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I know I'm flooding the boards, but trying to order this stuff tonight.

I'm kinda lost on a Jig rod. Everything I read seems to contradict itself. What am I looking for in a Jig rod and what are some quality rods I should look at buying?

I think I need at least a MH for a strong back bone, that's sensitive, not sure about length or action. Am I on the right track?

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Everyone has there personal preference but i was using the St. Croix LTBC66MHF until just recently and just loved it.  Depending on cover MH 6'6" - 7' in length and a F to XF action will work.  I prefer a fast action mostly because i think the XF makes it a bit more difficult to throw accurately for me. The thing that always confused me was every company's actions are a little different so that's were the personal preference comes in and just being able to use or at least handle the rods for yourself is the best way to get a feel on what you like.  Tons of good brands and tons of price ranges to choose from.  Im pretty new at this to so i hope that helps a bit.

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I like a MH-H/F rod for my jig fishing. Get a MH for good amount of cover, and/or lighter jigs within the rating, A H for the thick stuff and heavier lures.

I also prefer a 7'-7'6". I'll recommend a Dobyns Saavy  8-)

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Check out the powell 7' H.  1/4 oz to an oz lure rating.  Thats what I did all my jig fishing with until I got the 765 flipping stick and never had a problem with it.  It is very sensitive and strong.

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Depending on your price range there is a huge selection.  I prefer at least 6' 10" to 7' and MH or H and Fast or Extra Fast.

Later, :D

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Well, now that you've got several rod recommendations, I'll throw my input in on actually answering your question. :D

Personally, I use MH rods for jigs. I really don't see the need for a traditional heavy power rod for fishing jigs. Before somebody mentions heavy cover, etc etc. I fish in plenty of stupid thick stuff down here in southern FLA. I like a rod with a bunch of backbone and a quick tip on it. Length and action basicalyl boil down to personal preference. You've got to figure out what you're comfortable with using. There is no specific recipe for rod actions. Each company rates them a little differently anyway.

My two jig rods:

Shimano Crucial - CRCX-610MH: 6'10" 3/8-3/4 General use jig rod. Will toss 1/4oz jigs without any problem as well.

Shimano Crucial - CRCX-76MH: 7'6" 3/8-1oz Flipping and pitching rod. Will easily handle 1/4 oz jigs as well. Has a bit more of a parabolic bend than the rod above.

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7 ft mh Big bear rod!!! Light and sensitive! Have lots of backbone but enough tip to feel everything and cast a mile!

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I am using a 7'11" Lamiglas Excel.  I really like it.  However I am mainly pitchin to very heavy timber so you might not want that big of a stick.  The same series of rods has a 7'3" MH that might suit you.  Plus they are 100% made in the USA...not too shabby for $110!  Check them out.

http://www.***.com/Lamiglas_Excel_Bass_Series_Casting_Rods/descpage-LEBSRC.html

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I prefer a longer rod.  My preference is a Lamiglas Certified Pro XFT764.  I have two and they are my go to rods.  Check out the recent review in Tackle Tour.  By the way, they can be had for about 180 bucks.

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I find I like a shorter rod from the bank where I have to maneuver over and around brush and trees, longer from a boat where I don't have to wrry about it.  MH is fine if you're not fishing sloppy salad, I actually prefer it as I feel like it's more fun to fish with unless you're using 3/4 oz+ jigs. There's a 6'6" MH Daiwa Cielo on sale for $124 at Tackle Warehouse right now; it's a $300 plus rod and I love mine. Just an opportunity.

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I have a short rod. ::D

A very sensitive 6'6" MH/F Fenwick Techna AV... and I like it that way. It's great to do research, helms83, but make sure to pick something that feels good to you!

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The power rating really depends on the weight of the jig and the cover density & type, why I say so ? cuz I jig fish with UL and 6 lbs test line all the way to a EXH Heavy & 20 lbs test, of course I 'm not going to tie a 3/4 oz jig to a UL rod nor will tie a 1/16 oz jig to an EXH rod but in practical terms ---> any rod with a F/EXF action will serve you for jigging, UL all the way up to EXH, it depends.

