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A few years back I bought a Shimano Clarus casting rod on sale and I've never been sure what would technique it would be good for.

 

Model: CSC68MB

Length: 6' 8"

Lures: 1/8 - 1/4

Line: 6- 12

Power: Medium

Action: Fast

 

It's labeled Jig and Worm but it's pretty soft and the lure range is really light. Looking for suggestions on what technique this rod would be good for? Thanks!

 

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By the specs it’s more within the L to ML power range, and seems suited to almost BFS presentations. I’m thinking drop shots, weightless worms, light shakeyheads, etc. but I’ve never used a casting rod that light. I think you’d need a pretty BFS oriented reel to pair it with. 

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Agree with weightless plastics and smaller shakey heads as @kschultz76mentioned.  I'd think that poppers, smaller jerkbaits, jitterbugs, etc, would be fine, also.

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1/4 oz top end for a medium power? Hmm, micro hard baits would probably be my choice, jerkbaits/topwaters/cranks. 

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Looks to me like a weightless worm, fluke, and creature bait rod for days when the bite is tough and they want soft gentle subtle presentations. Lethargic bass rod would be a good name.

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Fishinthefish hit on my answer. I have a BPS Extreme 6' ML 1/16 to 1/2 rod that fishes small spinnerbaits, a Mepps, and fluke style baits fantastic. I bet if you play around with that rod you will find the rod handles baits up over 3/8 to 1/2 oz. fine.  I fish a lot of Reaction Innovation Skinny Dippers and Keitechs on light weight belly weighted hooks as well as small jig heads I bet that rod would be awesome at that.  Those baits catch fish right behind guys that are tearing up the water around shallow structure, down to about 10 foot. I love going in and catching fish right behind a guy that just tore up that same dock. 

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Thanks for all the replies! I'm thinking I'll try this rod for 1/4 oz topwaters, like Pop-R's, when the ice melts. I have a Shimano Chronarch 50e. What line would you recommend?

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4 hours ago, Crankin4Bass said:

Thanks for all the replies! I'm thinking I'll try this rod for 1/4 oz topwaters, like Pop-R's, when the ice melts. I have a Shimano Chronarch 50e. What line would you recommend?

Put the 50e on it and cast some ned rigs or 1/8 bitsy bugs.  Both baits are highly effective when just cast and wound back in.  The Rebel teeny series baits are also a lot of fun particularly the teeny 1/8 Pop R.  I run a Pixy on Majorcraft Volley 68L rated at 1/16 to 1/4 and it is my dedicated ned rig set up but I also throw 1/8 bitsy bugs as small water swim jigs as well as 1/8 to 3/16 oz hard baits.  

 

As far as line goes I'm a fan of #20 braid 8 carrier.  The shallow spool seems to prevent line dig in.  Light flourocarbon line is popular too but is I'll suited to topwater presentations.  

 

Have fun with your rediscovered BFS rod.

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Honestly, if you wanted to fish some topwaters and small jigs, even my Skinny dippers, I would try some simple old Stren Original clear blue mono in like 12 pound test.  My rig I mentioned earlier has some real light braid on it, like 15 pound braid, but I set it up to fish underwater not topwater.  It is kinda funny how we have completely forgotten how versatile mono and copoly lines can be. 

 

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