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Spinning rod help

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TR.

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Since my ugly stick and Mitchell reel decided to check out the bottom of the horn last week, I am in need of a new setup, and It so happens I have a $200 gift certificate to basspro/cabelas.... I am looking for a spinning rod/reel to chuck striper lures LONG distances. Anyone care to make some recommendations based on experience? I have been doing some research and have some ideas but I would love to hear from you all to help finalize. It would have to be from one of those two places as I am not going to drop that much cash anywhere else. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

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catchnabuzz

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You can’t beat a ugly stick elite with a shimano sedona 2500. I like the one piece rods better. Throw some braid on it and it’ll cast a mile. You can get the rod, reel, and some good braid for 200
 

Lance Cue

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I have been using the cabelas rod/ flueger reel combo for a couple years now and like em for the money. You could buy two setups with line for 200. If you wait till the end of season theg seem to go on sale for around 50, reg price around 90.
 
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Edward Gerdemann

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I have been using the cabelas rod/ flueger reel combo for a couple years now and like em for the money. You could buy two setups with line for 200. If you wait till the end of season theg seem to go on sale for around 50, reg price around 90.

So have I! The last three spinning rods I have purchased have been Cabela's Fish Eagles, and two of the last three spinning reels I've purchased have been Pflueger Presidents. If you catch the sales you can put together an excellent outfit for a little over $100 and sometimes less. I've come to the conclusion that on the mid-priced spinning reels Pflueger Presidents are superior to Shimanos costing up to twice as much. Shimanos have weak bail springs. Okuma also makes some very good moderately priced reels. I have one and am very satisfied with it so that's something to consider as well.

I've also decided that the Cabala's Fish Eagle is a better rod than Bass Pro rods costing twice as much. This is nothing against Bass Pro rods. I just think the Fish Eagles are better. This is what I would recommend. :)

Ed Gerdemann
 
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Littlesaltwash

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Earlier this spring Itook a couple of fish eagles in to cabelas to get broken tips replaced. They looked up my purchase info and replaced the 2 rods with 2 new ones at a significantly reduced price.
 
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davew

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I was in the same position earlier this year --- I ended up purchasing the Abu Garcia Veritas casting rod. I put a older Penn real on it with 15 lb braid --- while at the lake this past week, I tried it against the other rods I had available ( one ugly stick, one walmart special) the Abu Garcia was able to cast at least 15 yards farther than either of the other ones --- could some of that be the reals I had on? Sure -- But in the end, I felt like I was getting the bait further with my new set up --- I am happy ---
 
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SLAYERFISH

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Shimano Sahara Reel 3000. $80. St. Croix Premier or Triumph rod 7' Medium or Medium Light. $100 Nanofil 8lb test.$20 You will outcast anyone.

The brand of rod doesn't matter as much it needs to be a fast action. Also the line (ie Braid) makes a huge diff in casting distance.

Just tie a 18" floro leader to your lure.

If you cast a LOT Shimanos are the bomb.
 
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Dorado

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I have Shamano Sahara reels and Pflueger Presidents, the President is a better reel. Shimano makes some great reels, but their lower priced models are of lower quality than other manufactures. I think ugly stick rods are OK for trolling, but they are not good casting or jigging rods. I also have several Cabelas Fish Eagle rods, they are great rods. Their Tourney Trail rods are also way better than ugly stick....
 
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Dungee

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Just get another Mitchell! We’ve all used Mitchell’s forever, hard to beat for the price and value. They have a new salt water model I’d like to try out. Finally broke down and got a Shimano Stradic last year and have loved that too. Rod? 7’ medium, fast action in whatever handle/butt length you like etc..
 
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TR.

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Thank you all tons for the replies, I appreciate it! Gift card in hand I ended up going extravagant, at least for me. Pflueger president xt, nanofil line and a st. Croix mojo bass power shake. Ended up throwing in some cash but I think I will be very happy, and I owed the excellent St. Croix folks some business as they have taken care of me in the past. Preston, I was very sad to lose the Mitchell for sure as it was a trouble free reel for quite some time. If the lake goes down another 135’ I’ll go get it back ;)

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catchnabuzz

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Thank you all tons for the replies, I appreciate it! Gift card in hand I ended up going extravagant, at least for me. Pflueger president xt, nanofil line and a st. Croix mojo bass power shake. Ended up throwing in some cash but I think I will be very happy, and I owed the excellent St. Croix folks some business as they have taken care of me in the past. Preston, I was very sad to lose the Mitchell for sure as it was a trouble free reel for quite some time. If the lake goes down another 135’ I’ll go get it back ;)

TR
Better put a floaty on the new setup!! 🍺🍺
 

TR.

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The thought had crossed my mind lmao. And for the record, I put it in a holder and then tried to adjust the angle. Those damn things flip upside down pretty darn fast.

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just plain bill

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nanofil 17lb dark green is all i've throw in 6 years...casts a mile, few nests (only when throwing into wind) and durable! i use a falcon bucoo 7ft medium, okuma reel, and throw it like an overhand fastball!
 

TR.

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nanofil 17lb dark green is all i've throw in 6 years...casts a mile, few nests (only when throwing into wind) and durable! i use a falcon bucoo 7ft medium, okuma reel, and throw it like an overhand fastball!
That is awesome to hear. I had a choice of 14 or 17 and took 14...hope I did not go too light, time will tell. Mist. This means I need to get to the lake and try the new setup ASAP lol.

TR
 
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