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Anyone Using Lews, Abu Garcia Or Diawa Crankbait Rods?

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I sold off my crank bait rods. They were good quality rods but I wasn't completely happy with the fit.

 

Let me know the pro's and con's of the rod companies I mentioned and which series rod your describing. I'll be looking for a 6'6" MM and a 7' MHM after the first of the year.

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I fish a flexlight daiwa steez in 7' medium. Find one used and you will love the rod. The Phoenix x10 also compares well and I would like to try one.

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Don't overlook the Falcon rods.  Great rods. 

 

That said my favorite rod is an 7' MH Abu Veritas with micro guides.  Great rod paired with a low end Lews reel...Casts a mile and super light.

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I have the Lew's 6'6' David Fritts Perfect Crankbait Rod in med. I will using this rod for a long time. Great for shallow diver to med. diver. Cost was under $80.

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What did you own before? And what is your price range (per rod) moving forward?

I was using Lews Team rods.

My price point per rod would be up to $150.00

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Get a daiwa tatula cranking rod they are fiberglass rods and are very sensitive loads great on the back cast. I really encourage you to get one and if your looking for a reel I would probably say Abu or lew's 

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Since you did not offer a budget I will give you some suggestions I actually fish with. First I have a jerkbait series Abu Garcia Ike series rod. It is perfect for what Ike designed it to do. So like Jrob78 said go look at Ike "Delay" series rods. He has a model IKECW73-5 that handles larger crankbaits and traps. He also has a IKECW705 Delay series rod and a IKECW66-6 rod. Any of these will run you about $130. I have fished with my IKECW64-6 jerkbait rod a bunch and can tell you his line all feel darn light in my hand, well balanced and have a neat custom coloring that sorta changes as you look at it. Cosmetics aside, the rod has good components and fishes nice. I would spend my money on another. 

I also fish with an original Abu Garcia Veritas 7 foot medium. That rod fishes great with cranks and traps. They now have a WINCH series that is supposed to do the crankbait job. You would need to put a Veritas 2.0 Winch in your hand as well as a standard Veritas 2.0 micro series and see what fits you best.

Lastly you did not ask about Dobyns or Irod. Before you spend your money look very serious at both an Irod Genesis II IRG703CC. That IS my main crankbait rod. It is called a Gabe's Rip Rap Special.  I highly recommend that rod for all of your small to mid sized cranks as well as traps This is not the rod for deep cranking.  This rod is made very well. well balanced and also has great components. Mine has held up to bass up to 7 pounds, an a;most 9 pound blue cat and numerous stripers.

Lastly, do not ignore The Dobyns Fury 705CB  Dobyns builds a great rod and this model is no exception It retails around $110. It is well made using good lightweight blanks and equally good components.

Match it up with a Diawa Tatula CT and go catch em

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