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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Top Rod & Reel Combos For Dock Fishing!

Skipping docks and overhanging cover is easy with the right equipment! Tim shows the 4 combos and the baits he uses for dock fishing. From Senkos to swimbaits to jigs, this is the information you need to improve your dock fishing this year. 

Tim covers the spectrum with 4 rods and can adapt to changing conditions on the fly. From giant bass suspended in the water column to small bucks at the base of pilings, Tim has a method for effectively targeting those fish. 

Combo #1: Weightless Worm...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 852: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Rod #2- Loomis GLX 852: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O
Modern Reel- Daiwa Exist 2500: http://bit.ly/2JCa79E
Line- 10 lb Power Pro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Strike King Shim -E- Stick: http://bit.ly/2vXqewr
Yamamoto 5" Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
Wacky Saddle: http://bit.ly/2xnYcJo
Mosquito Hook (Size 1): http://bit.ly/2fqYFCR

Combo #2: Weighted Worm...
Rod- 6'10" Expride Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id
Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
6" Robo Straight Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2asZyH3
Owner Block Head Jig: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n

Combo #3: Glide Bait...
Rod- IMX Pro 904: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS
Reel- Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Line- 65 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 18 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
S-Waver 168 (Bluegill or Light Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Gan Craft 178: http://bit.ly/2d5l48K

Combo #4: Soft Swimbait...
Rod- Dobyns Fury 795: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano Cardiff 300: http://bit.ly/2cvhtMO
Line- 65 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Osprey 6" Tournament Talon: http://bit.ly/2bqsLS0
(TW Shad, Reverse Hitch, Bluegill)
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Top 5 Rods for Kayaks and Other Small Crafts

Kayaks, float tubes, and other small boats present a unique set of challenges for bass fisherman. Unlike the larger bass boats, small crafts require unique gear to fish effectively. From length restrictions to dialing in the actions to account for instability, there are a lot of aspects to consider when purchasing equipment.

Below we break down the top 5 rods that we recommend for an angler that is seriously considering fishing from a tube, kayak, jon boat, etc. These are rods that work for a variety of techniques and won't break the bank. 

With these 5 rods you should be able to throw a dropshot, a frog, and everything in between. 

Rod/Reel Combos...

Spinning Rod - Zodias 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO

Spinning Reel – Shimano Nasci : http://bit.ly/2g278cC

 

Spinning Rod- Dobyns 7' Medium Fury: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

Spinning Reel- Shimano Nasci: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

 

Casting Rod- Zodias 7' 2” Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Casting Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp

 

Casting Rod- Dobyns 7' Medium Heavy Fury: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV

Casting Reel- Shimano Citica: http://bit.ly/2dWFHA4

 

Casting Rod- G Loomis E6X 7'1” Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bQNaBn

Casting Reel- Shimano Curado 70: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt