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Berkley Amp & Okuma C3 Rods

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Saw these rods tonight & they are quite nice for $30, the Berkley Amp rod.  Only bummer was the Amp spinning rods the store had were 2 piece, I want the 1 piece.  But they did have a 6'6'" M b/c rod that I think I found the rod I want for my Shimano Calcutta 51 for drop shotting.  This rod almost feels like a ML than a Medium action.  I wanted the Shimano 6'6" b/c drop shot rod, but just a bit more money than what I wanted to spend.

The guides on this rod are chrome SS guides, but works w/ this rod.  The rod feels quite sensitive, your fingers are on the rod blank, not partial like on some exposed reel seats.  It's very light too & glossy or matte black finish, I don't remember.  It has a hook keeper also.  The reel seat as I said give you a very exposed area on the bottom on the rod blank.  I was checking out the 6'6" M b/c rod & the action on this rod is perfect for drop shot/crankbaits/topwater lures.  Amp rod is lighter than the Lightning Rod Shock.

Also the store had the Okuma C3 spinning rods.  Very nice, but doesn't really match well w/ the new Shimano Symetre reel as I thought it would.  I do have to say this rod is a bit heavy compared to other split grip rods.  I think cuz it's the graphite handle & butt section plus the reel seat.  But when you match it up w/ a spinning reel over 9 oz, it feels balanced.  The store didn't get any of the b/c rods in...yet.  I am so waiting for those to come in.

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I got a chance to play with the Amps today too, the are a matte black color.

I too, was really impressed with them, especially for the $30 price tag. They compare favorably everything out there that I have seen in that price range. I almost bought one, before I remembered I dont have enough reels to go around on the rods I have in the closet already. Just maybe though, its a pretty sweet setup!

The Amp blows the Shock out of the water as far as I was concerned. The tip on the Shock is much too soft for my liking

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I had the chance to handle the C3 rods last weekend and my first, very quick, impression was that they felt heavy.  As soon as I lifted it off the rack that weight became apparent.  I must say, though, is that it was a beautiful rod - nicely finished, very attractive, and the grips were particularly nice.

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Dbassman15, I bought the Calcutta 51 a few years ago.  Shimano doesn't have the Calcutta 51 in their lineup anymore.  I switched out the stock short handle w/a Shimano Cardiff 101 longer handle & it rocks!  I've had thoughts of selling this little reel but not sure....smallest round b/c reel out there, that's for sure!  These are hard to come by nowadays.

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Getting back to the Berkley Amp rods, I bought one and I'm amazed at the $30 price. I stood in the store for 30 min comparing it to a Carrot Stick and it is a great bang for a buck rod! I suggest pick one up for a spare and give it a toss. This rod is the best $30 you'll ever spend...

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It's a bummer that those C3s are heavy they look pretty sick. Did they seem to have good craftsmanship?

Yes!  That was more noteworthy than the weight.  They were beautiful rods.

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Saw these rods tonight & they are quite nice for $30, the Berkley Amp rod. Only bummer was the Amp spinning rods the store had were 2 piece, I want the 1 piece. But they did have a 6'6'" M b/c rod that I think I found the rod I want for my Shimano Calcutta 51 for drop shotting.

They do sell the amp in a one piece.

http://www.berkley-fishing.com/prod.php?k=134134&sk=0&p=PURAS562L%20(1139457)

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I bought a one piece 7' M Amp spinning rod a few weeks ago... They really fish pretty darn well for the price! Very sensitive, and comfortable rods. I think they're rated kind of light, and I use this rod for my 10-12" worms and crankbaits sometimes. I have had a few problems though, I was putting a different reel on it one day and the part of the rod that screws the reel on cracked pretty bad. The handle of the rod also took a nice beating from a sliding battery in the bed of a pickup truck... After some pliers and electrical tape, it's back in business for now and still seems to be the best bang for the buck.

I put a Shimano Sonora 2500 on it and it seems to be balanced pretty well! I think I'd definitely choose one of these over a Lightning Rod or a Shock or similarly priced rods. :D

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