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Re: New Fishing Pole
« Reply #60 on: June 16, 2022, 02:51:37 PM »
But if I give up the rod, I won't have it to play around with.  Those Ugly Stiks are always reliable.  However if you do decide to upgrade, start with a St. Croix Premiere rod at just over $100 and you'll probably just leave the ugly stick as a back up.

Anyways after some more practicing and changing the setups around.  I got it dialed in somewhat.  Apparently the Expride B 7' Medium rod is built in likeness to a casting rod.  So I had to give it a casting rod fling instead of my spinning rod flick.  And also it seemed like the rod didn't like the Fireline or it was a mismatch combo.  Either that or it was transmitting too much line vibration feedback.  So on it is the Sustain 2500FD reel with 10# Sufix 832 braid and it seems to be flowing smoothly.  I guess I'll go with that.

Furthermore in comparison to my old Calcutta 7' Medium power rod, the Expride is a touch more stiffer and more vibration sensitive.  Plus it has a slightly more tip forward power load.  That's why I couldn't get the smooth casting down at first.  Felt just a little different.  Still the reel seat is also different, contributing to the overall sensation. 



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Re: New Fishing Pole
« Reply #61 on: June 20, 2022, 10:31:37 AM »
im poor man
im not spending $100 for a fishing pole

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Re: New Fishing Pole
« Reply #62 on: June 24, 2022, 12:40:55 AM »
Well I got to use my Expride B 7' M spinning rod and my only direct comparison is the Shimano Calcutta 7' M spinning rod. Both rods have SiC guides. Mostly just using Kastmaster spoon fishing as it works great on pikes and other species willing to bite.

While the Expride is a touch more powerful blank, the tip is actually a bit softer and more responsive. It is however a little less tip vibration sensitive in comparison to the Calcutta rod. I'm not feeling as strong of a bite vibration response as the Calcutta rod. I will say that the load of of rod is wonderful. Keeps fish pinned once hooked and has enough backbone power and response. Holds as a true fast action.

With the Sustain 2500FE reel and 10# Sufix braid, there is some barely noticeable line slap feel on the line guides. Casting is still wonderful and smooth. I had tried earlier with a Stradic 3000MgFb with 15# Fireline Braid and there was a definite line slap restriction feel on my casting. My old Calcutta rod has a much larger stripper guide and it has a much smoother line flow on the cast. Reels were swapped between both rods too.

Is it an upgrade from the Calcutta rod? Not really it's different in some areas.

If I had to compare the Expride B to the Expride A, I'll say that the later B model is a touch more responsive.  Mostly because they did not put a clear flex coat onto the B model.  The reversed handle of the B model still takes a little getting use to for myself.  For one thing it does a better job at leveraging fish, but not as good when working the lure and trying to detect a bite.

If I compare the overall rod sensitivity, Cabela's XML are still more sensitive.  They are the poor man's version of G.Loomis GLX rods.

If I compare the Exprides to the Zodias rods, it makes the Zodias rods feel like those are soft insensitive rods.  Well I did refer the Zodias rods as What an Ugly Stik would be if they put togeter good handles and line guides.  Probably why I really like the Zodias rods for what they are.  They are really suited for Rooster Tails and any other inline spinners.  The Exprides seems to suit jigging spoons and jigs far better.  I need to find a place without snagging bottom to fish bottom contact lures and have fish to catch with.



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