Better rod or reel?

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  1. Lukewrxsti

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    Lets say you had 300$ limit to spend on a new setup, would you go 200rod 100reel, 100rod 200reel, or 150/150?
     
  2. Kai

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    Best Places to look is Fishing Tackle Swapmeets.
     
  3. tresbien

    tresbien No.... But Willing To Learn

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    you could also try the classifieds here on bd
    you can get some nice used quality gear for less
    what kind of set up are you looking for?
     
  4. funnyguy

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    Hello,

    This is a fun one. What kind of fishing we talking?

    If I went with used my 15lb to 30lb setup: Used Fathom 12 about $125, used Phenix Abyss 808 about $175.

    New I would go with Okuma Cortez 10 $150 for the reel and Okuma Makaira MK-C-801H $150 for the rod.

    Chris
     
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  5. kenstevens1

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    Reel a bit more important. People may argue point. But if you put a $280 dollar reel on my sea eagle rod ($20) you'd be able to do some damage.
     
  6. MRC70

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    Good question. In this case, if you spend more on the reel, say $200, you are very limited on the rod choices. So to answer your question, I would buy a rod in the $160-$180 range and match it with a Daiwa Sealine or Penn Squall.
     
  7. rexor_rn

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    Okuma Cortez 5 or 10 on Reel ($120-$$150) and Pair it with Okuma SCT 7'-8' Footer Rod ($150)....why buy Used when you Can Buy Quality & Reliable Brand New Reel & Rod from the Sleeping Giant OKUMA with your $300 budget....besides the WARRANTY you can RESALE it BETTER Later On Once you Upgrade....with USED Reel & Rod you will end up reselling it for a Dime.
     
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  8. saltwaterfish

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  9. FakeDuaneDiego

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    Option 3.

    Save up a little longer and put $250 on a reel and $150 on a rod. Way more options.
     
  10. cortezpirasea

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  11. J Woodman

    J Woodman I know nothing

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    The fish do not know the difference.
    Buy what you want.
    You will want something different in a year.
     
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    I have an used Lexa 400 for sale $150, that leaves you with $150 for the rod.
     
  13. spongehead

    spongehead "ONE FISH AT A TIME"

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    Reel since rods really dont hold value especially customs. I bought some used proteus rods at $100/each love them heard good things about makaira rods $100 new at savon sale. Reel u can keep as a backup as u upgrade. $200 reel? penn fathoms i got a 40n 2 speed from tackledirect last yr for 200. Gold trini. Older toriums not a fan of HG models. Andros/metaloid...
     
  14. apogee

    apogee My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic

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    Spend all of the money on a rod. A Phenix 780 PHD will be versatile enough. Then when fortune smiles upon you obtain a TAC 10 II, and you will officialy have something that you will be able to use on almost everything..
    Ap
     
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    Hello,

    The Talica's are fine reels but for the same money you can get a Fathom 25nld2 and a 40nld2. They will do everything and more a Tac10ii can do. Recommending that setup is like telling a 16 year old to wait and save up for a BMW when all he needs is a cheap pickup truck so he can get to second base on Friday night, maybe third.

    Chris
     
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    apogee My name is Apogee and I am a Squidaholic

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    Exactly....There are two trains of thought you are espousing. First the Go cheap and eventually do it again. Second, buy quality from the get go even if it takes a while to get it. Both work just fine..My personal view that is not spoken, is that life is short. I do not want to drink out of plastic if I can drink out of glass. I do not want to waste the limited years of my life with poor equipment either. I work for a living, and have worked all my life for a living wage. I cannot afford any new big ticket item, but I can afford to buy a good reel. A good reel lasts a lifetime, unless the technology changes to the point where it is time to upgrade. By getting good stuff, it lets me use quality during the thing that is the most precious to me. The short time we have on this earth. So, I agree whole heartedly with you, I just do not recommend it from my vantage point.........Ap
     
  17. tony38

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    many of us have got caught up in the high end tech reels and rods, but the good old penn 500 and the ugly stick rods have caught tons of fish and leave you with plenty of money for a few trips
     
  18. FakeDuaneDiego

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    The Fathoms are incredible reels for the money. You won't find anything near as good for the price. Penn really knocked it out of the park with this line.
     
  19. tgorman

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    ditto on the Fathom 12 and a good rod.

    I just got a Diawa Proteus and you cannot knock that rod for the price.
    I paid $132 and you can find a good reel for the rest.

    I have an un-used Cortez CZ-12CS I am not using and would part with for $100
    I got if off ebay, they guy told me it was a 5 (which I wanted) and it is a 12.
    I have 3 other reels in that line class and dont need it

    I sent it to Okuma for warranty check and it is in perfect shape.

    You could get
    ROD $132
    Reel $100
    Fresh Braid $50
     
  20. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

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    I thought about this for a bit and my weigh in on the subject is this. Buy a good rod first. The rod helps you cast, feel a bait, and fight the fish. Your contact with this part will help you most and a good rod will also carry a lifetime warranty. Reels can be picked up used for cheap and they can do the job. I personally started with all Calstars and slowly upgraded reels from Sealines and old Newells to Fathoms and Makairas. Reels have changed far more than rods ( the newer UC's have gained a lot of traction ) but we are still talking lifetime warranties versus reels with a couple years at best. Take your time and enjoy your purchases, I sure have. Hope this helps. Now go kill fish!
     

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