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    Default Beginner Bluegill Hunter. Need Favorite rod suggestions.

    I have a cheapie Walmart Rod for gill. I am even confused on baits or lures. I was thinking of using trout magnet baits(name escapes me) and maybe some tadpole spins /beatle spins {1/16 & 1/8- too big ? ) & slip bobber live bait. I'm looking to spend $20 to maybe $80 each for a couple rods to start. I am confused on Quality & Length. Any rod knowledge you care to share with this Greenhorn would be Greatly Appreciated.

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    Here’s one option:

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    The Bass Pro Micro Lite is also good at $60.

    BnM’s TCB rod is excellent, but I believe it’s currently not available.

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    Any small jig will work for gills. The trout magnet is excellent and has a lot of fans on this board.

    As for size, I don’t use heavier than 1/32 oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basscaster View Post
    … maybe some tadpole spins /beatle spins
    They’ll work fine, but they’re kind of expensive. With beetle spins, you get one jig head and three bodies. Trout magnets are cheaper.

    If you want to go really cheap, buy some 4” bass finesse worms and cut them into four 1” pieces. Buy a couple packages of 1/32 jig heads, and you’re all set.

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    You have been Great with all your information. I will definitely buy a B&M after your recommendation and watching a Youtube review by troutmagnetman with your Recom....I love using a quality rod when I fish..Its not the Price but Value of the rod.. $80 divided by 8 years = $10/year. Pus it should have some value if I ever sell it. I really appreciate the knowledge shared on this crappie board. Have a Great and Safe Summer on the water..

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    The TCB rod would be my choice as would the trout magnets along with SOS line no bigger than 4#. Hooks would be no bigger than a #6 . I use a president # 25 reel on this rod. Really a nice setup that will make for some fun days of fishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basscaster View Post
    … I love using a quality rod when I fish..Its not the Price but Value of the rod..


    Good equipment is definitely worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basscaster View Post
    … watching a Youtube review by troutmagnetman …
    He goes by “Alphahawk” here at CDC, and his channel is loaded with good info.
    Thanks Alphahawk thanked you for this post

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    I bought a BnM TCB recently and it came with a BnM reel. The reel is nothing special, but so far, still functioning just fine. As for a reel if that one quits, the Okuma Baitfeeder is nice, as is the Pfleuger President. Lots of decent reels. The Zebco Triggerspin Micro Gold is a spincast reel and for bluegill, probably just fine. And only $30. If your lake has no snags, I'd go with 2-3 lb line; if it has snags, that's troublesome. I sometimes use 4 lb reluctantly. Adding a split shot can help cast if need be.
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    I can attest to the TCB rod's quality. I got it with the reel, and it's been serving me quite well, although it's a bit lighter and "noodley"-er than the rods I'd been using before, which threw me off a bit in the beginning.

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