7' Vs. 7'6'' Vs. 8' Glass Custom Rod For Crankbaits
Posted April 21 2012 - 09:35 PM
I've really gotten into cranking over the past year, and have found that I'm usually cranking about 75-85% of the time when fishing lakes here in MN. Previously, I had a Citica that I ran 1/2 oz lipless cranks with, but also threw on a few KVD 4, 5, and 6 series Sexy Shads on a 7' MH BPS Extreme or a 7' M Vendetta with a BPS PQ.
However, I recently purchased a Daiwa Zillion (6.4.1) and threw it on a 7' MH St. Croix Premier. After looking at another cranking stick, the guys at Thorne Bros. here in MN (custom rod builders) suggested I go for a longer glass rod for better hook set, lure depth, etc. and based on what I've heard & read on here, I agreed.
As such, I'm currently having a custom made 7'10'' M glass rod made (just ordered it today). However, I'm worried about it being too long, or too difficult to throw my 1/2 oz lipless cranks. Based on what I've read, I think it might be great for the deep running 5 or 6 series (15-20 ft) depth, but am worried I won't be able to effectively fish the 1/2 oz lipless cranks in the 8-14 ft range (or even shallower square-billed 1.5 and 2.5).
So short story long here; should I change the order to get a happy medium somewhere in the 7'6'' range, or just keep the 7'10''? Does anyone have any experience with either/both to know if I can run the 8' or is it too specific to the deep divers and is a 7'6'' a happy medium? Some say the longer the better for cranks, but I'm just looking for whatever guidance you can give that would give me the most fishability out of the rod...1 custom rod was expensive enough for me, 2 would be tough to get past the wife.
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