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I want to get a new rod/reel for front range fishing. I have a decent ultralight setup with 4 lb line that has been fairly effective for mountain lake trout. But I feel this perhaps isn't the best tool for the closer to home lakes.

What would you recommend for a newbie for bass or walleyes on the flats? My budget is anything less than $100 for the rod and reel... looking on basspro's website it seems that's probably doable, but I'm overwhelmed with all the choices!

Thank you in advance!
 

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Bought a couple of these Basspro Mega Tournament reels when they went on sale. But, I'd pay full price. Used on Canada for 7 days, and many other days since. They come with two spools--you can use the plastic one for real light line which makes the real pretty light as well. 8 Bearings, $36 bucks, and tough:

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_94740_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2

Bought one of these for my dad when it went on sale. He used it in Canada and said it was really nice. It's a 10 bearing reel, super smooth:

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_104122_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2

I've used this one for two years. Ice and open water. Great reel as well:

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_74046_100001002_100000000_100001000_100-1-2
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I swung by bass pro shop and picked up one of their tournement rods... and for reel I went with a Pflueger President. I took it out tonight and second cast had a giant rats nest... seems bass pro put the line on the wrong way. ARG! Oh well. I can fix that easy enough... thought I was saving time having them do it for me.
 

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I just spent several weeks lookin for a rod to replace my ultra light. I couldn't believe every manufacturer has thier own standard on what a med action w/ a fast tip is. The B.P.S. rod was perfect exactly what I was lookin for a short rod with a fairly sensitive tip with enough back bone for good hooksets , and it was only 35.00 . The only other one that came close to what I wanted was a Loomis that was 160.00.
 

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Achurnside said:
Thanks for the suggestions. I swung by bass pro shop and picked up one of their tournement rods... and for reel I went with a Pflueger President. I took it out tonight and second cast had a giant rats nest... seems bass pro put the line on the wrong way. ARG! Oh well. I can fix that easy enough... thought I was saving time having them do it for me.
I bought a nice set up for my wife for Mother's day. The first time she used it, she said hey there's something wrong with this. When I reel the line is coming off. Must have been the same person the spooled your line as well !!! When your 40 miles round trip from there, it doesn't make you happy !!!
 
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