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Hey! I have been bass fishing for about 3 years now and after having elevated my skills and knowledge I have decided to get serious.  I am looking to buy a good rod and a good bait-casting reel.  I want to spend around 100 dollars on the reel and maybe 80 on the rod.  I have been looking but have no clue what brand or what size to buy.  I have lurked on this forum for a while and you all seem to know your stuff... SO ANY SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME!!! Thanks.

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you would probably be better off spending more on the rod than on the reel.

What type of lures are planning on using?

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Welcome aboard!

This might help:

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1196114229

To be specific, the Shimano Citica is on sale right now for

around $65. That would be a good place to start. I think you

might be able to pick up a "better" rod within your budget by

keeping an eye on the BassResource.com "Flea Market".

8-)

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I plan on using a lot of soft plastics, crank-baits, and top water poppers.  So maybe I should go 100 on each? I have 350 to spend on a new rod, reel, soft tackle box, and some new lures.  What would be the ideal ratio to spend on each item?

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I would get one of the citicas that RW mentioned.  Also, keep an eye on the flea market for good rod and reel deals.

You could buy a new Citica, a new St. Croix Premier 7' MH rod, and still have money left in you budget for other tackle.  You could fish a lo of different things with this set up.  You could also get a 6'6" rod if you prefer that size.

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check out *** for your soft plastics there really good and cheap. Id check out the Diawa TD pro from basspro its an awesome reel for around 100$

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Garcis revos are great . Smooth and you can throw weightless with no prob . Like thowin butter quiet and super strong .Good fishing to ya 8-)

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Wait, in about 2 weeks the BPS Extreme rod and reel combos will go on sale for 99 bucks,great deal

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the $100 baitcaster combo question should be a sticky.

id go to bass pro or cabelas and see what theyre doing.

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Allow $140 for the reel, and spend $120 on 2 different rods.(7'm,7.5'flippin') To heck with a tacklebox/bag - BUY LURES!! ;)

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Okay, looks like I have a lot to look into.  Thanks guys I will get to it immediately!

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