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My oldest baitcasting rod is about 3 or 4 years old and is loosing its backbone and sensitivity.  I got some gift cards to basspro for Christmas and im going to get a new rod with some of the money.  What is a good rod?  I just have cabelas, basspro, and a quatum rod.  I want to try a new one?  Any suggestions?  Thanks

*Pairing it with a Shimano Citica

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Congrats!! But how does a rod lose its backbone or worse yet, its sensitivity? If that is the case, I am going to need to replace all of my rods.  ;D

To the subject, figure what you want to cover for your arsenal first. When you have an idea of what you want, the decision for buying a rod(s) will be muich clearer. For example, if you wanted one for Trigs, Crankbaits, Drop Shot, etc.

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maybe this is a good excuse to use if ur married ..loosing back bone and sensitivity imma try this i aint married though ;D

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maybe this is a good excuse to use if ur married ..loosing back bone and sensitivity imma try this i aint married though ;D

Wire and duct tape, that 's the answer.  ;)

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Here are some suggestions to consider when selecting a rod.

When comparing baitcasters with spinning rods, pleaset note the following:

1.  Glass or graphite?

2.  Rod specs and how they balance with the reel you will want to use.

3.  Rod rating. Medium Heavy is an all around rating.

4.  Rod length. 6'6" is standard. Go longer for more power and longer casts.

5.  Number of line eyes on rod.  The more, the better.

6.  The type of line eyes on the rod. Check them out.

7.  Length of rod handle.

8.  Type of rod handle.

9.  Manufacturer's warranty. Do not be bashful.  Make clerk look it up for you or go to the manufacturer's web site and find it, if possible.

If you want a specific brand of rod, like Shimano, Kistler, All Star, Daiwa, Bass Pro Shops, etc., please go to their web sites and look up their rods and their specifications.

G. Loomis describes all of their rods in detail on their web site.

If you can't decide, stick with an Ugly Stick  ;D   ;D   ;D

Let us know what you get.

Happy New Year.  ;)

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;D   Ok guys look, im looking to use it for all types of plastics (Texas Rigging) so im looking at a 6' 6" MH.  Im not sure which companies make the best rods.  Thats where I need some suggestions

I already own:

3 Bass Pro rods

1 Quantum Cranking rod

I do not want another Bass Pro rod or a Quantum.  I would like a new brand to use.  Im looking at All Star Rods and St. Croix Rods.  

Thanks  ;)

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;D Ok guys look, im looking to use it for all types of plastics (Texas Rigging) so im looking at a 6' 6" MH. Im not sure which companies make the best rods. Thats where I need some suggestions

I already own:

3 Bass Pro rods

1 Quantum Cranking rod

I do not want another Bass Pro rod or a Quantum. I would like a new brand to use. Im looking at All Star Rods and St. Croix Rods.

Thanks ;)

How much do you want to spend?

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;D Ok guys look, im looking to use it for all types of plastics (Texas Rigging) so im looking at a 6' 6" MH. Im not sure which companies make the best rods. Thats where I need some suggestions

I already own:

3 Bass Pro rods

1 Quantum Cranking rod

I do not want another Bass Pro rod or a Quantum. I would like a new brand to use. Im looking at All Star Rods and St. Croix Rods.

Thanks ;)

How much do you want to spend?

No less than 90$ and no more than 200$

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;D Ok guys look, im looking to use it for all types of plastics (Texas Rigging) so im looking at a 6' 6" MH. Im not sure which companies make the best rods. Thats where I need some suggestions

I already own:

3 Bass Pro rods

1 Quantum Cranking rod

I do not want another Bass Pro rod or a Quantum. I would like a new brand to use. Im looking at All Star Rods and St. Croix Rods.

Thanks ;)

How much do you want to spend?

No less than 90$ and no more than 200$

A St. Croix Avid would be a good choice. I own two of them and they are very nice rods. You could also look at the Shimano Cumaras which are run about $200. The Carrot Stix also have a big following and are priced around $150, but I've never fished one so I don't have an opinion on them.

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So you say your rod has gone limp and you cant feel a thing huh? I hate it when that happens.

For that price range I would pick up a Carrot stick or Cumaras. try putting that split grip in you hand it's heavenly, I just got my first split grip and think I'll move toward all my rods having it.

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I would go with an Avid, or maybe a clearance Legend Elite if you can find one...

Oh yea...Reedssports.com has them.

Comes out to under $200 after all is said and done. I'm even looking at one of these... IMX Loomis for $50 more, or one of these?  ;) Decisions decisions.  ;D

So you say your rod has gone limp and you cant feel a thing huh? I hate it when that happens.

For that price range I would pick up a Carrot stick or Cumaras. try putting that split grip in you hand it's heavenly, I just got my first split grip and think I'll move toward all my rods having it.

Split grips aren't for everyone. I can't stand 'em. :)

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I think i've made my decision and am going to get the St. Croix Avid Series 7' MH as a soft plastics rod.  Im thinking that I will put 12 pound monofilamant line and pair it with a Shimano Citica.  

Does this sound like a good combo?  

Thanks

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Yes!

8-)

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Hey Man. thats a good choice in my opinion you cant go wrong with a ST Croix. that is all i use but your reel choice depends on what lure or technique you are going to use. be sure to study up on on gear ratios and compare them with you rod selection.

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Sounds good to me,

I think if you can get a chance to put the rod in your hand first it will help you make your decision. Hand size and comfort determines which rod I get.

Grab a 6".6' and a 7 " in the same rod action and tip speed. look at the blank right where it meets the grip. the diameters can be different. I don't have big hands and prefer lighter rods so I like the 6".6' for soft plastics. put similar rods with different grip designs in you hand and find the feel you like, when you fish soft plastics it pays to have a very comfortable rod. The reel should be be more than fine even throwing some weightless from time to time. 12# is good in mono. I like 14# and 17# i don't really know if I've really needed it though.  Good luck!

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