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The only MH rods with the mod fast action I know of is the Mojo and LTB. The LTB is out of my budget for crankbaits. (5-15 ft depths)

 

I dont think I like the whippy action of the moderate rods, and I think the mod fast Mojo felt good enough to try. Are there other good options in this range out there, with the mod fast, or maybe a different rating but same feel as the St Croix Mod fast?

 

Im not seeing many rod reviews on this particular 7ft Mojo MH/MF rod. 

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if you are asking about the 7 mhmf graphite rod, I use this rod and personally don't like it for crank baits. My casting distance and landing ratio was greatly improved when I bought a rod better suited to crankbaits.

some people say that they like the mojo bass for this purpose, but that hasn't been my experience with this rod. I ended happier with something else. 

 

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2 minutes ago, Poolshark said:

if you are asking about the 7 mhmf graphite rod, I use this rod and personally don't like it for crank baits. My casting distance and landing ratio was greatly improved when I bought a rod better suited to crankbaits.

some people say that they like the mojo bass for this purpose, but that hasn't been my experience with this rod. I ended happier with something else. 

 

What did you get instead? What depth/size cranks were you running with the Mojo?

 

Ive only really compared the St Croix Premier MH/Moderates, and they felt pretty whippy. Maybe it wont feel that way fishing, but I was hesitant to buy it based on how it felt in the store. I see the Avid has the MH/Moderate also, not sure if that one is any different, or the Fury 705.

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I got a Falcon Jason Christie 7' MH moderate action rod over the winter. I'm going to try it for buzzbaits, but haven't been able to try it out yet.

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7 hours ago, WRangler506 said:

What did you get instead? What depth/size cranks were you running with the Mojo?

 

Ive only really compared the St Croix Premier MH/Moderates, and they felt pretty whippy. Maybe it wont feel that way fishing, but I was hesitant to buy it based on how it felt in the store. I see the Avid has the MH/Moderate also, not sure if that one is any different, or the Fury 705.

the deepest I usually go is 8 ft where I live. But I will some times throw deeper if I'm fishing sandy bottom. I throw a TON of lipless baits from 1/4 to 3/4 ounce and a lot of squarebills as well. I initially replaced the mojo spinnerbait rod with an Ike Series 7'3" medium moderate fast. I saw it as a vast improvement in both casting distance and landing ratio. It's got a whippy tip being a composite rod, but it's designed for ripping lipless baits through grass so it's got some backbone to fish deeper diving baits. 

i also use an 845 Cbr e6x which I like as well, but they are getting high on the price scale for me. 

 

 

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If you prefer graphite cranking rods and want to stay in that $100-130 price range then take a look at the Dobyns Fury 705CB.  I’ve no personal experience with it but it’s a mod fast rating, and seems to be a very well reviewed budget friendly versatile cranking stick around here. 

 

If if you can catch a sale on one I really like the Kistler KLX CRT series rods which are graphite mod fast cranking sticks that are not noodles and very versatile, come in M and mH in several lengths. I can also suggest the Hammer Rods MH Mod Fast rods(not the crankbait series), I have a 7’3” but they come in other lengths, very supple tip with a smooth transition into back bone. The Hammers fit/finish have gotten some dings in reviews but for what I paid for mine it’s not awful, the epoxy work on the guides is just not as clean as it could be. But the blank is great. 

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Yeah I found a store with the Dobyns in stock, but its 2 hrs away. It might be easier to just buy and resell it if i dont like it, rather than drive 4 hrs.

 

I found the Loomis E6X 845CBR for $140. Not sure how that compares to the other options as I havent seen one in person either.

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Good all around crankbait rod. More parabolic than the mojo. 

33 minutes ago, WRangler506 said:

Yeah I found a store with the Dobyns in stock, but its 2 hrs away. It might be easier to just buy and resell it if i dont like it, rather than drive 4 hrs.

 

I found the Loomis E6X 845CBR for $140. Not sure how that compares to the other options as I havent seen one in person either.

I've not used dobyns. But the 845 Cbr is miles away from the mojo spinnerbait rod for all around crankbait fishing 

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In that price point the dobyns fury 705cb seems to be the ticket winner for sure. The g.loomis e6x 845c cbr is suppose to be a great rod, little “whippy” if I understand what you mean. The parabolic bend on the e6x is greater then the 705cb, but good sensitive rod. The avid serious I believe also has one 

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Any more opinions on this? I'm going to drive to see a few and pick one this weekend.

