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I currently have a 7ft medium shimano Cumara(the older grey series) I use for crankbaits, mostly squarebills etc.  I am thinking about upgrading this rod.  I usually like G-loomis IMX for other baits, but IMX doesn't have a crankbait rod.  What are your favorites?  I would like to keep the rod under 300$. 

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I use a dobyns 705cb for medium divers and a dobyns 805cb for my deep divers. I use a Megabass Diablo Fast Move x7 for squarebills and lipless.

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Megabass Orochi XX Flat Side Special is what I use. Very versatile rod. $285 well spent.

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Crankbait rods are something I am just getting into having previously used whatever MF rod was at hand.  As much as I love my 6'6" MLM Aetos, my 704CB Glass is better for most of what I throw.  Picked up the 7' Medium Aetos crankbait rod over the winter, but haven't used it as yet.

 

I am going to guess that whichever new rod you get will be above my budget, and thus I can't be of any help.  Only reason I have the Dobyns is because of the generosity of a fellow member.  Sold it to me for a lot less than he could have gotten for it.

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6 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

Crankbait rods are something I am just getting into having previously used whatever MF rod was at hand.  As much as I love my 6'6" MLM Aetos, my 704CB Glass is better for most of what I throw.  Picked up the 7' Medium Aetos crankbait rod over the winter, but haven't used it as yet.

 

I am going to guess that whichever new rod you get will be above my budget, and thus I can't be of any help.  Only reason I have the Dobyns is because of the generosity of a fellow member.  Sold it to me for a lot less than he could have gotten for it.

I have actually been looking at the 704cb as a potential option.  Never owned a dobyns.

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Dobyns Champion 705cb graphite. I blew a lot of money buying and selling crankbait rods before finding this one.

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6 minutes ago, BassThumb said:

Dobyns Champion 705cb graphite. I blew a lot of money buying and selling crankbait rods before finding this one.

Is the 705 to heavy for square bills?  I have always used medium with shallow rather than MH.

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Orochi XX Flatside Special someone else posted would be a good one.  I personally really like throwing squarebills on my Orochi XX Spinnerbait Special, but it's not ideal for the smallest cranks. I also really like my Kistler KLX Crank Rip Twitch series MH/MedFast 6'9" for small to med squarebills and cranks, it's a great general purpose crank rod, and you get it in 7 and 7'3". 

 

Lots is of good options to choose from. 

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4 minutes ago, JDNKC said:

Is the 705 to heavy for square bills?  I have always used medium with shallow rather than MH.

 That's mainly what I fish, that and lipless cranks. It's perfect for both. The 704 seems a little flimsy to me.

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The 705CB is my dedicated squarebill rod.   My favorite is actually the 764CBRM but that's because I throw Norman Deep Little N's a bunch.

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8 hours ago, JDNKC said:

I have actually been looking at the 704cb as a potential option.  Never owned a dobyns.

 

This is my first and only Dobyns.  May invest in another if I find one at the right price.  I have been reading about the Hammer rods and want to try a couple of them.  Well within your budget and made in USA.  Don't need a lot of sensitivity for cranking, but a couple guys on another site rate the Hammer close to the NRX.  Obviously not as good, but exceptional for the price. 

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I also love my dobyns 764 for all but the largest cranks.  For square bills 1.5 I still use my avid 66mf.

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I am a fan of the bass pro crankin stiks. I understand that dobyns may make an excellent crankbait rod but they cant do it for $80. just my 2 cents.

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Dobyn's makes some great cranking sticks, you can even get a fury 705cb for $110. Otherwise youll have to move up to the champion series for a cranking rod.

I currently only use 2, but I plan on grabbing a FR705cb for everything but squarebills and the deepest divers. I use a D684cb for my sqarebills and jerkbait. I feel its a tad too light, but i have no really problems. Im currently in a some what permenant possesion of a D806cb and its a great diving crankbait rod, I use it primarily for 6-10XDs.

