Croix Tournament

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What bass fishing combo would you buy and why?

I am going to buy 3 or 4 fishing combo s and need help with my selection.I plan to tournament fish this year and don,t mind spending some money to get some quality gear.I would like to spend between $250.00 and $400.00 apiece for each setup.I have had bad luck with daiwa reels and e21 carrot sticks but I am thinking about the quantum smoke setups or a shimano curado reel with some? type of rod.I don,t need any help with actions or sizing as I allready know how to fish but please help me select the brand.I,m looking for dependability and perormance. Thanks

I can tell you through experience you should not spend an enormous amount on rods. In fact, if your tournament fishing, you should think about getting a higher end Bass Pro, Cabelas or Gander Mt rod.

Why?

For the excellent warranty.

I can't tell you how many times I've watched a fishing partner, (or myself), step on a rod during a tourney. (Realize- when your tourney fishing you don't get to choose the day your going fishing. If it's blowing 30 MPH, 46 degrees with a 3-4 FT chop- they will STILL hold the tourney.)

Most In-house rods offered by these company's have 2 year warranty's, (make sure to ask). If you break a rod, you can walk in a Gander Mt, (or BPS/Cabelas) and walk out with a new rod. That's a BIG deal!

You can't do this with a Shimano, Daiwa, Abu, Quantum, St, Croix, Etc.

After 30-90 days, they will tell you to take it up with the company. Do you have any idea how long it takes to receive a rod back from a company? And, in many cases, they expect you to pay shipping and handling- which can easily be $25-$40!

Not to mention- rods go overboard!!!! 2 years ago I was fishing a tourney on a quiet, calm, day during the Summer and watched my fishing partner accidentally lose a St. Croix Tournament Legend/Shimano Curado combo overboard. That's a $600 plus outfit!

I told my partner not to get such expensive equipment for tourney fishing but he wouldn't listen.

Needless to say, he ended up never replacing that combo.

Another reason to go In-house? Many of the higher end rods offered through Cabelas, BPS and Gander are MADE by these same company's ANYWAY.

Gander Mt has the X-Factor rod as their flag-ship model. It cost me $140 2 years ago- you can currently get them for $100 on sale. GREAT rod- insanely good price!

Cabelas has the Magtouch- GREAT rod for the price, (currently on sale from $100 to $69); durable, VERY sensitive and VERY affordable.

BPS has the Carbonlite and XPS Extreme. Great rods!

Again, if they break, if you don't like them, for any reason- because they are In-house rods you can take them back. (MAKE sure to save your receipts)

Reels????

Shimano Curado, Abu Garcia Revo S, Shimano Core. I'm not much of a Quantum fan but the Smoke looks very nice.

I'd suggest you have one outfit designated for Crankbait's (at least 7' long), one rod designated for Soft Plastic's, and a Jig outfit. Have a good MH Spinning rod designated for Drop-shotting and Skipping under docks. One rod designated to Flippin' and one for Spinnerbait's and Topwaters.

Hope this helps ya?

UPDATE: After the first year (on any limited lifetime warranty) most distributors won't accept the rod at the store and will tell you to send it in to the actual company, (with your proof of purchase). However, if you have a relationship with your local Mom & Pop store they might. It all depends on who your dealing with. BUT, "officially", they are not suppose to take rods after the first year. Make sure to read the "fine print" on any "limited lifetime rod"- some are only good for 90 days!

Another problem? Even If a local B & T does allow you to exchange a broken branded rod they usually NEVER have the size/action you initially purchased. But, most larger distributors usually have a large surplus of In-house rods on hand at all times.

Realize- Tourney fishing is different from "fishing". When tourney fishing, the rod, (and outfit itself) is considered more of a "tool" than a cherished implement of fun. Example- a wood-working hobbiest/craftsman might purchase/splurge on a set of antique hand lathe's; a construction guy would purchase a table saw.

The point? If you plan to compete seriously, (and try to actually win) the price tag can be extremely high. To seriously compete, (even in local club T's) you have to pre-fish, have good line and tackle, have a functional boat (and keep it in good working order)- this ALL costs money. GAS alone can get quite expensive.

A good rule??- spend more on your reel and about $100-$120 on your rod. And if you can get a "deal"- go for it! Ask around in your club and see if any of the guys are sponsored and can get you rods at cost. Did you know an Abu Garcia Veritas rod (a nice Tourney rod) can be had for around $60 at cost?

Sorry, didn't want to write a book. Tourney fishing is very addictive and once you get the bug it makes "fun fishing" pale in comparison.

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