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I’m looking to get 2 spinning setups one for drop shots, etc. one for shaky heads, etc. What is a good setup for each under 200 a combo?

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Ugly stick elite ML for $50. Pluegar President for $40. If you need 2 rigs buy 2 of the same and you will have money left over for line. Anything less that MH is going to have great sensitivity no matter the price and the weaker the power the greater the sensitivity. I personally use casting gear for your intended purposes but I am pretty much alone in the stance against spinning gear and your $200 budget barely covers the reel it takes to chuck those light baits.

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Daiwa fuego lt 1000 size or 2500 size spinning reels (I prefer 2500 size for better line management but 1000 size is lighter and holds plenty of line). Retail for just under 100 bucks.

 

Id pair with one of the 2 ark rods on clearance at tackle warehouse. Other good choices under 100 bucks retail are Powell inferno, Fenwick hmg, or omen blacks. I'd choose a medium light for dropshots and light stuff and a medium for shakeyheads.

 

 

 

 

 

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That Daiwa fuego in a 2500 would be hard to beat in that price range $80 on amazon. Pair it with an ugly stick GX2 and you have a decent budget setup for $120. 

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21 minutes ago, RedRob said:

That Daiwa fuego in a 2500 would be hard to beat in that price range $80 on amazon. Pair it with an ugly stick GX2 and you have a decent budget setup for $120. 

I'd agree with the Fuego - but pass on the Ugly Stick. For just a little more, get a Diawa Aird-X. On my list is replacing the Ugly Stick my Trion is on with an Aird-X...much better rod for not much more $$.

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For the presentations you have outlined, definitely pass on the ugly stick.  I would recommend a Sixgills rod...they are currently BOGO and are pretty decent sticks for the price. 

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Just reread OP. He has a total budget of $400. $200 each rig. St Coix eyecon. With the Fuego. Those sixgills look nice. Daiwa rods haven't impressed me. Last one that I liked was late 70's early 80's and it was glass. Bought 3 of the daiwa Tierra rods several years back and really turned me off their rods. I have an eyecon that my 11yr old daughter now uses. I still use it every once in a while. Great sensitivity decent weight. And around $110-130 puts it right at budget.

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I recently got a 13 fishing omen spinning rod, 7'2 ML (~120), and a Shimano Sahara 2500 reel (~80) and so far it's great. I've only caught two fish on it so far, haven't had it for too long. But the sensitivity is good and it's really comfortable to fish, great balance. 

 

7'2 is a little long for a lot of people's taste in a ML spinning rod, but I really like it. Helps with distance on throwing tiny baits. I got it with dropshot in mind but my ponds have been loaded with grass all summer so I've just been using tiny Texas rigs

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I didn't care for the Fuego.  I had line lay issues and returned it.  If you have $ 400.00 to spend I'd purchase 2 SC Mojo Bass in whatever action/length you like and 2 Shimano Nasci's in 2500 size

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