 

Leaning towards the 7ft Mojo MH/MF still, to do dual purpose med cranks and spinnerbaits, or the Dobyns 705CB.

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I hate whippy rods. Based on recommendations here, I got a Dobyns 805CB, which is MH/MF. It's not whippy at all (I now use it for spinnerbaits as well as crankbaits), it casts deep divers really well, and it's reasonably sensitive.

 

Based on my experience with the 805CB, I were throwing lighter stuff, I'd get a 705CB for sure.

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I got my son a Mojo Spinnerbait (MH/MF) rod and I use a Daiwa Tatula glass which is 7'2" MH/MF. They're good for cranks in weeds and around stumps when you want a fast rebound.

 

However if you a cranking rod better geared towards open water and don't like whippy rods, try a M/MH or even M/F instead. Dobyns ratings run up, so their MH/MF cranking rods should be around a M/MH rod, which would give it a more parabolic bend without being too whippy.

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57 minutes ago, portiabrat said:

I hate whippy rods. Based on recommendations here, I got a Dobyns 805CB, which is MH/MF. It's not whippy at all (I now use it for spinnerbaits as well as crankbaits), it casts deep divers really well, and it's reasonably sensitive.

 

Based on my experience with the 805CB, I were throwing lighter stuff, I'd get a 705CB for sure.

The heaviest/deepest baits I plan on using are XD5s and Spro MD DD. I think those are all around 10-12 ft max. Id like to be able to use the XD3 and the shallow SPROs also on whatever I choose.

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Take a look at Falcon's options in the 1/4-1/2oz. Medium power Moderate action range.  They are not whippy like a number of other graphite rods marketed as crank bait rods.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised if you get your hands on one.  Before I started to build rods, I used a few Falcons from the Original/Silver Series.  Over the years they've tweaked the look a bit, but I believe their actions and powers are still the same.

 

I still have those rods sitting in the corner of the garage, and if they weren't such a pain to strip and clean up, I would have rewrapped them long ago.  The (FC-3-166 or FC-3-17) 1/8 - 3/8 oz ML power Moderate action and (FC-4-166 or FC-4-17) 1/4 - 1/2 oz M power Moderate action blanks were/are special.  They are forgiving enough for crank baits, yet powerful enough to work well for finesse applications.

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A Daiwa Tatula in Regular action may be what you are looking for.  They tend to run a bit heavy, so check the lure rating.  The 7' MR runs 1/4-3/4 oz.  FAIC they are great rods at full price.  Mine were anywhere from $93 to $110.  You might want to look at the Fenwick 7'2" MH-MF.  I like my Falcon rods, but all of them have a Fast action so I can't comment on the MF action rods.  I'm thinking the Tatula would be exactly what you are looking for.

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St. Croix Bass X has a MH Mod Fast rated 3/8-1 1/4 oz.  It works well for lures 3/8 all the way to 1.5 oz honestly.  If you plan to throw lures 1/4, it will not do so hot.  I have found the lure rating to be a little optimistic on the low end, but under rated on the high end.  

 

For 1/4 oz lures, I typically use a medium power rod or spinning gear.

 

I also have a medium heavy regular Tatula, to me, it is a bit too fast for cranking.  It is by all rights a fast action.

 

The Cabelas Tournament ZX Crankshaft is also a very good cranking rod.  I wouldn't go below 3/8 oz with it though.

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22 minutes ago, LionHeart said:

I also have a medium heavy regular Tatula, to me, it is a bit too fast for cranking.  It is by all rights a fast action.

The rod new2BC4Bass suggested was the medium regular Tatula, which should be a good choice. So would the glass Tatula.

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Which series Tatula? I looked some up on TW and saw glass and XTs. Is it the XT model you have?

 

I actually checked out the bass pro cranking stick today. I was surprised it seemed like it be be pretty decent, especially for $80. The action is a little faster than a Premier for comparison.

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1 minute ago, WRangler506 said:

Which series Tatula? I looked some up on TW and saw glass and XTs. Is it the XT model you have?

 

I actually checked out the bass pro cranking stick today. I was surprised it seemed like it be be pretty decent, especially for $80. The action is a little faster than a Premier for comparison.

The original Tatula, not the XT

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