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:
Shimano Expride Spinning Rods:

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)

G Loomis GLX Casting Rods:
G Loomis GLX Spinning Rods:

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)

G Loomis NRX Casting Rods:
G Loomis NRX Spinning Rods:

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)

Megabass Destroyer Casting Rods:
Megabass Destroyer Spinning Rods:

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)

Daiwa Steez SVF AGS Casting Rods:
Daiwa Steez SVF AGS Spinning Rods:
Daiwa Steez Compile-X Casting Rods:

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)

G Loomis Conquest Casting Rods:
G Loomis Conquest Spinning Rods:

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)

High End Casting Reels We Recommend By Brand:

Antares- Heavy techniques/All around:
Metanium MGL- All-Around:
Aldebaran 50- Finesse + Light Reaction:
Conquest 300 Reel- High End Swimbait:

Ryoga Shrapnel JDM- High End Swimbait:
Steez SV TWS- All Around Performance:
Steez SV- All Around Braided line Applications:

Abu Garcia...
Revo MGX- Finesse:
Revo MGXTREME2- Lightest Revo, Finesse:

High-End Spinning Reels By Brand:

Stella FI:
Sustain FI:
Exsence 3000 (INCREDIBLY LIGHT):

Steez EX:

Preferred Line Choices...
Braided- MaxCuatro:
Braided- Sufix 832:
Fluoro- Sunline Asassin:
Fluro- Seguar AbrazX:
Mono- Maxima Ultragreen:

Protect Your Investment...
Reel Covers:
Rod Sleeves:

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TacticalBassin's 2017 Rod and Reel Arsenals

We keep receiving requests for a tour of our 2017 rod and reel arsenals. We heard your requests and are excited to share our gear with you! Here is a first person look at the rods and reels we'll be using this year.

Links to our favorite combos...

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

Rod- Dobyns 783 Spinning: Discountinued
Reel- Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4 Spinning 2500:

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

Rod- G Loomis 802C JWR:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70:

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- Shimano Zodias 7'2" Medium heavy:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

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- G Loomis GLX 895C JWR Casting:
Reel- Shimano Metanium MGL:

Rod- G Loomis 845 CBR:
Reel- Shimano Curado 70:

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 784:
Reel- Shimano Curado 200I:

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB:
Reel- Abu Garcia Orra Winch:

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

Rod- Daiwa Steez 7' Medium:
Reel- Shimano Aldebaran 50:

Rod- G Loomis Swimbait 955:
Reel- Calcutta Conquest:

Rod- G Loomis Swimbait 956:
Reel- Calcutta Conquest:

Rod- Dobyns Swimbait 806H:
Reel- Shimano Curado 300:

Rod- Dobyns Swimbait 908:
Reel- Shimano Calcutta 400B:

Custom Rods: Contact Curt via facebook or Instagram @Curtdemerathfishing for custom rods like you see in the video. He can do custom sizes, actions, etc. 

Matt And Tim both LOVE high end bass fishing gear but we know that not everyone can afford to use the best gear on the market. We spent years and years using low end bass fishing rods and have slowly worked our way up. Don't feel pressured to spend outside of your budget but when the time is right, be sure to check out the equipment we use as a point of reference for your own fishing. 

You do not need the top of the line rods and reels to catch more bass but it definitely makes the experience more fun! 

We hope you enjoyed this in depth look at our rod and reel arsenal for 2017. Be sure to check out part 2 as we head over to Tim's garage to check out his awesome rod and reel setups for 2017!

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