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1. Seeker Bushido This 7 foot 2 inches rod is suited for a number of light-line applications, from jerkbaits and topwaters to drop-shotting and shaky heads. The gentle action and mild taper of the blank allow the rod to load easily, even with morsel-size baits (it's rated for 1/4 to 5/8-ounce lures and 6- to 12-pound-test line), yet the rod is capable of throwing heavy-weight clunkers on the strength of its rigid butt section. The Bushido features the longitudinal-carbon-fiber blank, which is slim, strong, and light-weight. An American Tackle Company MicroWave Guide System minimizes line slap to increase casting distance and accuracy, especially with braided line. Finally it sports a split premium-grade cork handle, with a comfortable palm swell. MSRP: $160; seekerrods.com 2. Great Buy Spinning Rod: Fenwick HMG It is made of rubber-and-cork composite that remains grippy no matter the weather and does an excellent job of transferring vibration to the user. The handle has been slenderized, making it comfortable to hold while allowing fingers unobstructed access to the butt section of the blank when setting bait cadences and monitoring for fish. The rear-locking slotted reel seat performs well, and at 7 feet, the medium-heavy action is rated for 3/8- to 1-ounce lures and 10- to 17-pound-test line. MSRP: $100; fenwickfishing.com 3. Cabela’s Tournament ZX The ZX series includes a number of technique-specific models. Beyond its extreme sensitivity, the rod’s balance is superb and its action mechanically efficient, loading effortlessly on the back cast and transferring almost all that energy into the cast with little residual vibration. The Winn split grip accommodates two-handed casting. The black Pac Bay guide train transitions line down the length of the rod, and the stainless-steel construction will stand up to saltwater. MSRP: $100; cabelas.com 4. Great Buy Baitcasting Rod: Duckett Ghost The Duckett Ghost has stiff material in the butt section with less-stiff material in the tip, which effectively controls the rod’s flexure along its length, providing a true feel with just about any bait. The two-piece reel seat allows great finger access to the blank and makes it easy to monitor the bait’s movement. Insert-free hybrid micro­guides of 316 stainless steel (9 plus tip) manage line with aplomb. An EVA split grip works well, and at 10.5 inches, it lets you really get on top of a cast for a few extra feet of distance. The Ghost was adept at throwing a variety of baits and line weights. In fact, though not rated as such, this rod will shine with lines in the 8- to 20-pound-test range and ¼- to 1-ounce baits. MSRP: $99; duckettfishing.com
@fallingwater nope, there are so many good ones, way beyond this list! @dougjohnson you don't use it anymore?
Is it awful that they all sound great to me?? @happyrock
I had a Duckett ghost for a while--definitelt a good one