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Does anyone use a ml casting rod for shad raps? I cannot cast them well on casting gear and prefer spinning gear when throwing them. I dont have any ml casting setups. 

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Check out the Fenwick Smallmouth 6'9" MLF.  Should work well.  It is rated for 1/16-5/8 oz.  I have been throwing the 3/16 oz. Shad Raps on 3 different casting rods.  You not only need a baitcast reel capable of throwing light lures, but a rod that will load properly.  The reel needn't be a Pixy either.  Two of the reels I use for these lures are the older gold Carbonlites.  Rods are a ML Crankin Stick, older ML HMG and  Falcon Light Expert.

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Check out the Fenwick Smallmouth 6'9" MLF.  Should work well.  It is rated for 1/16-5/8 oz.  I have been throwing the 3/16 oz. Shad Raps on 3 different casting rods.  You not only need a baitcast reel capable of throwing light lures, but a rod that will load properly.  The reel needn't be a Pixy either.  Two of the reels I use for these lures are the older gold Carbonlites.  Rods are a ML Crankin Stick, older ML HMG and  Falcon Light Expert.

 

EDit:  Oops.  Thought you were asking which spinning rod to use which is why I suggested the 6'9" ML.

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Sorry for the double post.  Computer is really messing up thanks to my grandsons downloading who knows what junk.  :sad78:

 

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Check out the Fenwick Smallmouth 6'9" MLF.  Should work well.  It is rated for 1/16-5/8 oz.  I have been throwing the 3/16 oz. Shad Raps on 3 different casting rods.  You not only need a baitcast reel capable of throwing light lures, but a rod that will load properly.  The reel needn't be a Pixy either.  Two of the reels I use for these lures are the older gold Carbonlites.  Rods are a ML Crankin Stick, older ML HMG and  Falcon Light Expert.

buying a small mouth rod for jerkbaits. might buy the hmg for shad raps 

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If the spinning gear is working well for you, why do you want to switch to a BC to throw the shad raps?

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Best shad rap rod I've ever used is the St Croix Avid 6-8 MXF Spin.  It's money on those baits.

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The Kistler KLX medium light moderate fast rods should work well for this. Also the Phenix Recon medium lights.

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We throw the #5's and #7's on spinning gear, only.

 

Medium or MH 7-foot rod of your choice.

 

Shimano 2500 spinning reel.

 

8 pound fluorocarbon line.

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IMO, spinning gear is the only way to go with #7 and smaller shad raps. It handles the light line and light lures much easier. Shad raps catch the wind so bad and fly so inconsistently that even if a casting rod is capable of casting them, you're still going to blow your reel up occasionally. 

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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 might be a stupid question but ,what are casting rods good for if there only rated from 1/16 to 3/8 weights?

were would you use these rods and what lures?

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Like a niche/specialized catecory. A person might toss ned rigs, 1/8 pond magic or micro spinnerbaits, 2"-3" paddle tails anything in that weigh range. Quite a few casting reels made now to match with a light powered rod.

I don't have quite that light 1/16 rated but I have 1/8 rated 7'6" casting for used for the above lures.

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Thank You for the reply, I have 2 casting rods  1 is rated 1/8 to 3/8ths and the other is rated 1/4 to 5/8 ths

Cant cast very far with them need practice.

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2 hours ago, millerp said:

 might be a stupid question but ,what are casting rods good for if there only rated from 1/16 to 3/8 weights?

were would you use these rods and what lures?

 

I don't have or use casting rods rated that light, but I would consider it simply to avoid accumulating line twist on any light, non-stationary bait that will be cast and retrieved long distances over and over again;  Shad Raps are actually a good example along with other small crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

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43 minutes ago, MIbassyaker said:

 

I don't have or use casting rods rated that light, but I would consider it simply to avoid accumulating line twist on any non-stationary bait that will be cast and retrieved long distances over and over again;  Shad Raps are actually a good example along with other crankbaits and small spinnerbaits

Thank You

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The daiwa steez flex lite rod is amazing for this.  I use 6 lb flouro and a daiwa alphas.  I have the medium which is good down to the #5 but there is a medium lite version of the rod that would load and cast just about anything.

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If you have spinning gear and also prefer spinning gear why worry about others? unless you try to find some excuse to spend money for new rod and reel

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Thanks for all the replies on my four year old post lol. Lot has changed since then. Honestly I still don't have a ML casting rod I prefer to just use spinning for light applications.  I was looking at getting a ML to run finesse presentations but still have the power of a bait caster/ accurate casting etc etc. I was interested to see if anyone was running shad raps on casting gear. 

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A9238138-C67C-4696-8697-E51D0907E6C4.thumb.jpeg.f8e2e597bc8399c86ec4faa26d3e2b19.jpeg2CB65099-6B85-4CFD-925C-A7E29D904098.jpeg.0fb1f0e06f61c7ff59470250cf1860af.jpegI throw Shad raps on an Loomis e6x 845c it throws them well I usually only throw #7 but I also throw the #5 sometimes. I have it paired up with a chronarch mgl it throws lighter baits well. I rather throw light crank baits on baitcasters than spinning gear. 

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 Falcon ml moderate fast 6'6" casting rod with Pflueger Asaro reel and 8lb gamma copoly line works for shad raps for me. I only using spinning for drop shot or dock skipping or crappie jigs.

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I use a KLX finesse casting rod, megabass x4 hedgehog and major craft volkey. All of these load and cast shad raps nicely paired with a pixy with ray's studio spool and T3MX with ray's studio spool. The only technique I prefer spinning gear for is vertical drop shots.

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