Cheap Vs. Expensive - Best Fishing Rods

Before you buy new fishing rods check out this video! What are you really getting for your money? Are all of these different rods worth it or are some a better value? Matt explains his 4 favorite rod lines (from cheap to expensive) and what sets each one apart. 

When choosing the best rod lines to invest your money Matt used the follow criteria... How sensitive are the rods? How consistent is the entire line? Do they make enough models to cover the average angler's needs? Is this the best all-around rod in its class? 

Dobyns Colt Series:

The Colt is a great line of rods in the $80 price range. They cover all of your basic techniques with fairly slow actions that will help you land fish. Quality is excellent for the price and best of all, they seem to be consistent. 

Standout Models...
7' Medium spinning- All around finesse
7' Medium Heavy Crankbait - lipless and deep cranks
7' Heavy- jigs, Texas rigs, small swimbaits

Dobyns Fury Series:

The Fury line covers everything from finesse to giant swimbaits. Its a true "do everything" line of rods and you can do if for $120 a piece. These are fantastic rods for the price which some great models to choose from. 

StandOut Models...
-7' Medium Spinning - Finesse Fishing
-7' Medium heavy - all around
-7'3" Extra Heavy - Frogging
-8' Heavy- Big Swimbaits and Glidebaits

Shimano Expride:

The Expride is currently our favorite rod line on the market. They're incredibly light and sensitive and perform along side rods that cost nearly twice their price. At $279, these rods are amazing!

Standout Models...
-7' Light + Spinning- Dropshot, Ned Rig, Tubes
-7'2" Medium Heavy- All Around topwater, Texas rigs, reaction
-7'3" Extra Heavy- Frog fishing
-7'11" Extra Heavy- Best Flipping Stick On The Market (at any price)

G Loomis NRX:

The NRX is the industry standard for sensitivity and ultra light performance. These rods are second to none and offer a variety of amazing models. If you're looking for high-end performance that you can rely on year after year, the NRX is for you!

Stand Out Models...
- 802S JWR: Light Dropshot and Ned Rig
- 852C JWR: Shaky Head, small keitech, worms, finesse
-853C JWR: Light Jigs, Texas Rigs
-894C JWR: Heavy Jigs, Texas Rigs, Jig Head Swimbaits, big spinnerbaits

Matching Reels...
-Casitas 150:
-Curado 200K:
-Chronarch MGL:
-Metanium MGL:

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15 Ways To Rig A Senko | Bass Fishing Tips

Are you tired of rigging a senko like everyone else? Here are a bunch of ways you've never even heard of and neither have the bass! All 15 of these senko rigging tips are proven to catch fish! Everyone fishes the senko but if you want to catch bigger bass trying fishing the senko with one of these unique presentations. 

The senko is the most universal bait in bass fishing. Most anglers learn how to fish a senko before anything else. Advanced anglers often forget the power of the senko but that is a mistake. Let's be clear, GIANT bass will eat the senko! 

We know some of these tips are crazy and off the wall but if you try them you'll be amazed how effective they really are. Good luck out there!

The Senkos...
Standard 3"-7" Senko:
Yamamoto/Daiwa Neko:
Slim Senko:
Pro Senko:

Below is the gear needed For the Various Rigging Methods.

Blades for adding flash and vibration...
Pro Point Underspin Blade:
Talon Lures Worm Blade:

Hooks For Texas Rigging...
Gamakatsu EWG Hook:
Gamakatsu Superline Hook:

Hooks For Wacky Rigging...
Owner Wacky Hook:
Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap:
Trokar Dropshot Hook:

Rings and Saddles for Wacky Rigging...
O Ring Tool:
Extra O Rings:
Wacky Saddle:
Wacky Saddle Perfect Rings:

Jig Heads and Weights for Senkos...
3/8-1/2 oz. Pitchin' Jig:
Jackall Weedless Wacky:
Gamakatsu Finesse Wacky Jig:
Dirty Jigs Canterbury Shakey Head:
Gamakatsu Ball Head:
Tungsten Neko Weight:
Dropshot Weights:
Tungsten Dropshot Weights:
Split Shot Weight:

Carolina Rigging/Weighted Texas Weights and Swivels...
Vike Tungsten Weights:
Spro Power Swivel:

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Should You Buy a 2 Piece Rod?

We've been asked time and time again about 1 vs. 2 piece rods. Today we address the questions and explain the advantages of each style of rod. 

The answer really comes down to fishing style. If you're a bank fisherman or fishing from a smaller boat there are huge advantages to two-piece fishing rods. Under virtually any other circumstance the advantages of a one-piece rod far outweigh any disadvantages!

If you're shopping for rods, below are our recommendations based on budget...

7' Medium Spinning Rod:

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Dobyns Fury
High $$$- G Loomis NRX

7' Medium Baitcasting Rod:

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Shimano Clarus
High $$$- Dobyns Champ Extreme

7'-7'2" Medium Heavy Baitcasting Rod: 

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Dobyns Fury
High $$$- Shimano Zodias

Reel Recommendations for each...

Spinning Low $$$- Shimano Nexave 2500
Spinning Mid $$$- Shimano Saros 2500

Baitcasting Low $$$- Shimano Caius
Baitcasting Mid $$$- Shimano Citica 7:1

Tips For Approaching A New Lake

New Lakes can be intimidating! Where should you start? What should you throw? How many rods should you bring? Tim answers these questions and more...

Its not easy to choose what tackle to bring to a new lake. To simplify Tim employs a top down approach. Any time he approach a new lake he starts with his favorite topwater. This allows him to cover water and look for active fish. If he's not immediately successful he'll drop down the water column and try reaction fishing. If reaction bait fishing fails to catch fish its time to begin slowing down and fishing the bottom. This simple approach lets you break down the entire water column very quickly to locate the most active group of fish. 

While it seems like a lot of baits and options you can literally fit all of these baits into a single box. Combine them with 3-4 rods and you're ready to jump on a boat and hit a new lake without crowding the boater and overstaying your welcome. 

Baits We recommend bringing:

-Whopper Plopper

-Favorite Squarebill Crankbait
-Favorite Spinnerbait

-Favorite Chatterbait