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I'm new to the forum but not new to fishing. I've been fishing since I was a kid and now I'm 20 years old. During those years all I've ever really used was spinning gear. I'm now looking into getting a new medium all-purpose rod as I snapped last one. My question is should I go for a casting rod or another spinning? I'm a fan of throwing lighter gear and I don't plan on throwing anything heavy any time soon. I just want to have a rod that I will be able to handle decent size fish with. I have a ML spinning rod for finesse and what not. Any input is greatly appreciated! Thanks

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I'll be the first to ask....what price range?

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Id like to keep it under 150. I've got my eye on a Shimano SLX if I go the baitcasting route which I can get for around 80. I haven't looked into spinning gear yet as I figured I would ask for some advice first. Thank you!

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8 minutes ago, Collin Tuchalski said:

Id like to keep it under 150. I've got my eye on a Shimano SLX if I go the baitcasting route which I can get for around 80. I haven't looked into spinning gear yet as I figured I would ask for some advice first. Thank you!

The SLX reel is a good choice. The SLX rod is average. I typically find that combos have better reels than rods. In my experience, a $100 reel paired with a $100 rod is a solid setup. For example, a Lew’s LFS paired with a St. Croix Triumph or an Abu Revo paired with a Fenwick HMG. Find some of these on sale and your closer to $150. But at the end of the day, if you’re throwing light lures, then another spinning setup sounds good.

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1 hour ago, Collin Tuchalski said:

 I just want to have a rod that I will be able to handle decent size fish with.

   Ever see a video of someone landing a steelhead on light tackle?  If you've got open water, it's no problem to use light spinning tackle. As for versatility, spinning would again be my choice. However .... you also gotta go with your gut feeling. 

   Good luck.    jj

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So you currently have just the one rod and it is ML spinning correct?  Are you planning to hunt bass?  If so, a ML spinning rod wouldn't be super ideal.

 

Picking up a baitcaster is completely your call.  It certainly isn't required to land a bass but if you decide to get a spinning rod, I'd go with at least a medium power setup.  If you are sure you will stick to throwing light tackle then a medium spinning rod will do just fine.

 

A casting setup does have a few arguable advantages though.  It will be more accurate, more powerful, and ultimately cast further depending on the tackle you throw, and your ability to control the spool on the reel.

 

If you do jump into casting, expect a learning curve.  You will backlash many times in the learning process.  The best favor you can do for yourself is to not get a crappy reel.

 

You don't have to get the most expensive reel, but it needs to have decent spool control functions.  Diawa Fuego CT is a commonly recommended starter reel.  It's like 65 bucks on Ebay and worth every penny.

 

What lure weight do you like to throw?

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Im planning to hunt bass as well as I want to have a rod that is a bit heavier duty in case I find some other larger fish species as well. The heaviest lure I plan to throw is probably around half an ounce

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I throw a lot of spinner baits and cranks baits. Then I use the ML for NED rigs, drop shots, among various other things. I fish out of a kayak a lot if that helps narrow anything down.

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If you have a ml spinning rod already and you are interested in trying casting rods I would highly recommend looking at a mediums heavy rod with action and length of your choice. 

 

I have owned fenwick, shimano, st Croix, and carbonlite 2.0 rods all of which I would recommend. I only have Daiwa casting reels and they are very easy to use. Doesn't take long to get the hang of it and I have come to prefer using casting gear. Spinning still has its place though. 

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Collin, it sounds like you are ready for your first bait casting combination.  Do not be intimidated by bait casters. LiionHeart's comments are much the same as mine. The Diawa Fuego CT is so user friendly. There are  several good entry level rods to get started and keep you under you budget cap.  A 6-6 to 7-0 medium power rod would be a great start. A great value rod to take a look at is a Dobyns Colt 703C but that's just one of several possible choices. Good luck !

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Do yourself a favor and get a Daiwa Aird X for $30-$50 in both casting and spinning. Check Amazon and eBay. Then get yourself a Fuego CT casting reel for $50-75 and a Pflueger President spinning reel for $30-$50, again checking Amazon and eBay. At worst your total cost is $275 retail if you have to pay full price, but you rarely will online if you're looking in the right places. Hands down the best budget rods and budget reels. And you'll be set up nicely. 

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I bought a few Carbonlite 2.0 rods and reels earlier this year as a way to save my budget. I've enjoyed them. I got the 7' medium, mh, and heavy. They have performed well. I even took them to Louisiana for redfish, just to give them a test. Wouldn't be the worst introductory BC rig.  

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Are you asking for bait casting advice or if you need a baitcaster ? I like playing with different types of tackle as part of the experience. There’s spinning tackle to do about anything you want if that’s your preference. 

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2 hours ago, Collin Tuchalski said:

I just picked up a Shimano SLX on ebay for 65 bucks! Now looking for a rod to go with it!

Nice pickup price :)

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17 hours ago, Collin Tuchalski said:

I just picked up a Shimano SLX on ebay for 65 bucks! Now looking for a rod to go with it!

I think you will like the baitcaster once you learn it. It's more fun to me than a spinning reel to me as I spend less time between casts.

 

As you prefer smaller and lighter lures, I would see if you can swing a Mojo Bass 7'1"M/F plastics rod or a Dobyns Fury 703C (although if it was me personally, I'd try some jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, etc and buy a MH/F rod, and they pair nice with a ned rig or drop shot on a 2 rod setup).

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Im looking for a "do all" type rod that I would be able to use for pretty much anything I would throw on a baitcaster. So what length, power, and action should I be looking for?

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Aird x rod would be a cheap option if you end up not liking casting gear you wouldnt be out too much money

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At a local store 13 fate & *** are on sale for 50 bucks. I also have a gift card for the store, seem like a good deal?

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On 4/25/2019 at 11:36 AM, Boomstick said:

I think you will like the baitcaster once you learn it. It's more fun to me than a spinning reel to me as I spend less time between casts.

 

As you prefer smaller and lighter lures, I would see if you can swing a Mojo Bass 7'1"M/F plastics rod or a Dobyns Fury 703C (although if it was me personally, I'd try some jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, etc and buy a MH/F rod, and they pair nice with a ned rig or drop shot on a 2 rod setup).

I would not recommend the 7'1" Mojo for light stuff. It is quite stout for a medium. My do it all spinning Rod was for a while a Fenwick HMG 7' MF for a while. The HMX isnt bad either and a little cheaper. 

 

 

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11 hours ago, GeekFisher said:

I would not recommend the 7'1" Mojo for light stuff. It is quite stout for a medium. My do it all spinning Rod was for a while a Fenwick HMG 7' MF for a while. The HMX isnt bad either and a little cheaper. 

 

 

I agree the plastic rod is a little bit stiffer than what I would call a true medium, but when I was shopping medium rods, I did hold the Mojo Bass plastics rod and the Fenwick HMG M/F side by side. The HMG felt like the Mojo Bass 7'1" MH/F Jig & Bait rod, that thing was a complete broomstick for a so called "medium" where the plastic rod, while stouter than what I'd call a true medium was still not quite a medium. The spinning rod may not be as stiff as the casting rod.

 

Anyway, in this case I did suggest the plastics rod as an only rod since it will handle slightly heavier lures and lighter lures alike.

 

I ended up getting the 6'8" M/XF "topwater" mojo bass, which is a true medium.

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