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fishn2huntn

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I am rethinking my gear and am curious about what everybody uses to chase bass.  It's been about 5 years since I bought anything new to bass fish with. 

Any thoughts are appreciated. 
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Canoetripper

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I do all of my bass fishing from my canoe and use a one piece ultra-light 5 ft. St Croix rod with a Shimano spinning reel with 4 lb. test mono line. I rarely catch a bass larger than 10" so this works just as well on the few canoe trips where and when I can canoe trip and catch trout. That said, I am more than impressed with the many smallmouth bass that I have caught that weren't quite as big as the 3" silver/black floating Rapala that they aggressively hit.
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I do most of my smallmouth bass fishing from my SOT kayak. I have 2-piece med action 6ft Cabela’s Tourney Trail rods with Pflueger President reels. Usually 8 pound test line. Like Canoe Tripper, I primarily use rapelas. Silver and black, floating, jointed. 2-3 inches. Ive used them for about 40 years and always have had success. I could get by with lighter line, but rapelas are expensive lures and I hate loosing them on snags. I’m sure there are better rods and reels, buy I try to balance quality/cost vs the potential of losing them on the river.
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That's a very loaded question for many of us who are serious about bass fishing.

I use both spinning and baitcasting. Stopped using the fly rod for bass several years back
after my first shoulder surgery. Never thought it was the best tool for the job but enjoyed it.

There is no such thing as the perfect setup for all techniques and conditions. I'm not one who
thinks you need a different setup for each type of lure but I do believe you need to match the setup
to the weight of the lures your throwing.

For example I want two very different combos for chuking and winding a 5/8 ounce spinnerbait vs.
throwing 1/32 oz. Ned rig or any other finesse jig.

What and where you'll be fishing dictates what I would recommend.

As for favorites, I'm a big fan of Shimano reels and St. Croix rods.
Both have treated me well for many years.






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Twice in my life I have fished with guides in Texas and caught >5 lb. Largemouth Bass. That was the first and only times that I have used bait casting rods and reels. I wasn't very good at this type of fishing and made a bird's nest on many terrible casts. The professional guide earned his tip fishing with me and all of my screw ups. 
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I’m gonna piggy back off of what Paddler provided.
Shimano Stradic 1000-4000 reels, St Croix rods.
The Triumph series is their starting/entry level rod, but for $99 and their warranty, great bang for the buck and have treated me very well for a long time!
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I have way too many combos of baitcaster and spinning both, but on every outing, regardless of smallmouth/largemouth, I have at least 1 of my 6-7’ medium/medium-lites spinning with 10lb line and at least 1 6’6”-7’ medium heavy baitcaster with 15lb line. If I only had two rods to fish with those would be the two just because it covers about all the bases winter, spring, summer, and fall. Like others, I’m a St Croix fan on the rods. I like Abu baitcasters (silvermax, pro max, etc) and Pleuger presidents for spinning. Best bangs for the buck and I’ve got several that are 5-10 years old of each and going strong. Having said that, I’ve got a couple of Diawa’s and the BG I have is starting to be my new favorite reel. Super smooth and feels durable. Time will tell.
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fishn2huntn

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I use the shimano curado with a bass pro rod of some sort and shimano reels with St Croix rods while using spinning tackle usually medium.
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Have several of the older BPS Extreme Series, another great rod for the price!
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Eddy

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I'll use whatever for a rod but to me almost nothing is as exciting as catching largemouth on topwaters. The heddon tiny torpedo is my favorite. Super effective and entices insane strikes
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Mcfishin - Surprised, but glad, to read your getting that kind of use from the President reels.
I've had a couple of them over the years and never got a full season before they started getting
rough, noisey and tight when reeling. Not unusable but enough to bug the crap out of me.

Like Gill, I've been a long time fan of Stradics. Especially the Ci4+ reels. A couple years back when
Shimano was introducing the new FB version of the Ci4+, the FA reels were substantially discounted.
I already had several of them but ended up buying 6 more. 4 1000 size and 2 2500 size. I should be
good on spinning reels for a decade or so. [wink]

I learned a long time ago if you find something you really like in the fishing industry, you better
stock up because it will surely be changed or discontinued sooner than later.




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Ohh yes, Paddler. I do just that!
I fell in love with the FJ series years back.. I fished the FH and the FI before them, but the FJs are my all time favorite.
IVE got a 1000, 2500, 3000, (2) 4000s, and (2) 5000s.
I think I’m good for a while myself, ha.
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Im a Fenwick fan, I use mostly spinning gear and have 3-4 Elitetech's I love for smallies. As far as reels for the money I like the Pflueger Presidents, havent really had any issues with them.
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I agree with Paddler on this question. I use different combos for each technique. Most of my reels are Abu Garcia though.
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I'm a spinning guy,,,,,,,,, I never could get past the bird nests on baitcasters........ Most of my bass fishing is wading the new and greenbrier rivers....... I use a 7' uglystick,,,,,,, ultralight with a shimano reel,,,,,,,, 6 lb test,,, was using 4 but you get a good;en.....and just touch a rock,,,, it's over......... With that outfit I can make some long casts in the clear water...........
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I prefer spinning rods. I like St. Croix Rods and Pflueger President reels.
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I have an old old old Diawa Tri-Force Z 6' medium Action spinning rod that has likely caught more fish for me than all my other rods combined... it is now retired... but man the fish I have caught at the Winfield Locks with that rod... it outlasted many spinning reels...
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@paddler
I've also had good luck with the presidents..

I even took one to the salt a few trips throwing some topwater in the lights at night for mullet.. the presidents drag impressed me because those fish run seriously hard for their size.

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I like the Presidents as well.  I recently purchased an Okuma reel that I really like. Rods- St Croix and the Loomis E6x have been great to use. Last year, I bought a rod from the Ark company. It is a great rod and has quickly become a go to rod for me. Also started using braid on my spinning reels. Have liked that as well
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Cheatriver8730

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I fish 95% of the time for river smallmouth out of a raft or kayak - all spinning tackle.  My current favorite setups are Cabelas tourney trail and pro guide rods, medium light, 7' long, 1 piece, fast action, rated  for 6-12 lbs line and 1/8 - 5/8 oz lures.  New favorite reel is the 2500 Daiwa BG.  Loaded with 15 lbs braid and 8-12 lbs flourcarbon leader.  Have a new Daiwa 2500 Legalis LT reel to try out this spring. Full 2 ozs lighter that the BG 2500.  We'll see how it holds up.
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Cheatriver8730

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Need to revise my rod recommendations above. After checking the cabelas site they appear to no longer offer the pro guide line of rods at all and the tourney trail line has been cut down to 2 rods a 6’ and 6.5. Have been buying tourney trail rods from cabelas for at least 10 years. If this is the result of Bass Pro buying them I’m not impressed.
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senoy

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Tourney Trails and President reels. Best bang for the buck. I have Presidents that I've used for years without a hitch. I have one that spent 200 days on the water in one year and I haven't had to do a thing to it. Half of my President's I haven't even cleaned or lubed. The one I have out in the car right now I even lost the handle cap to and it has had rain and snow inside and it still keeps ticking (or more accurately doesn't tick at all.) You get those 60 dollar deals every now and again at Cabela's and I'm convinced there's no way to do any better than that.
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