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What's the best $130 and below spinning rod??


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Depends on how the reel you are going to use balances with the rod. Always take the reel, with line spooled up, and put it on a rod to get a true feel for YOU. Not everyone holds a rod the same - only you can truly answer the question.

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@Ashboomky Maxim is my second one. I sank my first one in a lake flub. 
 

it is my oldest rod despite having to get my new one.  Most fish caught and the drop shot with that rod.  In the hundreds.  No issues at this point. It seems durability is not a problem w the one I got. 

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The St Croix Triumph line is hampered by very limited choices… but if you’re looking for something fairly generic (like a 6’6 or 7’ ML-MH) then you can’t beat them for the price. They’re very good rods for $100. 
 

For what you’re talking about, a 7’ MH from the Triumph line would be great. 

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I have a Kistler Graphite spinning rod. I liked it so much that I bought the other three rods in that line. There’s the Argon in that range too.

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There arent that many FW spinning rods that are going to fish a 3/8 jig like a BC rod.  The action and power you're looking for is more readily available with Inshore rods.  I would be looking for a rod with 5/16-1oz range or 3/8-3/4 at the lightest, as an underpowered rod is going to cost you fish and when bites are few and far between it can really be aggravating.  

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If I have $130 to spend, that means I'm sticking to it and getting a Dobyns Fury, or I'm spending a little more at $150 and getting a Daiwa Tatula because it's more than worth skipping one impulse purchase or lunch to make up for it, or I'm saving some money and getting the best truly $100 rod in the Shimano SLX.

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Major Craft of America Nanoce NAS-WJ71MH, 7’ Fast, 3/16-5/8 oz is $120* direct from Japan with free shipping 5 day delivery. I owned this and it fish well above it’s price point.

* check sale price.

Tom

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13 hours ago, Bandersnatch said:

Daiwa tatula! , the elite is the same rod but just with different actions & lengths 

huh?  different actions and lengths make it not the same rod no?  

 

i have always wanted to try a tatula rod.  

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On 9/21/2023 at 11:02 AM, Darth-Baiter said:

huh?  different actions and lengths make it not the same rod no?  

 

i have always wanted to try a tatula rod.  

Same blank rather. Tatula is the best bang for your buck and fishes like a $250-300 rod 

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