Sale Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris CarbonLite™ Micro Guide Trigger Rods

   

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6'6"

Medium

Action:
Fast

Line Weight:
8-17 lbs.

Lure Weight:
1/4 - 5/8 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
A

Model:
CLM66MTF

6'6"

Med Hvy

Action:
Fast

Line Weight:
10-20 lbs.

Lure Weight:
3/8 - 1 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
A

Model:
CLM66MHTF

6'9"

Med Hvy

Action:
X Fast

Line Weight:
10-20 lbs.

Lure Weight:
3/8 - 1 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
A

Model:
CLM69MHTXF

7'

Medium

Action:
Fast

Line Weight:
8-17 lbs.

Lure Weight:
1/4 - 5/8 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
A

Model:
CLM70MTF

7'

Med Hvy

Action:
Fast

Line Weight:
10-20 lbs.

Lure Weight:
3/8 - 1 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
A

Model:
CLM70MHTF

7'

Heavy

Action:
X Fast

Line Weight:
12-30 lbs.

Lure Weight:
3/8 - 1-1/2 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
A

Model:
CLM70HTXF

7'6"

Med Hvy

Action:
Fast

Line Weight:
10-20 lbs.

Lure Weight:
3/8 - 1-1/2 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
B

Model:
CLM76MHTF

7'6"

Heavy

Action:
Fast

Line Weight:
12-30 lbs.

Lure Weight:
3/8 - 2 oz.

Pieces:
1

Handle Chart Reference:
B

Model:
CLM76HTXF
  • Ultra-rich carbon fiber blank
  • Extreme-high tech Pac Bay micro guides
  • Split handles
  • Advanced P-Tec polyfoam grips
  • Super-light two-piece Soft Touch reel seat is bridgeless   
When the fish have lockjaw and you really have to work for every bite, this is your rod. We took our popular CarbonLite™ Original Trigger Rod and shot its sensitivity right through the roof! We've replaced the original guideset with extreme-high tech Pac Bay micro guides--11 perfectly-calibrated, stainless steel guides plus tiptop, all with hard Hialoy inserts. These tiny guides precisely focus the flow of your line, eliminating slap and greatly increasing vibration transmission. And with all possible excess weight trimmed away, you get an almost superhuman sense of feel. So if that fish so much as breathes on your bait ... Give it a try!
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 101 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best ever! I now have 10 of these rods and I Will never buy any thing else! Best I have ever used! I have had 50 plus fish days and this rod performs-Period. From 2 pounders to 10 pounders it has the feel and strength to handle them all. February 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stay Away! Guides are too fragile! Before I had a chance to use my rod, I noticed a guide insert was missing. I exchanged it for another assuming it was a defect in manufacturing. Got the same model again. I used it 3 times in a year. During my last outing, I casted and noticed the guide insert spinning on my line. The guides also bend easily. I use a rod sock and store it in a rod holder in my house. I take very good care of my equipment. I own several other BPS rods and like them all, except this one... November 25, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Broke on the first cast! I cast out the first time, the lure started gently coming through the weeds and 'snap' the rod fails on the first cast. Will have to put the time and effort into a return, but not looking forward to having to do this. Will not buy this again. October 22, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Less than a year old and two guides have busted I purchased the 6'6" Med-Hvy Carbonlite Micro Guide earlier this year and, though I like the feel of the rod, it just hasn't held up. Two guides have busted so far in the mere months of weekend only use, and I really have no idea how, as I'm extremely careful with all of my equipment. In comparison, the Carbonlite without Micro Guides is wonderful...no problems whatsoever and I've been using it as long or for even longer. One last FYI: I've been fishing for 40 years or more and this is THE first time I've ever had a real complaint about a fishing rod I've purchased. October 6, 2013
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I have read many reviews about the microguide eyelets failing or falling out. Did BPS upgrade the microguides in 2012 or 2013? I want to get a microguide (over the standard guide) rod, but I am hesistant because of the poor quality of the microguide and issues that others have reported.
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I have used the CarbonLite rod on six fishing trips and have not noticed any problems. It seems to be built well
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i thought that i read that BPS fixed the problem with the eyes falling out. I fish my microguide really hard and i have not had any issues what so ever with the guides.
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I've fish mine hard all year long (2012) with no issues, I fish bass and these rods are my favorite. I'm using two.
1 year, 2 months ago
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I have a new Medium/Heavy Micro Guide Rod. I just got my reel spooled with 50 lb Power Pro Super Slick Braid. Should I trade the rod back in for the Regular Guide rod or keep using the Micro Guides. I will be worm/plastic fishing with this. Thanks
1 year, 3 months ago
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It has a warranty and I love the casting distance. I would use it if I were you and see how you like it. I love mine.

