Cheap Vs. Expensive Fishing Rods - Which Should You Buy?

Are expensive rods worth the money? Which rods are the best "Bang For The Buck?" Does spending more money really make a difference? What are the benefits? Which rod is right for you? Today we're comparing the advantages and disadvantages of high-end rods and budget-friendly rods. We're looking at the best of both worlds and giving recommendations on the most sensitive rods at every price point.

The primary benefit of an inexpensive or budget-friendly rod is cost. Its up to you to decide if the cost savings outweighs any potential performance issues. The downside of a cheaper rod are sensitivity, weight, and build quality. The primary benefit of an expensive or high-end rod is sensitivity, weight, balance, and overall experience. The downsides are cost and durability. Again, it is up to you as the angler to find the balance between sensitivity, durability, and budget.

Below we've provided links to all of the rods and reels in this video. We've gone a step further and linked the best "bang for the buck" rods that we've found at every price point and as an added bonus, will include "bang for the buck" reels as well. We hope this video helps you understand the benefits of each rod style as you choose the best option for you going forward.

Best "Bang For the Buck" Casting Rods...

-Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

-Dobyns Fury: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

-Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Megabass Orochi XX: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

-G Loomis GLX: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Best "Bang For the Buck" Spinning Rods...

-Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2AdvIC1

-Dobyns Fury: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

-Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

-G Loomis GLX: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Favorite Casting Reels...

-Shimano SLX 150 HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

-Shimano Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

-Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

- Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Favorite Spinning Reels…

-Shimano Sahara FI Spinning: http://bit.ly/2XhhM43

-Shimano Ultregra Spinning: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

-Stradic Ci4+ Spinning: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

-Exsence Spinning: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Rods in thumbnail from left to right...

-North Fork Loomis Edge Rods: Source Locally

-Megabass Destroyer Rods: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

-Shimano SLX Rods: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

-G Loomis NRX Rods: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

-Daiwa Aird X Rods: http://bit.ly/2P7Z3Vu

-Shimano Expride Rods: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Abu Garcia Veritas Rods: http://bit.ly/2RU5kWt

-13 Fishing Defy Black Rods: http://bit.ly/2Ak3F3M

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TacticalBassin's Top 8 High End Combos - Buyer's Guide

The Buyer's Guide continues with an in-depth look at HIGH END equipment! If you've wondered about the best, this video is for you! We cover both casting and spinning in this whirlwind tour of some of the best bass fishing rods and reels on earth! This video is no accident, today is CYBER MONDAY and you can score the best deals of the entire year on this gear!

Whether you're a collector, an aficionado, or just want to dabble in the world of high-end tackle, we've narrowed it down and chosen a handful of combos that we feel stand out from the rest. We're talking about the smoothest, longest-lasting, and most sensitive rod and reel combos that money can buy.

Below is a break down of our favorite gear. We've separated it into casting and spinning rods, paired with our favorite reels for each. We'll also link to some inexpensive items to help keep your new gear looking its best. In no particular order, here is the best gear in bass fishing.

Casting Combos...

1)

Rod- St. Croix Legend X Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2r3Wskp

Favorite Models Include 6'10" Medium, 7'1" Medium Heavy, 7'6" medium Heavy.

Reel- Chronarch MGL 150HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Excellent work horse reel, super smooth and durable.

2)

Rod- G Loomis NRX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq

Favorite models include 852C JWR, 853C JWR, 894C JWR

Reel- Aldebaran MGL 50HG: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

This is the smoothest, most compact reel we own. We can't say enough about how light this reel is. Check it out, its a "must have" if you want to try a high-end reel.

3)

Rod- G Loomis Conquest Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2iL1PAY

Favorite Models Include 842C MBR, 844C MBR, 903C MBR

Reel- Shimano Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

This is a work horse reel that practically runs itself. Light baits, heavy baits, and everything in between. If you only want one reel, this is it.

4)

Rod- Megabass Orochi XX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Favorite Models include the Tour Versatile, Braillist, and Extreme Mission Type F.

Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

The Metanium is Shimano's high-end work horse. Its the do-everything reel that will last for years and years. If you want one reel to do every job, look no further than the Metanium.

5)

Rod- Megabass Destroyer Casting Rod: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY

Favorite Models Include the OneTen Special, Onager, and Daemos

Spinning Combos...

1)

Rod- St. Croix Legend Elite Spinning: http://bit.ly/2pjJWMA

Favorite Models Include 7' Medium Light, 7' Medium, 6'10" Medium Light

Reel- Daiwa Certate Spinning Reel 6:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg

Probably the most free feeling handle of any spinning rod we've used. Incredibly smooth and buttery.

2)

Rod- G Loomis NRX Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Favorite models include the 852S, 802S, 872S

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Both Matt and Tim's favorite spinning reel. The word "unreal" was used over and over when describing this reel.

3)

Rod- G Loomis Conquest Spinning: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Favorite Models Include 742S and 902S

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Both Matt and Tim's favorite spinning reel. The word "unreal" was used over and over when describing this reel.

We use the following equipment in conjunction with our high end gear...

Braided Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Monofilament Line- Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Fluorocarbon Line- Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Casting Reel Cover- Shimano Neoprene: http://bit.ly/2SflhFy

Spinning Reel Cover- Shimano Neoprene: http://bit.ly/2KC19uI

Rod Sleeves- Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2TJSF8X

Rod Sleeves- Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2AoTECD

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Buyer's Guide: High End Rods & Reels!

