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I recently acquired a couple glass cranking rods and was wondering what are your preferred line types with these rods. Braid, mono, copolymer, fluoro? I have never cranked much but want try them harder this year. The rods are both 7ft, ones a med and the others a med/hvy.

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I like mono,10# as a general rule but environment will influence my decision from this starting point. I’m going to assume that they’re casting rods and so you ought to be able to use up to 14# mono. I would also try to use a limper mono. 

 

Also, as a general rule, the thicker the line diameter, the less your crankbait mighy dive. 

 

Some companies like rapala, and correct if this is no longer true, assumes or presumed use of 10# mono for the depths their lures dove. So from that point, anglers would have an idea of how to gauge diving depth with a thinner or thicker diameter line. 

 

Crankbait fishing is is a blast. My first fish was caught on a size 5 floating Rapala minnow. 

 

You really could use any line, but mono is economical

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I am biased.  Monos and co-polymers far out number any other line on my rods.  Especially for crankbaits.

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Even with the give of a glass rod, you still prefer mono? Like i said im a newbie at cranks:lol: just seems like a lot of stretch. And yes, these are casting rods.

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2 hours ago, Smelter96 said:

Even with the give of a glass rod, you still prefer mono? Like i said im a newbie at cranks:lol: just seems like a lot of stretch. And yes, these are casting rods.

Personally for me, yes. This is MHO, but I like that stretch. I think it helps if we react too quickly and when playing the fishes. If you ask me, the worry of stretch is overrated. It not like mono is a rubber band. 

 

I have yanked baits away from fish about to take my lure with braid while crankbait fishing. I was blessed once to see a big mama bass suck in my crankbait, and I got too excited and set the hook. I managed to yank the lure out of her mouth milliseconds before her mouth could fully engulf it. I yanked it so well my lure came flying right at me. Luckily, my ninja quickness and flash-like reflexes allowed to perform matrix moves to prevent the lure from hooking me in the face. 

 

I watched the whole thing as if it were in slow motion as I saw the lure whiz by my ear.  Then I stepped out of the way again as it returned. 

 

My first time using crankbait with braid, I learned the meaning of zero stretch. Will I ever use braid again? Sure, if that’s the line that’s on, but I will stay mindful of how I set the hook, lol. 

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3 hours ago, islandbass said:

I have yanked baits away from fish about to take my lure with braid while crankbait fishing. 

I can attest to that one. Had a beaut muskie follow right to the boat. Saw it try to engulf my jerkbait on the figure-8, set the hook to early, and the rest is history. Ill have to give tryed-and-true mono a shot, thanks!

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11 hours ago, Smelter96 said:

Even with the give of a glass rod, you still prefer mono? Like i said im a newbie at cranks:lol: just seems like a lot of stretch. And yes, these are casting rods.

Yes.  Like islandbass said, it isn't a rubber band.  You need to put a fair amount of pressure on the line to get it to stretch very much.  And don't believe the myth that fluorocarbon has no...or very little...stretch compared to mono or co-polymer.

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11 hours ago, Smelter96 said:

ven with the give of a glass rod, you still prefer mono? Like i said im a newbie at cranks:lol: just seems like a lot of stretch. And yes, these are ecasting rods.

I think it's more about the power and action than material of the rod, so with heavier powers/faster action glass rods one might want the same mono used with graphite rods of similar power/action.  

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I am in the minority here, but am a Braid to FC guy especially for glass.  

The only other consideration would be Sunline Defier or Defier Armilo for less stretch

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13 hours ago, Smelter96 said:

Even with the give of a glass rod, you still prefer mono? Like i said im a newbie at cranks:lol: just seems like a lot of stretch. And yes, these are casting rods.

Most flouro stretches just as much as mono... it's true.  Mono however will want to recover, while flouro will want to stay stretched.

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If you fish around the shore through weeds, grass and stumps etc then I would use something like 14lb or 17lb Sufix Siege on the MH and 10 or 12lb on the medium for more open water situations. Also if you fish topwater, use mono.

 

If you ever find yourself using deep divers or fishing deeper water, try fluorocarbon, especially on the MH which will probably be your deep diver rod.

 

I would not be too concerned about differences in stretch. Both fluorocarbon and monofilament will stretch, the main differences I concern myself with is the necessity to either sink or float and price difference.

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I got glass and composite crankbait rods. Flouro is the only line I use on these kind of rods.

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For diving baits in that range 8 or 10 lb. Invisx. It has a some stretch and casts well.

I use Sniper or Shooter for everything else but that stuff makes a great line for crankbaits.

 

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I use Sufix Siege in 12 on my crankbait rod and have not had any problems with it.

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For the 7’0” medium I would use 10 pound mono. For the 7’0” medium heavy I would use 15 pound mono. 

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I used 12 lb Big Game for decades for crankbaits. 

This year trying Sunline Armilo Defier Nylon 11lb.

Medium and medium heavy crankbait rod my not be good for the larger deep divers, depends on the rod, what lures are you planning to use?

Tom

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1 hour ago, WRB said:

what lures are you planning to use?

Mainly DT-10s, 16s, smaller bandits. Nothing like an 8 or 10xd

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For my glass/composite setups dedicated to crankbaits/chatterbaits I use fluoro, though I can't remember the #test off the top of my head.  I'd avoid braid, it's good to have a little bit of stretch in the line.

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You want line that you can cast a long distance without backlashes into the wind.

10 or 12 lb Big Game is inexpensive and a good choice for crankbaits on any type of crankbait rod. If you want a more expensive smaller dia line look at Sunline Defier Armilo Nylon 11 or 13 lb lines.

Tom

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You have plenty of give with most glass blanks.  I like 20 or 30 lb braid with a fluoro or copolymer leader.  It’s really about the complete system from treble hooks, to line, to rod action.  I use mostly factory hooks on my baits and the braid really helps to get fish hooked well while also helping to get baits deeper and getting longer casts.  To each his own.

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I like to use 10lb Invizx, or 10lb Yo-zuri, small diameter and a little bit of stretch. I also use braid on my chatterbaits with a glass rod, and 14lb Abrazx on my squarebill setup (for what that is worth).

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