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Best Rod For Worm Fishing?

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I'm looking forward to summertime worm fishing and I am wondering what is the best rod for worm fishing. I mainly will be throwing 10"-12" worms but occasionally something smaller. I like to throw them with a 3/8oz tungsten(is this too heavy?) along with 14 # flourocarbon. The current rod that I have for this rig is my Quantum Smoke 7' MH. I feel like this rod isn't heavy enough for worm fishing for some reason. I find it very well for things such as chatterbaits, swimjigs, and spinnerbaits but not worms. Is this rod a good rod for worm fishing or should I look into something a little bit longer and heavier? Also what brands are best?

 

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I'd say that would be a perfect worm setup for throwing what you mentioned. As far as brands go, I would say it's a personal preference. It all depends on how much money you want to spend.

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The biggest worm I throw is a 7 inch power worn with a 3/16 weight. I use a mh for this, your setup seems like it would be considerably heavier than mine. Maybe a heavy rod would be better for it.

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I am not a huge fan of quantum but I have heard good things about the smoke series rods. Having never owned one I don't know how the 7 MH rod fishes. 10-12 inch worms are pretty wind resistent so I would say a 3/8 oz weight would be at the lower end of what I would go with. I have fished them on 12-15# floro with 3/8 - 1/2 oz tungsten weights with no issues.

A max price or a range would help pool some rod options together. A rod like the dobyns champion extreme 744 would be a great rod for these and your jig needs. It is heavy action 4 powered rod that would excel between 3/8 -5/8 oz and even a bit heavier. The 7'2 MH shimano cumara (previous Gen rod) is a pretty stout stick. My third pick would be phenix recon 715. I wouldt rank them in that general order. St croix is known for beefier and more powerful rods but I lack experience with their line. Loomis makes great rods but I personally feel their decent rods start at the IMX line for bottom contact applications.

If you feel you are lacking power only just step up to a slightly heavier rod. If you are lacking distance perhaps a longer rod would help. If it lacks feel or something else maybe look at a different line of rods.

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I like a heavy action rod for all of my plastics.  I don't like a lot of play in my rod when I am fishing in the weeds.

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Your setup seems good enough, I have never owned a Quantum rod before so I can't comment on if the MH seems under specced vs other rods.  Maybe check out a Quantum H rod at the store and see how that feels  If you are looking for another rod then I'd go with a St Croix Avid MH 7' (seems to have more power than it is rated, own 3 Avids) or Crucial 7'2" Heavy. 

 

Of course I use a Heavy/Fast and MH Shimano Compre/Crucial for my jig and worm.  I would use whichever one when a situation requires it, so my first recommendation especially if you like Quantum rods to buy a Heavy version.  If you want to explore trying another line I'd recommend an Avid MH 7', Shimano Crucial...or really any 150-200 range rod would work for a bottom contact.  If you are budget constraint like I am, go for a Veritas or Compre.  Personally I think the Compre is more sensitive, but that is just my personal opinion.  In the end it's all about what is comfortable for you. 

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I throw light t-rigs( 1/8 - 1/4 ) on a 7'2" MH fast Crucial, and I throw all my heavy t-rigs ( 3/8 + ) on a 7'2" MH x-fast Crucial. The x-fast actually makes the rod feel a little bit heavier powered.

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I throw light t-rigs( 1/8 - 1/4 ) on a 7'2" MH fast Crucial, and I throw all my heavy t-rigs ( 3/8 + ) on a 7'2" MH x-fast Crucial. The x-fast actually makes the rod feel a little bit heavier powered.

I just bought the same power/action Crucial last week, it did seem stiff enough for heavier.  I used my Compre Heavy/F for the same application.  Thanks for confirming! 

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i my self have several worm rod set ups . it basically depends on your fishing situation.

for a small worm on a light weight wire hook i use a 6'6'medium fast action rod.10 -12 poound test.

 

if i use a heavier wire hook with say 14-15 pound test i go up to a 7' medium heavy micro guide rod.

 

the best advise i can give is to take into consideration how you want to fish your soft plastics and

match your terminal tackle to the rod you are using.Hook size line weight exc.

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I'd say that would be a perfect worm setup for throwing what you mentioned. As far as brands go, I would say it's a personal preference. It all depends on how much money you want to spend.

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I'd say that would be a perfect worm setup for throwing what you mentioned. As far as brands go, I would say it's a personal preference. It all depends on how much money you want to spend.

 

x3 ... For bigger worms like you mentioned I use a 7' MH, 20lb FC with either a 3/8 or 1/2oz weight.

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I use a 7' MF Prodijy rod with a BPS Prolite Finesse reel and 10# flourocarbon

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