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what is a good rod and reel combo for largemouth that will work good in heavy cover. (with braided line)

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I would look for a rod that is 7' long at least... and MH. For the Money the Shimano Clarus is a great buy, but its going to cost you around $80, which doesnt leave you a whole lot of moolah for the reel..

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I would maybe consider saving up a little more money. I know that sounds bad, but the difference in quality you can get between a $100 set up and a $200 set up is amazing. More than likely you will own the rod for a long time, and there is nothing more important than fishing equipment to spend your money on. OK... that may be a small stretch

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Check out the combo deals at Cabelas or BPS. $60 more would put you in a better class of gear, but I know that's not always realistic. Cabelas has an Abu Black Max with a Fish Eagle II for $99 though. And both places should have good sales coming up soon. I’d wait for those, if you can.

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If you are going to use this set-up for all your bass chasing in heavy cover (frogs, pitching or spoons) then go with a 7-foot rod. Depending on the brand of rod you choose you may want to look at a heavy action, as some of the moderately priced blanks can have a slower tip section. What this can do is to cause your hook-sets to be less effective in heavy cover, as it takes longer for the energy of a hook-set to transfer from the tip section to the body of a rod, the backbone & power section of most blanks. The more parabolic the action the more energy that is stolen away from the hook-set. I like 6'6" heavy action blanks for pitching and my frog stick is a 7'4" Med. Heavy stick. For reels you may want to check with Reed's and see if they are still selling Abu rebuilds. Years ago ( no smart #ss comments D.D.- remember pay back can hurt) I purchased some 4600's from them and they worked just great for years. Infact I still have them tucked away some place.

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