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As you all probably know, I have a few threads going. I decided to get a good reel, the BPS Pro qualifier 5.2:1 $100 and quantum trigger rod 7'M mod $50. This saves me $150 to get a more sensitive rod for jigs/rigs/worms.

My buddy told me when the weather cools off more, we'll be fishing shakey heads and worms, jigs, and slower baits. He said to make sure I get something good for worms. I know I should get 6'6 - 7' M or MH f or ex f tip. I was also told sensitivity is a big factor here, so the rod will be more pricey. Where do I go from here?

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As you all probably know, I have a few threads going. I decided to get a good reel, the BPS Pro qualifier 5.2:1 $100 and quantum trigger rod 7'M mod $50. This saves me $150 to get a more sensitive rod for jigs/rigs/worms.

My buddy told me when the weather cools off more, we'll be fishing shakey heads and worms, jigs, and slower baits. He said to make sure I get something good for worms. I know I should get 6'6 - 7' M or MH f or ex f tip. I was also told sensitivity is a big factor here, so the rod will be more pricey. Where do I go from here?

Get a Crucial, that 's a very good rod and less than the $150 you got.

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http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1281732335/0

Thats just my personal choice without breaking the bank. Make sure you make up your own mind though. Don't get wrapped up in what other people tell you. If you can, try to handle other peoples suggestions in a store. See what feels comfortable to you.

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As you all probably know, I have a few threads going. I decided to get a good reel, the BPS Pro qualifier 5.2:1 $100 and quantum trigger rod 7'M mod $50. This saves me $150 to get a more sensitive rod for jigs/rigs/worms.

My buddy told me when the weather cools off more, we'll be fishing shakey heads and worms, jigs, and slower baits. He said to make sure I get something good for worms. I know I should get 6'6 - 7' M or MH f or ex f tip. I was also told sensitivity is a big factor here, so the rod will be more pricey. Where do I go from here?

I would recommend a 7' M/F rod as a primary (workhorse) worm rod.  I do have 6'6", 7'6", MH and XF worm rod setups but the 7' M/F gets the most use...you can cast light weight T-rigs a long ways with this setup (a must, at times).

The worm rod is not the place to skimp on cost.  Get the best/most sensitive one within your budget. There's a lot of good ones, but Shimano Crucial/St Croix Avid should be on the list of rods you check out.  The Diawa Cielo for $124 @ Tackle Warehouse is a great deal on an excellent rod, but the 7' model is not available.

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Im a big Castaway and H&H fan, but for an almost all purpose worm rod, it's very tough to beat the Falcon HD.  It has quickly become a favorite worm rod because of its light weight and sensitivity.  I have a HDC-7M (7 foot medium) and it has turned out to be a great rod for me.  Very sensitive with a nice bend to it, and for $69 its a heck of a hard deal to beat.  I was previously using MH Castaway rods for worming, but the 7' M Falcon HD rod is now my go-to worm rod when not worming in thick, heavy slop.  Check them out when you get a chance, very light, very sensitive, and very good value for the dollar.

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If I were you, and I wanted a rod for worms/jigs and didn't want to break the bank, but still knew I wanted this to be my best/most sensitive rod, I would shoot for this

Avid Casting Rod 7' Medium Heavy

Taper      Line Wt.      Lure Wt.      Guides      Handle Type      Handle Length      Price      Stock      Qty

Fast      12-20lb      3/8-1oz      9+Tip      Avid Cast 2

Click to View      15-1/4"      $190.00      Yes      

Avid Cast 2

AVC70MHF, Line Weight: 12-20 lbs. Fast Action. Great all around rod for just about anything you do. Great spinnerbait rod and you can really put the hook to big bass when you're casting Senkos, jigs and worms.

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I have used a G loomis MBR853Cfor the last 12 years. I fish with 1/4 to 1oz jigs. I live in California and sometimes fish as deep as 65 feet with a 1/2 oz jig or preferable a 3/4 oz jig and man is this rod sensitive. I am sure the GLX would be a step up but for the price the IMX is the rod for me. :D

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Just for the sake of value, I'll cast another vote for the Avid. 

However, if you can afford it, Dobyn's makes a few great higher end rods that are really hard to beat. 

I like the fact that there's no foregrip.  You can get your hands on the blank much easier, which equated to greater sensitivity.

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