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Hi guys, I've decided I should use my CB more and the reason I'm not using them is that my gear is almost all fast action or beyond except for trout rods. I was pretty much set on the Fenwick Lunker Stik in 7'3" lenght. I was wondering which power should I buy ? There is a Medium and a Medium Heavy.

 

I have lots of thinfin size 6 and a few others. Also Rapala Lipless Rattlin Rap size 7 and 8. I could probably use the spinning med/mod. fast Elite Tech bass for the TF but I figure I would need something else for the lipless and larger cranks ?

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For smallish baits like my absolute favorite, Rapala Shad Rap n'such, a medium power is best imo, but for beefier baits like Traps, DTs n'such a MH is best.

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In your case it sounds like adding a medium power to your arsenal would be ideal. Nevertheless, you want medium for cranks anyways to maximize hook set. For larger cranks possibly consider a medium heavy action but keeping a moderate tip.

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A medium rod is gonna be more versatile. Especially one with a moderate action. Gonna cover most of your cranking needs except 4.0 and bigger squarebills and big deep diving cranks. I throw a spoon and topwater on a medium moderate also.

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Hope you are using a spinning outfit trying to cast a Thin Fin 06, it weighs 1/5 oz with aerodynamics of a patato chip!

Tom

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“Aerodynamics of a potato chip”.  That has to be the quote of the month winner! 😀

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18 hours ago, WRB said:

Hope you are using a spinning outfit trying to cast a Thin Fin 06, it weighs 1/5 oz with aerodynamics of a patato chip!

Tom

I do, once a year. I rarely fish cranks

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If you find a 7' medium mf action it will work well for cranks spinner baits and lipless.

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4 hours ago, GeekFisher said:

I do, once a year. I rarely fish cranks

What reel and line do you plan to use on a new rod?

The reel size/weight effects the balance of the combo rod and reel.

The Spinning reel size also has an affect on the line you use. Diving lures with bills put tension on the line and don't allow the line to untwist as you retreive, so the line ends up twisting using a spinning reel. 

I would be looking at rods with moderate action, not fast, in the 3 or medium power.

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6 hours ago, Angry John said:

If you find a 7' medium mf action it will work well for cranks spinner baits and lipless.

I have one, 6'9 but spinning

2 hours ago, WRB said:

What reel and line do you plan to use on a new rod?

The reel size/weight effects the balance of the combo rod and reel.

The Spinning reel size also has an affect on the line you use. Diving lures with bills put tension on the line and don't allow the line to untwist as you retreive, so the line ends up twisting using a spinning reel. 

I would be looking at rods with moderate action, not fast, in the 3 or medium power.

Tom

I amn looking for a baitcaster combo, reel Will likely be a KK Royale Legend Elite 5ish:1. As for line I honestly dont know, maybe Light fluorocarbon since it sinks ?

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I also saw the HMG 7'2 medium/MF casting that might fit the bill?

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Good luck on your quest for the perfect rod for you.

 

I've been debating back and forth for weeks looking for a new casting rod to pair up with my Revo MGX.

 

I wound up going with the St. Croix Mojo Glass 6' 10" Medium/Moderate from BPS. I went with the shorter rod as I kayak fish and I prefer the slightly shorter handle. I like to take advantage of their stretch your payment options and it was the last day. Seemed like a good option too me as I really love throwing those lipless crankbaits around. Those dang dinks sometimes pull the hook on my current rod that is Medium/Fast.

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4 minutes ago, kenmitch said:

Good luck on your quest for the perfect rod for you.

 

I've been debating back and forth for weeks looking for a new casting rod to pair up with my Revo MGX.

 

I wound up going with the St. Croix Mojo Glass 6' 10" Medium/Moderate from BPS. I went with the shorter rod as I kayak fish and I prefer the slightly shorter handle. I like to take advantage of their stretch your payment options and it was the last day. Seemed like a good option too me as I really love throwing those lipless crankbaits around. Those dang dinks sometimes pull the hook on my current rod that is Medium/Fast.

It will likely be the Lunkerstik as it is cheap enough but seems good enough. 7'3" Med/Moderate.

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I've pursued my shopping and here is where I am so far:

-Fenwick Lunker stik 7'3" Med/Mod 86 CAD

-Berkley Lightning Rod 6'6" or hopefully 7', Med/Mod-Fast 55 CAD, I will have to check them at Canadian Tire make sure they're 1 piece

-Carrot Stix Wild Wild Orange, 7' Med/Mod, used, 50CAD

 

Reel will be a KastKing Royale Legend Elite, 5.3:1 and line will be somewhere between 8-12lbs mono or fluoro, still need help there though.

