Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
rancocasrich

Buying a first all-purpose baitcaster rod/reel.....opinions?

Recommended Posts

Folks, I am new to this forum and look forward to sharing and learning. I am pretty much exclusively a spinning gear fisherman. I was given a new baitcaster many years ago but never got totally comfortable with it. Now, I want to buy a baitcaster rod/reel to expand my fishing opportunities and experiences. I would like to spend about $200.00. I have been advised to consider waiting for a while until the spring sales start. I am open to any brands etc.

Also, regarding the rod - 1 piece or 2 piece?

All opinions are appreciated. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Your best buy will be off the fishing flea market on this site. Check it out everyday and you will find a great deal. Might be a bit used but you could get a rod reel combo for half price. So either buy a 200$ combo new or buy a 400$ combo off the flea market slightly used for 200$. You will get a much better combo for the money than buying it new. I would wait and check the flea market

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you will find a wide variety or answers for this question but here goes:

Rod - 7ft M or MH:

Vendetta 7ft M or MH

Bucco

BPS Carbonlite or Extreme

Reels:

BPS Extreme

Revo S

Shimano Citica

Any combination of these will work well for you. Some people have their likes/dislikes for some of them but they will serve you well.

With modern 2 piece rods there is not enough difference for a weekend angler to notice, go with what feels good to you at a decent price.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dude I was in the same boat as you are just 4 months ago buying my first bait caster. Just  know that the learning process will take some extreme patience on your part & by buying really nice gear you can always sell it to another member if you choose to throw in the towel after one frustrating season. Look into a reel with dual brakes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am shopping for an all purpose rod for a family member as well. This combo is over your budget, but you are getting a very nice setup.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_102964_100003001_100000000_100003000_100-3-1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I am shopping for an all purpose rod for a family member as well. This combo is over your budget, but you are getting a very nice setup.

which one do u think is best for crankbaits?  I see they're all fast or xfast action...Isnt it better to have a slightly slower action for crankin'?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I am shopping for an all purpose rod for a family member as well. This combo is over your budget, but you are getting a very nice setup.

which one do u think is best for crankbaits? I see they're all fast or xfast action...Isnt it better to have a slightly slower action for crankin'?

I am sure one of the other guys are more qualify to answer the question for you. I am still a newbee as well. ^^

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd be patient and wait a month until the BPS spring sale. Then, I'd get a BPS Pro Qualifier reel (hopefully they will be on sale for $80 then). I mention this specific reel as it is the cheapest, QUALITY reel that has dual-braking (both magnetic and centrifugal brakes - usually making it easier to learn with less backlashes than single-brake system reels). Then, use the remaining $120 to try to get the best deal you can on a 6'6" or 7', medium or medium-heavy rod (medium will do if you fish mainly open water and lighter baits, medium-heavy if you fish more around trash and timber and/or use heavier baits). Lots of good rods in the $120 range and hopefully some of the more expensive rods will be on sale. Shimano, St. Croix, and lots of others...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The sale usually happen in March right?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The sale usually happen in March right?

If you're talking about the BPS Spring Classic - it's February 26 to March 14.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The sale usually happen in March right?

If you're talking about the BPS Spring Classic - it's February 26 to March 14.

Thanks, I will mark my calender... ;D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the suggestion of that reel.  Shimano makes great stuff!  I would look for a rod at least 6'-6" M to MH and try to get an IM7 graphite rod if you can.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Folks,  Thanks for all of the suggestions.  I have written down the various rods and reels and plan to go out and try them at the stores.  I may just wait for the Bass pro sales, unless I see what I want at one of the small shops, where i prefer to "invest" my money!

Please be encouraged to add more ideas for me.  This is a great activity during "cabin fever" season!  Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

check cabelas site they are having a rod sale up to 70% off some rods, some great deals

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Name brands were not my first thing i look at when buying rods&reels.Number of bearings five or more if you want it to last rods i always go with graphite rods although you can get away with glass rods when crankbaiting.But number of bearnings and gear ratio are what i look at first when buying baitcasters.So with that being said a reel with five or more bearings for first baitcaster i'd go with a ratio of 6.1 or better.Rod 6'6" MH graphite rod.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Name brands were not my first thing i look at when buying rods&reels.Number of bearings five or more if you want it to last rods i always go with graphite rods although you can get away with glass rods when crankbaiting.But number of bearnings and gear ratio are what i look at first when buying baitcasters.So with that being said a reel with five or more bearings for first baitcaster i'd go with a ratio of 6.1 or better.Rod 6'6" MH graphite rod.

