Buyer's Guide: Best Rod/Reel Combos Under $200

Looking for the best gear this Holiday season? We've got 5 rods and 5 reels that you need to take a look at. They're light, sensitive, and best of all they won't break the bank! Whether you're a new fisherman or just looking for a deal, we've got you covered!

In the past we've struggled to locate any rods below the $100 mark that we felt were worth a mention. That mark seems to be the cut off for purchasing quality equipment but we searched high and low and found 2 options that are worth trying. Additionally

Below is a break down of the 5 lines of rods and 5 models of reels we recommend trying. For your convenience we've including some of our favorite models from each line of rods. The Black Friday sale begins today at 8 AM Pacific time so be sure to check them out! If you were hoping for high end tackle for Black Friday keep in mind the sale will run Friday through Tuesday so be patient, high end content is coming!

The Rods...

-Dobyns Colt: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV

Favorite models include 7' MH, 7' MH Cranking, 7'3" Heavy

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

Favorite Models Include 7'1" Medium, 7'1' Medium Heavy, 7'6" Medium Heavy

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

Favorite Models Include 7' Med/Heavy, 7' Heavy, 7'3" Mag Heavy, 7'6" med Heavy.

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

Favorite Models Include 6'10 Medium, 7'2" Medium, 7'2" Medium Heavy, 7'2" Heavy, 7'5" Heavy

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

Favorite Models Include 6'9" Medium, 7' Medium Light, 7' Medium

-St. Croix Bass X Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2r0xWAs

Favorite Models Include 7'1" medium, 7'2" Medium Heavy, 7'4" Heavy

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

Favorite Models Include 7' Medium Light, 7' Medium

The Reels...

Daiwa CR 80 Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2Cgk5Nh

13 Fishing Origin TX Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2NUHiej

Shimano SLX Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Shimano NASCI Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Daiwa Fuego LT Spinning Reel: http://bit.ly/2yDmdtQ

________________________________________________________________

Need Apparel? Tacticalbassin Gear is in stock! Get your hats, Hoodies, and sunshirts by emailing Tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com

$200 Web.jpg

Shimano Curado 150 DC : An In-Depth Look

Shimano's new Digitally Controlled reel is a hit! The Shimano Curado DC will be on the market soon and you need to check it out. Come along as Tim tests the casting distance with both braid and fluorocarbon and puts it through the real world tests as he fishes with the reel on Clearlake. 

The Curado DC Is available for Pre-Order NOW at Tackle Warehouse. 

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

Whether you enjoy finesse fishing or serious power fishing, this reel has a place in your arsenal. We're very excited to see the DC reels return to the US market!

Tim paired the reel with two different rods...

Frog Rod- Expride 7'3" XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Jig Rod- Expride 6' 10" M: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

The baits...

Frog- River2Sea Bully Wa 2: http://bit.ly/2axyR2a
Jig- Dirty Jigs 3/8 oz Football Jig: http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd
Trailer- Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
________________________________________________________________

Need Apparel? Tacticalbassin Gear is in stock! Get your hats, Hoodies,  and sunshirts by emailing Tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com

Pic for blog.jpg

Shimano Bantam MGL Casting Reel Review

Is It Worth The Money? What sets this reel apart from the rest? Tim explores the technology in the all-new Shimano Bantam MGL and puts it to the test. 


This reel lands between the Metanium MGL and Chronarch MGL on price with a retail price of $349.99 At that price there better be some serious technology to back it up. Shimano did not disappoint! This is the first low-profile bait caster to incorporate a solid frame construction. Why should that matter to you? The sensitivity is absolutely unmatched. You literally feel more bites through the reel than you will with a traditional reel. It also has micro module gearing, infinite braking, X-Ship, Hagane, and a variety of other proprietary technologies. 


When will it be available? Some gear ratios are available now, the rest are available for pre-order and will be shipping in a few weeks. 

Bantam MGL Reel: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

Tim paired it with... 
Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Sunline Sniper 12 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Flash Pointer 115 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Is $349 out of your budget? No worries! Here are some of our other favorite reels at different price points from lowest to highest...

$89- Caenan 150 A: http://bit.ly/2geIvbD
$99- Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
$179- Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
$279- Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
$419- Metanium MGL: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB

________________________________________________________________

Need Apparel? Tacticalbassin gear is here! Get your hats, Hoodies, and sunshirts by emailing Tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com

Bantam Review.jpg

Shimano Curado Rod Review | Worth the Money???

Have you seen the new Shimano Curado Rods? We all know about the new Curado K Reel but now there is a rod to match! We got the opportunity to fish them this Summer and really give them a test run. Here are our thoughts...

If you visit Shimano's site they'll teach you about UD Carbon, NanoResins, and quality of cork. That's not the style of review we are interested in. Instead, we're going to give you a quick rundown of the rods, how they fished, and whether or not we'd purchase them again in the future. 

New Shimano Curado Casting Rods: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft
New Shimano Curado Crankbait Rods: http://bit.ly/2zCjAtd
New Shimano Curado Spinning Rods: http://bit.ly/2ydQjbi

Stand Out Models...
7'2" Heavy- Frogs, Light Flipping
7'5" Heavy - Frogs, Flipping, pitching
7'6" Med/Hvy Moderate- Jigs, Texas Rigs, Light Flip
7'6" Heavy - Heavy Flipping, Frogging, Pitching
7'8" Medium Heavy Crankbait: Crankbaits with size 2 or larger trebles
7'2" Medium Crankbait: Size 6 or larger trebles
7'1" Medium Spinning: All-around Spinning Rod

Shimano Curado K Reel: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

High End Rods with Comparable models- Expride Series: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Price Point Rods with Comparable models- Exage Series: http://bit.ly/2mGp1Vc

Other rod options with "moderate actions"...
Dobyns Champion 765 Flip: http://bit.ly/2afyhHp
St. Croix Legend Elite 7'6" Med/Hvy Mod: http://bit.ly/2z2qdHc
St. Croix Legend Tournament 7'2" or 7'6" Moderate: http://bit.ly/2bPOSpx

Line Recommendations for various applications...
Frog and Flip- 65 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
All-around fishing Braid- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
All-around fishing fluoro- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Crankbait Braid- 20 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Crankbait fluoro- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Leader Material- Maxima Ultragreen (8-30 lb): http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Lure on the rod- Strike King 8.0: http://bit.ly/2dzeCUk
Rod Racks on the wall: http://bit.ly/2cNSBkA

________________________________________________________________

Want TacticalBassin Gear? Email tacticalbassinapparel@gmail.com for all the details on hats, sunshirts and hoodies. 

20171029_124455-01.jpeg