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I have $150 to spend (could spend $170 if necesary) on a rod for fishing texas rigged plastics, I am overwhelmed with all the options and I don't know what to buy. I am currious to see what others think is the best deal out there.

-Jack

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i like the duckett micro magic 7' mh very light very sensitive and plenty of backbone for hook sets hard to beat for the price $159.00

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Powell Max 7' MH/XF.

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Yeah, I would go with the Ducket Micro Magic rod too. You won't regret it, it's light and sensitive with micro guide.

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A Powell, mh or h in the length you like. The 7' 3" would be my choice.

Or wait for a deal on a Falcon Cara. The Amistad is quite nice.

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Are you less confused? Five responses...five different rods suggested (2 different rods from same company). :D

I ask questions knowing most times I won't be any closer to a decision thanks to all the advice I receive. At least you will know what works for others. Might help weed out some of the possibilities you've been looking at. I do like threads such as this one because I save it in MY Favorites for perusal when I'm looking for another rod.

Okay guys, keep the suggestions coming! :D

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St croix Avid 7' MH or wait until the new St. Croix Rage rods come out and get a rod with similar specs.

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To add to your confusion... the new Shimano Crucials are very likely the highest quality rod around your range for a penny under $160. They have a number of 7'2" rods to choose from (M/F, MH/F, M/XF, MH/XF).

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Ok I'll throw the Cabelas XMLTi rod in the hat for $119 as they are on sale and normally run $199. Very very light rods

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Can't go wrong with any of the rods mentioned, I'd go with a Powell Max or Endurance. I'm surprised no one's mentioned Dobyns Savvys or Kistlers yet.

It's also surprising to see Clary recommend a Powell; last year round this time, he was all over Falcon Bucoos and BPS carbonlites lol.

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Powell endurance 723C great rod

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Im partial to Kistler performance, but really *** the worth a d**n warranties offered by other manufacturers.

That being said, I have nothing but good things to say about my Helium LTA's, I have two and regularly use two others.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KISTLER-HELIUM-LTA-2011-HE70MHC-7-M-H-CASTING-ROD-/310324897827?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4840ce2823#ht_1931wt_956

NGaHB

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Before posting this thread I was split between a Dobyns Savvy and One of the Powels, I guess I need to look at the Duckets too!

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I do not own a duckett, but i have fished one and they do not even compare to thr Dobyns savvy or Powell Max or Endurance. I usedto throw plastics on a 703CEF Powell Max and I loved it. I broke it, sent it off and recieved a brand new Powell Endurance 714CEF rod. It is a sick jig rod, but a little too much for plastics. Right now I am using a St. Croix Avid 7' MH/F rod and I really like it too. I still prefer my old Powell Max 704CEF for plastics though. I also own a Dobyns Savvy 734C rod and it is a super versital stick, but I have yet to use it for plastics. Right now Im throwing jigs/swimbaits/frogs on it.

Either way...all $150 rods are going to be good rods. I personally thought the Duckett was heavier and dead. I would recommed a Powell Max 704CEF or 703CEF according to how heavy of a rod you like. THe Avid is great too, but its a little much at $200.

Also, look at the warranty of each company, that should be a big deciding factor too. Like I said, I broke my Powell Max and recieved a Powell Endurance for free. A free upgrade! Although I did like the Max better.

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Can't go wrong with any of the rods mentioned, I'd go with a Powell Max or Endurance. I'm surprised no one's mentioned Dobyns Savvys or Kistlers yet.

It's also surprising to see Clary recommend a Powell; last year round this time, he was all over Falcon Bucoos and BPS carbonlites lol.

I love me some Powell's , just dont own any because I can never order from TW.

Also, I'm still all over the Falcon Bucoo's and Carbonlites, just at the $100 price point. There is no comparison between the affore mentioned rods and a Powell.

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I love me some Powell's , just dont own any because I can never order from TW.

Also, I'm still all over the Falcon Bucoo's and Carbonlites, just at the $100 price point. There is no comparison between the affore mentioned rods and a Powell.

I take it you have fished one a good bit tho?

NGaHB

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For that price, I like Savvys. They're extremely balanced, and very sensitive!

I would rather have a BALANCED Savvy than a tip-heavy $250 rod, and I can say that with 100% honesty.

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The Savvy is probably the best balanced rod, but the Powell and Avid seem to be a little more sensitive. Like I said, all three are great rods. Im not knockin the Duckett rods either. They are good too, I just felt it was a little heavier than the Powell and Savvy and not quite as sensitive.

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I would definitely try a Duckett rod. I wish they had black ones, though.

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