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Ive done some searching. Done some reading up and have had cranking sticks and reels in the past. So let me give you a little backround before we dive into the simple question.

 

I fish primarily custom built, spent way too much money on a hobby I dont get to do often enough rods. My cheapest rod retails at 180, its a dobyns seirra mag heavy 7'3 rod I use for spinnerbaits and jigs. I typically spend 300 per rod and 200 plus per reel. Shimano cores, mlgs etc. Now Ive share that because the problem Im having is I know I dont need a 300 dollar cranking stick. But I want one. Because I have an elitist mentality when it comes to purchasing fishing gear.

 

So what im asking for is what do yall use to crank with? Rod and reel combo? Im not reffering to extra deeps or anything along those lines. I primarily throw bagley minus or plus lipless crankbaits and the occasional square bill from shore as I dont own nor know anyone with a boat since I relocated to GA but hopefully joining a club this year will change that.

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What type of crankbaits do you use?

Tom

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Just now, WRB said:

What type of crankbaits do you use?

Tom

Primarily bagley plus and minus lipless and occasional square bills. All right around 1/2 to 3/4ths an ounce.

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I use a 7'6 denali rosewood for my lipped baits up to 5xd size. Cheap 7ft mh moderate/fast for lipless and square bills up to 1/2 ounce. 7'5 cabelas zx crankshaft for baits 3/4 up to 1.25 ounces. The cabelas rods are great and on clearance right now for 70 bucks. Daiwa fuegos with 6.3 gear ratio is what I use as far as reels go. 10-15lb seaguar senshi.

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Lews BB 1 5.1:1 gear ratio with either a Lews 6'6" or 7' David Fritts Perfect Cranking Rod.

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Take a look at Cashion John Crews Square Bill rod.

Tom

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I use a Daiwa Tatula 7'2" MH/R glass cranking rod with a Tatula SV 6.3:1 reel. I was also interested in the Dobyns 735CB glass rod which I gather is similar in action, but it was a little out of my price range at the time. But as you don't use deep divers I would probably go for something with a slower tip. I was specifically looking for a rod where I could use for all moving baits since I have a limited number of rods I can fit in my car.

 

I got my hands on a 7'4" St. Croix Mojo Bass cranking rod and that would do, or since you don't mind spending the extra money perhaps one of the Legand Glass rods from St. Croix, or if you don't prefer glass there's some Legend Tournament Bass rods.

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My main deep diving rod is an inexpensive "Lady" Guide series  with pink ascents , I found on clearance at Gander Mountain for twenty dollars . The bass make fun of it . Its 7'0" MH . Its paired with a Johnny Morris reel  5.2 to 1 .  

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I don't fish deep.  Once I got into baitcast rods I found I preferred 7' or longer although I do have a couple 6'8" to 6'10" I like.  However, I bought an Aetos 6'6" MLM based on smalljaw67's opinion of the rod and it has become a favorite.  Reel is a PXL Type R.

 

Another favorite cranking rod is the 704CB Glass.  Have tried a couple reels on it.  Going to try a TD-Z 103ML on it next.  The ML is supposed to be a fine cranking reel.  It may stay on the rod if I agree.  :teeth:

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My god-son came over last week and asked to see my crankbait set ups.  He wanted to add an upper middle tier rod for this year. He played with the Dobyns 704CB, 704CBGlass, 764CBRM, 705CBGlass, 684CB and 705CB.  His bait types and weights will be similar to what you throw.  He ordered the Champion 705CB which was no surprise to me. That would be my recommendation for you as well.

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I have a rod that I use a lot that won't break the bank and cover all your needs. Fenwick HMG 7'2" M-MH CB, it is a 7'2" medium power rod with a mod-fast action but it is rated 3/8oz to 1oz. It is a strange deal, the rod has a soft tip that transitions quickly into backbone, the tip section feels medium but the backbone is more medium heavy. I use it for lipless cranks, and I really like the Bagley's B minus as well, and for a good bit of my square bills and also DT-4s and 6s. The rod retails for $99 and I really like it, to me it is a really good all-purpose - mid depth crank rod, does well with lipless and square bills but is also great for any billed crank that goes 10'-12'.

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Lamiglas 705R deep divers.

Loomis PR845C small deep divers.

Major Craft Splash-It rod lipless medium divers and top water.

Tom

 

 

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Dobyns Champion XP 705cb is a pretty nice stick for the money and can be located for a discount if you look around. 

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10 hours ago, smalljaw67 said:

I have a rod that I use a lot that won't break the bank and cover all your needs. Fenwick HMG 7'2" M-MH CB, it is a 7'2" medium power rod with a mod-fast action but it is rated 3/8oz to 1oz. It is a strange deal, the rod has a soft tip that transitions quickly into backbone, the tip section feels medium but the backbone is more medium heavy. I use it for lipless cranks, and I really like the Bagley's B minus as well, and for a good bit of my square bills and also DT-4s and 6s. The rod retails for $99 and I really like it, to me it is a really good all-purpose - mid depth crank rod, does well with lipless and square bills but is also great for any billed crank that goes 10'-12'.

Dan, I picked up an HMG 7'2" M CB on closeout.  1/4-1 oz.  Think I have only been out with it once so far.  No idea what lures it will handle best.  Nice looking rod....especially for the money.

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My favorite setup is a Loomis GLX 845 CBR. 7' med heavy moderate. Senstitive, light, powerful. I've used a Curado 200i and a Chronarch MGL with it; both were solid but yeah the MGL was  better. :)

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