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Question by NewFisher. Uploaded on March 01, 2011
First off smart for staying away from the G.(MONEY)Loomis rods. Way to hi priced. Well it really depends on what you are going to use and what type reel. Rods are like golfclubs they all have a purpose. But I would say an Allstar Rod in 6'6 MH action for about $60-70 would be good. But the best way to test a rod is get your buddy to go with you and pick up the rod hold it by the very end of the handle and place the tip on his or her throat very lightly and have them just say a few words if you feel the vibration of the sound in the end of the rod handle it's as good as it's going to get. I do this with every rod i'm going to buy regardless of who makes it, you would be surprised at how many hi dollar rods fail the test badly. Just because the rods are cheap in price doesn't mean they are not real good. Most rods are made by the same companies and sold under differant brand names like with the GL rods you are buying the name not the quality, like a Lexus and Toyota are the same one is just dressed prettier and cost three times as much. I hope this helped and good fishing.
Rangermanz had a good answer. For another idea, you might look into the abu garcia vendetta. Not too high priced, but it feels like a pretty good rod.
All Star, Castaway, American rodsmiths are all great sensitive actioned rods and all for under 100. I have several of each and have'nt had probems with any. All STar and Castaway will repair damaged ir bend eyes at no charge, all you have to pay is shippiing and you'll recieve your rod back with newly wrapped eyes. Might be a little charge for Titianium cuides if you want the guides to last longer for fishing salt water.
The term bass-fishing-rod is very vague. In general Allstar makes a good rod for bass fishing.
Shimano Cumara are freakishly lightweight and extremely sensitive. The handle is not cork but rather foam which is lighter in weight. $220
St. Croix Avid - $150
I have always liked the Fenwick rods. The HMX is a good balance between price and performance but the whole series from the GT to the HMG are all decent. I keep my rods in the 60-100 dollar range so I don't cry when the dogs or the 4 wheeler rides bust them.
I have used Cabela's Fish Eagle rods for years for bass, pike, and walleyes. They are light and sensitive.
It also depends if you want 100% American Made or "the other version". In a lot of models the American made tend to cost a little more. Falcon rods are also good. You can get a St. Croix Premier rod American made and 5 year warranty. Every higher priced St. Croix rod is lifetime warranty and awesome rods.
Shakespeare Ugly Stik
For the money and value if your just starting out, as your user name implies, i would recommend a shakespeare ugly stick in 6'6" hm. Its not the best, the lightest, or prettiest for that matter, but its pretty damn good.
I will tell you up front, the rod is not where the feeling is when fishing. I can feel vibrations more with some rods over others, but it just does not matter. Example take two tin cans and tie the old tyme string in the bottoms and make a telephone. The string/line carries the vibrations. So it is too with fishing. The rod is there to act like a shock absorber between you and the fish. It is the line that is actually tied to the hook so any feeling from the hook to your finger should come through it. The properties of the bending of the rod are very important for the casting, putting action on the lure, setting the hook, and fighting the fish but are not where you should depend for the feel between the hook and your fingers. When fishing try to hold the rod in such a way that you always have the line brushing one finger and you will have the most feel.
Therefore, the feel of a rod is a personal thing and the best way to find what is best for you is to pick up one and try it. That is why so many different rods are made by so many manufactures. Each person has their own taste.
shakespeare brand is the best
Decent answers all. But what weight line and lures will NewFisher be using; and what kind of reel - the underslong spinning or spin cast reel or the on-top-of-rod bait cast or spin cast.
I say go with the KISS (Keep It Simple S...)strategy. Just buy an inexpensive combo (Zebco, Shakespeare, etc.) off the rack at Wal-Mart. They're good for any kind of fish. The spin-cast reel is the least likely to create birdnests for beginners. And if the lure hangs up and yanking too hard busts the rod... NewFisher won't bust his wallet replacing the rod.
For the money, you can't beat the Pinnacle Vertex. You can purchase one of these rods for under $50.00
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