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So, I was fishing this weekend and caught a bunch of bass on a particular setup. One of my Avids broke at the end of last season and I upgraded to the Legend Tournament Finesse Spinning Rod (LTBS68MXF). I paired this up with a Shimano CI4 which I reviewed last summer but now spooled with Fireline Braid. OMG, this setup is so sensitive. This setup alone accounted for 10 out of 13 bass I caught in a heavily pressured weekend (lots of pre and post tournaments on the lake I was on). I fished in areas where I saw other boats come and go with no bass being landed (I watched from a distance and waited for those areas/coves to clear out). I went in and felt the tiniest of bites on a shakey head setup. I was amazed.

This is my new favorite setup. What's yours? One rod / reel/line/ application. The search for one.

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hmmm...good question.  I would say my G Loomis SMR814C-CB paired with a Abu Garcia Revo Premier and 12 Fluorocarbon Line.  This is a great jerkbait set-up. 

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Tough choice, I like all my setups, however that tennis elbow case made me fish with spinning gear I acquired this strong taste for this set-up which I originally purchased for the foot patrol:

GraphiteLeader Bosco GLBS602ML/Daiwa Revros 2004/6lbs YoZuri Hybrid.

Been using it every week for over a year and a half for practically evreything except for the largest/heaviest baits.

Tennis elbow sucks bigtime !  >;)

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My favorite setup is probably my 7'M Daiwa Zillion/Daiwa Alphas 103/12lb XPS Flourocarbon.  I find it a versatile setup fishing shakey heads, tubes, jerkbaits, weightless plastics, dropshot, and small jigs.  It's terribly light, sensitive, extremely balanced, and has plenty of power to handle big fish.

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Loomis IMX MBR844C, Revo Premier, Seguar InvizX 15lbs test and I love this combo for fishing all types of jigs, especially swim jigs.

Later, ;)

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I'm pretty happy with all my gear. 

One I really like would be my pre IPC Avid AC62MXF saddled with an Alphas Ito Ai and 8 lb. P-line CXX.  This rod is great for topwaters, jerkbaits, short target "sniper" spinnerbaits, even makes a great tight quarter light worming rod.

Another would be my LTBC70MF "Teaser" with a Daiwa Zillion 7.1 and 12 lb. P-line CXX.  This rod can literally cover about 85% of my fishing, if needed.  The same can be said for next rod up in power for that line, the Sweeper, LTB70MHF.

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J Francho,

What do you use your Teaser for?  I have the Tube (LTBS70MF - I upgraded my other Avid as well).  I talked to a couple techs at St. Croix who said it's pretty much the same rod as the Teaser.  They recommended "anything."  I have tossing Spinnerbaits with it, topwater, and cranks because that's what I used my old comparable Avid for. 

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Shimano Stradic CI4 2500 on a Cumara 7'2" and 8lb mono. This and binder of Zoom Trick Worms and Im happy. Take it flats fishing with a 20# leader and a Fluke bait. Would like to have gotten the 6'8" rod though....

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G.Loomis MBR842C 7' MedFast Rod w/ Steez 100SHA Reel.

Its not the best looking rod but its the best all around fishing rod.

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My favorite combo is a 6.4:1 BPS Pro Qualifier reel on a 7' MXF PQ rod, spooled with 12# YoZuri Hybrid. Like J. Franco's LTB/Zillion, this combo will handle a high percentage of my fishing needs. I also have have a 7.1:1 PQ reel on a 7' MHF Carbonlite rod, spooled with 15# CXX that I like very much.

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My favorite combo Spinning is my: Quantum Catalyst PTI-B20 on a old Daiwa D-Force Fiberglass rod with 6# Vicious Flouro. The rod matches the reel perfectly for aesthetics and it's my setup for shallow to medium diving cranks and has really produced for me this year.

