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I have a 7'4" MH moderate action rod and personally don't like the fact that I can't feel the crank bait vibration while reeling in. Is this normal and are you supposed to feel the wobble? Should I get a M fast for crankin'? Thanks

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I just bought a Bulldawg medium for throwing squarebills. I think I'm going to like it. About $100 at my local tackle shop. 

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I fish a 7' medium moderate action crankbait rod for baits that run to 10' or so and even with the lighter, softer tip, I feel a ton of vibration and any cover/the bottom very easily.  It's a Veritas 1 Winch, and while not an expensive stick, it does the trick well.  My point being that virtually any Med Moderate or Med Heavy moderate should allow you to feel a crank bait.  If anything, I would argue that because of the vibration thrown by the lures, a crankbait rod doesn't need to be as expensive or sensitive as say a drop shot or jig/worm rod to be "a good rod."  I've even had old Ugly Sticks that worked well for Crankbaits.

That MH moderate is probably more ideal for deeper diving baits (at least to my preference).  For deeper running baits, I might even prefer a 7'-7'6" MH MF. Still, I can't see any reason for it being the rod.  What make/model is it? Is it spinning or casting?

A few things to consider...

How are you holding the rod?

Are your Crankbaits well tuned and running straight?

How big are the Crankbaits you're throwing and what is their depth?

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What type of crank and what kind of rod? Glass rods lack feel and if you are using a MH power with a small crank then it is quite possible you won't feel anything. If that is the case the rod you have is overpowering your crankbait, look at the tip of the rod and see if it is vibrating as you reel your bait.

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Yes you can get a medium action rod in its place. I recommend for you to return the mh you have and get a medium it will work for cranking.

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My first decent rod was a MH composite.  Feeling lure action sucked.  If you want a new rod that should give you good feedback, try the 7' MM here.  http://www.ffo-tackle.com/ffo-rods-casting/fenwick-aetos-casting/FFOM1365054.html#start=3

You missed the sale where buy one, get the second 50% off.  I bought two of these rods, and plan on stopping on the way home tonight for a few minutes practice.  I can let you know about sensitivity then.  However, I have the 6'6" ML Aetos casting rod and have no problem feeling the lure work so I expect the same results with these rods.

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8 hours ago, Turkey sandwich said:

I fish a 7' medium moderate action crankbait rod for baits that run to 10' or so and even with the lighter, softer tip, I feel a ton of vibration and any cover/the bottom very easily.  It's a Veritas 1 Winch, and while not an expensive stick, it does the trick well.  My point being that virtually any Med Moderate or Med Heavy moderate should allow you to feel a crank bait.  If anything, I would argue that because of the vibration thrown by the lures, a crankbait rod doesn't need to be as expensive or sensitive as say a drop shot or jig/worm rod to be "a good rod."  I've even had old Ugly Sticks that worked well for Crankbaits.

That MH moderate is probably more ideal for deeper diving baits (at least to my preference).  For deeper running baits, I might even prefer a 7'-7'6" MH MF. Still, I can't see any reason for it being the rod.  What make/model is it? Is it spinning or casting?

A few things to consider...

How are you holding the rod?

Are your Crankbaits well tuned and running straight?

How big are the Crankbaits you're throwing and what is their depth?

Thanks for the input Turkey Sandwich (gotta love me some turkey sandwiches ;)) The rod is Team KVD Quantum signature series casting (TKVD746MW). It says EGC on the side so I assume that means it is a glass composite because of the GC part. 

I am holding the rod normally for a bait casting rod, with the reel in my palm.

I mainly throw KVD 1.0's and 1.5's and occasionally 2.5's. Ive never tuned them but they run straight.

I can't seem to find it when I looked it up, (I made the purchase over the summer!) but the only reason I purchased it was because it was in the bargain cave at Cabela's (reg. $99 on sale for $39.99) I couldn't pass up a deal like that and thought that MH mod would be fine for lighter stuff and crankin' cause thats all they had left.

 

 

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Sensitivity is pretty unique to the individual, but I'm a little shocked that you have such little feel.  For such shallow running baits, I would prefer a medium power rod, but I still wouldn't expect a MH to have such little sensitivity.   

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Sure you can use a MF for crankin', but why not buy a rod designed for cranking....unless you want it to be more of an all-around rod.  I wouldn't think rod action has much to do with sensitivity outside of the fact that stiffer may transfer changes in lure action a bit better.  I tried the rod I suggested last night with a Rapala CNC-53 Clackin' Crank....weight 5/16 oz.  Rod is rated for 1/4-5/8 oz.  You can see the rod tip working (and feel it) from the beginning of the retrieve.  Some rods need the lure to be closer before you feel anything with it.  No problem getting about 35-40 yard casts.  I like that the handle is a little longer.  Love my Smallmouth rods, but their handles are a bit shorter than I prefer.  I had no problem telling when the lure stopped working properly due to picking up a leaf or weed.  The upside...and it is a good one...is that you are getting a $180 for $89 plus taxes and shipping.  Shipping was a little over $15 for me.

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You should be able to see the rod tip vibrating as the line shakes from the lure action, tip stops vibrating the lure stopped shaking from either a bass eating it or weeds fouling it.

What type of line are you using?

Tom

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