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Do you think this would be a good setup for a shallow (1-12ft) crankbait rod reel combo?

My budget is ~ $100-$170. This rod would be getting a TON of use and I don’t really know brands too well so I just wanted to ask you guys what you thought and if I could trust these brands to hold up for at least a few seasons.

 

Shimano Curado Crankbait Casting Rod

7’2”

Medium

Moderate Action

Glass/Graphite

$159.99

 

Quantum Smoke S3 PT Baitcast Reel

6.1:1

$169.95

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Yeah, I think you'd have no problem with those holding up. 

 

I might suggest you look to a mh rod though. My only experience with a crank specific rod is a mh 7'6" duckett ghost, which I've had for several years now. Its paired with a gen 3 revo s with a 100mm handle. The rod itself is very light and can throw 1/4 traps or cranks with ease. 1/2 seems to be the sweet spot, but I've thrown 1oz spinnerbaits and cranks that dive 20'+ on it (I wouldn't really recommend that). Anyways, just my opinion, I'm sure others will chime in. 

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This rod is going to be specifically for shallow to mid diving cranks. I was going to buy a separate 7’ MH Fast action rod for my Traps, Spinners, Chatterbaitts, and Buzz Baits. So do you think I should still look for a MH for my shallow cranks or do you think this loadout would be good??

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It'll work fine. I throw all my smaller traps and shallow cranks on a 7' medium moderate rod. Just with a 7.1:1 reel which is probably a little fast for dt10s and such but it's what I have.

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That combo will serve you well.

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Sounds like  a fine combo for cranbaits .

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Dobyn's CL 705 CB ($80) with Shimano Castiac 150 ($99) is close to your budget and a good choice.

Tom

PS, your budget $160, your choice $$330, your math...do you work for the government?

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Ive never fished the Shimano Curado Crankbait Rod, it's fairly new to the market; but if their Medium Moderate is anything like a Veritas Medium Moderate, then it might be to whippy of a Rod for anything above 3/8oz. So if you plan on cranking 1-5 foot SquareBills , in and around shoreline cover and shallow structure, you may want a MH Moderate. The MH will give you more steering power in the shallows and greater versatility if you plan on cranking down to 12-14ft. 

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I would stick with the med mod. I find I hang up a lot less with a med mod rod.

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The Duckett Ghost would be a good choice because it's light weight. After a long day of casting most rods start to get pretty heavy, plus its like 100.00 rod which isn't bad. As far as reel goes I like the lews speed spool.

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1 hour ago, Czorn said:

I would stick with the med mod. I find I hang up a lot less with a med mod rod.

 

You know, I used to hang up all the time. I learned to stop reeling when I hit a rock and let the bait float up.

 

This does a couple things: First, it clears the obstacle. Second, it triggers bass to strike. I was never much good with cranks til I figured this out.

 

Regards

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15 hours ago, WRB said:

Dobyn's CL 705 CB ($80) with Shimano Castiac 150 ($99) is close to your budget and a good choice.

Tom

PS, your budget $160, your choice $$330, your math...do you work for the government?

Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll look it up and read some reviews.

 

And I meant that my budget for each piece of the setup was $100-$170. So no more than $340 total before tax. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, and then some, so I like to stick right around the middle price range on rods and reels. IMO $400 rods are for the pros and $50 rods are good for beginners just trying to feel it out. So a ~$150 rod is probably perfect for me, i.e.; Someone on a budget with a  moderate amount of experience. :)

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