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#11217543 - 11/10/15 07:58 PM Rod length and action
Topwater15260 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 9
Sorry for the long post, trying to buy a whole new arsenal of rods this year and looking for your guys help. I apologize for the length of this, but your opinion is greatly appreciated. Below is the type of rods I want to have setup 100% of the time. So I am looking for your thoughts on what length they should be and if they should be h,mh,m,etc. I plan on buying these 17 new rods. If you think I am missing a setup that I should also always have setup, please add your input
1. Frog
2. Topwater ( Zara spook, ribbit, skinny dipper, buzz bait, etc)
3. Spinnerbait/chatterbait
4. Jerkbait
5. Senko
6. Swim jig
7. Squarebill
8. Carolina rig
9. Texas rig
10. Flipping pitching jig
11. Wacky worm (spinning rod)
12. Fluke ( spinning rod)
13. Shakey head ( spinning? or baitcaster?)
14. Punching
15. Rattletrap
16. 5xd 6xd crank baits
17. Drop shot (spinning)

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#11217616 - 11/10/15 08:41 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
KLAPPER Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/10/15
Posts: 300
Loc: Jacksboro Texas
I don't have much input but I'm in to see everyone's opinion
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#11217621 - 11/10/15 08:44 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
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TFF Guru

Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 12683
Loc: Arlington
You can really combine a lot of those. For instance, wacky/fluke/shakey/drop shot. You can probably cut that list in half and have rods that will handle everything you listed.
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#11217622 - 11/10/15 08:45 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
spy231 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 75
Loc: Granbury
I know everybody's answer will differ, but I am very interested in this too.

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#11217643 - 11/10/15 09:03 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
Danny L. Weems Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/19/14
Posts: 1161
Loc: Como, Texas
I think you will find so many different answers that it will just confuse you, that is if many take the time to list 17 rods.
To give you a good starting point go to St Croix rods website and look up the Mojo Bass series. They list 17 technique specific rods.
I use some of them and they have been pretty good but I have been picking up Power Tackle rods when I can and will eventually run all Power Tackle.
I think that you will find several techniques can be performed with the same rod. For example a 7'3 MH works great for spinnerbaits, tx rig worms and swim jigs.
Good luck!
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#11217646 - 11/10/15 09:05 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
T54 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 3277
Originally Posted By: Topwater15260
Sorry for the long post, trying to buy a whole new arsenal of rods this year and looking for your guys help. I apologize for the length of this, but your opinion is greatly appreciated. Below is the type of rods I want to have setup 100% of the time. So I am looking for your thoughts on what length they should be and if they should be h,mh,m,etc. I plan on buying these 17 new rods. If you think I am missing a setup that I should also always have setup, please add your input
1. Frog
2. Topwater ( Zara spook, ribbit, skinny dipper, buzz bait, etc)
3. Spinnerbait/chatterbait
4. Jerkbait
5. Senko
6. Swim jig
7. Squarebill
8. Carolina rig
9. Texas rig
10. Flipping pitching jig
11. Wacky worm (spinning rod)
12. Fluke ( spinning rod)
13. Shakey head ( spinning? or baitcaster?)
14. Punching
15. Rattletrap
16. 5xd 6xd crank baits
17. Drop shot (spinning)


In Loomis actions. Multiple suggestions for some depending on what length you prefer.
First two digits are length in inches, last digit is rod power

1. 844 MBR, 854 JWR, 894 JWR
2. 843 MBR
3. 813 SBR
4. 812 JBR
5. 852 JWR
6. 894 JWR
7. 843 CBR
8. 873 CRR, 895 JWR
9. 853 JWR, 893 JWR
10.895 JWR
11.802S JWR
12.852S JWR
13.852S JWR
14.956 FPR
15.845 CBR
16.906 CBR, 955 CBR
17.822S DSR

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#11217794 - 11/10/15 10:41 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
BassCrankin Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/26/15
Posts: 29
Loc: Northeast Texas


If the picture uploaded correctly, here is a spreadsheet that I have of my main arsenal of rod and reel combos. If I change something on any of the combos, I always make note of it so that I can keep track of it. The spreadsheet notes what particular method each combo is specific for including the reel info, rod info, additional methods, line type and size, etc. Maybe this can help you out some. Good Luck!
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#11217863 - 11/11/15 01:06 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
Ted Martin Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 1145
Loc: Dallas, TX
budget for these 17 rods?

I would spend the same $ and get 9 rods. Maximum 2 spinning, easily can get by with 1 in Tx. Spend twice as much per rod on slow presentations like jig/T-rig/C-rig as you do on cranking/swimming - just way more bang for the $ IMO

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#11218062 - 11/11/15 07:57 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Ted Martin]
lipjerk Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 1680
Loc: Lantana,Tx
Originally Posted By: Ted Martin
budget for these 17 rods?

I would spend the same $ and get 9 rods. Maximum 2 spinning, easily can get by with 1 in Tx. Spend twice as much per rod on slow presentations like jig/T-rig/C-rig as you do on cranking/swimming - just way more bang for the $ IMO


Yup, your budget will help with recommendations, I also think you can narrow down the list.

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#11218094 - 11/11/15 08:14 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
spy231 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 75
Loc: Granbury
Why would you need to know budget if he is just asking for rod length and power and not brands?
Is it because there is no universal scale for power and it is brand dependent?

