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Hello all,

I will be getting a new setup since I had terrible gear before which I will not even mention. I have been doing a lot of research but a lot of it is downright contradicting to each other so I need yall's help. I am looking to start out with three rods for the main three baits; SoftPlastics, Cranks, Spinnerbaits

This is the way I have narrowed it down:

1.) Fast Action, Medium Power 7'0 Spinning Graphite St Croix Triumph/Daiwa Exceler Spinning Rod 5:1

     ---Long rod for good cast range

     ---Medium Power for extreme lightness (will be 6-  12o'clock all day)

     ---Fast Action for good hook sets

     ---Spinning for low weight of plastic (no birds nest)

     ---5:1 Spinning Rod for good Power reeling back   

     Good For: Worms, Jigs, Soft Plastics

2.) Medium Action, Medium-Heavy Power 7'0 BPS Cranking Rod/Abu Garcia 5:1 Ambassadeur Baitcasting Reel

     ---Long for Casting Distance

     ---Medium Heavy for Good power bringing back fish into the boat

     ---Medium Action and Fiberglass flexibility to let fish "suck crankbait in"

     ---Slow Reel to allow Crankbait to stay in the zone for longer and dive deeper

     Good for: Crankbaits

3.) Medium Action, Medium Heavy Power 7'0 BPS Cranking Rod/Shimano 6:1 Citica Baitcasting Reel

     ---Long for Casting Distance

     ---Medium Heavy for Good power bringing back fish into the boat

     ---Medium Action and Fiberglass flexibility to let fish suck bait in

     ---Fast Reel to get bait moving fast

     Good for: Spinnerbaits, Buzzbaits

After the research I have done this seems like a good plan of attack for me. I basically just want a small set up right now which will let me fish the most for my money.

If you think this is a solid plan or you wish to comment on my logic or selections please, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks

Carlos

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Well..... I think a Medium Heavy, Fast action rod would be far more versitile than 2 cranking rods. I do 99% of my fishing with only 2 rods. A 7' Medium Fast casting rod can handle plastics, light jigs, spinnerbaits all just fine and can throw a crank in a pinch (I have a cranking rod too but don't use it very often). And a 6'6" medium light spinning rod for the little stuff. I can throw all but the heaviest baits with no difficulty and fish them all with reasonable effectiveness.

I picked the cranking rod up in trade a year or so ago (6'6" MM St Croix Avid). I would have never bought one otherwise. Kind of a one trick pony and since I don't have a boat, I don't like to carry 273 rods with me everywhere I go.

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by medium action you mean moderate action, correct? i agree with post above, i wouldnt have two moderate action (crankbait) rods if i only owned 3.

id change the third rod to a fast action/med heavy. good for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and jigs/worms that are a little too heavy for your medium power/fast action spinning rig.

id also change the power of your crankbait rod to a medium instead of medium heavy. unless you plan on tossing heavy and/or deep crankbaits most of the time. keep in mind, i mostly fish small-medium sized shallow-med depth divers.

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Here ya go:

Maybe this will help:

http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1141187546

Specifically:

Technique specific rods are for "enthusiasts".

Almost all your fishing can be done with just

one rod. Beyond that, you only "need" three rods:

Spinning: 6 1/2' or 7', M or MH, Fast Action

(soft plastics and light lures)

Baitcasting: MH or H, Fast Action

(jigs, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and all single hooks)

Baitcasting: MH, Moderate Action

(all treble hook lures)

8-)

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I'd skip the dedicated spinnerbait rod and spend more on the worm rod. You can use it for the spinnerbaits. By spending an extra $50 you can move into whole new level of worm rods, not that there's anything wrong with the Triumph :) But, at $100 plus there's a slew of new rods and a bunch of classics on closeout. FOr instance, if *** still has it, consider the All Star Platinum MF Spinning rod at <$70. It will handle most of your non-cranking needs.

Leon

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Welcome to Bass Resource gotarheelz14, Im a tarheel also from High Point, left for TX yrs ago but still a Duke fan.

roadwarrior sums it up the best, 3 combos, 6'6" MF spinning, 7' MHF baitcast, 7' M/MH Moderate.  These will cover most all your fishing needs.

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Thanks for the help guys! That's what I needed to hear. It is also comforting that I wasn't too far gone in my thinking  :)

Oh and congrats on the Duke win last night. I go to school at UNC right now but I have always loved and respected Duke's basketball program. I really like coach K too. He is the best college basketball coach in my opinion.

So spinnerbaits are good on fast action tips? I thought I would require something softer like a moderate so they wouldnt just hit it and spit it.

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