NEW St. Croix® Premier® Series Spinning Rods
UL = Ultra Light
L = Light
ML = Medium Light
M = Medium
MH = Medium Heavy
H = Heavy
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Short, stout rods are used mostly for trolling for big game fish. Longer rods are designed for longer casting situations such as surf fishing. The most important thing, is to get equipment that is best suited for the type of fishing that you plan on doing.
I have the 7 ft mh rod and I enjoy fishing it with a swim bait. To achieve the type of sensitivity you are looking for I would go with something a little lighter. I have not had the chance to review the, M, but it may be your best bet. Now I do fish mine TexRig with a worm and many other ways and I enjoy it. But I am considering buying other lighter rods for the best advantage.
Which rod would you recommend?
Fishing bass, large and small mouth along with walleye.
I am going to assume you are casting, so the longer the pole, the longer the cast tends to be. I'd go with the St Croix 6'6" PS66MF2 or the 7' PS70MF2 if I was going to get a St Croix.
In the Shimano I'd get a 6'6" Compre Mdl. # CPS-66M2B
In the Bass Pro Shops Carbonlite I would go with the CL66MSF though it is not 2 piece so it may not work at all for you. They do have a 9' Medium Light which you likely could get away with, but I suspect that would be far too long for your use.
If I could use a one piece I'd go with the CarbonLite if not the Shimano Compre, I just do not think the St. Croix is in the same league, but you know about opinions! I do have a 30 year old St Croix UL rod that I love, but the new stuff, not so much. I'd also consider Fenwick and Falcon if you could find someone local who carries them so you could check them out in person The Falcon BooCoos (sp?) are nice, but I prefer the CarbonLites and the Shimano Compe rods ever so slightly.
I have 2 of these rods. The 6'6 length is best for distance and mobility. I like the lighter rods and this holds 4-10 pound line rated for lures 1/8 - 1/2 ounce.