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Title says it all, what rods are you guys using or recommend for these light baits? I have a 7' m crucial cb, but I wasn't having good luck, not sure what reel I had at the time, but looking at dobyns 704 glass with tatula or lews. help

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Honestly if you are talking about throwing the Lucky Craft KJ Flat Series crankbait they are 21/4 inches long - weighing 1/4 ounce and 21/2 inches long weighing 3/8 of an ounce. That is like throwing a Rapala original floating/diving minnow or a Bill Lewis Rattle Trap in the 1/4  ounce. These baits do not fish well on baitcasters. I would look at a rod like a Dobyns Sierra SA703SF. That rod matched with something like a Pflueger 6930 or 35, or maybe an Okuma RTX30, that reel is super light and has a pretty fast gear ratio.  I know today it is "popular" to fish baitcasters mostly. There is a place in the arsenal for 2 good spinning outfits. One is a 6'6 to 7' medium light fast or extra fast tipped rod covering 1/16 to 5/16 or 3/8.  The second is a 6'8 to 7'1" medium fast tipped rod covering that 3/16 to 5/8 ounce baits.  The ML rod covers things like Ned Rigs, weightless worms, finesse carolina rigs ( worms and creature baits with only a split shot and a barrel swivel with say a 3 foot leader). This rod often does drop shots as well.  The second rod handles things like super light crank baits and minnow baits, light shakey head worms, grubs, tubes, Texas rigged worms up to 3/8 ounce as well as weighted wacky rigged Sencos and also light belly weighted swimbaits like Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers, or Keitech swimbaits.

That is how I would approach those baits I layed out.  Watch some of Aaron Martens videos. He probably uses a spinning rod more than most pros do, and he wins with it too. 

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......both size baits fish very well on casting gear and fish very easily. They are narrow baits that dont catch the wind. 704 is fine. I throw them on the 705 cb glass and a daiwa tdz without issues.

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21 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Honestly if you are talking about throwing the Lucky Craft KJ Flat Series crankbait they are 21/4 inches long - weighing 1/4 ounce and 21/2 inches long weighing 3/8 of an ounce. That is like throwing a Rapala original floating/diving minnow or a Bill Lewis Rattle Trap in the 1/4  ounce. These baits do not fish well on baitcasters. I would look at a rod like a Dobyns Sierra SA703SF. That rod matched with something like a Pflueger 6930 or 35, or maybe an Okuma RTX30, that reel is super light and has a pretty fast gear ratio.  I know today it is "popular" to fish baitcasters mostly. There is a place in the arsenal for 2 good spinning outfits. One is a 6'6 to 7' medium light fast or extra fast tipped rod covering 1/16 to 5/16 or 3/8.  The second is a 6'8 to 7'1" medium fast tipped rod covering that 3/16 to 5/8 ounce baits.  The ML rod covers things like Ned Rigs, weightless worms, finesse carolina rigs ( worms and creature baits with only a split shot and a barrel swivel with say a 3 foot leader). This rod often does drop shots as well.  The second rod handles things like super light crank baits and minnow baits, light shakey head worms, grubs, tubes, Texas rigged worms up to 3/8 ounce as well as weighted wacky rigged Sencos and also light belly weighted swimbaits like Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers, or Keitech swimbaits.

That is how I would approach those baits I layed out.  Watch some of Aaron Martens videos. He probably uses a spinning rod more than most pros do, and he wins with it too. 

Yes, you're right. He does win with it, but it's mainly for things like drop shot and shakey head. 

You won't see him throwing a 3/8 crank on it. 

13 hours ago, iabass8 said:

......both size baits fish very well on casting gear and fish very easily. They are narrow baits that dont catch the wind. 704 is fine. I throw them on the 705 cb glass and a daiwa tdz without issues.

Yeah, I throw a bandit 200/300 all the time on casting gear. No problems at all. 

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