You probably have plenty of warranty time left.
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i would keep the micro guide rod. it is lighter and the micro guides help with feel and sensitivity.
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that should be more than enough for throwing the alabama rig. i Use a medium heavy of another brand and it throws my home made alabama rigs just fine! (mine are much heavier) but since the carbonlite seems to be a fragile rod (says the reviews) i would definitely go with the heavy x fast. i have 3 carbonlites and have yet to break one
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It's great...7'6" with braid and the carbon reel. Can be used all day...
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looking to purchase either or.
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I am all for the Carbonlite, i have 4 of them and i love the balance, feel, lightness and sensitivity. They have had durability issues in the past but none of my rods have ever had an issue and i believe they fixed the issue.
11 months ago
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Better. Heavy can be used for all usages..
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I DONT OWN A VERITAS MICRO GUIDE BUT I DID OWN A REGULAR VERITAS ROD AND IT BROKE IN 2 PLACES
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carbonlite for sensitivity and balance but neither for durability. My carbonlite snapped in the middle of a cast after one month and a friend had the exact same thing happen with his veritas. have you thought about a skeet reese honeycomb micro rod. Similar price and I have no complaints about mine yet.(had it for like three months)
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I've settled on Bass Pro Carbonlites Micro and Regular guides and Abu Garcia Vendettas for my baitcasting rods. I don't see the value in the Veritas. The Carbonlite Micro is crazy light and very sensitive. Plus Bass Pro is loyal to their customers. They replace one of mine for free after a year due to one of the eyelet guides falling out.
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I have both and its hard to choose between the 2. They are both excellent
1 year, 10 months ago
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My wife and I got this rod and the johnny morris II series rod. I know the JM is made of 85 million modulous graphite and this one is carbon fiber and I have heard carbon is better. Any opinions?
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I'm not much of an authority on this, but it seems to me that carbon fibre is the way to go, much lighter and stronger.
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both rods are based off of a carbon blank and both have 85 million modulus graphite. from my understanding, the Johnny Morris 2 is a more durable version of the carbonlite with better guide inserts.
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In my opinion, the Carbonlite is WAY better. I returned my JM II because it was so dang heavy in feel compared to the carbonlite. My only recommendation to you is to NOT get the micro guide Carbonlite rods if you plan on using braid. They are very flimsy (guides). If you use fluorocarbon, they are dream rods!
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I have (2) Kvd cranking rods & (2) kvd casting rods, and they are amazing, I almost got the JM rod and then I read about breaking on hook sets, so I got a few of these & couldn't be happier. I fish for stripers & have been catching 15-25lbs on a 7'10,6'6" quantum Kvd signature series cranking rods and the show no signs of snapping, they have micro guides also and they are strong. I have them paired with quantum smoke reels and it weighs as much as a rod alone. U can cast it 8hrs and not be tired at all.
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how well does this rod handle braided line?
2 years, 3 months ago
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the rod handles braided line fine but i have noticed that when i am fishing in places that have very dirty water, the braided sometimes grabs debris from the water and clogs up the guides. a real pain to deal with but it works good in not messy water.
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Great, although you might want the larger guides...
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It works just fine actualy that is all I fish with 90 percent of the time
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It is AWFUL with braid. I do not trust this rod's micro guides with braid after losing a fish of a lifetime. I was flipping a 1/2 oz texas rigged creature bait on the 7'6 Heavy micro guide rod. Long story short, I set the hook, it was a done deal, almost at the boat and the 10+ pound bass broke off as I hear a loud SNAP! I thought it was the rod, but it was actually the micro guide cutting my braid and causing me to lose a dream fish. I returned most of my carbonlites but kept 2 for lighter fluorocarbon finesse fishing- that's all I trust the micros for now. So upset because other than the micro guides, this is the best rod I ever felt.
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You are going to want a moderate action rod for crank baits. I use the carbonlite 7' medium power, moderate action and i love it. It works great for throwing rapalas and other lures.
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yes, the Abu Veritas
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YES IT IS A GOOD ROD FOR CRANKIN
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BPS Crankin' Stick is specifically for cranking and it's a lot cheaper- around $75 bucks. I suppose you could use the Medium Action Carbonlite for crankin' if you wanted, but I'd trust the crankin' stick over it.
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I have 2 - 7' MH carbon light micro rods. I use them for pitchin' and crankin'. I used to use the RicK Clunn 7' crankin' rods for crank baits but they're not available anymore. The carbon lights have good back bone but still have good flex at the last 2 feet which is good for pitchin' and crankin'. I actually like the carbon light better because it is lighter, more sensitive and casts better with the micro quides.
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Duckett is about twice as much but a better rod allaroud.
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I have several BPS Crankin Sticks and really like them, for the money.
2 years, 8 months ago
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I have a couple CarbonLites and like them a lot. But I know the Bionic Blade is an excellent rod. Is the weight savings on the CL worth it versus the BB?
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I have both the CarbonLite and the Bionic Blade rod. The Bionic Blade is slightly heavier, and a little thicker on the handle. I like the feel of the CarbonLite rod better, because of the light weight feel it has. I have the Bionic Blade paired with a Quantum EXO reel, and the CarbonLite with a Abu Garcia Revo SX and they weight exactly the same, 10.65oz, but the CarbonLite with the Revo just, FEELS lighter.. Seems to be a little more balanced too.
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i have 4 carbonlites and 1 bionic blade. I really like my bionic blade but if i had to chose one it would be the carbonlite. The decreased weight makes it more sensitive and i feel that it is worth it. I do feel like the bionic blade is more durable, that is why i bought one.
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Carbonlite all the way
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There is no way any compairison between Carbonlight Micro and the Bionic Blade. The carbonlight is a much better rod. It has the backbone that people look for in a quality rod very light, great micro guides you can where ever you like and get it there with little effort. Its so much more comfortable you can fish all day and not wear yourself out. Trust me get yourself one and you'll agree.
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I own both and would consider the Bionic Blade a good rod but not excellent. I would consider the carbon lite mirco and excellent rod and is quickly becoming my favorite for flipping heavy cover.
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Yes, especially when you're out fishing all day and hardly notice the weight of the rod.
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Simple answer. YES! I can't believe you are asking this question and you own the rods!
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I would go with a Bionic Blade for flipping and pitching with a 7' or 7'6" rod. When you need power, the Bionic Blade is the way to go between the two. A BPS 7'10" Extreme rod is sweet for flipping, pitching, and frog fishing. I always go with a 1 piece rods too.
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I am stuck between these two. Looking at 7' Medium Heavy, Moderate Fast rod for an overall SB rod. Both great sticks. One is obviously 30$ cheaper. CL Micro is a little under .400lbs while the TS is ~ .525lbs so this is really not too significant for me. It boils down to the lure weight rating. The CL rates up to 1oz lures. The TS is able to handle 1.5oz. I will be mostly throwing 3/8th and 3/4oz SBs but I will be using 1oz+ here and there so it is imperative this rod can toss that weight and toss it far.

