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#11784551 - 08/18/16 03:31 PM Best Begining Baitcast Rod
ksalmon Offline
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Registered: 07/09/10
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Piggybacking off of the best baitcasting reel thread what would be a great inexpensive rod for a beginner? Taking my son fishing this Fall to get him hooked on a top water bite. I have been looking at the Abu Garcia Vengeance, the Fenwick Silverhawk, H2O Express Ethos. Any other suggestions?

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#11784574 - 08/18/16 03:44 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
Rhino68W Offline
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Cheap? Allstar AST 6'9" MH Fast Action for $70
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#11784587 - 08/18/16 03:55 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
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The rod should be matched to his size. I do not know how old your son is but if he is a young man a decent 5-6 ft rod might be good for him to use and less dangerous for you. I have found the UglySticks to be very good first rods. I know with a little guiding with my grand daughter that she and I had a lot of fun picking her a first rod and reel outfit.
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#11784632 - 08/18/16 04:21 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
ksalmon Offline
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He is 14 and about 5'6". Good point about scaling to his size.

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#11784655 - 08/18/16 04:35 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
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6'6" should be fine
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#11787699 - 08/20/16 12:24 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
Ken Starling Offline
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No need to spend a ton of cash to begin with. I personally started with Bass Pro Extreme combos and also Berkely lighting rods.
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#11787715 - 08/20/16 12:44 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
Big Swimbait Offline
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+2 on the 6'6" Berkley Lightning Rod. Also go to jet.com and use discount code TRIPLE15. All kinds of bargains there on several brands.
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#11787738 - 08/20/16 01:01 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
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Daiwa AIRD rods. Your son will love em! 6.6mh and 6.6m rods available. Butt length is not very long like others...great for kayakers and those that prefer a shorter butt length...
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#11787956 - 08/20/16 04:30 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: RiveraTackleCo.]
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A 6' - 6'6" medium action rod should suffice. You can pick the all stars up all day long at academy cheap. Plus you can probably pick up some rattle traps too
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#11788031 - 08/20/16 05:36 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
dreamweaver96 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/16
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Falcon bucoo rods. They're about 100 bucks for the non micro guide version. They are priced well below what they're worth!

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#11788202 - 08/20/16 08:46 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: ksalmon]
EastTexasBassin Offline
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Registered: 07/15/09
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Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
To this day, I still use a 6'6" lightning rod for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, swimjigs, and shallow cranks. I've tried "trading up" but I ended up going back to the lightning rod. I can cast extremely accurately with that rod. My lure lands exactly where I want it to.

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#11788876 - 08/21/16 12:13 PM Re: Best Begining Baitcast Rod [Re: RiveraTackleCo.]
Mike_Soriano™ Offline
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Originally Posted By: RiverAtackle
Daiwa AIRD rods. Your son will love em! 6.6mh and 6.6m rods available. Butt length is not very long like others...great for kayakers and those that prefer a shorter butt length...


The shorter butt length is a big deal for shorter people,(I'm 5'8) the butt length is one of the main factors I consider. Especially on a technique that requires a lot of rod manipulation during casting\retrieving, I.e.; top water rod or flipping\pitching rod.


Edited by Mike_Soriano™ (08/21/16 12:18 PM)
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