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I'm looking to put together a swimbait combo during the cold weather months for next season.  I am looking to spend no more than $400-500, but I think I can get it done for less than that.  I have 3 reels I am looking into a shimano Calcutta 400B, Calcutta 400TE, or another possibility would be a curado 300D if I can find it on clearance for less than $200.  Of these three what would be my best choice?  How much does gear ratio play into swimbaiting?  The calcutta's are 5.0:1 and the curado is 6.2:1.  

Also, the rods I am looking into are the St. Croix Mojo, Shimano crucial, and the Okuma guide series?  Can anyone point me in the right direction here?  Thanks.

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Calcutta 400B, Okuma

A Gloomis will keep you under 500 and are great rods. For the price though, Okumas are tough to beat.

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What is the model number of the Loomis rod?  What lure weight should I look for.  I plan on buying some tru-tungsten tru lifes, mattlures, lucky craft supreme 200, and lunker punkers?

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A Okuma 7'11" XH is a great rod. I own one and love it. It handles all my big baits flawlessly. I have it paired with a Cardiff 400, but I plan on upgrading to a Luna or Calcutta.

Skip on the tru-tungsten, and the lucky craft supreme. Pick up a couple Hudddlestons 8" in ROF 5 and 12. If you want a Mattlures, wait for his hard bluegill to come out, it looks AWESOME! Punkers are nice to have too.

BTW, did Big Bait Posse inspire you to start swimbaiting? I noticed your user name.

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Triple R Rods here in MO just built a 8' swim bait rod for me.If your interested I can PM you the phone # .He builds with Loomis blanks if thats what you want or has 1 other brand thats a little cheaper but only has 1 year warnt where Loomis is life time.

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What would be a good Spinning rod & reel set up for swimbaits??

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Thanks for the advice fellas.  The big bait posse may have had some effect on my choice to start  swimbaiting.  Mainly, though I know there are some big bass here in TN and I want to catch them.  

I think I am going to get a calcutta 400B, and the okuma rod.  I'll post some pics of it when I get it early next year.

Oh yeah, any recommendations on line?

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Oh and one other thing, could this setup double as a big striper rig?

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you can get a quantum swimbait rod and shimano cardiff reel combo at outdoorproshoop.com on sale for 170..the rods usually 170 and the reel 120 so you saving baout 120 bucks

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