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mrfishjersy put a good list on here of rods for lure fishing covering a range of prices:
The Sakura Shukans in 8'6" and 9'6", 15-50g, are both really nice rods for the money. They are around £220 to £240 these days, are a fast to ultra fast action, top quality Fuji fittings throughout, very light to hold, ballance well with 3000 to 4000 size reels, come with a very good quality bag and travel tube. They look like a nice rod, and are proper plugging/lure rods, not just another spinning rod.
Sakura Rookies, very nice too and very simular to the Shukan in sizes etc. Dont come with the travel tube. Also have Fuji fittings and are £135 to £150. Again, what I would call a modern plugging rod rather than another spinning rod.
Bushwacker: We all have heard shed loads about tem recently, my opinion is they are fantastic for the money. My only worries about them is the eyes, I am not sure how long they will last, they look like they will go green if you dont wash they religiously. And the action...very powerful for a little rod, great for some aspects of lure fishing but I worry it is too stiff and you may lose fish or at least some of the fun. I still cant knock them for over all lightness, length & value.
Quantum Energy Bass 240 and 270: Mike has one, and I think he will agree they are fantastic for around £80. Blue!!!!! They feel like a (friday afternoon in the Tenryu factory) Rod Bar in the hand, you know what I mean? They are almost fast action, I mean I dont know if the designers of this rod realised it would end up like that,but hey have achieved a really nice action for the money.The casting weight is a little confusing, it says 50-70g!! See what I mean, how can you take the rod designer seriously when he states that as a casting range? I recon it feels like a 10-45g.
Cormoran TR-4 is a beautiful little light rod, it casts 5-35g and feels like a Megabass, looks like a megabass but costs £85. It is very good looking and feels really nice in the hand. The action is a light fast action, this rod would be lovely with ultra light lures for schoolies and sea trout, I reall must get some pictures of one.
Hart Bloody Trek Travel Sea Bass. In 8ft or 9ft, the only 5 pc travel rod that I have found that is fast action and would be lovely for anything from a bass to a baracuda. They have a great action for a travel rod and would cast pretty big plugs if needed to. I will check out all the stats on it tomorrow, as I cant remember off the top of my head but I think they cast like 10 - 70g, nice to see a travel rod with "Shore Sea Bass Travel" written on it, seems some companies are starting to realise the potential.
Shimano Speed Masters: Brilliant spinning rods for the money, I used to swear by them a few years ago and threy have even improved since then. A fairly medium action, but I do tend to only sell the "Heavy" action versions. They work lures pretty well, and look and feel great in the hand. Not Fuji bits but the bits do feel ok and should be sound. The old Technium rods were pretty popular for a couple of years, I used one as my main rod for a year or so, they eyes were terrible, I think I managed to replace all of them on the rod within a year, they just fell out or the actual metal part of the ring would just snap. Well the Speed Master range is a great rod to get into lure fishing with and would suit most anglers that like through action rods.
These are available at lots of online retailers, but I would recomend mrfishjersey's online shop better still give him a call.