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On 9/24/2018 at 11:06 AM, kenmitch said:

Good luck on your quest for the perfect rod for you.

 

I've been debating back and forth for weeks looking for a new casting rod to pair up with my Revo MGX.

 

I wound up going with the St. Croix Mojo Glass 6' 10" Medium/Moderate from BPS. I went with the shorter rod as I kayak fish and I prefer the slightly shorter handle. I like to take advantage of their stretch your payment options and it was the last day. Seemed like a good option too me as I really love throwing those lipless crankbaits around. Those dang dinks sometimes pull the hook on my current rod that is Medium/Fast.

I fish from a kayak as well most of the Time. How you like yours so far ? And which Line/reel ?

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On 9/22/2018 at 9:51 AM, GeekFisher said:

Hi guys, I've decided I should use my CB more and the reason I'm not using them is that my gear is almost all fast action or beyond except for trout rods. I was pretty much set on the Fenwick Lunker Stik in 7'3" lenght. I was wondering which power should I buy ? There is a Medium and a Medium Heavy.

 

I have lots of thinfin size 6 and a few others. Also Rapala Lipless Rattlin Rap size 7 and 8. I could probably use the spinning med/mod. fast Elite Tech bass for the TF but I figure I would need something else for the lipless and larger cranks ?

I have a 7ft 2 fenwick HMG moderate fast that I have used this year for cranking. It also has a lews LFS 6:8:1 ratio for sale. Very good crankbait rod but I’m looking to get something different. Let me know if interested 

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12 hours ago, Ksam1234 said:

I have a 7ft 2 fenwick HMG moderate fast that I have used this year for cranking. It also has a lews LFS 6:8:1 ratio for sale. Very good crankbait rod but I’m looking to get something different. Let me know if interested 

I'm in Canada, shipping would kill the deal and with recent NAFTA negociations, Canadian Border Services Agency suddenly became zealous about stuff from the US 😢

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I was using an abu veritas spinning rod for 2 years and this season after not overly enjoying crankbait fishing due to lower success rates I purchased a 7’ g.loomis imx pro 845c cbr and I love it! I have been throwing it every chance I get and have caught more fish, more big bass then almost any other bait I’ve thrown. Quickly becoming one of my favorite Rods and style of fishing! (Careful though, that’s what confirmed my addiction to loomis rods, getting another loomis tomorrow)

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2 hours ago, Matt_3479 said:

I was using an abu veritas spinning rod for 2 years and this season after not overly enjoying crankbait fishing due to lower success rates I purchased a 7’ g.loomis imx pro 845c cbr and I love it! I have been throwing it every chance I get and have caught more fish, more big bass then almost any other bait I’ve thrown. Quickly becoming one of my favorite Rods and style of fishing! (Careful though, that’s what confirmed my addiction to loomis rods, getting another loomis tomorrow)

G.Loomis are out of budget, especially if they are addictive LOL !

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Never handled a Lunker Stik.  I do have a few HMGs and like them a lot.  Another rod you might be able to find in your budget range is the BuCoo SR.  Falcon makes some nice sticks.  The Lightning Shock is obviously another contender.

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48 minutes ago, new2BC4bass said:

Never handled a Lunker Stik.  I do have a few HMGs and like them a lot.  Another rod you might be able to find in your budget range is the BuCoo SR.  Falcon makes some nice sticks.  The Lightning Shock is obviously another contender.

The Lightning rods left in B&M stores are 2 pieces. I dont know about Falcon I will take a look at them when I get home :) I'm still lost with line choice though...

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I recently got the Falcon BuCoo SR "Trapcaster". It's 7' MH/Mod. Great little rod. Using it for lipless cranks/squarebills/topwater treble hook lures. Fishes a little lighter than a true MH.

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On 9/26/2018 at 9:12 AM, GeekFisher said:

I fish from a kayak as well most of the Time. How you like yours so far ? And which Line/reel ?

Fedex delivered it yesterday. Shipping tube broke and raped. Rid was broken. BPS is shipping a replacement rod. I'll let you know once I get a replacement.

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2 hours ago, kenmitch said:

Fedex delivered it yesterday. Shipping tube broke and raped. Rid was broken. BPS is shipping a replacement rod. I'll let you know once I get a replacement.

Sad, the last rod I ordered from Amazon was badly packaged but no harm, luckily !

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Fluorobon doesn't sink fast enough to help getting diving crankbaits any deeper then mono line. I use Big Game 10 and 12 on mono for several reasons when cranking diving  lures. The most important is it's easy to cast, good knot strength and inexpensive to replace worn line. Medium divers you don't need low gear ratio reels, deep divers they help.

Tom

 

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