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TD Fuego vs. Shimano Cumara

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I tried a search and couldn't find too much related to the topic.

I am considering a new spinning rod for light shaky heads, maybe some drop shot and some weightless plastics- mostly between 1/8oz-3/8oz, maybe an occasional 1/2oz bait.

In general, I like rods that have fast tips for these purposes.

My question is, can anyone give me a good comparison of the Shimano Cumara and the TD Fuego rods or some advice about either? I really like the styling of the Fuego and the hand-in-front-of-reel handle instead of the handle directly over the reel but from what I've heard it is a little heavier than the Cumara.

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I have the Cumara CUS72M, which works really well for jigging and working light plastics.  It feels stiffer mid section on back than most rods and a fast tip, afterall it is a jigging rod, which is good to get a good solid hook set and detecting light bites.  It's light, sensitive, and performs great and will be a good choice for your application.

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It this helps I have some experience with both the Cumara and Zillion. Both rods seem much stiffer then what you would expect for a Med. Power rod. As an example I bought a MH Zillion which I thought I would use for T-Rigs. A Med. power was much more suitable so I switched out. It seems this way for any of the Shimano and Diawa rods even the Crucial by my experience.

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Both rods are very light and sensitive, but I'd go with the Fuego for the grip alone. I own a Fuego and two 6'8" Steez Compile-X spinning rods. The Fuego uses the same reel seat as the Steez, and it allows you to hold the rod in front of the reel. I feel it is a huge advantage, and due to the obscene balance advantage; I can give my baits incredible action. I'll have to take a pic to show you what I'm talking about...maybe I can get my wife to do it. The Zillion rods offer a lot of rod for the price....and I am super impressed with mine, but it's spinning cousin, the Fuego....is even more impressive for the money.  It is very close to my Steez Compile-X spinning rods, with Steez just being a hair lighter.  

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It is very close to my Steez Compile-X spinning rods, with Steez just being a hair lighter.

Wow, that's quite an endorsement. :) I've been thinking that the Powell Max might be the best value for my budget. I might have to save a bit longer :D

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