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Do You All Have One Crankbait Rod, Or Two??

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I keep thinking I need two crankbait rods. I have two now, but they are just Ugly Stiks that I'd like to see replaced. They're just too heavy.

I used to have just one rod for crankbaits, and it had a 6.4:1 ratio reel on it, with 12 pound line, and was a M powered IM-7 graphite rod. It was a cheap rod from Dick's so it didn't say the action on the blank, but it felt softer in the tip than most fast action rods. It was perfect for most cranks that I use in the 1/4 oz. range, diving down to about 8 to 12 feet. These are the cranks that I use probably 90% of the time.

But it seemed a bit underpowered and wrong in general for deeper diving baits, and also for lipless baits which can be heavy feeling on the lighter rod. So I keep thinking I need one with a lower geared reel and maybe in the MH range for getting down to the 15 foot depths and below. However, this rod would probably not be used except very few times so it seems a waste to get one. Also, even if I had it, the reel seems like it would be too slow for lipless baits that I'd want to burn back to the boat. So, now I can actually see a use for 3 rods based on that. What do you use for crankbaits, one rod to cover it all, two rods, or multiple rods?? I'm not a tournament fisherman, just weekends and whenever I can get out, which isn't even that much anymore due to work. I'd really like one "do all" crankbait rod, but I don't really think that exists without some sacrificing in some areas. Like for instance, using the 1/4 oz. baits I use most of the time, a MH rod would be overkill on those and not be so fun to use as the one I used to have.

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So the bait monkey has a hold on you? :) :)

I have 3 I currently use, but the MH-deep crank rod stays home all the time anymore. Lakes I have been fishing aren't all that deep. The latest lake may be if I ever get there with my boat, but only shallow cranks can be used from shore. My back has kept me from throwing the boat on the roof rack. :(

I use a Cara (not T-7) 7' Medium for my main CB rod, but picked up a Daiwa V.I.P Smallmouth rod and 3 Abu Black Max 1600C reels over last winter. Mounted one of the reels on this rod. I think it will do fine where distance isn't a factor as it is only a 6'6" rod. The 1600C impresses me with how well it will cast into the wind, and how well it will handle a 1/4 oz. lure.

Right now I get to fish less than you do. Last couple weekends we've been having thunder storms, and this weekend isn't looking much better. :(

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A Powell 703CB Glass can handle most all cranbaits from squarebills to 6xds. I also use it for traps around sparse grass too! Its a great rod that is pretty versitale.

That being said, I own 4 cranking rods. One for squarebills, one for traps, one for medium depths, and one for deep divers.

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Just one for me. Not too many places to fish something with treble hooks where I fish.

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I have 2 crankbait rods that I use right now with another rod with no reel on it at this time. My shallow crankbait rod is a Cabelas Prodigy 7' M/F spinning rod which has work pretty well for me PDS704-2 1/4-3/4 oz. and It's paired with a Quantum Catalyst PTi-B20. It handles things upto about 8-9ft and is what I use when fishing from the shore most of the time as well as on the boat in a tourney when fishing shallow. My deep cranking rod is a Cabelas Prodigy 7' MH/MF casting rod PDC705-1 1/4-1oz. since my deeper diving cranks like the SK 6XD are heavier and its paired with a BPS PQ 5.2:1 and as someone else said I want to be able to set the hook on a fish in deeper water and feel the MH will help me do that as well as control the fish once its hooked.

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The rod that comes closest to covering all your crankbait needs imo is the St Croix Avid 7' MHM rod. I use this rod with a Lews Tournament 5 - 1 reel for 80 - 90% of all my crankbait needs. I also use a Gloomis CBR 843 with a Curado 50e for finesse cranking and for Pointer 78 lures and a St Croix Avid 7' HM for real deep divers but it's overkill. The Avid MHM will do it all if you want to opt for just one rod.

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I have five treble hooked bait rods. I think most could get away with a medium and a medium heavy cranking rod.

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I have a 7' m cumara, and a 7'mh cumara. too be honest, the 7' mh would be all I would need, but they came in a package deal...

I also have a 7'4" St. Croix mojo bass glass rod that I LOVE. I think it would be more suited to handle deeper divers.

