blank is very good at that price point. I have some Ugly stix that I use for fishing Striper top water frenzy or lend to friends when they come along. The Ugly stick is very durable but are heavier and less sensitive.

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Just saw the new Berkely Lightning rods at Walmart last night. Look sharp,  I use them as a backup and will probably pick one up for my wife who uses mine all the time.....when I can get her out of bed to fish that is 😉

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I was in bass pro shops the other week and bionic blades were $49. 

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2 hours ago, dodgeguy said:

I was in bass pro shops the other week and bionic blades were $49. 

I have a couple of these. Good sticks. I'm not fond of that hump on the grip though.

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