Buyer’s Guide: Best $500 Rod and Reel Combos!

$500 Combos are the best “Bang For The Buck” in the entire industry! Some of these rods should be priced hundreds of dollars higher but thankfully, they remain very affordable. If you’re looking to take your angling to the next level, any of these rod and reel combos will help you do it. From the Shimano Expride’s incredible sensitivity, to the Megabass Orochi’s incredible actions, there is something at this price point for every angler!

Every time you move up in price, you gain sensitivity and longevity. The jump in quality from $400 combos to $500, is the biggest increase at any price point in bass fishing. Some of these rods skip right over the middle and function as truly high-end rods. You won’t find a more sensitive rod than an Expride without spending $400 or more! You won’t find more refined components than on an Orochi at nearly any price. And you won’t find more dialed, technique specific actions, than on the IMX-Pros. 

Below you’ll find links to the 6 lines of rods we recommend, along with all of our top choices by technique. All of the links go directly to Tackle Warehouse where you can see detailed photos and descriptions of each item. 

Previous Buyer’s Guides… 

-$400 Combos:

-$200 Combos:

-$100 Combos:

Upcoming Buyer’s Guides… 

-High End Combos

-Swimbait Guide


-Shimano Expride:

-Shimano Chronarch MGL:

Favorite Models-  6’10” Medium, 7’2′ MH, 7’3″ XH, 7’6″ Heavy

-Megabass Orochi XX:

-Shimano Curado 70 MGL K:

Favorite Models- Braillist, Extreme Mission Type F

-G Loomis IMX Pro:

-Shimano Curado 200K:

Favorite Models- 845 CBR, 906 CBR, 966 Swim, 812 SBR

-St. Croix Legend Tournament:

-Shimano Tranx 200A:

Favorite Models- Big Cranker, 7’4″ Medium Heavy

-Savage Gear Black Ops:

-Shimano Curado 150 DC:

Favorite Models- 7’1″ Medium heavy, 7’3″ Medium Heavy

-Dobyns Champion XP:

-Shimano Tranx 200A:

Favorite Models- 805 CB, 807 Mag, 806 Heavy


Jerkbait- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium:

Lipless- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR:

Chatterbait- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Heavy Glass:

Dropshot- Megabass Orochi XX WhipSnake:

Ned Rig- Shimano Expride Spinning 6’10” Medium Light:

ShakyHead- Shimano Expride 7′ Medium:

Heavy Flipping- Shimano Expride 7’11” XH:

Light Flip- Shimano Expride 7’6″ Heavy:

Tail Spin- G Loomis IMX Pro 843 CBR:

Blade Bait- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium:

Keitech (4.8)- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Heavy:

Keitech (2.8)- G Loomis IMX Pro 862C SWBR:

Jig (Pitch and Flip)- Megabass Orochi XX Braillist:

Jig (Football)- Megabass Orochi XX Extreme Mission Type F:

Big Swimbait- G Loomis IMX Pro 966 SWBR:

Big Swimbait- Dobyns Champion XP 806/807:

Deep Crank (Tight Action)- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR:

Deep Crank (Wide Action)- St. Croix Legend Tourn 7’6″ MH Moderate:

Deep Crank (10XD)- Dobyns Champion XP 805 Crank:

Squarebill- Megabass Orochi XX Flat Side Special:

Spinnerbait- G Loomis IMX Pro 812 SBR:

Frog- Shimano Expride 7’3″ Extra Heavy:

Topwater- G Loomis IMX Pro 843C MBR (7′ Medium):


All Around- Shimano Curado 200K HG:

Cranking- Shimano Tranx 200 HG:

DC Performance- Shimano Curado 150 DC HG:

Light Baits- Shimano Curado 70 MGL:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Hat:

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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