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I've retired from hunting after doing it for 65 years. So, i'm going to be doing much more fishing now. This year I want to concentrate on lakes/reservoirs.

I bought a Fenwick HMG in 7'6" ML. I don't know much about it, but it seems to get pretty good reviews and the price is right. I have to fish from shore, so I thought the 7'6' would give me a little extra distance. I'll use a lot of bubble and Pistol Pete's and different lures etc.

Anybody use this rod? Tell me what you think of it?

http://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/fishing-rods/spinning-rods|/pc/104793480/c/104764680/sc/104836680/fenwick-reg-hmg-spinning-rods/1707131.uts?destination=/catalog/browse/spinning-rods/_/N-1102841/Ns-CATEGORY_SEQ_104836680
 

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It's a great all around rod. Great for casting cranks and jigging walleyes. It's one of my favorite rods for dragging bottom bouncers as well. Its a good purchase. My only complaint is that it is a little fragile, but in my mind that just comes with the territory when buying graphite rods.
 

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That sounds good. I'm usually pretty easy on rods. Did you break one?
 

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I have a habit of snapping off tips... I used to have to move my rods all the time and that just exposed the to more risk of getting nicked, dinged, pinched, and/or eventually broke. Now I just leave them in the boat in a rod rack. It's much safer! ha. But to answer your question, yes I broke a tip a while back. Never leave home without a rod tip replacement kit.
 

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Great rod- however, you may be better suited with a 9 1/2'-10 1/2' noodle rod for fly and bubble from shore given your fly fishing experience (been reading your posts a long time now Pete). They are also awesome for drifting nymphs or jigs in moving or still waters( yes Pete, i know, nymphing is not fly fishing). Just a suggestion, works VERY well for me, but use whatever you you are comfortable with. That Fenwick is a decent stick though, should serve you well .....
 

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I won't be fishing any moving water this year. I want to give lake fishing a good try. It's become harder and harder for me to wade rivers.

Plus, I hate leaving my dog home when I go fishing. I have to do that with river fishing. I can take him to lakes. He sits on the bank with me watching every cast, and gets all excited when I catch something. He seems to have a good time, and it's way better leaving him home. For me and him. His name is Buddy, because he really is my best bud.
 

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Plus, I hate leaving my dog home when I go fishing. I have to do that with river fishing. I can take him to lakes. He sits on the bank with me watching every cast, and gets all excited when I catch something. He seems to have a good time, and it's way better leaving him home. For me and him. His name is Buddy, because he really is my best bud.
We lost our 10 year old Golden this last spring. He was the ultimate "catch and release" fishing dog. Ice fishing he always tried putting the fish back down the hole. As for lake fishing that is when he was at his best. Wouldn't sit on the bank, but rather would swim around the lake helping catch the fish by moving the fishing line. Once on the bank he'd look at you to see if you were going to keep the fish or release it. If you didn't release it he'd look at you trying perhaps to make you feel guilty.

We purchased two golden pups this last August and now I have to do some more fish training. The male has possibilities as he's pretty laid back but the female I think is going to be a top notch fishing dog as she's into everything seeing if it's something edible. Fish catching and keeping might just be down her alley.
 

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Bigger the rod the smaller the fish, lol.

Go for the longest lightest fenwick you can find for that application.
I like the 6'6" heavy for jigging, my favorite was the Fenwick 6' hard core Graphite that they discontinued.
When Dave Cook went out of business they had them 90% off and I bought every one they had left, still got several I haven't destroyed yet.
 

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I "snagged" a 7 ft. version of that Rod last May with a brand new Pflueger President reel while jigging at a local hole...... right in front of One of the local guides...
Like 'brand new" .....
Rod had a VERY light tip, good backbone... nice build.
A bit too light tip action for Me....
 

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I "snagged" a 7 ft. version of that Rod last May with a brand new Pflueger President reel while jigging at a local hole...... right in front of One of the local guides...
Like 'brand new" .....
Rod had a VERY light tip, good backbone... nice build.
A bit too light tip action for Me....
Now there's a good catch...
 

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i like my medium heavy fennwick hmg for jerk baiting for eyes. i like it so much i thought about getting an ul version for trout. im getting burned out all these fishless trophy fishing trips. or maybe im just sick of the gfs dog nagging me every morning for trout. she barks at the freezer while looking at me telling me to get her more fish. then when i say we are out she barks at the door to go catch more. she doesnt understand antero is closed and that means fishing sucks in south park now.
 

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I had bought the hmg 7' UL rod. I put the Pflueger 9025 on it i'm selling in the classified now. It was a perfect UL setup well balanced. The UL rod felt like a fly rod. A softer action than what i'm used to from spin rods. It would have been great for small spinners, or nymph setups. It was going to be my Ark rod.

I decided to do lakes instead and swapped the rod for the 7'6' ML rod. I'll always wonder how that UL setup would have worked. If the reel doesn't sell I may still try the UL next year. This year it's lakes.
 

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I had bought the hmg 7' UL rod. I put the Pflueger 9025 on it i'm selling in the classified now. It was a perfect UL setup well balanced. The UL rod felt like a fly rod. A softer action than what i'm used to from spin rods. It would have been great for small spinners, or nymph setups. It was going to be my Ark rod.

I decided to do lakes instead and swapped the rod for the 7'6' ML rod. I'll always wonder how that UL setup would have worked. If the reel doesn't sell I may still try the UL next year. This year it's lakes.
I always wanted a rod I could cast a Panther Martin on. Altough I haven't barely used any of my swim bait rods.
 
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