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Top 12 Bass Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

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Every bass angler is looking for the perfect fishing rod and reel combo. Here's some help based on online reviews.

When picking out a bass rod and reel combo, whether it's a baitcaster or a spinning combo, you need to make sure you're looking at the right action, the right retrieval ratio and the right bearing count for the types of baits you plan to use.

We looked at some of the top places for purchasing rod and reel combos for bass fishing, and found the 12 top reviewed products that will make any angler very happy.

The idea is to pair a great fishing rod with a high-quality fishing reel. Sometimes they're already paired up, and sometimes you can customize your own pairing.

Fishing gear isn't easy to seek out because the American bass market is so saturated. Ideally these fishing combos will let you sift through the static.

1. Shakespeare Travelmate 6'6" Rod/Reel Combo

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Shakespeare

Users liked this spinning reel and telescoping rod combo for traveling, since it collapses to 14.5 inches and has good action. Hardcore bass anglers might scoff, but it's the convenience factor that won folks over, and it's a telescoping rod from Shakespeare instead of some no-name brand.

2. Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Bass Caster Baitcast Reel/Signature Series II Trigger Rod Combo

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Bass Pro Shops

The reel impressed users, as did the sensitivity of the baitcasting rod.

3. Pflueger Trion Spinning Rod and Reel Combo

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Bass Pro Shops

Smooth casting and the ability to bring in big fish were cited for this rig.

4. Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite 2.0 Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo

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Bass Pro Shops

Many users felt this was the best combo they had ever purchased.

5. Abu Garcia Ike Dude 2 Spinning Combo

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Cabela's

Folks bought this combo for the looks and ended up loving its power and action.

6. Pflueger Summit/Cabela's Tourney Trail SE Spinning Combo

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Cabela's

Smooth is the word for this setup, and it's a good mix of quality and value.

7. Pflueger Echelon Spinning Combo

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Cabela's

Users couldn't say enough about the reel on this one.

8. Abu Garcia Pro Max Baitcasting Combo

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Cabela's

This combo seems to be the pick for an angler's first baitcasting reel and rod setup.

9. PENN Pursuit II Spinning Rod & Reel Combo

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SportsmansGuide.com

This one surely lands big fish. The only drawback is that it doesn't break down. This is perhaps the best reel in the price range it sits.

10. Pflueger President Spinning Combo

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Cabela's

This one is well-balanced and good for casting, according to many users, but it too has a fixed rod.

11. Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier 2 Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo

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Bass Pro Shops

Another solid choice for aspiring baitcasters, the Pro Qualifier 2 wins many anglers over with its low profile.

12. Shimano Stradic CI4+ FB/Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite 2.0 Spinning Rod and Reel Combo

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Bass Pro Shops

Two words: lightweight and strong. This is one of the best bass fishing rods you can get for the money.

They may be difficult to wrap, but getting one of these rod and reel combos for your special angler will guarantee a smile and some bass dinners.

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