Hey I am looking into buying a decent rod for Christmas that is ideal for working plastics for trout or reds. I like something with good action for working lures, but also strong enough to fight a decent sized fish. I am looking in the $50-$100 range. Does anyone have any advice on what kind of action or specific rod I should be looking at?
Ask a saltwater fisherman and they'll tell you a 7' ML is all you need. Ask a bass fisherman and they'll tell you need a different rod for each lure. I am the multiple rod owner that has a tool for each job. If I had to have only one rod to perform all duties, it would be 6'6 (marsh) or 7' (open water) M power rod.
I hear Academy has their Allstars on sale for under $10 now that are normally $50. Pick up a few different actions and lengths. Get a 7'6 ML rod for trout (open water), 7' MH for flounder (around bulkheads/dropoffs/rocks) , 6'6 M for reds (marsh). You should be covered. Shimano Sienna reels are only $29 and work fine for anything. You'll end up buying nicer stuff later if you have the sickness.