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So, I'm lookin at buying a good baitcasting rod for <$120. I'm making a trip to BPS in Orlando Monday. I'm looking at the St Croix MoJo, the All Star rods, and Fenwick. Anyone fish with the BPS rods? If so, are they good rods?

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I fish with the BPS Rick Clunn worm/ drop shot rod. I love it. Granted I've never fished with a Loomis or any other high end rods to compare to, but it serves me well.

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i fish johnny morris signature series exclusively and they are amazing.

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Before I went crazy and switched to Loomis and Steez rods I used to fish BPS johnny morris signature series rods and they were very good rods for the money.

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I have a 6'6" BPS PRO FINESSE ROD ML action and I love it.I do alot of finesse presentations and the rod is really sensitive.I really like the power hump handle as well.

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Pro finesse and extreme are really nice rods and should fall perfectly into your budget.

I almost got the pro finesse for myself when they were on sale (they may still are). the only turn off was the rep told me all bps rods come with 1 year warranty even their signature and elite series of rods - don't know if it's the same in the states tho. For $100+ I would prefer at least something like a 5-year warranty as many other major brands offer. I ended up with a fenwick elitetach 6'9" worm/jig for CAD$99+ taxes from a local tackle shop and couldn't be happier. (well... it's not really related to the subject but I can't help but have to brag about it b/c it's such a steal ;D ;D ;D)

i'd go with an old fenwick hmg for $90 if it can be found in the action and length wanted.

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i own johnny morris baitcasting rod 6'6" for senkos and weightless and i also bought st croix mojo wacky spinning rod and i use the st croix more than johnny morris because it have perfect tip good for senkos and fit ur budget easy my suggest buy st croix mojo spinning with johnny morris reel but the casting one u pick which u feel perfect

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As stated above the Bass pro rods are very good rods in that price point.  I own a Johny morris elite series and it a great little rod. Sensitive and it has the recoil guides.  Check around some times there are great deals to be had at BPS I got a St croix ltb teaser last year for 150 it a 200 dollar rod normally.  another rod to look at in that price range is the Diawa light and tuff series. Ike uses them a lot and I have the Frog rod and its a great rod for toads and skinny dippers

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IMO they perform just as well as comparable rods in their price range. Some say they are made for BPS by other major rod manufacturers? I don't use them because i hate the Power Hump handles!

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Only one I ever owned was a Tourney Special in the 5'6" length, a casting rod.  It was a solid, quality built rod, but I let it go in a yard sale cause I messed up and got it in a medium heavy power when I should have gotten a bit softer rod.  

But for $100, I wouldn't even consider a BPS rod, not when a Shimano Compre can be had for $100 to $110, (6'6" or 7'), and they have lifetime warranties which beats just a year only.  Sensitivity on these rods is awesome, best I have ever had, but I've only had rods cheaper in price before getting the Compre.  Still though, for $100 you'd never beat it and I see no reason to even look at anything else considering how nice these are for that price.  I still do look cause I'm just that way, curious, always looking for something new, but now that I compare everything to the Compre, it's gonna be a lot harder to sell me on something lower priced or higher, either way.  Lower I just tend to think it's not as good, and higher I tend to think it would have to completely blow away the Compre for me to want it and pay more.  

Well, got off track, but for BPS rods, I see no problems with their quality, just think they'd stack up as #2 compared to a Shimano based on warranty alone.

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I recently returned a Bionic Blade after the tip guide came loose.  It came loose while casting and not during some snag or fish fight.  I could've replaced the rod but I choose to go with a Shimano Clarus rod ($80) instead.  I mainly fish with St. Croix's but needed a lower end rod for travel purposes.  In terms of feel, I like the Clarus' feel vs. the Bionic Blade.  

The one thing that is really nice about the Clarus vs. the BPS rod is the lifetime warranty.  The BPS rod only had a one year warranty.  I didn't feel good about that warranty after the guide came loose after one week of fishing.  Also, I don't live near a BPS so I have peace of mind with Shimano's and St. Croix's lifetime warranties.

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