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Old 02-12-2009, 06:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need Education on best Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo

This kind of goes along with Rivrunnr1's first baitcasting posting.
Anyway, spent a few hours out at St. Vrain playing with a old Corsair CS 300 baitcaster that my dad gave to me years ago. I was casting Crankbaits from 1/4 oz to 1/2 oz. Wasn't getting any distance and had the brakes turned all the way off (at least the only brake I could find). The real also made a ratching (sp) sound when I casted it. I'm tired of lures breaking off when the bail closes unexpectently on my spinning reels, so the big question is,,,,,what are you guy's suggestions for a good baitcasting rod and reel combo for casting 1/4 to 1 oz lures in the say,,,$150.00 range, that will give me the same distance that I get with my spin cast set ups? I already got pretty good control of the baitcasting techniques. Also, will my 14 lb. Fireline be a problem (just love my 14 lb. Fireline). I know this is a lot of questions, but I always trust my CF brothers responses.

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Old 02-12-2009, 07:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Truth be told, one of the BC combos I have was pieced together at wal-mart for a pretty reasonable price. I have a low profile pinnacle reel sitting on a one piece abu garcia "tournemant" rod (MH). I beleive the reel was around 50, and the rod was 60. I also have this strung up with 18lb fire line, and think this soes pretty good with lures in the half ounce range, although I think for anything under an ounce, you are hard pressed to match a spinning rod for distance, but IMO accuracy counts more then distance. I have found the shape of the lure really matters, and I seem to be able to huck lighter cranks better then sonething like a mepps spinner or Panther-Martin.

Not much info, hope it helps a little...

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i would suggest spending more on the reel. you will have a much better experience using a reel in the $100 plus range vs. a $20 reel from wal-mart.
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i would suggest spending more on the reel. you will have a much better experience using a reel in the $100 plus range vs. a $20 reel from wal-mart.
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