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Rod selection #13140668 05/01/19 03:18 PM
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I am new to bass fishing. I have been an avid and well experienced trout fisherman both fly and spinning. I have just moved to Frisco and my boat is in a slip at Hidden Cove on Lake Lewisville. For now I will be buying just one rod and reel until experience tells me what additional set ups I need. So far I have been leaning towards the Currado DC 150 reel and a Currado rod. I am not sure what rod I should get for general fishing. It is too early to get a specialized rod until I see what type fishing I will do on this lake.
Any advice will be appreciated. If I am making a mistake on rod and reel choice please let me know that also.
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Re: Rod selection [Re: teeitup] #13140692 05/01/19 03:32 PM
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Not a Lewisville expert, but due to all the secondary current from pleasure boaters and stained water, bass tend to stay mid depth to shallow on Lewisville. They like rocky areas there and shallow to mid depth brush.

General recommendations typically include spinner bait/chatter bait, square bill, and trig/jig.

You'd want a Medium Heavy to Heavy power with fast action for the T-rig/jig
You'd want a Medium Heavy with more moderate to moderate fast action for the spinnerbait/chatterbait
You'd want a Medium to Medium Heavy with more moderate action for the square bill. (smaller square bills can be thrown on Medium power spinning gear with moderate action---you might already have a set up for this if you have a 2500 to 3500 sized spinning reel)


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So far I haven't got rod or reel, look for a general purpose starting set up, will buy more as I see what I need

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I do have a 2000 spinning reel on a moderate action 6 1/2' rod

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Good rod and reel choice. I'd go with about a 7'2" medium heavy fast action rod. It's the most versatile.

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Best deal I've found on a good reel (it's at Dick's sporting goods--Flash Sale online only expires today)

I don't see any great deals on a rod right now.

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Thanks, I am looking for versatility

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The Curado DC 150 (right-handed; 151 is left-handed) is a great choice. They can be difficult to find but worth the wait. If used properly (settings set per lure used) backlashes (bird's nest) will not occur. I agree with the MH, fast tip rod for all around versatility. I recommend 7' for length. If 7' 2-4", no big deal. The Carbonlite 2.0 is a solid choice, but when it comes to rods/reels, opinions are all over the place. Also, on the reel, regardless of selection, get a 7.5 (are near it) gear ratio for all around performance. The above reel shown is in that ball park and has a great drag lbs spec. Personally, I would go with the Curado, but the above reel is a deal as pointed out.

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Get a 7ft m/h rod 3/8-3/4 rod with a Tatula SV TW. Get the Tatula from ebay. You will be able to throw a bunch of different things on that rod and the reel will help you if you are learning how to cast a bait caster. The Shimano DC is more expensive than the Tatula. You can set up the Tatula to make a long cast and never even thumb the spool. As you learn how to cast you can reduce the tension and make even longer casts.

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