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HuntFishDude

Muskie Rod??

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HuntFishDude

After trying to throw muskie lures with my rod, I realized that the butt is a little too short. I'm looking for recommendations for a muskie rod ($75-$120). If you'd like to chime in on a decent reel ( ~$100), feel free. Thanks in advance...

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EatSleepFish

I've heard alot of good things about the new Muskie Innovations Bulldawg Rods and with 11 guides it makes fighting the fish alot easier on account of the rod having a more overall bend with the more guides. Not sure on the price of those though. St. Croix also makes a sweet product and thats what i currently have. Make sure you get a rod that's atleast 7 1/2 ft. long, it kmakes the day alot less painful and it is easier to go deep with your figure eights without having to bend down all the time. If looking for a cheaper reel, go with thte best you can buy, its worth it in the long run...

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SWMuskeye

For a Rod -- Take a look at the Shimanos, there should be plenty of good options that run anywhere from $70-200. If you're a jerkbait guy, you'll want to stay under 7', otherwise for most other applications 7-8' should be good. I make sure that these rods are rated for 1-5 ounces too.

A great reel for a decent price is the Abu Garcia C5 Mag, its pretty heavy duty, a 5.3 gear ratio and good for everything from jerkbaits to bucktails. It should run about $80.

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Mid-Lake Rock

You can also have your current rod extended. A friend just had his extended so it is 15" behind the reel. Price was about $25. I have switched to custom rods where I can have my cork the length I want. After seeing that rod extened for $25, a few of my shorter rods are getting extended.

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caseymcq

I just bought a decent muskie rod from Gander Mountain for $30! I have a Fennwick Technica AV and a couple St. Croix rods. The rod I bought for $30 from Gander was a steal in my opinion.

If you want to spend more there are a few Guide Series models that are $70 - $80. Cabela's Fish Eagle II rods are also pretty nice and go for $80. You might be able to find a St. Croix for around $120.

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upnorth

Just be aware if you mess with the length of a rod you will alter the action/speed. Adding to the butt section will make the rod faster, not that that a bad thing, just that it will affect it.

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SWMuskeye

I personally had bad luck with the Cabela's fish eagle rods. I had one shipped to me and on the 2nd cast it split in two. I sent it back for a new one, but found the rod to have very little sensitivity. In my opinion, there are others out there better than the Cabela's fish eagles.

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HuntFishDude

Great! Thanks for tips guys, now I have some ideas of what to look for.

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not_nuf_time

The Shimano Compre 7'6" rod is very good at $100.00

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HuntFishDude

Wow, I was just looking at that rod online. Do you suggest the heavy power or the extra heavy power? The heavy is rated for 3/4 - 2 oz lures while the extra is 2-6 oz. I only have a couple buck tails yet so I don't have a good handle on how heavy some of them may be.

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DeBo101

I have 3 shimano compres - 8' H, 8' XH, and 7' 2" XH. I think the 8' heavy is the most versatile and you would be very happy throwing bucktails, spinnerbaits, prop baits etc. I would think the 7' 6" would be very comparable to the 8'. If you want to throw heavier baits such as bulldawgs, swimbaits, or hard pulling crankbaits I would suggest the XH. Hard to beat the compres for the price.

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not_nuf_time

I have the heavy, and throw some heavey lures and it has been plenty good. I haven't tried the extra heavy so hard for me to give a real opinion (thats a change), but your arms do get tired after four or five hours of casting. Don't know if the x-heavy lightens the burden. Maybe someone else can let us know if you had x-heavy if this takes some fatigue out.

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Fish&Fowl

Shimano or Fenwick. I have the 7' HMX, but would go to 7'6" or 8' if I did it over again.

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