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Flicker shad and Shad rap rod #5 and #7

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Looking for a Flicker shad and Shad rap rod #5 and #7 something i can cast farther then with my g loomis 721 light 6'0

 

looking at ateos avids and loomis trying to keep the price around or under 200 any suggestions (spinning rods)

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How far are you currently casting? What is your current reel/line you're using on that rod? 

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I'm assuming you are using the small Flicker shad as the larger one should cast well. Since you are using spinning, any medium power rod with a fast action and is longer in length will give you more distance, and there are other things you can do as well. For starters the #5 shad rap is only 3/16oz, I've been using the #5 Bagley Balsa Shad, it is only 1/4" longer than the #5 shad rap and runs the same depth but it weighs 3/8oz so it cast better. You can also look at line diameter depending what line you use for these types of baits, drop down to the next weight line if possible to help give you even more distance. In the end no matter what line or lure, simply getting a longer rod will improve your distance, if 7' is too long then look for something in the 6'6" to 6'9" length as I've found it takes about 6" of length before you get a real noticeable difference in casting distance.

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With which line are you casting ? I have no problem casting a size 5 Shad Rap with a MH rod and 10 lb test.

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I own and love my Loomis 721 and 722 IMX rods. For casting around cover, docks, rocks, rip rap etc I love them, but if you are looking for longer distance with something that light go to a 6'9"  all the way to a 7'3 rod. I like my G Loomis SR-843-2. That rod I own and love mostly for drop shotting, but you could easily throw those light minnow type baits.  It specs as 7' for 1/8 to 3/8.

Dobyns makes 4 rods, in just the Sierra series alone, to look at depending on your preference. Check out a SA 692SF and the SA693SF rods as well as the SA700SF and the SA701SF.

St Croix has the Avid X AXS68MFX or AXS69MLXF, and the AXS70MLF and the AXS70MF. All of these should work better than the 6 footer for distance.

Line will make a ton of difference. One option is to go to a small diameter line like a Berkley FireLine in a 8 pound test which is only .007 or 10 pound test which is about the size of 8 pound Stren mono. i would then run a 3 foot leader like P Line Halo fluorocarbon. I think you would be happy with it. Another option would be to go with  P Line FloroClear in 8 or 10 pound test.

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 A longer rod "may" cast further, but I'd be looking at your line and reel first. That rod should be casting those just fine

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