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Wife agreed to let me pull the trigger on a shimano metanium dc reel and a "good rod".....what rod would you be looking at and why? How would you use the setup ect....other than my ci4+ on a medium power fast action rod (spinning) this will be the only other "higher end" setup I have. Planning on some kayak fishing tournaments this year. 

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Are we talking GLoomis NRX or Dobyns Sierra budget?  My experience with expensive rods is very limited.  Since you have a MF spinning I would be looking at a MHF casting rod.  I can tell you some rods I am looking at for my next purchase.  I really want to try an Ark Invoker or Ark Sniper or an Abu Villain 2.0.  All get excellent reviews.  If I can force myself to spend a bit more, I would love to get a Witch Doctor rod.

 

I can recommend an ALX Deputy or Toadface.  I have an original Megabass Orochi XX Diablo Spec R that I love....thanks to a generous offer from a fellow member.  The Fenwick Aetos is also a very nice rod.

 

Grab some popcorn because you are going to get a lot of suggestions.  :D

 

EDIT:  The vast majority of my rods tend to be more versatile than technique specific.  All 4 rods in my second paragraph fit that description.

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Thanks for the reply. I do prefer something that isnt designated to 1 specific job. 

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400 bucks or less.  The 400 mark would require some begging, over time and butt kissing..... but it might be possible. 

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There are lots of excellent rods in the $200-$250 price range. What presentations are you wanting a new rod for?

Tom

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Cranking mostly. But not deep cranking. I do very little of that. 

Those witch doctor rods look real good. 

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Very nice budget!!!!  The 6'10" MF or 7'2" MF Shamans are rated for 1/4-3/4 oz. and 10-17 lb. line which puts them into MH territory in my book.   A rod a little above what I want to spend, but would love to have is a Helium 3.  I like my Falcons. 

 

For that kind of money your choices are wide open with many excellent options.

 

Well....you just posted "cranking mostly" so that changes things up.  I wouldn't recommend any of the rods I just listed for cranking.  Look at Cara T7 Reaction, Avid X, Power Tackle Paragon, IKOS Hustler, Zolo Medium Crank, KLX Feel N Reel.  For Witch Doctor check out the Kahuna line.

 

EDIT:  I like my Dobyns 704CB Glass a lot.  A rod I just picked up at a great price is a Lew's Custom Pro Speed Stick 7'6" MF Ledge/Small Crankbait 1/8-5/8 oz. made with their LFS-X85 graphite.  Obviously no chance to use it yet and is still in its plastic wrap, but the little I could find on it was all good.

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I think you can find some very well taken care of G. Loomis GLX's if you're patient. In my opinion, people who have high end rods in the $400-500 MSRP taken very good care of them. So look for a GLX in the $300-$350 range in 9/10 condition.

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   If you're going to do kayak tournaments, then I assume you're familiar with the one most important characteristic of any rod for your use: it must be comfortable and usable from a kayak. With the extremely limited experience I have had with kayaks (extremely uncomfortable for me) I quickly saw that a relatively short, MH/MOD action was what I wanted. The 6 1/2 foot Premier cranking rod(s) from St. Croix would approximate what I'd like. Keep in mind that this is the opinion of a fat, tired old man who's as flexible as cast iron pipe, so YMMV.    jj

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51 minutes ago, jimmyjoe said:

   If you're going to do kayak tournaments, then I assume you're familiar with the one most important characteristic of any rod for your use

That's the third most important. One is it should float, and two is if it doesn't float you should be ok with the $ sent to the bottom. 

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34 minutes ago, Shane Y said:

https://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Zodias_Casting_Rods/descpage-ZDC.html how would you guys use this rod? I flat out love my other zodias 

If you love your zodias I would recommend stepping up to the Expride. I have no experience with these rods but the guys at Tactical Bassin rave about them, and their advice has always served me very well.

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6 minutes ago, reason said:

That's the third most important. One is it should float, and two is if it doesn't float you should be ok with the $ sent to the bottom. 

   Lanyards. Lanyards. Lanyards.  jj

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2 minutes ago, jimmyjoe said:

   Lanyards. Lanyards. Lanyards.  jj

Yuk!

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2 minutes ago, reason said:

Yuk!

   True. Still .... they're effective. Clumsy, but effective. They curl up, catch everything, pull it out and throw it overboard, catch your elbow, and generally make a nuisance of themselves.  Still .... they're effective.   jj

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10 hours ago, Junger said:

I think you can find some very well taken care of G. Loomis GLX's if you're patient. In my opinion, people who have high end rods in the $400-500 MSRP taken very good care of them. So look for a GLX in the $300-$350 range in 9/10 condition.

This is what I have:  G. Loomis PR844C  

http://www.gloomis.com/content/gloomis/northamerica/usconv/en/homepage/PDP.P-POPPING_ROD_SERIES.html

 

Great for cranking and topwater.

 

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10 hours ago, reason said:

That's the third most important. One is it should float, and two is if it doesn't float you should be ok with the $ sent to the bottom. 

If I sent $500+ to the bottom of the lake I'd have to paddle and paddle until I reached a place that my wife would never find me again. 😬

43 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

This is what I have:  G. Loomis PR844C  

http://www.gloomis.com/content/gloomis/northamerica/usconv/en/homepage/PDP.P-POPPING_ROD_SERIES.html

 

Great for cranking and topwater.

 

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A rod that would double as cranking and topwater would suit me just fine. I know were discussing expensive gear but I dang sure cant afford higher end combos for every specific job. And being in a kayak I like to keep it simple by not being loaded down with gear. 

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For me at least, when I bought some cranking specific rods my catch rate improved. I too kayak fish and use either my Legend Glass or Avid CB rod depending on size of the crankbait. 

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G Loomis GLX 844C or 843C.  I have the 844 and it is rated as heavy but it is more of a MH.  I also have the 783C.  If I had to choose one for over all general purpose I like the 844 but from a kayak the shorter 783 might be better.   I have used both for all kinds of stuff both are sensitive and have some hook setting power.  I have used them for crankbaits but they may be too sensitive for that technique. 

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Using a GLX for a crankbait rod is the equivalent to using a Tesla for your Uber business.   GLX for contact baits, you can spend a lot less and get a nice crankbait rod.

 

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