Baitcasting: Quantum Energy PT/Cabelas XMLTi/14# Mono

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Daiwa Steez 103HA / Dobyns DX703C / 12 Lb. Seaguar InvizX

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Baitcasting:

MBR842C/ Core 50MG7/ Yo-Zuri Hybrid #12 (purple smoke)

Spinning:

PR844S/ Stella 2500FD/ Hybrid #6

8-)

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My Loomis GLX BCR803's are my favorite rods as I fish C-rigs and plastics quite a bit. I like my Calais 200DC on one of them a lot! Such a versatile reel/setup. But I have a 2010 Premier on one too, and that's a great setup as well. Hard to pick a favorite between them for baitcasting.

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Daiwa Sol/Falcon Cara T7 CCB-4-17MR. 7' MS

great lipless cranking setup.

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i dont have nicer gear like alot of you guys do , but the setup i use the most is an Abu Garcia Cardinal 801 with 6lb suffix seige on a 6'6" L/F Shimano Clarus. my personal bests were caught on it. 

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Tough choice.

Rod = G.Loomis MBR844c for worms and such, also works well for frogs in open to sparse cover, or the Quantum Tour PT PT6107F, best dang rod for casting and working Jig's that I have ever owned. To tough to call for I love them both, actually I love all my Loomis and Quantum PT rods, however I could not chose between the two mentioned for there both my favorite that I am taking to the grave with me.

Reel = Quantum Tour PT

Line = Braid was Super Braid till it got discontinued, have not found a replacement yet. Mono= Vicious Ultimate. Flouro = No Favorite, still trying them all one at a time.

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My Texas Rig Setup ;)

Shimano Crucial CRC-X610MH

Length: 6' 10

Line: 10-20 lb

Lure: 3/8-3/4

Power: Medium Heavy

Action: Extra Fast

Shimano Calcutta CT100A Gear Ratio: 5:8.1 Weight: 8.8 oz  Bearings: 2+1

Berkley Big Game 15# Mean Green

Mustad Denny Brauer Straight Shank Flippin' Hook 4/0

Tru-Tungsten Black 1/4 oz. Bullet Weights

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I know it's nothing special but I'm so impressed with the 7' heavy bucoo with a curado 200 e7 and 20# invisx.

I absolutely love my calcutta ct100 te gt and american rodsmith david fritz for cranking.  that reel is a d**n winch and smooth as a baby's rump

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latley its been my frog rod...im using a powell 7ft hvy with a citica and 50lb power pro

soon im goin to get one of the powell frog rods

but noone around here has the balls to throw frogs in some places

on a really pressured river i fish ive started to skip them under trees others look past and fish them just about everywhere and when its on its on. it doesnt allways work but sunday was a tough day we had rising water and the river was up about 3 or 4 feet and one team brought in a limit...i found three fish and won. the big fish have hardly ever seen this before and i think thats why it works in fact i have caught more big ones in the last 2 weeks than i have in a year on this river......o wait this is a rod thread haha

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I'm easy to please. I have a Berkley 5'6" pistol grip that's possibly 15 years old with a plane-jane red Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 5500C that I spool every couple of months with fresh Trilene XL 14lb mono. This setup gets more fishing time than several other more expensive rod/reel combo's that I own.

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I have been switching a lot of combos up lately, and have a new favorite.

7' MH Okuma C3/Citica E/50 lb braid or 15 lb Big Game (have tried and enjoyed both lines, depending on cover)

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I have 2 combos I love both finesse combos.

1-Gloomis MBR782/Daiwa Pixilla spooled with 8lb invisx.

2-Shimano Cumulus/Shimano Core50MG spooled with 10lb invisx.

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Kistler 7'8" Magnesium H paired with a Revo S 65# Power Pro

A Frog throwing machine!

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My favorite setup is also one of my most versatile.

7' Medium-Heavy Fast St. Croix Legend X. paired with a LH 7.0:1 Quantum Tour Edition PT spooled with 30-lb. Sufix Performance Braid.

I traded up to get this rod as my primary spinnerbait rod. It works great for spinnerbaits and has filled in nicely as my top-water buzzbait or frog rod.

Whets

8-)

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