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I have a good spinning Reel and Rod Abu Garcia® Cardinal® 500ALB Series with a Mid heavy Rod but also very sensitive. Suggests 12-16lb line.

I have done alot of bass and walleye fishing. This rod and Reel combo is also great for even getting very small fish because it is so sesitive

But what I am asking is, Is it resonale to get a New Low profile baitcasting rod and reel for larger fish (ex musky) or will it be sufficiant to just simple put some expensive braided line on my spinning reel.

And if suggesting a Low profile baitcasting rod and reel what is a cheap combo that will get the job done?

Thanks guys.
 

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Now you just opened Pandoras box. But before you get a million people telling you what they have and why you should have it too, you better define cheap. You can spend anywhere from $30-$600+ and cheap for you may mean $30 and cheap for the next guy may mean $130.
 

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I wouldn't specifically target muskies using a spinning reel just because for the most part the drag won't hold up. Baitcasters tend to have much heavier and stronger drags that you'll appreciate if you've just hooked into 30# of angry Esox. The ability to fight and land them quickly is important, so you'll need to go heavy baitcaster if that's something you think you'll start doing. Muskie tend to require specialized equiptment, whereas bass and walleye and even most northerns are fine to target with a general purpose spinning reel set up.

If you need quality reels or rods at a discount you might try looking at the Fishermans Factory Outlet for some deals.

http://www.ffo-tackle.com/

Something like this $70 Abu casting reel spun up with 60-80# braid is a good start.

http://www.ffo-tackle.com/detail.cfm?PassProdId=3411

Pair that with a Shakespere Ugly Stik Muskie Rod @ $40

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/store ... rchResults


And you're at $110 before shipping, probably around $130 by the time you're done. That's about the cheapest thing I can think of that still has enough quality to make you happy.
 
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