Quality not Quantity  :)

-matt-

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Folks, I am new to this forum and look forward to sharing and learning. I am pretty much exclusively a spinning gear fisherman. I was given a new baitcaster many years ago but never got totally comfortable with it. Now, I want to buy a baitcaster rod/reel to expand my fishing opportunities and experiences. I would like to spend about $200.00. I have been advised to consider waiting for a while until the spring sales start. I am open to any brands etc.

Also, regarding the rod - 1 piece or 2 piece?

All opinions are appreciated. Thanks.

I don't know anyone who uses 2 piece rods. Now as far as a reel? The trouble with buying something like a Citica,is  that  it will not be able to throw light baits. If you are going to only be throwing baits that are fairly heavy,then fine. Just don't expect to be able to throw a weightless fluke,or finesse jig that weighs 3/16oz. If you intend to throw light stuff,you need a reel with a much lighter spool,which unfortunately will lighten your wallet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Folks, I am new to this forum and look forward to sharing and learning. I am pretty much exclusively a spinning gear fisherman. I was given a new baitcaster many years ago but never got totally comfortable with it. Now, I want to buy a baitcaster rod/reel to expand my fishing opportunities and experiences. I would like to spend about $200.00. I have been advised to consider waiting for a while until the spring sales start. I am open to any brands etc.

Also, regarding the rod - 1 piece or 2 piece?

All opinions are appreciated. Thanks.

I don't know anyone who uses 2 piece rods. Now as far as a reel? The trouble with buying something like a Citica,is that it will not be able to throw light baits. If you are going to only be throwing baits that are fairly heavy,then fine. Just don't expect to be able to throw a weightless fluke,or finesse jig that weighs 3/16oz. If you intend to throw light stuff,you need a reel with a much lighter spool,which unfortunately will lighten your wallet.

I am using a Citica 200 right now on a 7' MH rod for all single hook, and sometime I will throw some light stuff, but never had a big problems with it. I do agree that a high end reel might work better on light lures, but you shouldn't experience too many problems.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I don't know anyone who uses 2 piece rods.....

I do, so do lots of folks. The bass on my avatar was caught on a 2-piece rod. There have been lots of threads about 1- vs 2-piece rods so that's already been discussed elsewhere and can be found with a search. My advice to the original poster is to consider your transport/travel needs. If you will always be able to take along a 6 1/2' or 7' rod (you drive a truck or whatever) go with the 1-piece rod. If you only have a sedan or occasionally leave the truck at home and drive another car, I'd sure rather have a 2-piece rod with me than have a 1-piece rod at home ::)

I drive a sedan with fold-down rear seats. I can take 7 1/2'  1-piece rods with me with the seats folded down - the rods extend from the trunk area, through the back seat area, then between the front bucket seats, and the tips end up in the front seat area. But when I'm on a trip, and don't want 3 or 4 rods sticking through the car, I've got my 2-piece rods in the trunk... 8-) (Actually - I ALWAYS have a 5-piece pack rod and spinning reel in the trunk - you never know when you might be driving around and see some good water... ;D)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For a crankbait rod, I would NEVER use anything but a fiberglass rod. You just miss too many fish or have them shake off. The load up that a glass rod offers at the point of attack is unbeatable.

However, to really answer your question: 200 dollars isn't going to buy you happiness in a multipurpose combo.

Spend a little extra and get at LEAST a St. Croix Triumph, 6'6'' Med HVY/ FAST with a Citica E. I would venture to go ahead and get a 7' and relearn.

Problem with that is, compared to my custom rods with the same reel....well....there is no comparison. Especially in price. :'(

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, he's not looking for a crankbait rod.

An "all-around" rod would be 6 1/2' or 7'

Medium Heavy Power/ Fast Action. The

Abu Garcia Vendetta has been getting

good reviews:

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewicast09rodsabugarcia.html

Match this up with a Shimano Citica and you

are good to go for around $200.

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewshimanocitica200e.html

8-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    bass fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing rods

    fishing rods


    fishing rods

    fishing reels
    fishing gear

    Truck Caps

    fishing reels
    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×