Fishing from the bank as I do, throwing mostly 1/4 ounce to 5/8 cranks that run from 2-8 feet, are all handled nicely by either cumara, but the MH is best "all-around" for me at least.

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I have 3 , a ML, a M and MH. Two 7' and 7'-2". I love to crankbait fish. They all have their uses. You can probably get away with 2 rods.

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I also have 3. 1 for shallow, 1 for medium and one for lipless and deep divers

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Just one at the moment. I got a 7ft Medium Moderate Carrot stick wild. Paired with a Shimano Citica 201e. I use it for my medium divers 6-10ft. Should i use this with my square bills or would i be better off with like a fast tip?

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I have two: a 7' M and a 7' MH for deep cranking.

And for the rare occasion when I throw 1/4 oz and under cranks I will use a 6.5' M spinning rod.

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I only have one rod dedicated to crankbaits, my 7'10" H power, moderate action, St Croix Legend Tournament "Magnum Cranker", paired with a Shimano Curado 201DPV. I use that just for deep diving cranks I use (5xd, 6xd, Little John DD). I will use shallow, medium, and lipless cranks, on just about every other rod I have. In fact I prefer faster action rods for some of that stuff.

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So most of you all have more than one for this. I figured that's about how it would go. I can't really see having one for everything, though some say there are some rods that can probably do it all. I'd love to just have one rod for this since I have several others for different uses that also go along with me when I go fishing and they are all in the way at times. However, I also don't want to try to get by using one rod for more than it is supposed to be used for and not getting the best performance from it either.

Up until now I've always just took all my gear when I went fishing but now I'm starting to get enough that that may be too hard to do anymore. I might need to get the rods I want for whatever technique I need it for and then just take only what I plan to use for the day when I go. The trouble with that is knowing what to take in advance. I know with my luck, I'd get out there and bring the shallow crank rod and find that they're hitting the deep cranks instead.

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I'm in a similar predicament as you are Rooster. I want one that does it all too since I'm ballin on a budget. So, I'm getting one that I feel like will serve shallow to deep divers. If I find out that I need another one for deep divers, then I will get it later. I dont think you need to rush in and buy two rods right off the bat. Just my thoughts.

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I've got 2 rods I consider true cranking rods but I use another different rod for traps. I just got my deep cranking rod a few weeks ago and it makes a huge difference in my ability to fish deeper running baits.

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Just one. I use it for cranks, lipless, and spinner baits.

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2 Glass Cranking Rods

1 Graphite Cranking Rod and

1 Graphite / Glass Composite Cranking Rod

So that's 4 - I like each for different situations.

A-Jay

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I have one Avid MHM that covers almost everything I throw, from shallow to lipless to deep. I seldom think about buying more but how versatile the rod is I don't really need more.

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So most of you all have more than one for this. I figured that's about how it would go. I can't really see having one for everything, though some say there are some rods that can probably do it all. I'd love to just have one rod for this since I have several others for different uses that also go along with me when I go fishing and they are all in the way at times. However, I also don't want to try to get by using one rod for more than it is supposed to be used for and not getting the best performance from it either.

Up until now I've always just took all my gear when I went fishing but now I'm starting to get enough that that may be too hard to do anymore. I might need to get the rods I want for whatever technique I need it for and then just take only what I plan to use for the day when I go. The trouble with that is knowing what to take in advance. I know with my luck, I'd get out there and bring the shallow crank rod and find that they're hitting the deep cranks instead.

When I go out now fishing for a tourney I take 6 rods with me fishing as a co-angler and some of them serve dual purpose with the deep cranking rod at times being used for lipless crankbaits. I take a C-rig rod, shallow crank, deep diving crank, a casting jig/t-rig rod and a spinning jig/t-rig rod and they pretty much cover anything I might encounter on the water. The only one that is truly a dedicated rod is the C-rig setup.

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I use four rods for treble-hooked baits. I could get by with three of them. I almost never have more than two with me at any given time, and normally only have one.

I think a good rod for small cranks has almost nothing in common with a good deep crank rod. And a good jerkbait rod is something different than either.

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One. I very seldom use "small" cranks.

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The rod that comes closest to covering all your crankbait needs imo is the St Croix Avid 7' MHM rod.

x2 I have 4 different CB rods and my Avid is about the only one I use regularly. The only thing I don't fish on it is square bills in heavy cover.

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