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I have asked before in a previous life if any people on here use baitcasting kit, not just for bass but for anything really. I have used baitcasting kit for years and tend to use just for the pleasure rather than any specific advantage.
I am now looking to 'update' some of the kit I use so I am interested in what anybody else out there is using, what they use it for (species/conditions?) and how they get on with it.

My first choice outfit would be a rod around 7ft casting 1/4 to 1oz, reel is likely to be a Daiwa Zillion of some sort and line 10-12lb Flouro or 15lb-20lb braid. It will be used for a range of plugs, jigs, SPs etc as conditions allow.

I am well aware of what the limitations of baitcasting gear are so not expecting something that does 'everything', just want to enjoy using it.

So any recomendations would be appreciated. I haven't mentioned price deliberately as I want to judge the kit on its merits not cost.
 

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Hi Mike,

I have a shimano cronarch and g loomis 6ft outfit. I got it out in Australia for mangrove fishing from a boat or "tinny". I now use this outfit to chuck lures for pike in rivers - it works well as I can get into tight spaces and cast very accurately - which is the real strength of the baitcaster. But I have not done any saltwater work here in the UK just not versatlie enough for what I need.

I would definitlely reccomend a Loomis blank! Any daiwa/shimano reels will suit.
 

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I was thinking of upgrading my baitcasting set up as well back along. As you mentioned they are fun to use and also very accurate. If I fished from a boat I would probably use one most of the time over a fixed spool set up, but I don't. Me and boats don't get on but that is another story.
Good luck with your search for a set up and I will definately keep a keen eye to this thread if others contribute.
 

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Mike. Can you remember playing with the Daiwa Steez baitcasting rod in Nantes? Miles cheaper than the spinning version and it felt like the best rod I've probably held in my whole life! Hard to tell from one expereince like that, but their reputation already exists, so......
 

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Mike. Can you remember playing with the Daiwa Steez baitcasting rod in Nantes? Miles cheaper than the spinning version and it felt like the best rod I've probably held in my whole life! Hard to tell from one expereince like that, but their reputation already exists, so......
Which one of the Steez rods would you recommend Ben on what you have seen?
 

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To be honest, I don't know exactly which model it was - because it wasn't something I was going to be buying. Everything about it though seemed perfect. I just remember everybody being hugely impressed. Somebody else will know more I'd imagine. Vidar probably owns the full range already! :muttley:
 

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My top four Medium Heavy (normally ¼ to 1oz casting weight range) baitcasting rods would without a doubt be as follows. There is very little between these rods performance wise so individual ranking comes down to personal preference. However, what I will say is that compared to the Megabass Bearingdown and the Daiko Burroughs, which are more specialist tools the Daiwa Steez Flogger and the Gan Craft Junk are fantastic all-round rods that will handle spinnerbaits and many hardbaits very well indeed.

Megabass Bearingdown

http://www.megabass.co.jp/product_detail.php?keyid=302&item1=1

Daiko Burroughs

http://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/...e-fishing-freshwater/burroughs-brsc-66mh.html

Daiwa Steez Flogger

http://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/...ng-freshwater/steez-flogger-stz-671hmhfb.html

Gan Craft Junk

http://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/...ake-fishing-freshwater/junk-kg-00-5-700h.html

If you were looking for a rod with amazing performance but slightly less expensive I would opt for the Graphiteleader Vigore GVIC-67MH.

http://www.plat.co.jp/shop/catalog/...lake-fishing-freshwater/vigore-gvic-67mh.html

I either own or have owned all of these rods so I can vouch for their individual qualities.
 

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hi mike ive been using a revo stx on an awa shima 7ft luger i bought last year.
imho definately worth spending more on the reel than the rod, the awa is cheap but imo has a really good action for plugging . the revo has stood up well to salt water so far only stripped it down once and was pleasantly surprised at the state of the innards!
havent quite made my mind up on the best line to use though ,thinking about 8 strand but thats just asking for a birds nest isnt it!!!
 

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Hi Mike,

I have a shimano cronarch and g loomis 6ft outfit. I got it out in Australia for mangrove fishing from a boat or "tinny". I now use this outfit to chuck lures for pike in rivers - it works well as I can get into tight spaces and cast very accurately - which is the real strength of the baitcaster. But I have not done any saltwater work here in the UK just not versatlie enough for what I need.

I would definitlely reccomend a Loomis blank! Any daiwa/shimano reels will suit.
Ben,
amongst the baitcasters I already own is a G Loomis CR721 IM6. The fact it is IM6 will give you some idea how old it is though! That is used with a Daiwa Millionaire CVX 105 bought in Australia. Ideal for lighter stuff.
I am looking for something more versatile now, slightly longer and slightly more powerful.

Ben Field,
I can't remember which Steez we looked at on the Daiwa stand but they were doing the Flogger cheap on one of the retail stands. I SO nearly bought it but had just bought a LRF rod..... There are a few of interest including the Machine Gun cast 2, a Morethan 7ft 6in baitcaster, HRF baitcasters..... and that is just the Daiwas!

I would consider a blank but getting a good one is difficult here. Bulding it is not so difficult. Fortunately, I have a mate who is a BA pilot so may be able to sort a rod (or blank)from the US.

I will also check out some of Vidar's kit!

I was hoping this new shop opening soon in Cornwall will inspire me....... over to you Ben F ;-)
 

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LOL, we are working within certain budgets here mate. Maybe in 12 months time when we've sold our first rod and reel we'll splash out and replace them with a baitcaster. Til then..... ;-)
 

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Thanks for all your replies guys. Interesting to see how few people use it these days though not really surprising considering how much fixed spool reels have improved together with the arrival of braid. Definitely a niche within a niche.
 

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Ivan, I am still looking. I have asked a mate to get me a Zillion reel from the US but so far he has visited a few shops but none of them had them in. My sister is off to Orlando in a few weeks so all I have to do is persude her to go to Bass Pro Shops and hopefully the reel will be sorted....
As for the rod, the best I have seen are Japanese but the exhange rate is terrible at the moment so will wait and see what happens. I have a few rods already but just looking for something a bit 'sharper'.
 
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