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I want to buy another specific rod. A spinner bait rod is the only rod I'm missing.

I've been using a few 1/4-3/4 rod for the job. All MHF.

 

What's the story with the SB  blank taper? How will I benefit from using one? I see most of them are 1/4-5/8. I have it in my mind that they are to lite.

 

Wayne

 

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That would kind of suck it you like throwing 3/4 oz. spinnerbaits.  :teeth:   Personally without actually trying a rod with that rating, I wouldn't go over 3/8 oz. for reasons I mentioned in another spinnerbait thread.  I'm looking forward to replies from those using spinnerbait specific rods.  It is a favorite lure of mine.  I have always used whatever was in my hand at the time....limiting lure weight to the rod being used.  The only dedicated spinnerbait rod I have is a 6' MHF Lightning.  Dedicated by me....not the rod.  :teeth3:

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My favorite is a Big Bear 6'3" MH/F w/a shorter handle. I like the short length for underhand casting under limbs, docks etc. and skipping. For open water, I use a 7'6" M/F. But use what you feel comfortable with. A friend uses a 7" MH/S, I've used it and hated it, but he catches fish from the surface to 30' on Spinnerbaits. Brian.

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"spinnerbait rods" are also "swimbait rods" in my book which mean they are MH F rods with a longer, softer and slower tip than what you would consider normal for a MH F.  The advantage of the slower and softer tip is I don't have to feed the fish the bait the way I have to do on stiffer tipped faster rods meaning I can react to the bite, set the hook and hook fish deeply and well.   

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I fish 3/8oz spinnerbaits a lot. Any medium-fast, medium-extra fast, or MHF will do fine. If you are looking to cast distance, obviously a 7 ft rod would be better, and if you're throwing a heavier bait, the MH rod may handle better. I don't look for a soft tip or slower action on my spinnetbait rods, I like fast and stiff so I can feel more actual structure. I find that I get hung up less fishing around submerged wood that way. Some folks like a little give at the end for even more casting distance and to be able to feel the blades vibrating? I don't know. My ideal spinnetbait rod is Medium Extra Fast, probably around 6'6" and like I said before, 3/8 baits. Some of my best outings are with a 5'6" MF pistol grip All Star, throwing to docks at shorter range. And I just picked up a G Loomis SBR752C that looks 100% perfect for my style of spinnerbait fishing. It's medium extra fast, but they make a light extra fast if you want to toss 1/4 oz baits. You just need to experiment and see what setup works best for your style of fishing.

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I have 3 spinnerbait rods and they are my favorite bait, my custom is 6' MH-F with cherry wood split grips I had done in the late 90s. That rod was made short for slinging 1/2oz spinnerbaits under overhanging trees for tournament fishing and the wood grips kept my hands from cramping up. My "normal" everyday spinnerbait rods are a 6'6" MH-F and a 7'MH-F, as you can already see, I prefer MH rods with a fast action. I use that power and action because 99% of my spinnerbait fishing is in and around cover, I use my 6'6" for 1/2oz and under that I roll cast to specific targets, the 7' gets used when I'm paralleling long stretches of bank and rip rap, I get more casting distance and I'm able to use a larger bait with it. I have used a moderate and moderate fast actions for spinnerbaits and they are ok for covering large areas of open water but trying to free a bait from weeds with that kind of action is kind of hard so I stick with what works for me.

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A MH/F rated for 1/4 - 3/4 oz is my SB rod too.  I've not seen any reason to pursue a "spinnerbait" specific rod, as the trusty MH/F does just fine for me.

Is there some issue you're having with your current rod that is causing you to rethink your choice?

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A MH/F rated for 1/4 - 3/4 oz is my SB rod too.  I've not seen any reason to pursue a "spinnerbait" specific rod, as the trusty MH/F does just fine for me.

Is there some issue you're having with your current rod that is causing you to rethink your choice?

 

 

Are you trying to discourage Wayne?  :No:   Obviously the Bait Monkey is calling him.  He is just trying to justify buying another rod.  You should be helping out by giving reasons why he needs another rod....or two.  :eyebrows:

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7' MH/F rated to 3/4 oz. for me, as everywhere I fish spinnerbaits I like to cover a lot of water full of cover. Good reach with around a 1/2 oz. bait and I can get it up quick when ticking rocks, etc. Also plenty of muscle for fishing in mild river current.

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Are you trying to discourage Wayne?  :No:   Obviously the Bait Monkey is calling him.  He is just trying to justify buying another rod.  You should be helping out by giving reasons why he needs another rod....or two.  :eyebrows:

 

A MH/F rated for 1/4 - 3/4 oz is my SB rod too.  I've not seen any reason to pursue a "spinnerbait" specific rod, as the trusty MH/F does just fine for me.

Is there some issue you're having with your current rod that is causing you to rethink your choice?

 

I have two new crank bait rods that are just awesome. I also have a worm jig rod that does a great job for me. Since they are all job specific I figure I'll give a spinner bait rod a try, Like so many I've been using a couple of MHF rods.

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I have two new crank bait rods that are just awesome. I also have a worm jig rod that does a great job for me. Sense they are all job specific I figure I'll give a spinner bait rod a try, Like so many I've been using a couple of MHF rods.

 

Yeah, the post on the Lews HM85 sale is one I can't thank you enough for!!! Every time I use that rod I like it more and more, the sensitivity is great but the guide train really makes it a wonderful rod to cast with. So if my spinning rod is like that I imagine your cranking rods are really good.

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Yeah, the post on the Lews HM85 sale is one I can't thank you enough for!!! Every time I use that rod I like it more and more, the sensitivity is great but the guide train really makes it a wonderful rod to cast with. So if my spinning rod is like that I imagine your cranking rods are really good.

 

Is the spinner bait rod weight range 1/4-5/8?

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Under what conditions do you normally opt for using a spinnerbait?  Your answer will point you in the direction of the rod that will suit your needs.  I fish from a boat and most often use a spinnerbait when casting to targets, so I opt for a MH in the 6ft. to 6ft.6in. range.  If you slow roll spinnerbaits over deep structure, you may want something in the 7ft. range.  I prefer a Mod.Fast tip as my favorite presentation is with less line. 

I'd talk with a custom rod builder. Often, they can point you in the right direction for you after asking a few questions. Then, too, if that option (a custom rod) is within your price range you may want to purchase from him.

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Under what conditions do you normally opt for using a spinnerbait? Your answer will point you in the direction of the rod that will suit your needs. I fish from a boat and most often use a spinnerbait when casting to targets, so I opt for a MH in the 6ft. to 6ft.6in. range. If you slow roll spinnerbaits over deep structure, you may want something in the 7ft. range. I prefer a Mod.Fast tip as my favorite presentation is with less line.

I'd talk with a custom rod builder. Often, they can point you in the right direction for you after asking a few questions. Then, too, if that option (a custom rod) is within your price range you may want to purchase from him.

I want a rod I can work with whether it be in shallow or deep water. I'm hoping to find a spinnerbait specific rated at 1/4-3/4 6'6" or 7' that is MF.

I say that because I like the Team Lews crank bait rods so well. They do everything great.

Basically I want the 6'6" or the 7' cranking rod I have but, with a fast tip that has been designed for spinner baits. Or I'll continue to use the 7' cranking Rod for spinnerbaits. It's been Stella so far doing double duties.

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For heavy baits I'm into light inshore rods(saltwater). I throw the castaic 9" trout swimsuit sometimes.

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For heavy baits I'm into light inshore rods(saltwater). I throw the castaic 9" trout swimsuit sometimes.

Sounds like a good idea. 9' is just way to long for me. lol

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