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This will be my first baitcaster and I am kind of clueless on what to get. I was wondering what rod and reel combo would be best for under $250. I am just looking for an all purpose rod and reel that I can use for basically all fishing techniques and lures. Thanks for your help and responses.

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I would go with a st croix 7 mh/f rage rod and a shimano critica. About $250

Jeff

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Dobyns Champion 703C($239.99) Order now from BTD or TW and get free shipping and 20% off that price so around $195

H20 Mettle ($24.99) Dont let the price fool you...great little reel for an awesome price right now at Academy.com

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TW still has Falcon Wendlandt rods on sale at $99 shipped, a deal so good I bought three. :lol: That would leave you good money for a nice reel.

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A new SHIMANO Crucial, plus a Daiwa Exceler, and your set.

ps. It's okay to mix SHIMANO and Daiwa, dont let the purists fool you biggrin.gif

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A new SHIMANO Crucial, plus a Daiwa Exceler, and your set.

ps. It's okay to mix SHIMANO and Daiwa, dont let the purists fool you biggrin.gif

NOOOOOOOOOOOO...........(shaking head).......Just....Dont....Do....it!!!! LOL

Jeff

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I would go with a 7' MH Fast for an all around rod. As far as brand your best bet is to go to a place that has a good selection and check a few out yourself. Everyone has different preferences. I'd check out the Abu Garcia Veritas, St Croix Mojo bass, Carrot Stix Wild, and Shimano Compre.

For a reel I'd go with a 7.1 ratio, I think a Citica is your best bet in your price range, but I wouldn't rule out the Bass Pro Pro Qualifier.

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I was at Academy at 5am this morning and they had (I CAN NOT believe this is coming out my mouth as im 110% Daiwa reels only) a bunch of Shimano Ceanne/crucial combos on sale for 69.99 normal price sticker was 159.99 I bought 3 of them for my nephew its not the brand new updated sticks the last gen cork grip\ECS reel seat models i got him two 7MHF and one 6.6MHF and had a 20% off for checkouts of 100.00 or more coupon from a girl scouts coupon book I also bought ten spools of P-Line CX for 1.88 each Ten spools of CXX for 1.88 each 20 spools of Sufix fused line at 2.88 each 15 spools of P-line Halo FC for 2.88 a spool... bought my dad 15 spools of clear blue Stren 330Y spools for .88 cents the line deals are AWESOME even after all i bought they still had plenty of the sale stufff in most lb tests

I know this post got way off topic but just letting you guys know whats there right now.... I also got my a bunch of 1\4 and 1\2oz red eye shads (i dont like them much but at this price i had to grab a bunch) 1.18 each, they only had a few colors at that price.. they had a lot of big bite baits for .68 a bag i got me a bunch of those also not my fav plastics BUT work great for pre fishing so you dont burn up your high dollar soft plastics as bad, they didnt have all the different styles at that price but a good bit of them was and in good colors too... i got me ten 3\8th oz chart and white War eagle spinner baits for 1.88 as well i would have bought more but i got them all lol... I only fish Owner and Trokar hooks BUT if you are a fan of Gammys they had some sizes of off set worm hooks and EWG hooks for .88 a pack.

I looked at their black friday ad and it sucked but i went there to grab a few pairs of shows for my wife and kids and a pair or two for me...well when i got there they had racks setup with awesome deals on them and also when you walked down the racks the had yellow price dropped stickers mixed in with the normal stuff and wow some of the deals wow crazy good...

Im sure all the stores are doing it but might not have all the same products on sale anyhow its really worth a trip if you have one even within a 20 to 30 mile drive... im lucky i have two within ten miles of me.... I will be hitting the other store soon only reason i havent yet is i have been shopping with the wife since 12am and i needed a nap but i didnt nap nope i came on here and talked to your fellas lmao...

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I was at Academy at 5am this morning and they had (I CAN NOT believe this is coming out my mouth as im 110% Daiwa reels only) a bunch of Shimano Ceanne/crucial combos on sale for 69.99 normal price sticker was 159.99 I bought 3 of them for my nephew its not the brand new updated sticks the last gen cork grip\ECS reel seat models i got him two 7MHF and one 6.6MHF and had a 20% off for checkouts of 100.00 or more coupon from a girl scouts coupon book I also bought ten spools of P-Line CX for 1.88 each Ten spools of CXX for 1.88 each 20 spools of Sufix fused line at 2.88 each 15 spools of P-line Halo FC for 2.88 a spool... bought my dad 15 spools of clear blue Stren 330Y spools for .88 cents the line deals are AWESOME even after all i bought they still had plenty of the sale stufff in most lb tests

I know this post got way off topic but just letting you guys know whats there right now.... I also got my a bunch of 1\4 and 1\2oz red eye shads (i dont like them much but at this price i had to grab a bunch) 1.18 each, they only had a few colors at that price.. they had a lot of big bite baits for .68 a bag i got me a bunch of those also not my fav plastics BUT work great for pre fishing so you dont burn up your high dollar soft plastics as bad, they didnt have all the different styles at that price but a good bit of them was and in good colors too... i got me ten 3\8th oz chart and white War eagle spinner baits for 1.88 as well i would have bought more but i got them all lol... I only fish Owner and Trokar hooks BUT if you are a fan of Gammys they had some sizes of off set worm hooks and EWG hooks for .88 a pack.

I looked at their black friday ad and it sucked but i went there to grab a few pairs of shows for my wife and kids and a pair or two for me...well when i got there they had racks setup with awesome deals on them and also when you walked down the racks the had yellow price dropped stickers mixed in with the normal stuff and wow some of the deals wow crazy good...

Im sure all the stores are doing it but might not have all the same products on sale anyhow its really worth a trip if you have one even within a 20 to 30 mile drive... im lucky i have two within ten miles of me.... I will be hitting the other store soon only reason i havent yet is i have been shopping with the wife since 12am and i needed a nap but i didnt nap nope i came on here and talked to your fellas lmao...

Nice and your nephew should LOVE IT!

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Cabelas XMLTi 7' MH/F for $119 at Cabelas and the Daiwa Exceler 7.1:1 I have in the flea market for $50 for a $169 total. Reel is spooled with 30# Cajun Braid so you wouldn't need to have it spooled. Great combo

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Combo for at or less than $250:

Shimano Crucial 7'2 MH/F

Shimano Citica or Curado 50E, (used)

12-15# CXX, Hybrid, or InvisX

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