Bass Pro Shops® 2011 Graphite Series Spinning Rods
- Serious fishing rods at an affordable price
- Lightweight, sensitive and very responsive
- High-grade IM-6 graphite blanks
- Aluminum oxide guides
- Quality graphite reel seat
- Comfortable cork handle
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 172 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by TITANFAN79 Quite a suprise I recently purchased a new reel and needed a rod to go with it. A BPS employee recommended the rod because he said in his opinion it was as good as the high end rods made by other companys. I figured if he was only half right it was a deal so I bought one. I bought the 6'6" MH model The next morning I caught about 15 1-2 lb bass until I boated a 6lb largemouth with it and to my surprise the rod had great backbone. That fish fought for quite some time and went under the boat almost bending the rod in half twice! That rod took a beating and held its own. The sensitivity was surprising as well. I had no problem feeling my lures bounce the bottom. I ended up catching 25 bass and felt every one of them way before the line "ran" . My fishing buddy was so impressed with how it handled, he bought one and it has replaced his high end rod. This is a great product for the money. Try one and I promise you will be surprised July 10, 2007
Rated 1 out of 5 by jydoc Broke on the 1st day I used it I typically don't write reviews but I have to say that I was disappointed that the rod tip broke on the first day that I used it. This was after I had to re-purchase the exact same rod when a similar event happened. The rod tip shouldn't be snapping like a twig when working a fish, but it happened to me twice. I will not be buying any rods from this line again. September 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by jery great purchase Graphite spinning rod is great! Love the quality and flexability in this rod. September 3, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by IowaHunter1 Great Buy For the price you're paying, this is the best rod on the market. It's not the MOST sensitive, but it certainly gets the job done. Extremely sturdy, no worries of breaking. The cork handle is grippish and shows no sign of deterioration. The only problem I have with it is that the guides started to wear. But I have had it for 3 years and have fished off the dock, along ridges for Walleye, and in marshy areas for bass and have no other complaints. Look great, too. July 22, 2012
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Details:was testing the drag the drag and the rod broke. (i am STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
A:Repair? Welcome to *replace* territory. Repairing a guide or a broken tip is one thing, snapping off 8 inches of the rod is something else. For what it's worth I'd say your drag is too tight. Sorry!
Details:Hi - I bought the 7 foot medium action rod and would like to pair it with a light reel that's sturdy enough for saltwater but well matched to this light rod. I don't need anything too heavy as I'll be surf casting 20-30 feet and using in inshore only.
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A:I have 4 of these rods and have Carbonlite reels on all of them. They seem to be a perfect match.
A:I like Shimano, so I would recommend them. Anything that has the right size and can hold the line that you wish to use should fill any needs that you have. I'm sure other reels would do just as well, I just happen to be fond of Shimano gear, at least when it comes to spinning gear.
Details:I just found an old baitcast reel, is this rod compatable?
Top 500 Contributor
A:no use the bass pro graphite series trigger rod its a good rod and its the same price
A:If you considering this very rod, which is listed as a 'spinning' rod, then no. You need a casting rod.
A:You'd probably want to use a trigger rod instead of a spinning rod for it. But yes, BPS makes a graphite series trigger rod.
A:I wouldn't recommend a baitcaster with a spinning rod. You could do it, but most rods are made with the spline or spine of the rod to match the way guides are installed. You would actually be bending the rod in opposite direction it was designed to function.
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A:i always use medium heavy for topwater or anything else
A:For topwater I would recommend the medium. It will give you more action to work the lure, without being too stiff.
A:Both will work just fine, but I prefer the MH as i tend to throw large top water lures and like to have a lot of backbone for the hooksets.
Top 1000 Contributor
A:top water if you are after bass med/h
Details:what kind of warranty does this rod have? thanks
A:Bass Pro Shops offers a 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects and you have the option to buy the insurance plan that covers accidental damage as well.
Details:i hear it can take a beating so i want to buy it but i only use braided line and i was wondering if it would snap when i cast it or im reeling it in condsidering when you use braided line your rod is going to take every beating that is going to be at the end of your line
A:It shouldn't break no more than any rod while using braid. As long as you match the proper rod with the line and fish you are after, it should do just fine. Think about it: 10 years ago this rod would have been state-of- the-art. If it worked then, there is no reason it shouldn't work now.
A:no i have used braid for about 5 years and i fish a lot and have not had a problem.
Top 1000 Contributor
A:I use 30lb braid most of the time, with a flouro leader, and I've never had a problem. That being said, I don't usually catch anything other than 1-3 pound largemouths, but if you're bass fishing, I highly recommend them. I own 4. In my opinion, best rod you can buy for $35, and if you catch them on sale, $25.
A:With todays superlines, you probably could break the rod on a big fish (or log!). However, I use up to 20# test braided line with this rod and have landed bass close to 5 pounds. This rod is a med/low tensile graphite and is fairly rugged. Just make sure your drag is set properly and allow your bigger fish to run a little. Even "cheap" reels these days utilize ceramic or graphite braking in their drag systems. This generation of "cheap" reels are significantly better than yesteryear's "expensive" reels, and have smoother/heat resistent drag systems.
A:You are correct about the weight being a factor. Medium can handle quite a bit, but at some point it will be a bit challenging to cast. The opposite is true as well. If you get a too heavy rod, it will make it difficult to have any touch on casts and lure placement..
A:You'd want to use a rod rated to the weight of what you're chucking. For spinner baits and other lures that you need to really crank the gear ratio of the reel is more significant than the rod power.
Top 250 Contributor
A:If you use large heavy lures get the MH std 1/8-3/4 M It does matter.
Top 25 Contributor
A:The difference is the length of the handles, the "A" is the shortest, and the "D" is the longest! Hope this helps?
Tight lines, and be safe!
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Details:I want to buy a 7' medium action rod like this....Do you have any recommendations for a spinning crappie reel? I need to be able to switch the handle on the reel.
A:I am very fond of triggers, so I use and recommend the Shimano Syncopate. Small in size, can handle light line, but does not lack in quality. If a trigger is not wanted or necessary, just about any Shimano in you price range should do just fine.
A:For Crappies go to a Light to Ultra Light action. the softer tip will save you a lot of the "Papermouths"
Reel wise I'm very impressed with the Pfleuger "Trion" series. Very smooth and nice drag for the real "slabs"
A:Not much for crappie but good combo with this rod I think would be Pflueger that carries 8-10lb test.
A:I use nothing except the Shimano Stadic spinning reels. A 1500 or 2500 would be perfect for crappie fishing and would last a very long time as the bearings are designed for saltwater use.