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Interested in what you might recommend given the following parameters:

For bass jigs 3/8 oz-1/2oz. (maybe a bit heavier, but rarely)

6'6" or 6"8" (no longer)

less than $200

Couple with 8.6 oz. reel

Also, maybe related or not: What do you think of the Daiwa Light and Tough rods as compared with Avids (of which I have a few)? What level of rod is it? I know it is an older line.

Thanks!

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Shimano Crucial 7' MH/F or the 6' 10" MH/F, both are right around $150 or so.  I have the 6' 10" MH/XF and it is an excellent rod.

Later, :)

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I own a few l and t's and love them, but they are flippin sticks. Why not over 6'8?  bought two carrost sticks that are 7'3 MH and they are awsome.

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Cabelas has their XML 6'6" worm/jig rods on sale for $29.99. Recently picked up the worm/jig rod and the 6'10" pitching rod and love both. Great sensitivity and overall fantastic rod. For only $29.99(usually $139.99) you can't go wrong. Definentely worth checking out.

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For jigs i would use nothing under a 7' rod. You really need the power to drive the hook home you know. I use a Powell Max 705C and a Kistler Argon 7' 1" for jigs. They are both under $200 and they are both SWEEEEET!!!

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Use the length you're comfortable with and don't worry about what others say you 'need' in order to fish a jig.

You don't need a 7' rod to fish a jig.  A 6'6" rod will do just fine.  My jig rod is a 6'9 Kistler Helium II MH.  And as anyone who fishes with me can attest, it has plenty of 'power' to drive a hook home.  

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I do my jig fishing with a 7 ft MH rod, and 50 to 65lb pp. Its a chore on a 7ft rod, I couldn't imagine dragging one out with a 6 and a half rod.

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My most important requirement when selecting a jig rod is what type of cover?

Surface matted vegetation & buck brush:

TD-V701MHRB Team Daiwa-V

Length: 7' 0

Line: 10-20 lb

Lure: ¼ - 1

Power: Medium Heavy

Action: Extra Fast

Sparse vegetation:

Shimano Crucial CRC-X610MH

Length: 6' 10

Line: 10-20 lb

Lure: 3/8-3/4

Power: Medium Heavy

Action: Extra Fast

The Daiwa is an older model that I use as an all around jig rod when I want to use the Crucial for craw worms/worms.

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Be patient and keep an eye on our Flea Market. You might find a

G. Loomis IMX MBR844C in your price range. This rod is a proven

winner and something you will fish your whole life.

If you want a shorter rod, the Avid AVC68MXF would serve as both

your soft plastics rig and light jig rod. The spinning version is the

AVS68MXF.

8-)

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Cabelas has their XML 6'6" worm/jig rods on sale for $29.99. Recently picked up the worm/jig rod and the 6'10" pitching rod and love both. Great sensitivity and overall fantastic rod. For only $29.99(usually $139.99) you can't go wrong. Definentely worth checking out.

I would get this rod - don't be put off by the $29 sale price.  Then I would do what RoadWarrior suggested - monitor the flea market until something like a Loomis or St. Croix show up for you to pounce on.  You'll probably like the XML enough that you'll want a couple until you score the Loomis.

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In my opinion you should choose the most sensitive rod based on your feel. A Jig at times can be hard to detect. I found that asking this type of question you will get a multitude of answers. Waht is most imprtant is the sensitivity and that can be very subjective based on personal preferance. I use two differant Rods based on size of jig and conditions. One is a Falcon Cara and one is a Kistler Argon. 6'10" and 7'1". Heavy and MH. Both can be used for a 1/4-3/4 oz jig. It is best to have a Fast or XFast action. Also keep in mind that Floro or Braid will help in sensitivity choose based on water clarity. My 2 cents.

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