Baitcasting rod

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Baitcasting rod

Postby Bass5851 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:15 pm

What is a good bait casting rod that you would recommend? I am looking for a medium heavy. I am not really worried about the price I am just looking for a high quality bait casting rod.


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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby zdbm2004 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:29 pm

Go to the classifieds section on here and see what brands are the most common. You’ll find out real quick what manufacturers are more popular. If price is not a biggie. Go support your local shop. They’ll probably carry more product of what sells. I plan on trying out a few of the Powell rods that’ll be coming out soon. Can’t go wrong with a 734.

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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Stratos278 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:27 am

Before anyone can make an educated recommendation, her are a couple of questions that you need to answer:
1. What technique will this rod be used for?
2. You stated you want a med/heavy power rod, what action do you want? (fast, mod fast, parabolic)
3. What type and weight lure will you be throwing?
4. What line?
5. What is your preferred length?
6. You said you are not worried about price, but you can get quality rods for anywhere from just under $100 to well over $400.

A rod is not a "one size fits all" investment. If you go out and lay down big bucks for a rod but it doesn't perform well for your chosen technique, you are going to be miserable with it. And almost every one on here will try to talk you into their personal choice of brand. I personally prefer Dobyns, someone else will prefer Powell, others will choose Daiwa or Shimano, some will want a rod from a custom rod builder. Hopefully this will give you some food for thought before you jump on the first thing that comes along.
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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby WRB » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:45 am

We tend to forget that application specific bass baitcasting rods are something made popular by Gary Dobyns about 10 years ago. Before that we all had and used medium heavy fast action bass rods between 6'6" to 7' . Brands like Lamiglas who solved the brittle issues with graphite rods, Fenwick who first introduced graphite rods, Phenix who pioneered Boron rods and Gary Loomis the rod designer at Lamiglas starting his own rod company introducing GLX bass rods.
We were more concerned about rod blank materials than how light weight the rods were or what Fuji guides and handle they all used.
Don Iovino's doodling rods were the 1st application specific rods I can recall. Yes we had our glass crankbait rods, like Fenwick popping rods and Sabre Calico bass rods for swimbaits in the early 80's.
A good quality all around MH fast action bass rod like Dobyns Champion DX744C S/H would be my suggestion today.

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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby ash » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:20 am

It sounds to me like you want a good quality Medium Heavy Rod one that fits a variety of applications. Which is a great call, cause i think the medium heavy is really the work horse rod in bass fishing. Sure these days we have a great variety of specific actions for specific styles etc, which is awesome to have. But a solid all around MH rod for me would be the Dobyns Champion 704sf If i wanted to step it up in terms of lightness and sensativity I would do the Champion Extreme

With a medium heavy rod you will have a rod that will be very versatile at covering a lot of bass fishing applications. L

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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Rattle » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:51 am

Can't go wrong with. St Croix avid 7' MH

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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Rod Martin » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:59 am

I would look at the Phenix Rods. I know a lot of people fish them but you see very few for sale as used.
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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Chad Sweitzer » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:50 pm

If price isn't an issue and you decide on a Dobyns go with the Champ. Extremes over the Champions. I was disappointed with the Champions but the Extremes are top of the line.
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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby mahoney » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:31 pm

buy american get a loomis or cousins, support American companies not china.

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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Par » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:41 am

St. Croix Avid series 7 foot medium heavy with extra fast tip.
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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby mark poulson » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:24 am

If I had to pick one rod, it would be a 7'3" med. heavy with a fast tip. The key is having a soft enough tip to load with whatever bait you're throwing, and still be strong enough to set the hook and control big fish. An extra fast tip makes casting lighter baits more difficult.
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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Gary Dobyns » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:10 am

If looking for an all around bass rod I'll also recommend something in 7'3" in length. This is just a great length for the last 8-10 years. Before that it was 6'6" to 7'. Depending on what baits you'd like to fish the most with this rod, it would help determine my recommendation. Please feel free to call us at 530-671-1989 for rod recommendations and ideas. We love to talk rods and help when we can. THX!!!!

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Re: Baitcasting rod

Postby Bass5851 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:07 pm

thank you all that help find the perfect rod


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