Id recommend the Fury 705cb, itll do the job for a lot less money. If you do want to shell out some bucks, check out the D685cb. 

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1 hour ago, Robert Riley said:

Dobyn's makes some great cranking sticks, you can even get a fury 705cb for $110. Otherwise youll have to move up to the champion series for a cranking rod.

I currently only use 2, but I plan on grabbing a FR705cb for everything but squarebills and the deepest divers. I use a D684cb for my sqarebills and jerkbait. I feel its a tad too light, but i have no really problems. Im currently in a some what permenant possesion of a D806cb and its a great diving crankbait rod, I use it primarily for 6-10XDs.

Id recommend the Fury 705cb, itll do the job for a lot less money. If you do want to shell out some bucks, check out the D685cb. 

 

The Fury 705cb is what I bought my dad last season. It fishes nicely. Not quite as crisp as my Champion 705cb, but that's to be expected given the fact that it costs 1/2 as much. It's a quality rod, and I paid less than $100 during a 15% off sale. 

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Boy do I have a great option for you, since you said that your max budget was $300.

 

Gary Dobyns has some mislabeled Dobyns Champion crankbait rods in stock right now.

There was a mix up and a batch of DC735CB Glass rods and a batch of DC 736 CB Glass were mislabeled.

These mislabeled rods are perfect in every other way.

They even come with the standard Dobyns warranty.  Each rod normally costs $240.

They are being sold at a discounted price, you can purchase one for only $170.

 

 At that price you could get a nice Daiwa Tatula CT for $100 shipped to your home and the whole combo would be less than your max budget. If you are interested I can share that source for the reel at that price.

 

Go to their website. Click on the "store button at the top.  The select mislabeled rods.  I know at least 5 or 6 guys that are using them for squarebills, chatterbaits and crankbaits and love them.

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Megabass Orochi Swingfire - KVD 1.5 size squarebills.  I've used it for the 1.0 and 2.5 sizes but the 1.5 is really the sweet spot.

Phenix X3 Glass - KVD 2.5 size squarebills.  I also use it for heavier crankbaits/chatterbaits, and I've used it for 1.5 size baits in a pinch, but the 2.5 and above is where I like this rod the best.

 

If I had to only pick one I would get the Phenix X3, because I can throw 1.0 and 1.5 squarebills on a spinning rod.  The Orochi was more of a luxury buy, but d**n, it is a nice freaking rod to fish.

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Under 300 my two favorites are the XX Orochi Flat Side Special or for you "keeping it in the family" a Loomis 845 (the orange blended crankbait rod - orange colored, not actually blended with oranges).  Problem with the Loomis is getting one, I've been waiting for another for a couple months.  Hoping the April ETA on another batch holds true.

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I use KLXs in both M and MH for all my treble hook applications. Love the heck outta these rods!

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Ok so I went fishing tonight.  Did pretty well actually.  Figured out I am pretty happy with my light crankbaits rod. I do need a medium size to larger deep diver and chatterbait rod.  What is your favorite for this application.

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7' MH/M St. Croix Pro Glass, no longer in production. 

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I have several cranking rods, from a MH glass rod for deep divers to a ML for finesse cranking. Out of all the cranking rods my favorite happens to be the least expensive, a Fenwick HMG 7'2" M-MF. It is rated as a medium but the lure weights are listed as 3/8oz to 1oz and it can handle 1oz but you can tell you're at the end. I was using it for square bills as the tip is soft but transitions to the backbone really fast so it lets me work a bait through cover with no problems. The thing is that the rod does a great job at handling cranks down to about 10'-12' so I find myself using it a lot, even for lipless cranks. That is by far the most versatile cranking rod I ever used, lighter than glass and handles such a wide range of baits, the best $100 I ever spent on a cranking rod.

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Powell Inferno 704CB

 

This is my dedicated squarebill, lower end medium diver, and jerkbait rod. 

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