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Author Topic: [Rods] Buying Low End  (Read 1408 times)

Offline Bud Kennedy

[Rods] Buying Low End
« on: June 28, 2017, 01:48:12 PM »
It is easy to fall into a habit of buying only high end products or at least products that are a few steps ahead of the low end stuff.  I guess over the years I mostly purchased up middle or high end products when it comes to rods and reels.  During my last visit to the river something reminded me that a lot of the lower to middle range products are in reality quite good for the average angler.  Since I consider myself an average angler I fall into this category.  All of my reels are Lews and while not high end they are indeed a cut above.  My rods run the gamut from entry level to custom.

For some reason while selecting rods for my last trip I pulled a couple Shimano Sellus rods from my rack instead of my custom rods.  No particular reason for this action I just did it.  As it turns out the rods performed very very well and will most likely be on deck for my next trip.  Heck these are $50 rods that I happen to have as a result of trading some old reels for them.  I had forgotten just how good they felt.  Although not nearly the quality or the feel as my custom rods I must admit they got the job done and felt good.

I have a fishing partner that also has some lower end stuff that he uses frequently.  I have seen him catch a bunch of bass and his too got the job done.  He also has an Academy Mettle reel that he got for a fathers day present many years ago and I believe it sold for about $25.  Well let me tell you that reel can flat perform.  He can cast that thing a mile and never seems to have any problems with it.  I guess it just goes to remind us that our tackle does not have to cost a fortune to be good it just has to work.  Unfortunately buying equipment in this category can be a bit of a crap shoot.  It may turn out to be a flop or it just might be fantastic.  I don't plan on going out and buying any of this stuff but you sure gotta think about it as the prices for "high end" products just continues to go up.  However when it comes to crank baits the Academy H20 is my favorite.  They work great and the price is right.

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Offline Jigfishn10

Re: Buying Low End
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 03:01:31 PM »
Interesting take on it @Bud Kennedy. These past few years my life revolves around little league baseball so I've been far from removed from the amount of fishing I've done in the past. Right now my tackle is considered on the low end, but I get out maybe 12-15 times a year. Roll back about 5 or 6 years ago and I was out 4 times a week easily and my equipment was a lot more expensive.

I've morphed into a very average fisherman considering where I was when I was fishing a lot. My tackle now is serviceable for the amount of times I do fish. I maintain my reels, repair or rebuild rods for the fraction of the cost for new and make sure my line is fresh and my lures are lures I want to fish with. Other than that, life is good! (y)

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Re: Buying Low End
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2017, 05:38:44 PM »
I also fit right in here.  I have rods that cost from $15.00 to $250.00  and all Lew's reels costing from $35.00 to $140.00 and they all perform just fine for the fishing I do. I do have too many lures and plastics which I probably will never use, and I'm subject to buying more.  Who among us has this same problem (bait Monkey).
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Re: Buying Low End
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 08:32:41 PM »
Here I am Joe. I Think I have finally settled down now. I'm now with St Croix Rods ( tournament ledgen rods)and Lew reels. Hopefully I beat the Bait Monkey with rods and reels. Now all I have to do is work on baits and lures. :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
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Re: Buying Low End
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2017, 09:27:19 PM »
Funny to see this topic.. because.... Ive been having thoughts about lower end (priceline) products lately too. (y) I bought a Kastking Royale Legend: https://www.amazon.com/KastKing-Royale-Legend-Baitcasting-Fishing/dp/B010MAVMWW a couple weeks ago

it cost me $40

Tonight, I finally spooled it up with some K9 and tied on a 1/4oz scrounger style jig and threaded on a Z Man Razor Shadz

The only element of the entire rig i set up that I had used a lot was a Veritas rod that I have had for years now.

All other elements were definitely "Low End", price wise.

I can't say much on the K9 line yet as it's still too early to really my full opinions of it.. but first reaction was that the clear line is extremely clear. I wish they made a camo green version. These old eyes can see that much better ;)   Tied a knot well but again, I havent used it enough to judge its knot strength during use. Though I have heard good things.

Now, the Kastking...

Like I said, its cheaply priced at 39 bucks

most of my baitcasters are $200+ reels. Abu and Shimano.
I do have some lower end baitcasters though, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Abu Silver Max...

The Kastking in your hands FEELS better than the lower end reels I mentioned. Does NOT compare to my Revos and Curados though.

Casting wise the Kastking does cast far and well but man it sure is a noisy reel. When it cast's you can tell the difference of the components it's composed of just from the sound of the bearings and the spool spinning. Though to be fair, I am guessing if it was opened up and given some good grease and oil, it may eliminate all that noise. It outperformed the Cabelas but not the BPS or the Silver Max. Though for as noisy as it is, it did cast pretty far. I had 14lb K9 Fluorocarbon spooled on it. This too was the first time ever using the K9.

BUT... for 40 buck reel.. you cant beat it!

We just got a new sponsor.. Piscifun

They make affordably priced reels as well.

I am being sent some.. one will be given to a lucky member.. and one will be getting the test drive by me. I hear great things about these "low end" reels from people like Mark Hall aka @papamark from Papa's Baits.

I like the idea of lower end priced gear. (y) Get's everyone fishing! :D

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Re: Buying Low End
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 04:04:10 PM »
The biggest bass I've got was on a lighting rod with 35$ bps reel.  Cheapest rig on the boat. There some descent stuff out there that's light on the wallet.  The lighting rod spinning and a phlugar triton is good set up.  Abu black max.  Shimano sellus. 

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Re: Buying Low End
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2017, 04:10:11 PM »
Ive had a lot of lightning rods over the years. I forgot all about them. I know people who swear by them. They are cheap but fish well for sure.

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