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5/17/06 10:51 AM CST
What does everyone think of them? I picked up a 6'6" med light IM7 rod the other day and it seems really nice for the money...

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12/7/07 4:36 PM CST
I assure you there is no surplus of money in our household. For me, its just personal preference. I own three or four, maybe five.... of their spinning rods. I went with GM because I was so impressed with a GM rod I bought about 10 years ago. Then it got stepped on. I bought several different rods trying to find one that compared to this discontinued "walleye" series rod, but none do.

GM's spinning rods are just way too stiff, and not very sensative for walleye jigging. They're action classes are all screwed up. Like I've said before, their ML, which last time I checked was the lightest action rod you could get, is more like a M or a MH. Its like your morning coffee saying "decaf" on the label, but after a drink or two...you realize you got a double espresso. Tough to gingerly lob a minnow and an 1/8 oz leadhead with a pool cue.

Again, in MY opinion, they're just not sensative enough. If you fished heavy leadheads and fireline or some sort of superbraid, you could jig walleyes and feel a bite. To me, their rods are geared towards a casting application for pike.

Maybe they've totally changed up their linup and I'm just babbling about old stuff. But I bought my last GM spinning rod in the summer of 06, and was still disappointed. Kept the ones I bought just to have spares or for when I take the little woman out crawler dunking for cats/bass/carp/sheeps, etc. Rods are perfect for bottom fishing for hard pulling fish like the above.

And, like I've also said, their musky rods are really nice, and are very, very hard to beat for the money.

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12/6/07 6:19 PM CST
Me too. Four are the Competitor series, and I bought every one that was on the shelf, needed two more, so after finding out that the Competitor series was discontinued, I bought two of the Guide Series trolling rods. Unsure of the model, they're red in color.

For 30-$40, darn nice rod. More fancy than you need for trolling boards, really. They've been proven up to 40+ pound fish this year, can't argue with that. Also use them for walleyes.

As I said below, there's lots of folks making really nice spinning and casting rods, but GM is not one of them. If you want a musky rod...fine. But unless they've changed something in the last 18 months, GM rods are junk IMO.

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12/6/07 4:54 PM CST
I have 6 of their trolling rods and really like them.

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12/6/07 3:24 PM CST
Thats all I buy is gander rods, Back in the day they used st. croix blanks but now they use something different but just as good. My favorite on is with the fishes 5"6" light power fast action. Man I caught a ton of walleyes with that jigging 1/16th oz jigs and leeches. It now reides in Lake Wisconsin due to my brother get a little power crazy with our 6hp merc. They don't last forever though I lost one of his a couple years earlier payback. I helped him lose a 35lb muskie the year after, Then he got a 41" pike on my tip-up. Funny how it works out. Yeah those rods are as good as you need. unless you just like to spend your money.

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3/21/07 12:08 PM CST
I own 4 guide series rods 2 8'6 a 7ft and a 10'6 noodle good deal for the price plus they got michigan style handle on their noodle rods which a like more then the regular style good rods in my opinon.

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3/19/07 5:21 PM CST
i have had a guide series for two years now. i think that they are an amazing rod for the price. i love these rods. gander will also give you a brand new one if yours breaks anytime in two years. i had an unfortunate break while fishing last year with a buddy of mine. but long story short i brought the rod in to gander mountain and they gave me the exact same rod no questions asked. very nice rod

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3/17/07 10:40 AM CST
I buy Guide Series rods when ever I can, I've had them for a few years so they are durable- I have ultralight, medium, medium-light, I love them all. Best rods for the money hands down.

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1/12/07 12:50 PM CST
Kdogg maninblack is right they have not been made by St. Croix for 7 years.

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1/12/07 12:13 PM CST
Fish Boy,

I worked at Gander Mountain about 10 years ago while I was attending college. At that time, I thought the Gander Mountain label rods were made by St. Croix. Is this still the case?

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1/5/07 8:12 AM CST
FishinintheFox i believe the butt ends range from about 11-13 inches dont qoute me on that but when i work next i can let ya no for sure!

