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#12275372 - 06/02/17 01:00 PM Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod?
HunterW Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/29/17
Posts: 6
Hi! I am currently trying to get into Baitcasting after using my spinning reel for about a year, and one of the smaller reasons is because I would like to be able to feel/see a fish biting but I don't know what kind of rod would be able to do that. My rod budget is about $180 or under right now. Planning on going with the SMOKE® PT reel.
I caught what looks to be a three pounder a while back and I just remember how there was barely any bend to my ugly stick and I would love to have a casting rod that shows some bend when a fish bites, and when a fish is on, a full bend of the rod would be nice. Thanks!

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#12275545 - 06/02/17 02:31 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
Buckshotbuddy Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/05/17
Posts: 262
H2o xpress are my go to rods over almost any of the others I have and I've got some decent rods. They're very sensitive and I've never had any break on me , and if for some reason they do I can take em back to academy

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#12275580 - 06/02/17 02:49 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
Rhino68W Offline
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Registered: 11/06/14
Posts: 6616
Loc: Benbrook, TX
Go get one of the new Lew's Mach rods for $80 at academy. A medium fast taper would be a good one, or even a Med-Hvy.

Then spend the other $100 on a reel. Lew's also makes good reels for the money.

I almost bought one of the Mach rods today, but decided to get an American Hero combo instead of cannibalizing a reel from another rod.
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#12275906 - 06/02/17 05:59 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: Buckshotbuddy]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 4451
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Originally Posted By: Buckshotbuddy
H2o xpress are my go to rods over almost any of the others I have and I've got some decent rods. They're very sensitive and I've never had any break on me , and if for some reason they do I can take em back to academy
I tried an Ethos rod last weekend....I went back two days later and bought some more. Great rods for $99 and an exchange warranty is nice too.
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#12275934 - 06/02/17 06:15 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12908
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: Buckshotbuddy
H2o xpress are my go to rods over almost any of the others I have and I've got some decent rods. They're very sensitive and I've never had any break on me , and if for some reason they do I can take em back to academy
I tried an Ethos rod last weekend....I went back two days later and bought some more. Great rods for $99 and an exchange warranty is nice too.


Wow, you liked them that much! That is saying something since I know you like and have high end equipment.

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#12275940 - 06/02/17 06:20 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12908
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
I was going to suggest Powell rods for over the counter rods. I have several of them and really like them. Two rods that I do not have yet are the Ethos and a TFO but both of those rods get great reviews.

If you want a custom rod where you choose what you want including the color accents you should call Ron @ Reel Time rods. He can make you whatever you want. His drop shot rods are the best I have ever used.

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#12276093 - 06/02/17 08:09 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
TX Rigged Senko Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 124
Loc: McKinney, TX
For a budget of $180 let me suggest ARK or Dobyns Sierra

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#12276165 - 06/02/17 09:01 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: ezbassin]
SteezMacQueen Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 4451
Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
Originally Posted By: ezbassin
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: Buckshotbuddy
H2o xpress are my go to rods over almost any of the others I have and I've got some decent rods. They're very sensitive and I've never had any break on me , and if for some reason they do I can take em back to academy
I tried an Ethos rod last weekend....I went back two days later and bought some more. Great rods for $99 and an exchange warranty is nice too.


Wow, you liked them that much! That is saying something since I know you like and have high end equipment.
yes.

I haven't tried the other two I bought yet, but, if they are the same balance and quality as the 7'3" heavy...I'll be a believer. The two others I bought Wednesday night were a 7'6" XH and a 7'0" "medium Cranker".
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#12276297 - 06/02/17 10:52 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
Crankalot Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/01/12
Posts: 477
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
St Croix Premier

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#12276311 - 06/02/17 11:06 PM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
Thad Rains Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 2842
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
Steez,

I have the same 7'6" rod you got and I throw deep diving CBs with it... And it does well with finesse soft plastics as well. Very versatile rod and I bought mine for $49, when they were on sale. Haven't tried the Xtreme rod yet, but if it is like the Ethos, should be a good rod. I STILL prefer my Dobyns rods over them, but for a knock around Saturday afternoon tank fishing, they are worth the money and a great exchange policy. DO NOT LIKE the 7'10" or 7' 11" Cranker, not enough backbone in it for me, but that is just me, probably Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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#12276376 - 06/03/17 02:36 AM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
ezbassin Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12908
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Steez, to you think the 7-3 heavy would make a good hollow body frog rod?

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#12276592 - 06/03/17 09:29 AM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
TX Rigged Senko Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 124
Loc: McKinney, TX
Thanks Steez, interested in the 7'3" H2O rod as well. How does the action compare to a 735?

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#12276623 - 06/03/17 10:09 AM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
bigbass94 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3934
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
For $180, I would go with a G. Loomis E6X. That's G. Loomis' low end model but it's high end compared to any other rod in that price range. That rod is filled with features and booming sensitivity. That would be my choice. If you don't want to spend that much then my next choice would be a Falcon LowRider 20 (retails for $160 or so) or a Faclon Bucoo SR ($100). Both of those rods are great as well!
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#12276644 - 06/03/17 10:26 AM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
aggieangler03 Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 467
Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: ezbassin
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: Buckshotbuddy
H2o xpress are my go to rods over almost any of the others I have and I've got some decent rods. They're very sensitive and I've never had any break on me , and if for some reason they do I can take em back to academy
I tried an Ethos rod last weekend....I went back two days later and bought some more. Great rods for $99 and an exchange warranty is nice too.


Wow, you liked them that much! That is saying something since I know you like and have high end equipment.
yes.

I haven't tried the other two I bought yet, but, if they are the same balance and quality as the 7'3" heavy...I'll be a believer. The two others I bought Wednesday night were a 7'6" XH and a 7'0" "medium Cranker".


If you like those wait until you feel an H2O Tac40.

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#12276696 - 06/03/17 11:11 AM Re: Looking for Sensitive Casting Rod? [Re: HunterW]
Champion 221 Elite Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/12/09
Posts: 850
Loc: Grand Saline, Texas
The new version of the G Loomis GLX is awesome.
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