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#12550203 - 12/24/17 03:13 PM Rod Recommendations for a newbie
John Holland Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/01/05
Posts: 1065
Loc: Greenville, Texas
Ok, so I have fished the better part of my life but mainly crappie fished. My son will be in High School in a few years and wants to do the HS fishing team thing. So he and I and learning to bass fish, and are looking to get going this spring. I have numerous Dobyns spinning rods in champion and champion extreme in 701's and 702's so i have fished with some nice higher end rods. Looking for opinions on bass rods to get outfitted for bass. I obviously dont want to spend 500 on a Loomis NRX, but i am looking for good quality in the 150 to 200 dollar range. There are so many rod manufacturers its hard to choose...Loomis, Dobyns, Garcia, Lews and on down the line. Any info is appreciated.


#12550269 - 12/24/17 04:24 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
Champion 221 Elite Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/12/09
Posts: 1062
Loc: Grand Saline, Texas
G Loomis IMX
A little more than your price range,but worth the extra for the sensitivity they give you.If you are willing to spend more,go with the G Loomis GLX.You will absolutely fall in love with them.Awesome Rod! fish
Just Fishing For Fun!

#12550426 - 12/24/17 05:52 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
texasAUtiger Offline

Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 311
Loc: Waco, TX
Spinning: Dobyns 703sf $99

Baitcaster: Falcon BuCoo MH $100 ish or better Falcon Lowrider 20 for about $170 (?)

#12550540 - 12/24/17 06:48 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
TinRangerJim Offline

Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 240
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
Since you already own several Dobyns rods and are happy with them, why not stick with something you know? They just recently came out with the Colt series. This is an entry-level rod with a $79.99 price point. I personally would recommend the following:

Baitcaster - CL705CB for cranking
CL734C for just about everything else

Spinning - CL702SF or CL703SF

For a larger selection, you can move up to the Fury series, starting at $109.99
"Rip Some Lips"
Nevadan by birth, Texan by choice
Jim C.

#12551375 - 12/25/17 06:16 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: TinRangerJim]
H2ODawg67 Offline

Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 341
Loc: Kansas
I prefer Falcon's. But, like they say, to each his own. If you have friends that bass fish with baitcasters see if you can borrow there rods, try to get different brands (may have to borrow from different folks) and see which ones you like. Sorry for you getting into bass fishing, but this is the best support group for the addiction. You will never recover, the rush is to great to overcome.
Formerly H2ODawg

#12551594 - 12/25/17 11:11 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 585
Loc: Pearland, TX
Waterloo rods!!!

Castaway and Falcon are great too.. You don't need to pay $150-200 for a good rod.... They are nice, but you can get a bad arse Falcon for $90
Majek 22 Extreme/225 Optimax Pro XS
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#12551722 - 12/26/17 08:06 AM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 8193
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Falcon bucoo for the price imo. Large selection of actions

#12551872 - 12/26/17 10:26 AM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
Bill Durham Offline

Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 495
Loc: Crowley
I think if I was starting out from scratch.. brands any more are pretty much a personal preference.. there are a lot of good rod builders out there. Anymore, rod selection has been narrowed down to specific functions.. as in a Trig rod, a Crig rod, a jig rod, a cranking rod, a trap rod, etc. And in some of those cases, even specific reels for the application.. deep cranking a 5:1 reel vs a high speed.. etc. I think the harder choice in all of this is to know what actions are the best for the application. Spinning vs Baitcasting.. decisions decisions!

#12551880 - 12/26/17 10:32 AM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
Los Lagos Offline

Registered: 10/05/15
Posts: 65
Loc: McKinney, Texas
Been down this exact same road, have three boys so equipment in triplicate can get pricey, here is where I started and I am very happy with all 6 of them I have

TFO H 7'2 for 100 off the skeeter tournamnet site

#12551941 - 12/26/17 11:22 AM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
M. Alexander Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/03/13
Posts: 1027
Loc: Rowlett, TX
Falcon LowRiders and Caras.

#12551993 - 12/26/17 12:28 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
TX Rigged Senko Offline

Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 161
Loc: McKinney, TX
Take a look at Falcon Lowrider, Shimano Zodias, & Dobyns Fury or Sierra at that price

#12552102 - 12/26/17 02:37 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]

Registered: 02/01/11
Posts: 203
H2O are half the price of some of the rods mentioned and get two set ups for the price of one. And if anything happens to one of them take it back to Academy and get another just keep you receipts.In the HS fishing tournaments equipment takes a beating because of [censored] happens with three people in the boat.

#12552194 - 12/26/17 04:34 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
SKEETER_MAN_225 Online   happy
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 10/25/07
Posts: 3404
The answer you are looking for is in your signature! They make great bass rods. The Colt and fury series are priced just right for budget minded anglers! I use the sierra series myself.
Pete B. Hernandez
Matthew 4:19

#12552442 - 12/26/17 09:00 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
SeniorChiefUSN Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/16/16
Posts: 8
Loc: DFW
The Xtreme Angler Series rods, from FX Custom Rods, will fit the bill for you. Several different technique specific models to choose from (casting and spinning), and will be under your budget. In my opinion, you're not going to find a better rod, at the $130ish price point. On top of that, they are a veteran owned company, and their warranty is amongst the best in the business (no questions asked replacement). I see that you're located in Greensville. I'm in north Richland hills. I'd be more than happy to meet you out at Grapevine one day, to let you throw a few different models. Or you can check them out at

#12553091 - 12/27/17 01:45 PM Re: Rod Recommendations for a newbie [Re: John Holland]
hurricanecraig Offline

Registered: 04/17/17
Posts: 90
Loc: Dallas, TX
Dobyns Fury series

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