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Monday, January 21, 2008

• Bought a new cranking rod

I went to Bass Pro today to get one of their Crankin Sticks on clearance down from $49.99 to $34.88. I didn't initially want another rod, but after getting the Pro Qualifier Limited Edition combo, I realized one of my Shimano Callistos served no real purpose in the boat. I mean, I have two of them. So I thought about what else I could have tied on that I was lacking. My Prolite does a lot of the light stuff, but it would be nice to have another medium light rod to cover things from 1/16oz to 1/2oz. Most of my cranks and hardbaits don't weigh much anyway, so I could get away with a ML rod. That means any of my Rapala minnows and smaller cranks would have a place in the lineup without having to do any lure changes on the Prolite. I just hope the Callisto can throw 'em. The Sojourn rod it was paired with before was a 6'6 medium action rod and could just barely get those lighter lures to fly. So now I have a Shimano Callisto paired with a 7'0 ML crankin stick. Hopefully, I'll be able to try it out tomorrow before any cold rain hits to test the castability. I can use it for other things too.

While at BPS, I checked out a few other things on clearance. The only thing that jumped out at me was that the Gambler Swimblade was marked down to $3. I'll have to pick up a couple after I wipe out my Academy gift card on other things. There were some Terminator Spinnerbaits priced at $5. Other than that, I didn't see too much that interested me. I did, however see about seven or eight Limited Edition Pro Qualifier combos set out on one of their round displays. Get 'em while they're hot. I wonder where they came from. They only had one left the last time I checked.

The Academy ad in the week end paper was advertising a new Pflueger reel. It's called the Patriarch. It looks like a tricked out Summit covered in shiny titanium in two gear ratios, a 6.4:1 and a 7.1:1, one more bearing than the Summit, and weighs 8.4oz. Both have wide spools. It looks like a very nice reel for $199. I'd still go for another Summit though. BPS didn't have them yet and I didn't ask them if any were coming in.

Please go here and read that post as I no longer support nor shop at Bass Pro Shops.