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Evening anglers,

Spent the first 30 years of my life exclusively fishing in the Atlantic ocean, and moved to TX, approx. 6 years ago after getting out of the Marine Corps, and slowly entered the freshwater fishing scene, and now a full blown LMB addict. We predominately used spinning rods back east- and bait-casters were used for- well- dropping bait, or down rigs. As I have slowly been trying to increase my knowledge for bass fishing in the south, and many of my fishing buddies, exclusively use bait-casters, I too have made the switch. There is so much information to learn between gear ratio, rod length, rod action, reel selection and line choice. And clearly there isn't one option- or one right answer. I know guys have flipping rods, jigging rods, worming rods, crainkbait reels with different gear ratios, etc.

To simply things; if you could only have three rods on a boat with you; what are going to be your go to's, from length and action, to gear ratio and application. As we said back in the Corps, break it down Barney style. (as in the pink dinosaur)

Much appreciate any and all responses.

Tight Lines,

Simon
 

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One 6-6 1/2 ' spinning rod med. action for small worms , finesse fishing smaller lures, small top waters,etc. in clear water ( 8-10lb. mono ) . Baitcaster for spinner baits , top water around cover , crankbaits, etc. -- again 6 -61/2 " ( 15-17lb.( fluoro line ) . The third would be a 7 -71/2 ' MH - Heavy action rod for flipping/pitching in heavy cover 30- 50lb. braid WITH a few feet of 20-30lb. fluoro at the end as a leader !
 
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