It's been a long time since I've updated my rods and reels, too long. I've always been a Curado 200 kind of guy on my baitcasters and when the D series came out I just didn't like the feel of the reels. Smooth, mechanically wonderful, but didn't have the feel I wanted.
The 200E7's that arrived at my door earlier this week are such a notch up from the D series. They are small, like Chronarch 100 small. The side plate is big with the 7:1 gear but not heavy. Even better it does not interfere with the pointer finger on your casting hand. I haven't been to the lake yet with these but am already in love.
To go with the 200E7's I picked out three of the new Cumara rods. Our own magmaster from the forum had a hand in designing these rods and they look and feel excellent. I got the 6'8" spinning rod (amazing), the 72MH and the X72MH. The 72MH feels like a spoon / texas rig rod. You could throw a fluke on it as well or an underspin. Very lightweight in terms of physical weight on the rod.
The X72MH is an open water jig rod or medium sized texas rig outfit. This could also be a great chatterbait rod Feels perfect with a 1/2oz football head jig. I like the way this rod has some feel in the tip but a stout butt section. You can move a decent sized bass with this rod.
My last purchase was a 7'6" Okuma C3 rod which I picked up for crankbait fishing. I like long crankbait rods with soft tip action. This rod feels so nice with a medium sized crankbait tied on. I feel utterly spoiled with all this new stuff!
Still waiting for my Shimano Stradic C14's to come. Putting one of those on my 6'8" Cumara and one on my 6'10" Megabass Destroyer could actually make me want to use my spinning gear more :)