The Holiday Buyer's Guide continues with a look at some of the highest-end tackle on the market! Do you love nice tackle? Are you looking to up your game?! This video is for you!! 

We've already covered Entry Level to mid-range gear along with Rain Gear and Jig Fishing. It all culminates in this video on G Loomis, Megabass, Shimano, Daiwa, and more! Here are the rods...

Shimano Expride Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Shimano Expride Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

Preferred Models of Expride: 
-7'11" XH (AMAZING Flippin Stick), 
-7'3" XH (Lightest Frog Rod we've ever used!)
-7'2" H (Great all-around rod)
-6'10" M (Matt's Favorite Jerkbait Rod)
-7' M Spinning (Great all-around for Dropshot, Shaky Head, Tube, etc)
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G Loomis GLX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
G Loomis GLX Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Preferred Models of GLX...
-853C JWR (Tim's Dropshot, Texas Rig, light jig, small swimbaits)
-893C JWR (Great all-around rod for jigs, t-rigs, reaction, etc.)
-894C JWR (AWESOME jig Rod!)
-852S JWR (Tim's Favorite Senko Rod- Spinning)
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G Loomis NRX Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
G Loomis NRX Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Preferred Models of NRX...
-852C JWR (Awesome Dropshot, Light Shaky Head, 2.8 Keitech, etc)
-853C JWR ( Shaky Head, T-Rig, Small Swimbaits, light jigs)
-894C JWR ( INCREDIBLE Jig Rod, Basstrix, Keitech, Swim Jig)
-822S DSR (Dropshot Spinning)
-822S SYR (ShakyHead Spinning)
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Megabass Destroyer Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2wVOSbY
Megabass Destroyer Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2B7NyFj

Preferred Destroyer Models...
OneTen Special (Tim's Favorite Jerkbait Rod)
Daemos ( Spinnerbait, Chatterbait, other reaction baits)
Onager (Big Glidebaits & Soft Swimbaits, Incredibly light weight)
Addermine (Spinning Ultralight Presentations)
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Daiwa Steez SVF AGS Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2mX8qwN
Daiwa Steez SVF AGS Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2Asd24a
Daiwa Steez Compile-X Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2unTSJW

Daiwa Steez Models...
8' Compile-X (Amazing Flipping and Punching Rod!)
7'2" Med/Hvy (GREAT all-around rod for reaction, jigs, T-Rigs, etc)
7'1" Heavy (Heavy Paddletail Swimbaits, Jigs)
7' Med/Lt Spinning (Dropshot, Shaky, Tube)
7' Med/Lt X Fast Spinning (Dropshot, Ned, Ultra Finesse)
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G Loomis Conquest Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2iL1PAY
G Loomis Conquest Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2BiGUNi

Conquest Rod Models...
7' Med (T-rigs, Topwater, Reaction, small swimbaits)
7' Med/Heavy (Jigs, T-Rigs, Reaction)
7'6" Med/Heavy (Small Glidebait, Jigs, T-Rigs, Pitch)
7'6" Heavy (Flipping, Small swimbaits, Frogs)
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High End Casting Reels We Recommend By Brand:

Shimano...
Antares- Heavy techniques/All around: http://bit.ly/2ha2zNI
Metanium MGL- All-Around: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Aldebaran 50- Finesse + Light Reaction: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Conquest 300 Reel- High End Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2kheVEq

Daiwa...
Ryoga Shrapnel JDM- High End Swimbait: http://bit.ly/2B9H3St
Steez SV TWS- All Around Performance: http://bit.ly/2hNLdb2
Steez SV- All Around Braided line Applications: http://bit.ly/2iLyDdm

Abu Garcia...
Revo MGX- Finesse: http://bit.ly/2hen4eR
Revo MGXTREME2- Lightest Revo, Finesse: http://bit.ly/2Biu5mj
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High-End Spinning Reels By Brand:

Shimano...
Stella FI: http://bit.ly/2zT8C66
Sustain FI: http://bit.ly/2v5ovAm
Exsence 3000 (INCREDIBLY LIGHT): http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Daiwa...
Steez EX: http://bit.ly/2Ats4Xh
Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
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Preferred Line Choices...
Braided- MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Braided- Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Fluoro- Sunline Asassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Fluro- Seguar AbrazX: http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX
Mono- Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Protect Your Investment...
Reel Covers: http://bit.ly/2hMy1Dj
Rod Sleeves: http://bit.ly/2vnwYip
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High End Fishing Combo Buyer's Guide

The Holiday Buyer's Guide series continues! Today we explore our Top 10 favorite high end combos. If you're a fishing tackle junky this is the video for you!

We know that some anglers can't afford the highest level of bass fishing gear and that's perfectly okay. You don't NEED $1000+ combos to catch bass. However, if you've arrived at a place where you are able to do so, it absolutely makes it more fun! 

Matt and Tim's Top 10 favorite rod and reel combos are listed below. If you plan to make purchases please consider using the links provided to reach Tackle Warehouse before placing your order. We appreciate you supporting TacticalBassin while doing your holiday shopping!

Matt's Favorite Combos:

Rod- Dobyns 742 Champion Extreme HP Spinning
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4 Spinning 2500

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852C JWR Casting
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50 HG

Rod- St. Croix Legend Elite 7'6" MH "Big Cranker"
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I

Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C JWR Casting
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL

Rod- Dobyns 746 Champion Extreme HP
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I

 

Tim's Favorite Combos:

Rod- G Loomis Dropshot Spinning
Reel- Shimano Sustain Spinning 1000