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i am considering purchasing a 7 ft mhm, in either the mojo or avid line, for squarebills and lipless crank baits and was wondering how this rod would do. Has anyone here used this power, taper? If so, would this rod be a good choice? I've been using a bass pro rod and am looking to upgrade. 

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I've used the avid rod in this model for the same stuff. Nice rod and pretty sensitive, especially for a cranking rod. I liked it for squarebills, lipless, and medium divers, as long as you don't fish a lot of weeds or cover. I prefer a mod fast for that or even a fast action to help pull lures free. Great rod for most cranking stuff though. About the only things I wouldn't use it for would be small balsa baits like a lot of customers or Bagley honey B's or shad raps, or for deep cranking with 15+ ft divers

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I have the MHM in both an avid & legend elite. Great rods for baits up to an ounce in weight. I like to use braid with them since the moderate action keeps the fish pinned along with a moderate drag. Go with the avid if you can. I use mine for both crankbaits & jerkbaits. 

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Thank you gentlemen. My old trusty bps rods have seen better days. Looking forward to upgrading! Just wanted to get some feedback on this rod before I bought it. 

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I had...............HAD............a Mojo in MHM. Great rod for lipless and squarebills, as well as deeper cranks up to like a 5xd sized bait.............THAT IS if your cranking rock, wood, or other hard cover. Around grass...........it sucked. It would just load up and wad the bait into the grass more often than not, leading to wasted time and frustration on my end.....and that was with braid, which I crank with exclusively (often with a fluoro leader).......with any thing other than braid that rod flat out didn't work for me at all. Since most of my cranking is done in/near/around grass, I sold it. I find a M  (or MH with a soft tip) power fast action rod is just about right for cranking grass, I get a much cleaner "snap" or "rip" out of the grass, and am not dragging wads of it back on a wasted cast where the bait just dug in deeper because the rod didn't have the ability to pop it out. The one thing I miss about a Mod action cranking rod, is how the rod loaded up on the cast and I could launch baits half way across the lake if need be. With a fast action rod, I can still cast as far as I want to, it's just is not as effortless... YMMV.

If I had the room in my boat for multiple rods for cranking, I would keep some Mod. action cranking specific rods in the rotation, but since space is limited in my boat, I go the more "All Purpose" rod route, and while a M or MH (depending on who made the rod) power fast action rod is not the "best" hard cover cranking rod, it works just fine, and as a bonus it's a better grass cranking rod, and I can also use it for other things too.

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For the money take a look at the Irod Genesis II Gabes Rip Rap special. I use that rod for exactly what you want to do. It retails around $155.  The Irods are really nice. So far my biggest fish caught on it was a 31 inch striper and a 18 pound blue cat. I fish a lot of small to mid sized cranks and rattle traps. 

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