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: https://bit.ly/3lSfwwz

-$200 Combos: https://bit.ly/2USSCJv

-$100 Combos: https://bit.ly/37aupED

Upcoming Buyer’s Guides… 

-High End Combos

-Swimbait Guide

TOP 6 COMBOS…  

-Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

-Shimano Chronarch MGL: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

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

-Megabass Orochi XX: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

-Shimano Curado 70 MGL K: https://bit.ly/3jdrMqa

Favorite Models- Braillist, Extreme Mission Type F

-G Loomis IMX Pro: http://bit.ly/2lVATTC

-Shimano Curado 200K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

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

-St. Croix Legend Tournament: http://bit.ly/2Ap51x5

-Shimano Tranx 200A: http://bit.ly/2Tv0yCy

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

-Savage Gear Black Ops: https://bit.ly/35Qfcc7

-Shimano Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

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

-Dobyns Champion XP: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

-Shimano Tranx 200A: http://bit.ly/2Tv0yCy

Favorite Models- 805 CB, 807 Mag, 806 Heavy

TOP MODELS BY TECHNIQUE… 

Jerkbait- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Lipless- G Loomis IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Chatterbait- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Heavy Glass: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Dropshot- Megabass Orochi XX WhipSnake: http://bit.ly/2XkVoej

Ned Rig- Shimano Expride Spinning 6’10” Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

ShakyHead- Shimano Expride 7′ Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

Heavy Flipping- Shimano Expride 7’11” XH: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Light Flip- Shimano Expride 7’6″ Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Tail Spin- G Loomis IMX Pro 843 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Blade Bait- Shimano Expride 6’10” Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Keitech (4.8)- Shimano Expride 7’2″ Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Keitech (2.8)- G Loomis IMX Pro 862C SWBR: http://bit.ly/2x9kxuS

Jig (Pitch and Flip)- Megabass Orochi XX Braillist: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Jig (Football)- Megabass Orochi XX Extreme Mission Type F: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Big Swimbait- G Loomis IMX Pro 966 SWBR: https://bit.ly/3ktZFnF

Big Swimbait- Dobyns Champion XP 806/807: http://bit.ly/2aivwYX

Deep Crank (Tight Action)- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK

Deep Crank (Wide Action)- St. Croix Legend Tourn 7’6″ MH Moderate: http://bit.ly/2Ap51x5

Deep Crank (10XD)- Dobyns Champion XP 805 Crank: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

Squarebill- Megabass Orochi XX Flat Side Special: http://bit.ly/2OSVNwH

Spinnerbait- G Loomis IMX Pro 812 SBR: http://bit.ly/2QurcHi

Frog- Shimano Expride 7’3″ Extra Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Topwater- G Loomis IMX Pro 843C MBR (7′ Medium): http://bit.ly/2lVATTC

TOP REELS TO PAIR WITH… 

All Around- Shimano Curado 200K HG: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Cranking- Shimano Tranx 200 HG: http://bit.ly/2Tv0yCy

DC Performance- Shimano Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Light Baits- Shimano Curado 70 MGL: https://bit.ly/3jdrMqa

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Hat: https://bit.ly/31EYB8W

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2TwBWs7

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie: http://bit.ly/2FVD9Rs

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/2TvFMBD

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt: http://bit.ly/38cVi9G

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