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    Default Favorite bluegill rod

    Thinking of purchasing a G Loomis sjr700 and wondered if anyone has used this? I tried their U/L rods and thought they were too light.

    What does everyone else use?

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    I wouldn't spend that type of money on brim...but that's just me.
    I like to use a 4'6" rod, good ole ugly stick.
    Your not fishing, unless your crappie fishing!

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    I use a 5'6" st croix. My backup is a 5'6" b&m sharpshooter. A little stiffer than the other rod tho.

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    Default 7ft

    I really like the 7ft cabelas rod made by B&M. The extra length helps with longer casts. It is also nice when fishing a fixed float with handling the extra line. The cost is also very reasonable so it allows me to have several rigged and ready.

    Good luck with your decision,

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    Talking I don't "use" ..

    Quote Originally Posted by thompmd
    Thinking of purchasing a G Loomis sjr700 and wondered if anyone has used this? I tried their U/L rods and thought they were too light.

    What does everyone else use?
    any particular rod, specifically for Sunfish fishing. They bite on the baits I throw with my Crappie rods, often enough to not have to have a special rod for them :D

    Were I to pick a specific rod for this purpose ... I doubt I'd spring for a Loomis, even if I could afford one. I'd probably buy a Berkley Cherrywood in a 6.5ft length/med action (around $20-25) and TREAT IT like it WAS a Loomis

    .... cp
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    My overall favorite is the B.P.S. Micro-Lite 8 1/2' ultralite. I especially like the older burgandy color model that has been disconued. The present baby poo color rod in the same model is fine but I have to look at it. lol
    My second choice is a split decission of 2 makers. The Outlaw 2pc 7' 2" has more backbone and I always use it when I fish the tree tops in 20+ ft. of water. The Micro- Lite just doesn't have the backbone to start those 3/4 to 1 lb gills up in the right direction.
    The Wally Marshall Pro series 7' is equally good for this purpose but I can't find it in the BPS offering any more. As a side note- The Wally Marshall is the best looking rod I've had the pleasure of holding.
    For bank fishing I like the 12' B&M and the 16' Wally Marshall trolling rod. The 16' is an overkill for most bank fishing but I like it for a short stretch of brushpile fishing on a canal.
    I feel there are FAR too many reasonable priced rods out there to make a high dollar purchase for a panfish rod.
    Thanks to high compition, the rod industry has managed to get LOTS of reasonable rods on the market with high quality. Mike

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    Default Great response-

    Crappiepappy- Your response really caught my eye. Not so much for your rod selection, that is entirely personal taste. What caught my attention is -TREAT IT like it WAS a Lomis.lol
    If we ALL took care of our equipment like it was a Loomis, they would last forever.
    With age I have come to be VERY protective of my rods and reels. Wish I could say that was always the case.lol I recall that boat rods make for poor footing and riding around in the bed of a pick up can be just a bit rough on them. lol
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    Thumbs up 'Giller ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Illinoisgiller
    Crappiepappy- Your response really caught my eye. Not so much for your rod selection, that is entirely personal taste. What caught my attention is -TREAT IT like it WAS a Lomis.lol
    If we ALL took care of our equipment like it was a Loomis, they would last forever.
    With age I have come to be VERY protective of my rods and reels. Wish I could say that was always the case.lol I recall that boat rods make for poor footing and riding around in the bed of a pick up can be just a bit rough on them. lol
    I primarily use/take about 4-5 rods with me, when I go Crappie fishing. I treat every one of them as if they were as expensive as a Loomis. Fact of the matter is ... 4 of the 5 didn't cost me a thing
    That's right ... they were "free" (as in I didn't buy them). I won one of them at a Crappie tourney (1st place prize) .... and the other 3 are prototypes, that I was sent to fieldtest.
    Doesn't matter to me, if they cost $20 or $200 ... I treat them all like they can't be replaced, at any price.

    ... cp
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompmd
    Thinking of purchasing a G Loomis sjr700 and wondered if anyone has used this? I tried their U/L rods and thought they were too light.
    The SJR700 is a sweet rod. I bought mine for stream trout -- works great. Excellent backbone but has a soft tip.

    I usually float fish for gills, though, and use 12-14' float rods. If I'm not float fishing, I'll use a fly rod.
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    My favorite gill (and crappie / trout) rods are my 5'6'' Mitchell Zero Gravity rods. They are the most sensitive rods I have ever used but they break real easy. It can be scary if you hook a big bass or catfish on these rods though. I just keep my drag fairly loose.
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