Calico Bass Swimbait rod recommendations

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  1. calicobassguy

    calicobassguy No pants on

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    Open to suggestions on what manufacture and rod model number would be best for calico bass swim bait fishing. I primarily use 1 oz heads and 5 inch swim baits. I'm 5'11" and I'm fishing from sport boats (not private skiffs next to the water). I can afford the high end cost options if I feel that the value is worth it. Thank you!
     
  2. yellowklr

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    look into the UC swimbait fanatic.....maybe M or MH

    I also really like the Okuma SCT rods
     
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    phenix. M1. Smx 82. MH or H. Super light yet strong.
     
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    I still like the old Teramar tmc-x80mh or Calcutta 815 or x80mh. The Phenix smx-82mh or h are great too.
     
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    Calcuttas and curados are solid
     
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    Cousins Raze 808 and a Lexa 300
     
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    Really like my m1 and ej a good setup for swimbaits
     
  9. russ1962

    russ1962 Fish To Live...Live To Fish

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    Ditto on the TMC-x80MH.
     
  10. RideHPD

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    I started fishing plastics on the Phenix M1 Inshores but after fishing the Ultra Swimbaits I won't go back. They're great for moving baits and when they're slamming swimbaits but the added sensitivity and slower rod translates into fewer missed bites. USB800H all the way. Not the "Classic" though. The Classic series are the same rods as the regular series but with at least one ply of woven carbon on top that really stiffens them up, and deadens the sensitivity a bit.
     
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    I still like All Star rods. I have an old 7'6" that I love and probably my favorite. I think they still make this model if you look under ASClassic Rods.

    http://www.allstarrods.com/

    With that said, I've never been much of a tackle ho/brand ho so I have multiple bass sticks from different brands and they all do the job.

    Good luck and hopefully you find one you like.

    j
     
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    Dinklimit Yo Ho, Yo Ho a pirate's life for me...

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    I am thinking any of these rods below would be a good candidate for a dedicated swimbait stick for calico...

    Phenix M1 Inshore: 82MH / 82H
    Phenix Ultra Swimbait: USB800H
    Phenix Black Diamond: 808MH
    Okuma SCT Inhsore: 801XH
    Okuma Guide Select A: 7'11" XH / 7'11" XXH
    Daiwa DXS Swimbait: 8'H / 8'XH
    Dobyns Fury: 8'H Swimbait
    Low Down Customs White Label: 8' H
     
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    If you're want a cheaper option, i absolutely love the fenwick hmg rod. $100 new
    I run it with a curado 100d but if i could afford a daiwa lexa I'd go for that.
    I also have a friend that uses the revo toro beast and swears by it so there is that option if you're mr. money bags
     
  14. calicobassguy

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    Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I pulled on a lot of these rods in various tackle stores. I recently was fishing calicos with a 1oz lead head and 5" Big Hammer swim bait and hooked a 20lb seabass. I landed it but it kind of changed my thinking about a new calico swim bait rod LOL! My final decision for a new rod is the Phenix Black Diamond Inshore 807ML. :).
     
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    Congrats dude, report back when you hang some fish on it, I'm interested to hear how the ML inshore BDs feel
     

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