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Can any body reccomend a good ulralight rod and reel or combo. I am in the Raleigh area and I am going to the Bass Pro Shop on Sunday and plan to try to buy one. Anything I should keep in mind? I am fairly new to the freshwater world but I have already dove head first in the deep end!! Any pointers would be great. Reccomend some tackle also. Thanks and lets go get the big one.
 

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I would look at pfleuger rod and reel combos. I have a pfleuger ultralight rod/fell combo and it works great. I'm sure some guys at bass pro will be able to help you out. As for tackle you can use things like bettlespins, small creme lures, and just smaller crankbaits in general. My favorite ultra light lure was a very small worm (about 4 inches) that creme made that also had a little weight to it so I could cast it. Another piece of tackle is a small leadhead with an artificial grub on there. Good luck amigo!
 

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Im a long time Shimano man, but I have tried Fleuger as of late. my son, who is our Ultralite Specialist uses a Flueger Combo we picked up at Dicks, I use a Shimano AX-ULS and a 7 Foot, 2-6lbs Class 4 piece Rod I picked up at Bass Pros...My sons Fav lure is the "Strike King" Bitsy Minnow..He has caught Striper, Hybreds, Largies, smallies, whites, Sunnies, Crappie and yes even catfish, it retails at about $2.75 at Wally World, give it a try and email me back and let me know what U think..PSB Website will be up in a few days and it will Have My Ultralite fisherman with pics...

Tony (Team PSB Founder)
 

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A lot of the low-end ultralights are awfully whippy, especially the ones that come as part of a combo. They're fine for exposed hook techniques and baits where the fish hook themselves (spinners, cranks, bobbers&bait), but often too whippy when you need to set the hook yourself on a texas rigged worm or small bass jig. Find something with just a little backbone to it.

They are also too short in a lot of cases. 5' is great for little people and super tight spaces, but limits casting distance as Backlash suggested. I'd recommend at least 6', and I prefer 6'6" or 7'.

I've gotten a couple of short whippy ones as part of combos over the years and they're nice for keeping in the car but I hardly ever use them because they're just not suited for the variety of situations I like to cover.

I've got no brand preference. Buy the nicest one you can get for the money. Higher modulus graphite (IM-#) should be more sensitive. Titanium guides will spring back into place when they get stepped on.

For tackle, get some small rooster tails (catch everything) and some 4" finesse worms with small jigheads or small worm hooks, split shot and/or bullet heads (1/8 or so).
 

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There are a lot of things that work great as far as lures. Some I would recommend are Rebel Teeny Craw, #4 & #5 rapala floating minnows (Silver/black) Rapala Shad Raps same size/color + Firetiger color, Panther Martin inline spinners, beetle spins and anything off of Fojoloy's hat.
 
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