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Old 04-27-2012, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have tips on a decent rod and reel setup for swimbaits. Looking for a rod around $50 or less, and a reel in about the same range, or a combo in the $60-$70 range.
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Anyone have tips on a decent rod and reel setup for swimbaits. Looking for a rod around $50 or less, and a reel in about the same range, or a combo in the $60-$70 range.
I've been looking at an ugly stick casting rod and a round abu to go on it.....I'm sure it seems strange to most, but even as a custom guy, throwing a moving bait as little as I would be doing it, an ugly stick is hard to beat for the toughness and cheapness factors...
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Alot more people than would care to admit it use Ugly sticks for swimbaits; they're not bad for the task. Add a good used round reel (Abu 5600 or a Shimano Cardiff) to it from ebay and you're in business.
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Thanks for the replies! so is casting a round reel the same as casting a baitcaster? I've tried casting a baitcaster and it was very frustrating so is a round reel easier?
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Thanks for the replies! so is casting a round reel the same as casting a baitcaster? I've tried casting a baitcaster and it was very frustrating so is a round reel easier?
Not really.

I use an round Abu on my swimbait rod. I would rather use a low-profile reel for the repeated casting, but the round reel has a clicker, and sees double-duty as a bait-dunking machine.

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Tubejig, that is a tall order. Your best bet would be used. Try to find an Abu, like a 6500 size Ambassadeur, and a used Okuma 7'11" MH rod. That Okuma rod is about the cheapest good swimbait rod you can get. Used you should be able to find a good deal on it. Be patient. Getting a crap setup you will have to replace is no bargain.

Better reel would be a Shimano Curado 300 size. I have a CU300D, and love it all to hell. But it is a little more $$.

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Tubejig, that is a tall order. Your best bet would be used. Try to find an Abu, like a 6500 size Ambassadeur, and a used Okuma 7'11" MH rod. That Okuma rod is about the cheapest good swimbait rod you can get. Used you should be able to find a good deal on it. Be patient. Getting a crap setup you will have to replace is no bargain.

Better reel would be a Shimano Curado 300 size. I have a CU300D, and love it all to hell. But it is a little more $$.

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Thanks DT, I will definitely keep that into consideration, I really dont want a poor cheap setup. Thanks for the suggestions on rods and reels. Is that curado a spinning reel?
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No, it is a baitcaster.

Unless you are going to commit to using braid 100% of the time, don't bother trying to use a spinning reel for big baits. Look at it like this; have you EVER seen a picture in a magazine of a dude holding up a big musky and a spinning rod?

Me neither.

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Thanks for the replies! so is casting a round reel the same as casting a baitcaster? I've tried casting a baitcaster and it was very frustrating so is a round reel easier?
Learning to throw with a baitcaster is actually easy. I'm addicted to mine. Only been throwing them 1 year now. I have several now as well as several spinning reels. The last laker I caught was off the spinner Shimano reel, St Croix Premier rod, with 10lb low vis green xt line. I have differnt swimbait and bait caster rods. My best is a Phenix custom made for me by Andrew (Koldkut). It's good for up to 2oz baites. I have more stern rod I picked up from Bo (Southplatter) that will handle up to 10oz baits. My best baitcastin rod is a St Croix Avid, used for XRAPS, LC's and rogues primarily. The only pricey rod is the custom. The others I got into for $100 combo.The AVID with Curado was $250 plus. Shop this forum, you really can get good deals here. I believe quality gives me the confidence to set the hook. I also have alot of Ugly Sticks, one hell of a rod for the money. Use em for trollin. I figure $200-$300 should put you in great equipment.
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