Henry Gilbey
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I’ve got X to spend on a rod and reel

I'VE GOT X TO SPEND ON A ROD AND REEL

I get a lot of emails and messages asking me for advice on what lure rods and spinning reels to buy to suit various budgets, so here are my suggestions. Please accept as ever that these are merely my opinions, and the rods and reels I really like may well not suit you. All the rods and reels below are available to buy in the UK.


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I need a travel-style lure rod for bass, wrasse and pollack fishing

Finally, a truly “proper” lure rod that you can break down into four sections and fly with it if needs be. The HTO Nebula M 2.7m (9’) 7-35g Travel 4-piece is here and I think it’s pretty much perfect. Easily as good as the 2-piece. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Ebay

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I want a good lure rod and it has to be under £100

It’s hard to look beyond the rather outstanding Maximus High Energy-Z 27M 9' 7-35g. A seriously “proper” lure rod that is highly effective with all manner of lures in the 10-30g range especially, indeed I reckon this thing is easily good enough to grow with you as you expand out with your bass lure fishing. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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I’ve got £100-150 to spend on a 9’ lure rod

Simple - go for the ridiculously good HTO Nebula M 9' (2.7m) 7-35g lure rod. Should cost a lot more if you ask me. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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I’ve got £100-150 to spend on a 9’6’’ lure rod

It’s hard to look beyond the outstanding and brand new HTO Nebula 9’6’’ (2.9m) 7-35g lure rod. Easily as good as its shorter 9’ brother. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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I’ve got £100-150 to spend on a more powerful lure rod

Simple. The HTO Nebula MH 2.7m (9’) 12-42g. This thing gets them out there! Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Ebay

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I need the ultimate surf lure fishing rod (and it’s less than £150)

You little beauty! I have lure fished in the surf with some far more expensive rods than this one, but the HTO Nebula 3.00m/10’ 12-42g is so perfect for surf fishing that it’s now my go-to weapon of choice for banging out metals and so on. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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I’m after a 9’ lure rod for no more than £200

Finally, a more than worthy successor to the 9’ Skyroad, indeed I prefer this outstanding new Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’ 10-30g lure rod. A penny under the £200 mark buys a serious lure fishing rod. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle, Veals Mail Order

My lure rod of the year 2018.

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I’m after a 9’6’’ lure rod for no more than £200

The outstanding Major Craft Triple Cross EU Custom 9’6’’ 10-30g is about as much lure rod for a penny under £200 that I have ever come across. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle, Veals Mail Order

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I want a truly versatile, near as dammit “do it all” lure rod

I loved this incredible HTO Shore Game S932ML 9'3'' 7-30g from my very first cast with it - it’s the perfect length for me, it covers so much of my bass fishing, it’s light, it’s fast, it’s essentially perfect. If I had to get rod of every single lure rod I owned and just have the one? It would be hard to look beyond this one. Some rod. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Veals Mail Order

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I’ve put aside up to £300 for a very special 9’6’’ lure rod

I am all over this thing. Holy cow the Tailwalk EGinn 96ML-R 9'6'' Max 35g lure rod is insanely good at working all kinds of hard and soft lures up to 35g. Such precision. I want one for myself. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Veals Mail Order, JDMFishingTackle

Available in the UK here and here.

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I’ve put aside up to £300 for a very special, more powerful lure rod

Within about a session of fishing with this incredible Tailwalk EGinn 106M-R 10'6'' Max 45g lure rod I had decided that it had to be a part of my armoury. Yes, it’s that good, and the 10’6’’ length feels so easy to manage I don’t even think about it anymore. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Veals Mail Order, JDMFishingTackle

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I’m itching to drop some serious cash on a lighter lure rod

The rod I am trying my best to resist buying because it’s so fantastic - the Tailwalk Hi-Tide TZ S90ML 9’ 7-24g. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): JDMFishingTackle

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I need a really good lure rod for wrasse fishing

The Major Craft Crostage Hard Rock CRX-802MH/S 5-30g. This is one hell of a rod for bumping soft plastic lures along the bottom. Review to come.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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What spinning reel for around £100+?

The Penn Spinfisher VI range, and specifically the 2500, 3500, and 4500 sizes. I am really starting to like these tough as hell spinning reels. Further info in a couple of blog posts here and here, review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): 2500 size Veals Mail Order, 3500 size Veals Mail Order, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle, 4500 size Veals Mail Order, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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I want a spinning reel that can take some proper saltwater abuse

Not as light as a Shimano or a Daiwa of the same size, but damn this awesome Penn Slammer III 3500 can take some abuse and come through smiling. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order, Chesil Bait’n’Tackle

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What spinning reel for around £150?

The new Shimano Stradic 2500HG-FL or same size but slightly larger capacity C3000HG-FL version. Early days, but damn this is a stunning spinning reel to fish with. Initial impressions here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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I have an urge to splash out on a spinning reel

Still as smooth as it was on day one, the sublime Shimano Twin Power XD C3000HG. I can’t get enough of this thing. Review here, an update after one year of hard use here, and then after two years of use here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order