Im thinking of a good set up for fresh water bass fishing?

Im thinking of getting a new setup this year and spend some money on getting a good set up instead of just a store made combo.

so ive had the 7’3″ carrot stix medium heavy action casting rod and a shimano cittica 6.4:1 baitcast reel.

has anyone used these or know about baitcast ive never used it but all the pro seem to use baitcast over spinning reels now adays.

im really just looking for good rod and reel combos not looking to spend more that $250 maybe $300 if its great quality

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5 thoughts on “Im thinking of a good set up for fresh water bass fishing?

  1. If you’re wanting drop $200+ bucks into a rig, I’d recommend a Pflueger President, and maybe a 6’6″-7′ Saint Croix rod. Just keep in mind, a spinning reel can be extremely effective in certain situations, and in some places might be superior to a bait caster. Also, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a rig for it to suit your needs or be productive, (remember the world record blue cat *143lbs* was landed on a $70 ugly stick/cheap Shimano spinning rig with cheap bulk 30 pound test line) personally I’ve landed more fish on my Pflueger Trion combo *$60* and Mitchell 308 rig than my $380 Diawa/G.L. Loomis rig. I know I’ll be in a minority in saying this, but I’m speaking from personal experience and with a squalin’ a wallet on my mind….

    P.S. Try not to pay too much attention to the guy mentioning the $500 fishing poles. He’s obviously spent more time online than on the water (with nearly 8,100 answers in just a few years I’m suspecting a basement dweller) and it shows since he’s recommending top grade professional equipment to an amateur fisherman/hobbyist asking some basic advice. Anyways, I’m off to finish my article about Cherokee, NC trout fishing. Hope I help bud

  2. Spending more doesn’t mean being better,a good setup shouldn’t cost that much A Penn combo is matched up perfectly,and won’t run you that amount. You can spend what you want,but it’s a waste of money to have a five hundred dollar rig,when a two hundred dollar one will work the same.St. Croix rods are great,and a Penn reel with it will do just fine,that’s my bass rig,and never have a problem,the rest of the money can be used for other things,better spent.I have several abu garcia baitcasters,ambassadeurs that I use too,but the spinning one works just fine.it’s an old spinfisher model.

  3. Baitcaster’s are excellent in many ways- BUT- realize, they aren’t as easy to cast as a Spinning outfit and require patience and practice to learn. Will you have the diligence and patience to learn?

    Baitcaster’s work esp well with heavier lures like Spro Frogs, 1/2 OZ Jigs, 10″ worms, ETC. One of the best techniques a BC can perform is Flippin’. Will you mainly be fishing from shore or from a boat?

    If you are mainly shore-bound you may NOT want to move up to a BC. Why???

    If you are fishing from shore, it can be more difficult to cast around tree’s and brush with a BC- esp if the tree’s and brush are thick. However, if you are mainly fishing from a boat a ‘Caster can work extremely well.

    A Carrot Stix/Citica would be a VERY nice combo. Go to Bass Pro Shops website and read reviews on Baitcast outfit’s.

    Hope this helps?

  4. Carrot Stix are supposed to be good rods, but so many reviews claim that they snap during a hookset. I personally haven’t used a Carrot Stix rod because the BRIGHT orange color doesn’t appeal to me. Shimano Citicas are the introductory version of the Curado… they are decent little reels.

    For a little more than $300, you can have a hell of an outfit…
    7 foot, 2 inch St. Croix Rage casting rod. Medium power, moderate action, 8 to 14 pound line, 1/4 to 5/8 ounce lures. $150.00…
    http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/St_Croix_Rage_Micro_Guide_Casting_Rods/descpage-RCCM.html

    Shimano Curado 200G series (if you could find a E-Series, that would be better)…
    http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Curado_200_G_Series_Casting_Reels/descpage-SCUG.html

    Like someone suggested, spending more doesn’t mean being better. That is true… but a better outfit HELPS you be better. Some people will claim it’s a total waste of money to have a $500 outfit and a $200 one will work the same. That’s not entirely true… though they’ll function the same, they are not the same. The $500 outfit will more than likely consist of a rod and reel that’s made with lighter materials than the $200 one. That means the whole outfit weighs less which equals a longer day of fishing with less pains and aches. During a long day of fishing, a lighter outfit won’t wear you out. Not only will the rod in a $500 outfit be lighter, it will also be more sensitive, therefore allow you to feel those light bites that you would’ve missed on the $200 outfit.

  5. A 6’3 Ugly stick lite and a Quantum spinning reel is good enough for amateur Bass fishing. You don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars on equipment unless you fish for a living. Just have fun, forget about what the pro’s use. They get stuff for free if they endorse and pitch it to the amatuer fisherman. Use what suits you the best and what you are comfortable using.

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