So which do you guys think is the better choice? I am sure going over 1/4 or 1/2 ounce over the lure weight rating probably won't do harm to the rod as long as I am careful but I feel that that rule of thumb is directed toward "softer" rods, unlike the CarbonLite. So I am bit uneasy saying the stiff CL won't snap while using a heavier lure b/c I feel it might not handle overloading the lure weight rating. Anybody have used or think heavier SBs on either one of these rods will work?
Which rod is your recommendation?

Other rods in the similar price range and features are accepted and appreciated.

Thanks a bunch, guys.
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i have 4 carbonlites and i throw much heavier lures than it says i can. I just dont whip it back hard but i throw it forward as hard as i can and i have had no problems at all. my medium light says its good up to 3/8 and i throw a 4" tube with a 5/8 jig head all day on it (pry close to 3/4 oz). my medium action carbonlite says its good up to 1/2 oz but i have thrown 1 oz and 1 1/8 lures on it too with out a problem. they are durable. i actually caught a 42" muskie on the medium bass rod, it handled the fish fine.
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The 7' 6" heavy is light and can be use for anything..Frog in grass to the Alabama Rig....
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If you're launching 3/4 oz spinnerbaits, I would advise against the 7' MH Carbonlite and look at a 7' H. However, if you throw a lot of 3/8 and 1/2 oz spinnerbaits, then the 7' MH Carbonlite is absolutely the ticket. I wouldn't trust the MH for 3/4 or 1 oz casting applications- it would be under powered and you would work too hard. It would be like throwing a DD crankbait on a short medium rod.
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I own two of the medium-heavy CL MicroGuide rods, but only use them for worm and jig fishing due to their high sensitivity. Using 1/2 oz jigs and weights loads the rods pretty heavily, even though they are rated up to 1 oz, so I would be hesitant to throw very heavy SBs on them. Also, a SB is more of a reaction-type bait so I think that you can forego some of the sensitivity. If you are going to be fishing open water (offshore structure) then a moderately fast model is fine, but it you spend more time casting SBs at specific targets I would recommend a fast or extra fast model to increase your accuracy.

If the CL is not on sale then it is twice the cost of the Tourney Special. I would go with the TS and spend the difference on more SBs.
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Get the CarbonLite. I have the Tourney Special and the Graphite series rods which I bought before I decided to upgrade my rods to match my reels. I now have 2 CL micros, 6’6” & 6’9” MH and regular guides 6’6” MH. Also have 2 Abu Garcia Vendettas, 6’9” MH & 7’ M. I wish I would have waited and picked up more CL micros instead of the Vendettas. But when you can pick up Vendettas for $48.00, you don’t pass it up.
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