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Since Bass Pro is having there rod trade it I am going to get a new rod. I am looking to pick up a Carbon Lite or Veritas. I am going to be using it primarily for texas rigging soft plastics and am trying to decide if I want the 6'6" medium fast or 6"8" medium xfast Carbon Lite or 6'6" medium xfast Veritas.

I have held the Carbon Lite side by side with the Veritas and they both are very light weight and balance well. Which do you think is more sensitive? Between the 6'6" and 6'8" Carbon Lite, which would be a better choice for my desired use? Thanks.

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I dont have either but hear good things about both. Some say Abu's fish higher than it's power rating.

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I dont have either but hear good things about both. Some say Abu's fish higher than it's power rating.

When I held the Veritas at BPS it did seem a fair amount stiffer then the Carbon Lite of the same lenght and power.

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I have a buddy who swears by the Carbonlites. He has about 20 of them. Rod power depends on how heavy a texas rig you will be throwing and with what size line. I use a 7' MF for fishing 1/8 oz. shakey heads with 6-8 pound line. If you're going to be fishing 1/8-1/4 oz. or greater texas rigs on 12 pound or higher line, you might want to consider a medium heavy rod.

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A good way to compare sensitivity is hold one rod in your left hand and one in your right. Close your eyes and gently scrape the rod tips on the ceiling. Since BPS ceilings tend to be 100 feet tall you can do it on the ground, try to find some carpet so you don't damage their rods,lol. If one is more sensitive than the other you can tell for sure. If you cant tell doing that test you cant tell on the water either.

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When I held the Veritas at BPS it did seem a fair amount stiffer then the Carbon Lite of the same lenght and power.

All the abus run stiff, including the new Villains. Great worm rods but I wouldnt fish a jerk or crankbait with them.

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I will be using 8 lb flouro with 1/8 oz to 3/16 oz weighted texas rigs. Right now I am leaning towards the Carbon Lite.

The only real question is, do I get the 6'6" medium fast or 6'8" medium xfast?

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The Veritas is out. I went and looked at both the Veritas and Carbon Lite and the Veritas is stiffer then what I am looking for and I don't really like the metal butt piece. Both are well made and sensitive but I like the Carbon Lite better and will be getting one.

I am still not sure if I want the 6'6" medium fast or 6'8" medium xfast. Any suggestions?

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If it was me 6'8 xfast. Or have you considered the 6'9 ML.

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6' 8" would get my vote too. A couple extra inches to pick up more line on the hookset and a little more reach to help steer fish away from cover.

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I took inventory of my gear and bank account and will be getting both the 6'6" medium fast and 6'8" medium xfast.

The 6'8" will be my soft plastics rod and the 6'6" will be used as a general purpose rod for top water, spinner baits, and live bait.

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