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St. Croix Mojo bass vs glass for cranking and all around

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Hey all, I'm wondering what you all think about a 7'0 medium heavy/moderate fast St. Croix Mojo compared to a 6'10" medium/moderate Mojo glass rod for cranking, all around, and spinner/chatterbaits.  I'll also be using it with top waters ranging from 1/2-3/4 oz like spooks.  

 

Do you all think this comes down to personal preference, or will one clearly suit me better than the other for my needs?  I want to add that I do have other medium/fast rods, but not ones with moderate action. 

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I would never buy a glass rod.  They feel "dead" in my hands. Especially when trying to steer a crankbait through cover. They also tend to be heavier than similarly spec'ed graphite rods, which can be felt at the end of a long day.

 

I don't put much stock into what "experts and pros" say is the best. It may be the best for them, but I have been doing just fine cranking, and fishing reaction baits on graphite rods for 20 years. Plus they can be used for other stuff and do well. 

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Thank you!  I'm leaning toward the graphite myself, and already have it ordered - it's been on back order and in that time I have been considering the glass version, which at a slightly shorter length is like .2 or. 3 oz lighter (likely not noticeable)... Interestingly enough, for the mojos, even the same length glass rods are actually lighter than graphite ones (although I didn't compare power and action for those).  That being said, the weight differences were still fairly negligible. 

 

I plan to test them out against each other if I can manage it before the rod ships, but I've done enough reviewing (and actually having held that rod) to be content if it does before I can test the glass one. 

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Glass is a good choice for cranking all around but it depends on personal preference. We all know it's not very sensitive but keeps them hooks pinned. I personally use a graphite cranking specific rod but I have  previously  owned a glass rod and I liked it, I actually regret selling it. You have to fish it for yourself to really make that decision.

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Really comes down to personal preference and experience. Some people love and swear by glass or glass hybrid rods for many moving baits. I’m in the camp of prefer graphite rods with the right actions, proper line selection, and proper drag settings. But my fishing style and fishing spots don’t require me to grind 20’+ cranks all day. 

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I throw spinnerbaits on a jig rod so in your scenario I'd go with the mod fast graphite. Also my choice for ripping traps and cranks in cover. Deep cranking open water I have a custom Lamiglas sr765. 

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3 hours ago, Burro said:

Glass is a good choice for cranking all around but it depends on personal preference. We all know it's not very sensitive but keeps them hooks pinned. I personally use a graphite cranking specific rod but I have  previously  owned a glass rod and I liked it, I actually regret selling it. You have to fish it for yourself to really make that decision.

Thanks everyone. I forgot about the sensitivity factor.  That's a big push for me to stick with the graphite model.  

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I got my hands on a few of the St. Croix Mojo Bass glass rod, and the tip is definitely moderate. I would not use it those with a spinnerbait or chatterbait, and they're more suited towards squarebills than deep divers as well.

 

I was in a similar predicament and ended up getting a Daiwa Tatula glass cranking rod, the 7'2" MH/R. The tip is a bit faster and it has quite a bit more backbone, so it's a rather ideal rod for deep divers and spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. I gather the Dobyns 735CB is similar, but was out of my price range at the time.

 

I got my son a St. Croix Mojo Bass spinnerbait rod for Christmas (MH/MF). The tip and action feel overall very close to the Tatula glass cranking rod but it's graphite. Either rod especially with 14 or 17lb mono for a little added stretch would be a great choice for these types of baits, although I'm fairly sure I do prefer the glass Tatula.

 

As far as the feel of the rod, it's much more deadened compared to a graphite rod. I can still feel when I snag a weed with a moving bait just fine, or when the blade of my chatterbait stops spinning etc. However it feels a bit different and will take some time to get used to if you are used to fishing with a graphite rod. What I cannot do is feel when I snag a weed on the bottom when fishing a soft plastic, but that's not what I bought it for.

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I wouldn't get the glass rod. get the 7MHMF. the glass rod doesn't have enough backbone for a heavy chatterbait or spinnerbait hookset and would feel overpowered on the cast with a decent trailer on. Also, I love my Mojos but I use a 7'1M 13 *** black and 7'3MH *** black for spinners and chatterbaits. They aren't nearly as sensitive or light as my mojos, but they are total workhorse rods and are well built. They are the kind of rod I'll have for 5-6 years and never have to worry about.

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Thanks, guys!  I've got the 7mhmf graphite mojo coming tomorrow :) Can't wait!  The comments definitely helped. 

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12 minutes ago, Riazuli said:

Thanks, guys!  I've got the 7mhmf graphite mojo coming tomorrow :) Can't wait!  The comments definitely helped. 

That is the spinnerbait rod I recommended. I have no doubts that you are going to be very happy with that rod.

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On 1/8/2018 at 5:08 PM, Boomstick said:

That is the spinnerbait rod I recommended. I have no doubts that you are going to be very happy with that rod.

Thanks, man!  It felt great at the store, and I can't wait to set it up :)

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