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1/5/07 6:38 AM CST
Workblows and others-

A friend of mine bought a 7'6" MH Guides series muskie rod and I felt it was pretty OK. I'm a St. Croix Avid guy, and I still liked this rod. Pretty light in weight, not too whippy, yet not too overly stiff. All in all, seems a nice muskie rod for 80 bux. Only think I don't like about the GM rods is cosmetic: they have this stupid looking silver/chrome tip that just totally does not fit the rest of the rod. I'm sure they're probably fine, but they look funny and are even kind of shaped weird. Different design than the rest of the guides on the rod.

On the action, or weight, of a muskie rod, I'd get at least a 7'6"er. The trend in muskie fishing is longer, somewhat more limber rods. Those short "pool que" rods are a thing of the past. Longer rods help you control a bait easier, are far superior in a figure 8 and the more limber rods will help you absorb the shock of a thrashing fish. I've got a 6'6" (MH or H, can't remember) Avid that I never use because its waaaay too short, and stiff.

On GM's guide series spinning rods: junk. I had one of GM's "walleye" series rods that I bought about 10 years ago and that thing was amazing. Limber where it needed to be, stiff where it needed to be and it had great sensativity. But, it got stepped on and the tip was broken off. The one I got to replace it is pure junk. The other guide series rods I have are pure junk too. GM's lightest action rod is called ML, but its more like a M or a MH in weight. Waaay too stiff, and near zero sensativity. Not sure what its intended for, but its realistically a rod that would be fine for casting #4 mepps spinners and spoons for pike.

If you're looking for a nice, affordable, sensative rod with good action, I just picked up a St. Croix 6'6" Triumph spinning rod. Seems nice so far. Its St. Croix's low end rod, and sells for 60 bones. Not even in the same category as the GM Guide Series rods for action and sensativity, but about the same price.

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1/4/07 11:22 AM CST
Fish Boy,

Good to know! I have a couple of Guide Series rods and 1 Tournament Series rod for my bass and walleye stuff, and they've been great, but I never looked into their muskie rods.

Do they have a longer butt end behind the reel seat, and the larger fore grip? The fore grip is not so important since I palm my reel, but the longer butt end is nice when working jerkbaits. Also, do they have a good variety of lengths and actions? I would definitely look into them for back-up combos or for friends that come out fishing with me. Thanks!

Workblows....definitely check out the muskie rods then since they have them in that series. The same lengths and weights I gave you will still apply, but the muskie rod will be better balanced then a bass rod is for throwing bigger and heavier lures. Believe me, that means allot when your out chuckin' muskie lures for 8 or 10 hours!!

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1/4/07 8:33 AM CST
FishinintheFox Guide Series does have several different Musky Series rods

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1/3/07 7:00 PM CST
Good response Fishinthefox.....very informative....thank you

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1/2/07 11:01 AM CST
Workblows...nice handle, and I agree at times!

Getting to your rod situation, a heavy action rod does not equate to being a muskie rod. Having said that, you could use it for muskie or any other species of predator fish. The Guide Series rods are very good rods, and they work well for a huge variety of applications. I'm not sure if the Guide Series have a specific muskie rod, but like I said, you could use it and it will work fine.

Noticing that your a "rookie", here are some key things about rod selection to help you. For crankbaits and jerkbaits, your best bet would be to use anywhere from a 6'-6" up to a 7'-0" medium heavy to heavy action rod. The stiffness and shorter length is necessary to accurately work this type of bait on retrieval. For topwaters, spinnerbaits and bucktails, a good rod choice would be anywhere from a 6'-11' up to a 7'-6" medium to medium heavy action rod. The longer rod with the lighter action, gives you the ability to cast lighter lures like bucktails and some topwaters farther and with more accuracy.

If your looking for just one "multi-purpose" rod, that will get your feet wet with a variety of lures, then I would probably go with either a 6'-11" or 7'-0" medium heavy action rod. This is a big fish rod, and it will work great for you. If you decide that you like muskie fishing, then spend the money in the future for muskie specific rods. Until then, good luck next season!

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