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I'm trying to figure out what the most promising rods out there are currently. I'm currently looking into MHF rods. Supposedly those are your "do it all" rods which I want since I'm not exactly what you'd call a season veteran. 

 

The budget is $100-$200 dollars for solely a rod (not a reel combo). I was looking at a St. CROIX bass X but I'm unsure if that is my best option given my budget. If you recommend something slightly over $200, I'd still consider it. 

 

Any insight would be appreciated.

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That is a really broad budget with dozens and dozens of fantastic options. From the Fenwick HMG at $100, to the Daiwa Tatula at $150, to the St. Croix Avid at $200. There's a world of difference from $100 to $200.

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I'm very happy with my Phenix Feather 6'9 MH/XF at $139. 3.2oz and sensitive. they do fish a bit lighter than advertised, think midway between M and MH, and F and XF. 

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That's easy .Johnny Morris Patriot rods. Fuji sic guides. Winn grips. Really light sensitive strong blank.

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9 minutes ago, dodgeguy said:

That's easy .Johnny Morris Patriot rods. Fuji sic guides. Winn grips. Really light sensitive strong blank.

I have handled them in store but have yet to purchase one. 

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1 minute ago, newyorktoiowa57 said:

I have handled them in store but have yet to purchase one. 

Awesome rods. Read the reviews.

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3 minutes ago, dodgeguy said:

Awesome rods. Read the reviews.

I am also from NY!  Did you catch your 7-8 pounder here?

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Yeah .Titicus reservoir North Salem  NY

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6 minutes ago, dodgeguy said:

Yeah .Titicus reservoir North Salem  NY

Never heard of it.  What models of patriot do you have?

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I recently purchased my first Megabass rod, the Levante 2019.  $199 and I absolutely love it. 

Most of my existing rods are St. Croix AvidX's and I'd put the Levante right with them. 

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32 minutes ago, newyorktoiowa57 said:

Never heard of it.  What models of patriot do you have?

It's a NYC watershed reservoir. I have a 7 ft. Medium fast baitcaster . Want to get more. Has a Lew's Tournament Pro 7.5 with sufix advance 8lb mono for finesse.I've always liked BPS rods.

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I try to fish only made in USA rods.  I had thought of getting a BPS Patriot rod, but never did and it looks like they're being discontinued.  The SiC inserts seem to me that they're expensive without a gain for bass rods anyway.  Alconite is lighter, and I can't imagine that they're not hard enough for a bass rod.  At the $200 mark, I'd say a 7' MHF St. Croix Avid.  It may take some looking to find one right at that price, but I find I can use mine for a lot of different baits and don't feel like any are a huge compromise.  That's a big plus for me fishing from a kayak. 

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1 hour ago, dodgeguy said:

It's a NYC watershed reservoir. I have a 7 ft. Medium fast baitcaster . Want to get more. Has a Lew's Tournament Pro 7.5 with sufix advance 8lb mono for finesse.I've always liked BPS rods.

I have an old Bionic Blade that is still the best buzzbait rod I have ever used. I can't give it stellar marks for overall weight and balance, but it isn't bad and I don't really care for tip down presentations anyway. It has the perfect action to allow a fish to load up but still a lot of backbone to drive the hook home.  

 

What techniques do you use that model for?

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Megabass Levante in the Diablo Spec R. I have the Orochi Spec R and absolutely love it. I also have the OG Tatula and a few other rods in your price range including the St Croix Avid. IMO the OG tatula is the most sensitive rod that can be bought new for $150 (can be found for less). I’d go without 2019 Levante first and the tatula would be my second choice. 

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St Croix Premier are great all around rods made in USA.

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The 2019 Levante is hard to beat it the $200 range, heck it fishes more like $300.

Looks like the Patriot has gone away to me as well, I've seen a few spinning rods left.

 It uses a NFC blank and they just don't seem to be able to supply the things. I'm surprised it doesn't seem to effect Kistler.

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My recommendations in this price range. 

 

Megabass Levante

St Croix Avid (or Avid X)

Shimano Zodias

Gloomis E6X

Dobyns Sierra

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The best rod under $200 imo is a hammer. You won’t regret it. If your willing to spend a little bit more, for $219 monster tackle has the lamiglas infinity rod 724c. It is an amazing stick!!!! Sensitivity is unbelievable.

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12 hours ago, newyorktoiowa57 said:

I have an old Bionic Blade that is still the best buzzbait rod I have ever used. I can't give it stellar marks for overall weight and balance, but it isn't bad and I don't really care for tip down presentations anyway. It has the perfect action to allow a fish to load up but still a lot of backbone to drive the hook home.  

 

What techniques do you use that model for?

Ned rigs . Wacky rigs. T rig work in light cover.

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On 6/5/2019 at 9:05 AM, dodgeguy said:

Ned rigs . Wacky rigs. T rig work in light cover.

They seem to be out of the Patriot rods in the last couple BPS I have been to.  

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Diawa Tatula rods.  Have been a fanboy of them for a while now.  Just an excellent product for the money.

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2 hours ago, newyorktoiowa57 said:

They seem to be out of the Patriot rods in the last couple BPS I have been to.  

Hoping they restock. Great rods. 

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Daiwa Tatula

G Loomis E6x

Dobyns Sierra

Shimano Curado

 

all solid rods in your price range.

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11 hours ago, LionHeart said:

Diawa Tatula rods.  Have been a fanboy of them for a while now.  Just an excellent product for the money.

LionHeart, I have an OG 6’10 mh Tatula that I really like.   I am looking at the 7’0 M but it has a regular action.  I wanted to use it for light bottom contact baits.  If you have used this one, is it too soft for this type of presentation?  Thanks

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