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SO i fished my first tournament as ac o-angler last week at Smith Mnt. Lake. I think I did alright, I caught the day one big bass for co-anglers, 4 lb 7oz, ended up finishing 30th after zero'ing the next two days.

I fished with David Dudley on the last day and after the 2d fish shook off my line he commented that I might want to think about getting some new rods. Well i agree. and boy, can that man fish!

So I need some recomendations. I'm thinking GLoomis or St. Croix, but not sure which models or if there are any other higher end rod makers that I should be looking at.

I fish with spinning reels, Stradic 2500's mostly, and that won't change for the next couple of years. I am slowly learning to use a bait caster, but won't swith over for a couple of more years and even then not totaly.

My style of fishing is mostly spinner baits, worms, few cranks, but I will be adding more jigs after watching dudley fish ;)

Thanks in advance.

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Shimano Crucial is a sweet rod that I think lots of people will recommend.

G-Loomis has the GL2 that's pretty comparable with the Crucial.

ST Croix Avid & Premier models are top notch also.

I've been sampling rods now for several weeks and these mentioned above really impressed me. My own personal selection was the ST Croix Premier models. For the price(around $90.00) I felt that they were hard to beat. I've bought 3 new rods and plan on at least 2 more. I've fished with them now on several trips and I'm very happy them.

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Welcome aboard!

You are going to get plenty of advice on this topic, but your pricing point is important when actually buying one of these rods. We can't offer practical advice without knowing what you want to spend. So, without being specific, here are some general recommendations:

I would suggest a 6 1/2' or 7' Medium Power/ Fast Action rod.

Rather than buying a couple of cheap rods, I would buy just one to start with.

Whatever your price range is, be patient and pick up better equipment on sale.

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sorry about not being specific on the prices range. there really isn't one. I have no problem spening hat ever it cost for the best rods. I have seen the gloomis and st. croix inthe 200-230 range and that is fine.

I have been using ugly sticks and they were working fine for most of the fishing I as doing which was ponds and rivers.

thanks in advance.

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Well now, that's a horse of a different color.

For an "all around" spinning rod, I recommend the G. Loomis IMX SJR783S ($235) or the 843S ($245).

I have done business with www.reedsports.com

No sales tax and free shipping is hard to beat.

Another alternative, which I fish, is a 2004 Legend Elite ES70MF. MSRP of $330, on sale at Reed's for $248. Plus, you get a free St. Croix hat!

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G-loomis, St Croix, Shimano Compre or Crucial... they are all amazing rods as far as I am concerned...

I just got done shopping for a new rod myself (baitcaster though) and in your price point you are going to find an IMX or a very nice St Croix Legend Elite... I got my rod (G-Loomis IMX) from Gander Mountain for $220. Get as much rod as you can afford... like I heard recently... you will only cry once over the price of an expensive rod... but with a cheap rod you will cry a lot more wishing you had just bought the better one!

welcome to the board and let us know what you decided on

AL

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