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Looking at getting a 7ft 3 inch ft MH fast action Shimano Crucial casting rod. Anyone have any experience with these? I'll be using it for a variety of different lures, not one in particular. 

 

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I have one, but mine is 6'8" MH.

It's a great rod for the money. Plenty of sensitivity and light weight.

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Looking at getting a 7ft 3 inch ft MH fast action Shimano Crucial casting rod. Anyone have any experience with these? I'll be using it for a variety of different lures, not one in particular. 

 

Thanks

I don't have experience with this one and if it's the new model, I haven't pulled a trigger on one. 

 

I own two older Crucials and they are fish well. 

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I guess my main question is between the Crucial, Duckett White Ice Pro Series, G. Loomis E6X, and St Croix Avid X.... which are all around the same price point... which would everyone go with and which is the best all around rod?

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id go with the avid x. altho i do hav an older crucial and its an excellent all purpose rod

 

Thanks, my main concern is just seeing some bad customer reviews on BPS website of the Crucial

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I tend to take a lot of reviews with a grain of salt. People write some crazy things when they're anonymous and looking to find problems. I don't own any Shimano rods, so I can't offer an opinion, but I've heard nothing but good things about the Crucials. That said, I'm a huge St. Croix fan and for the price would probably go with an Avid or Avid X - the blank is awesome for the money.

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St. Croix makes good rods.  I use to own a few Avids, but I found that Shimanos Power/Action suited my personal preference.  So I switched.  You may want to handle both and put a reel on them to see if it is what you're looking for.  Both are good rods and competitive at that price range and don't think you would lose either way.  I don't have experience with the Avid X though.

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I've owned rods from all 3 Crucial generations, the current rods are the best so far IMHO. It really isn't all that close either. The new rods a very very good sticks.

Out of the rods you specifically mentioned the only two that I own are (of course) the Crucial and the Loomis E6X. Don't get me wrong here the E6X is a pretty good rod but truthfully I think the Crucial is better.

I was super pumped about the E6X when they first came out so I picked up 2. After fishing them a couple months I slowly became a little more disappointed with them. I only have one now, the MBR 843C, it's a super versatile rod. I can't put my finger on exactly what makes me unhappy with them, all I can say is I enjoy fishing my Crucial more.

I know this wasn't a line you asked about but in this price range I haven't found anything yet that comes close to the Powell Max 3D rods. I've been a big Powell fan for quite some time now having fished with their original Max series for many years and I can tell you with complete confidence that the new 3D rods are even better. Fantastic rod for the money. Just thought I'd mention these since they are right in your price range.

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Thanks for the advice everybody, think I will go with the Crucial for now since thats all my local BPS has in stock as of now. If I end up not liking it I could always return it and get them to order me one of the others. 

 

I usually like fishing with a 7 ft rod but apparently they don't make them, so I'll either be getting 6'6' or 7'3. Guess longer is better for a more all purpose rod?

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Wasn't a very big fan of the EVA grip models but these new green blanked ones are GORGEOUS.

Seriously if they made a ML I'd have it.

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Spend the $20 bucks more and get the Zodias.....it's the best rod I've ever used.....amazing. I had a Crucial though, and they're excellent rods.

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Wasn't a very big fan of the EVA grip models but these new green blanked ones are GORGEOUS.

Seriously if they made a ML I'd have it.

Have you handled the 7' M spinning rod? I've played with one a little at our local BPS and it is very close to the same power and action as my previous generation 7'1" ML crucial. 

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Have you handled the 7' M spinning rod? I've played with one a little at our local BPS and it is very close to the same power and action as my previous generation 7'1" ML crucial.

Actually yes. Not buying it was the hardest thing EVER haha

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Actually yes. Not buying it was the hardest thing EVER haha

I wish I had held out and bought one of the green rods when they came out, but I jumped on the 7'1'' ML black model when they had them on clearance at Cabelas. 

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I haven't had the chance to take a look at the newer crucials (green with cork handles) but my 7'2 MHXF worm and jig crucial is my favorite rod.  Very versatile.

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My #1 Texas Rig for the last 10-12 years is a Crucial CRC-X610MHXF, cork handle (this is my second one), it replaced a G. loomis that someone stepped on. In my opinion it is every bit the rod the Loomis was.

I also have a Crucial CRRC-X68MXF with split EVA handle, while it performs flawlessly I can not adjust to the split handle.

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I own an older crucial with cork handles 7'6"mh. ....it has been an awesome c-rig rod for years and years. ...and its still going strong!

Those new green ones feel awesome!

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I have one of the previous crank bait rods and so far it has served me well.  It loads well and it's actually quite perfect for its intended use. 

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I own a second generation 7'2 heavy, fast action crucial worm and jig and have nothing but good things to say about it.  One of the things I like most about this rod is how durable and versatile they are.  I have straight up abused this rod and have had zero issues with it.  I also fish duckett rods and like them however I don't find them to be as tough as my crucial although I find the ducketts slightly more sensitive.

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I fish their (shimano crucial) drop shot rod all the time. My go to rod for finesse fishing. 

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