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I'm looking for a new "multipurpose" rod/combo that could be used for walking baits, jerkbaits, or small crankbaits; mostly medium sized trebled baits under 1 1/2 oz. Also, do you think a curado 70 would work for these kinds of applications? It would be best if any rod suggestions were under or near 200.

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You can use a crankbait rod for jerkbaits which is usually a medium power with moderate action. For walking style baits I would recommend a rod with an extra fast tip. A moderate action rod would make it challenging to walk a bait. I wouldn't recommend having one rod for those 3 purposes.

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While I use an XF for my walking style baits, I've heard good things about the Daiwa Tatula Elite Signature Series bass rods. A quick look at the Daiwa webpage shows that they have a MH R crankbait rod designed by Takahiro Omori that has the same action as the topwater/jerkbait rod designed by Randy Howell. The rods retail for $179.99 over at Tackle Warehouse.

 

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For small/medium topwaters, most jerk baits, and small/medium crank baits I use a 6'6'' medium heavy action rod. You can choose a shorter or longer rod based on your personal preferences.

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The Dobyns Champion Series, DC 734C S/H, Length: 7'3", Price: $259.99,   Primary Techniques: Buzzbaits / Horny Toads / Jigs / Senkos / Small Swimbaits / Spinnerbaits....  Secondary Techniques: Chatterbaits / Spooks...

By far the most versatile rod Dobyns has.....

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For me I would also consider when I'll be using it: From the bank or on a boat?  I sometimes get annoyed with smacking my rod-tip on the ground whilst bank fishing if the rod is too long and i'm using a walking bait.  On a boat a 7'0" is no problem, but from shore I prefer a little shorter.  Currently really digging my 6'10" Lews MH as a do all rod.  It does fall more into the budget segment though

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I think your going to have a hard time finding a rod that throws jerks/topwater and crankbaits well.  I think two different (cheaper) rods would make more sense.

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Yeah I think that makes sense. I already have a rod that would probably work well for walking bait. I'm guessing mono would be best for jerkbaits and cranks in shallow water? 

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48 minutes ago, FamilyFishinFood said:

Yeah I think that makes sense. I already have a rod that would probably work well for walking bait. I'm guessing mono would be best for jerkbaits and cranks in shallow water?

 

 

Dobyns Rods 704CB GLASS Champion Series Fast Glass Crankbait Rod, 7'0"/Medium, Black/Blue,

  $184.23, 7'0" Medium Fast Action Crankbait Rod
  • 8-17 lb. test
  • 1/4-3/4 oz. lure weight
  • Recommended for Crankbaits, Jerkbaits, Spinnerbaits, Topwaters

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5 hours ago, FamilyFishinFood said:

Yeah I think that makes sense. I already have a rod that would probably work well for walking bait. I'm guessing mono would be best for jerkbaits and cranks in shallow water? 

10-12 pound big game mono would get my vote.

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6 hours ago, FamilyFishinFood said:

Yeah I think that makes sense. I already have a rod that would probably work well for walking bait. I'm guessing mono would be best for jerkbaits and cranks in shallow water? 

10Lb p-line cxx is what I use. 

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Check out the Kistler Crank rip twitch rods. I have the 6'9 MH that is extremely versatile. I throw jerkbaits, cranks, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, poppers, spooks, and whopper ploppers on mine.  I throw 10-12lb mono or fluorocarbon for jerkbaits and cranks. 12-15lb mono for poppers. 18lb fluoro for spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. and 30lb braid for spooks and ploppers

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