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I'm looking to get more into crankbaits. I don't necessarily want to spend a ton of money on one. I have an Abu Veritas 7' med, with a med-fast taper, but it feels pretty stiff, so I don't know. Though I won't skimp on the reel, it'll probably be a BB1. So was looking at Bass Pro's crankin sticks. I was wondering how well these actually work for regular med-deep diving crankbaits. They are labeled as fast action, which I was a little confused, and I would think it would be better to have a more whippy tip to throw cranks? I also looked at the W&M Skeet Tessera S glass, but I wasn't sure. I know the crankin sticks go on sale. So do they basically have a cranking stick for any application, like sq. bills through deep divers?

 

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I have heard nothing but great reviews of the BPS crankin rod.  It will probably be the next one I buy for deeper diving crankbaits.  I would get the 7' Medium rod to throw shallow divers and square bills.  For the deep divers the 7'6" MH looks like a pretty good choice.  I don't think the rating of fast action really means alot on these.

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Action and power have no set standards in the fishing industry. Don't read into so much.

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Have you ever held one of the Crankin Sticks in person? All of the ones I've held at BassPro have a very soft, flexible tip. Like rippin-lips said, "fast" action is a relative term, and i've noticed that this changes from one brand to another as well as for different types of rods within the same brand. For the most part I think a crankbait rod's action is going to be slower than rods meant for other techniques.

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I've owned a couple of their cranking sticks and they're very nice rods for the money. For a good all around cranking rod I'd go with the 7' MH. That will handle squarebills to something like a Strike King Series 5 very well. If you're wanting something for even deeper running baits I'd suggest getting 2 different rods. 

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If you haven't yet, check out this recent thread about cranking rods:  Looking For A Crankbait Rod Under $100     This thread mentions the BPS Crankin' Stick and includes discussion related to factors to consider when selecting a rod.  This thread also mentions some other brand cranking rods that might be options, some of which are currently on sale.

 

Regarding Crankin' Sticks...I have a few:  6' ML, 7' ML, 7'M, 7'6"M, and 7'6"MH.  All different tools for different purposes.  They offer good value at the regular price and excellent value at the sale price. There is a Crankin' Stick model to handle nearly any cranking chore up to 1.5 ounce baits.  On the BPS action ratings for these rods, their "fast" fishes like a moderate, their "extra-fast" fishes like a moderate to moderate-fast.  These are true cranking rods.

 

If I were to pick ONE Stick to start with, it would be the 7'M.  It is my most used Crankin' Stick (it's the middle rod on the photo - check out the cork :lol:) and I use it for the 3/8oz to 5/8oz range and it will handle 3/4oz well enough if you need to stretch it. If you want to use 3/4oz to 1.5 ounce baits routinely, you should consider the MH power rod.

 

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Good rods, they work - catch fish ;)  Six pounder brought in on a Crankin' Stick.

 

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The BPS cranking stick is rated fast because it is fast but it isn't an all graphite rod, it is a composite meaning they use fiberglass as well as graphite in the construction. Fiberglass rods are funny with the ratings , some manufactures list the action is moderate on fiberglass models while some will list the taper, so a composite rod with a fast taper is still going to have a parabolic bend or flex, the same with the extra fast.

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Have you ever held one of the Crankin Sticks in person? All of the ones I've held at BassPro have a very soft, flexible tip. Like rippin-lips said, "fast" action is a relative term, and i've noticed that this changes from one brand to another as well as for different types of rods within the same brand. For the most part I think a crankbait rod's action is going to be slower than rods meant for other techniques.

No, I have not held them in person yet. I only go to BPS once a year. So I was a little confused seeing fast/x-fast. I'm used to all graphite rod actions. Just one thing I know that I'm not a big fan of is that stupid "power hump" grip.

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These are a terrific rod for the money. I use the 7' Medium  with 12 lb floro for general crankbait fishing Traps, 1.5 squarebills, Wiggle Wart and similar baits.

 

I spool the 7' MH with 17 lb mono for large squarebills and wake Cranks like the one that Xcalibur used to make. 

 

I fish the 7'6" MH with 12 lb Floro and use this for heavy 1 oz plus trap style baits and deep diving cranks and even though the rod is rated to 1-1/2 oz I have had no trouble casting and retrieving a 2 oz Strike King 10XD which exceeds the rod's listed rating though I tend to lob this bait more.

 

Even though these rods are listed as fast action to me it's more flexible on the tip than what that designation normally implies.

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