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hi all,

new member with 1st post looking for a good compromise of rod & reel. looking for freshwater apps using mainly live bait (night crawlers) but exploring some lures also. i currently use an ugly stik & love it's strength & it's plenty sensitive for me.  looking into the shimano stradic CI4 as a reel but don't know what rod will compliment it. would appreciate any advice u guys can give. thanks

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You're getting a $200 reel to fish nightcrawlers?!? That's a new one. How much are you looking to spend?

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You're getting a $200 reel to fish nightcrawlers?!? That's a new one. How much are you looking to spend?

The pairing it with an ugly stik is worse than using nightcrawlers IMHO  ;D.

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let me rephrase "looking into".... haven't actually bought the reel yet and the stradic just caught my attention. will be using lures also. i just prefer live bait. price? anything under $250 hopefully for both rod & reel

who's pairing a stradic with an ugly stik? i thought  i asked for a rod that compliments the stradic & even then, is it a forbidden sin to pair the two?  

i'm still open to suggestions

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I would say a Pflueger President or Supreme spinning reel paired with a St. Croix Avid, Kistler Magnesium, or Powell Max.  

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let me rephrase "looking into".... haven't actually bought the reel yet and the stradic just caught my attention. will be using lures also. i just prefer live bait. price? anything under $250 hopefully for both rod & reel

who's pairing a stradic with an ugly stik? i thought i asked for a rod that compliments the stradic & even then, is it a forbidden sin to pair the two?

i'm still open to suggestions

yeah, pretty much.  ;D

So with the stradic you are leaving about $50 budget for a rod? I would spend more on the rod, in my opinion it is more important than a reel for what you are doing. You really don't need a Stradic for live bait and "some lures." I think you would benefit much more from a nice rod.

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For $229 checkout the Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Spinning Combo

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_98313_100003002_100000000_100003000_100-3-2?ordProd=Y&CMID=TOP_selectitems#itemDetail

I have one as my only spinning combo and its great!

(rarely ever use it but never know when I might need it)

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IMO RW gave a good suggestion, I happen to own a BPS tourney and I originally bought it for an inexpensive kingfish rod ( 8/17 mh), it has wonderful backbone and will handle just about anything you will catch, the sedona reel will compliment that rod well.  I put a supreme on that rod recently for froggin and it's working fine.

I'd look at almost any spinner4000, 50 -80 bucks would be fine on that ugly stick , be a nice catfish rod for bait use.

Personally I would purchase a "better" rod for a stradic, it's a fine reel and deserves a good rod, I use a hurricane redbone 20 lb class rod for my stradic.  I've had rods twice the price that do not perform half as well.

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thanks for the suggestions guys. that basspro combo that  RW posted does look good enough for me. i was really looking for a rod that has the  backbone & durability of an ugly stick. sirsnookalot i'll have to check out the redbones. thanks again

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