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What does everyone think would be the best worm rig under $300?  The reel can cost up to $200 and the rod up to $100.  The only other requirement that I have is that the rod be 6'6" or shorter.

Thanks in advance,

Jason

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Spinning or casting? Either way, I'd go for an Avid (on sale for around $100 all over the place, if you can still find one).

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I would say the best worm rig for under $300 would be a G Loomis IMX MBR843C (I got on eBay for $165) and a Daiwa Fuego (I got on the Flea Market section for $135).  Now, if you are not willing to search for the deals, then I would say your best bet is to purchase a Shimano Curado 100D ($165.00 at Delo's - http://www.deloscustomtackleshack.com/reels/shimanocurado.html) and probably a Shimano Crucial CRC-66MH ($129.99 at Cabelas, Bass Pro, and other locations).  With tax on the rod, this will put you slightly over $300, but you will have one nice set-up.  Though, I personally would spend more on a rod for a worm set up.  If I were you, I would get a G Loomis IMX MBR783C (retail for $235.00) and a Abu Garcia Revo SC (right now on sale at Cabelas for $79.99).  This would put you $15 over your budget (plus taxes), but you will think you died and went to Heaven fishing this set-up.  That's just my humble opinion on the subject.

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Shimano Calcutta CT100B: $189

Falcon LowRider XG Casting LFC-6-166 Worm N Classic: $105

It has plenty of back bone and an extra fast tip, making it a good choice for worms

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Spend $200 on the rod an $100 on the reel.

Can get a Citica or Stradic depending if you want spinning or BC for $100 and then have $200 for a nice rod.

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Another vote for less on the reel and more on the rod.

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I was going to suggest this setup but RW got to it before I did.  

Before they clearanced this setup, it would have cost you around $300.  so at $150 it's a steal.  

The St. Croix Avid AS68MXF is great for worms, small jigs and the Fat Ika.  The Stradic 2500 is a solid reel, smooth but not supper smooth, strong when needed, and it cast well.  This reel also balance well with AS68MXF.  They only downside to the Stradic was that I had to remove two washers to keep it from backlashing when I used soft plastic.

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I agree with Brokejaw- spend more on the rod- the Citca he speaks of is a very nice reel for the price.

I loved my Citica, until I got a Curado. Both felt just as smooth and casted roughly the same, BUT, Size wise, I liked the 100D.

To me, a rod is MUCH more important, and seems like a few others agree.  

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UPDATE:

As always, thanks for the info.  I ended up going with a 6'6" Shimano Compre spinning rod (MH / F) and a Shimano Sahara 2500FB reel.  The whole package ran about $160.

I would love to hear what everyone thinks about this setup.  Good or bad.

Thanks,

Jason

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Abu Garcia Torno 3006 hsi $100 new off ebay, St. Croix 6'6" medium heavy premier casting rod $100 anywhere. Its a pretty light rig and as for sensitivity. It is all about how in tune YOU are with what your bait is doing.

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UPDATE:

As always, thanks for the info.  I ended up going with a 6'6" Shimano Compre spinning rod (MH / F) and a Shimano Sahara 2500FB reel.  The whole package ran about $160.

I would love to hear what everyone thinks about this setup.  Good or bad.

Thanks,

Jason

I'm not much on spinning equipment as a primary worm rod.  Each to their own I guess.  

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Another vote for less on the reel and more on the rod.

And another one.  Spend more on the rod.  

Brokejew stated:

I loved my Citica, until I got a Curado. Both felt just as smooth and casted roughly the same, BUT, Size wise, I liked the 100D.

The Citicas come in a 100 series also.  Have you checked them out?

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