I also like the recommendation of going to the St Croix website. Even if you dont choose to buy St. Croix it will get you headed in the right direction.
http://stcroixrods.com/products/freshwater/mojo-bass


Edited by spy231 (11/11/15 08:30 AM)

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#11218159 - 11/11/15 08:38 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: spy231]
lipjerk Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 1680
Loc: Lantana,Tx
Originally Posted By: spy231
Why would you need to know budget if he is just asking for rod length and power and not brands?
Is it because there is no universal scale for power and it is brand dependent?

I also like the recommendation of going to the St Croix website. Even if you dont choose to buy St. Croix it will get you headed in the right direction.
http://stcroixrods.com/products/freshwater/mojo-bass


Budget does help, we don't know if he can spend close to $10,000 on G Loomis NRX rods or a couple hundred on an Ugly stick line up. Most manufactures do not have the same exact power ratings.

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#11218298 - 11/11/15 09:35 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
Outdoordude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1961
For what you listed, I'd be satisfied with 11 to 13 rods (some of them serving multiple purposes)
1 x (Xtra Heavy / Xtra Fast / 7'6")
1 x (Heavy / Xtra Fast / 7'0")
1 x (Heavy / Fast / 7'6")
1 x (Heavy / Fast / 7'0")
1 x (Heavy / Medium / 7'6")
1 x (Med Heavy / Fast / 7'0")
1 x (Med Heavy / Fast / 6'9")
2-4 x (Med Heavy / Med Fast / 7'0")
2 x (Med / Fast / 6'9")

(Power / Action / Approximate Length) - Different brands all have slightly different metrics
1. (XH / XF / 7'6") Frog
14. (XH / XF / 7'6") Punching

10. (H / XF / 7'0") Flipping pitching jig
8. (H / F / 7'6") Carolina rig (Carolina rods tend to double as good jig / frog rods too)
9. (H / F / 7'0") Texas rig
16. (H / M / 7'6") 5xd 6xd crank baits (Heavy crank rods are also good for ripping lipless crankbaits from vegetation)
13. (MH / F / 7'0") Shakey head (I prefer baitcaster; a reel with good a braking system can chunk most shaky heads fine)
5. (MH / F / 7'0") Senko

2. (MH / F / 6'9") Topwater
3. (MH / MF / 7'0") Spinnerbait/chatterbait
4. (MH / MF / 7'0") Jerkbait
6. (MH / MF / 7'0") Swim jig
7. (MH / MF / 7'0") Squarebill
15. (MH / MF / 7'0") Rattletrap
11. (M / F / 6'9") Wacky worm (spinning)
12. (M / F / 6'9") Fluke (spinning)
17. (M / F / 6'9") Drop shot (spinning)


I don't like floppy rods, so most of my stuff is on the heavier side. Just my thoughts on it.

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#11218335 - 11/11/15 09:48 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
musiclife_7 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 1204
Loc: Wylie, TX

1. Frog - 7'6" HVY
2. Topwater ( Zara spook, ribbit, skinny dipper, buzz bait, etc) - 7'6" MD
3. Spinnerbait/chatterbait - 6'6" MH
4. Jerkbait - 7'6" MD
5. Senko - 7ft MH
6. Swim jig - 7ft MH
7. Squarebill - 7ft MH-fast tip
8. Carolina rig - 7'6" MH
9. Texas rig - 7ft MH or 7'6" MH
10. Flipping pitching jig - same as T-rig
11. Wacky worm (spinning rod) - 7ft M
12. Fluke ( spinning rod) - 7ft M
13. Shakey head ( spinning? or baitcaster?) 7ft M
14. Punching - 8ft H
15. Rattletrap 7ft MH
16. 5xd 6xd crank baits 7'9" M
17. Drop shot (spinning)- 6'6" M spinning or 7ft M
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#11218453 - 11/11/15 11:01 AM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
Nutman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
Just buy 3 rods
Medium Moderate
MH Fast
Heavy Fast

length is what you like to handle and what you fish best with
spinning or bait cast is whatever floats your boat.
Brand and $$$spent,,,,well 2 schools of thought here (as in Most things),,,,,,,, if you are tournament fishing and think you might miss a fish or are you just sport fishing ????

Each person has their own favorites
My biggest fish has come on an Ugly Stick
My best day was with Abu Garcia Veritas
My go to rod is a St Croix
My high dollar expensive rods (plural) sit in the corner of my fishing shed.

To each his own,,,,just have fun buying and using them.
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#11218903 - 11/11/15 02:12 PM Re: Rod length and action [Re: Topwater15260]
ezbassin Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12216
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Originally Posted By: Topwater15260
Sorry for the long post, trying to buy a whole new arsenal of rods this year and looking for your guys help. I apologize for the length of this, but your opinion is greatly appreciated. Below is the type of rods I want to have setup 100% of the time. So I am looking for your thoughts on what length they should be and if they should be h,mh,m,etc. I plan on buying these 17 new rods. If you think I am missing a setup that I should also always have setup, please add your input
1. Frog
2. Topwater ( Zara spook, ribbit, skinny dipper, buzz bait, etc)
3. Spinnerbait/chatterbait
4. Jerkbait
5. Senko
6. Swim jig
7. Squarebill
8. Carolina rig
9. Texas rig
10. Flipping pitching jig
11. Wacky worm (spinning rod)
12. Fluke ( spinning rod)
13. Shakey head ( spinning? or baitcaster?)
14. Punching
15. Rattletrap
16. 5xd 6xd crank baits
17. Drop shot (spinning)


Take this list to Ron @ Reel time Rods @ Lake Fork (Popes Landing) and let him build you the rods. He makes the best ever drop shot rod. You will be able to use the same rod for some of the techniques you listed but you still will need several to cover all the techniques you listed.

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