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I,m trying to purchase my first high quality rod. I refuse to fish another season with a ugly stick. For the past two weeks I,ve been focusing on topics from the message board about purchasing tournement tested rods.( Kistler, lamiglass,St croix) I also release you cant fish affectively without specialty rods. But if you had to purchase one rod as a all purpose rod what would it be and what would its length and weight be? Application: crankbait, spinnerbait, topwater, buzzbait, 6 to 10 inch plastic worms.
 

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A 7 foot worm rod can be used to fish several baits. I am not an expert on rods by any means but if you go to acaidarods .com or something like that they have a deal buy one and get one free. My bud has just got his and he loves them. I think they sell for around $50.00.
 

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Don Iovino has a Signature rod being made by Lamiglas, 62MH, that works well for spinnerbaits, worms and jigs. If you only have funds for one good rod, this is a good choice.
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Don's # 818/848.6180
 

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Id buy a medium action rod. Probably about 6'6" in length. I think this action and length would allow to do a lot. You could do anything from fish a crankbait to chunk a spinnerbait, to fish some finesse such as a shakey head worm etc... heck you could even fish a jig and do some flippin and pitchin too.
As to whether or not itd be baitcasting or spinning, I think that woudl be a matter of personal preferrence. I would choose spinning because I feel it would give me a lot more options. Im sure some guys would choose a baitcaster. The only advantage Id see a baitcaster givin would be the ability to use heavier line, but then again, ifyou go to heavier line, your rod will lose its "all purpose" function to some degree.
 

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I personally would go with a 7', you can heave a crank pretty far which you know is required to get it to the right running depth, but its not taking away accuracy. Thats the main thing to consider power and accuracy. But if you dont do much cranking, go with a 6-6 like Jared said.
 

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I think you should go on ebay and type in (PHOENIX BLAZE) all reasonablly priced most expensive rod in the line is abotu 50.00 and that is a 7 foot medium heavy casting rod. If you have any questions on them just PM me I am one of only 2 reps for them in the mid west. the other is putting them on ebay stock is a little low right now we only have 500 rods and a show to do in 2 weeks. like i said any questions just send me a PM..
 

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mac, I love your signature! LOL :clap:
 

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thanks lake city. also that is my own personal signature has nothing to do with basscat.
 

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macbass said:
thanks lake city. also that is my own personal signature has nothing to do with basscat.
youre welcome. You can call me Jared or Yankee if youd like :)

Oh I thought it was about the boat. hehe
 

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oh it is about the boat I have owned nothing but cats for 15 years and we have a pretty tight group of 5 of us and we own 2 jaquars 2 cougars and a saber and 2 of them happen to be at my house mine and my sons. also jared might be interested in the moderator job for the michigan forum
 

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Line in water, what part of the country are you fishing and for what fish, smallies, spots, or large mouth? I agree with the 6"-6 Med or Med hvy. and I like the Loomis rods for increased sensitivity, St. Croix or Falcon also are decent rods too. Most rod sites give information regarding specialty rod applications or the all around rods, that was how I got my first Loomis by picking one that would work for multiple applications and it is a med. 6"-6 IMX CR722. Good luck.
 

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You can take the Rick Clunn approach. He uses a 7' H for everything.

I use a 7' MH for just about everything but Pitching / flipping into heavy cover.
 

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You may want to come back and tell us what type of reel you plan to use, this way we can offer suggestions between casting and spinning rods. I personally believe a casting rod & reel is best for all around bass fishing.
Spinning reels are limited to line size to reel spool diameter, not necessarily line strength or diameter. For example if you are fishing 12 to 15 lb mono you need a medium to large size fresh water spinning reel or 6 to 10 lb line you would select a small to medium size spinning reel. The rod should be a medium to medium/heavy for the larger spinning reel and 6 1/2 to 7' long. The smaller size spinning reel works better with medium/light to medium 6 to 6 1/2' rods. Spinning reels are generally a poor choice when retrieving a lure puts pressure against the line, like a diving type crank bait. The reason being line twist caused by the bail spinning the line onto a fixed spool.
Bait casting reels are not limited to line size of 8 lb mono and larger. Some bait casting reels can handle 6 lb mono without the line being cut by the spool between the side plates.
I fish both types of rods and reels, using spinning for light line and lures.
For a rod between $150 to $200 today I believe Lamiglas offers the highest quality, American made product and customer service available. There are several very good rod companies to choose from.
Tom
 
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