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Hey fellow bass addicts!

 

I have been recently tuned in on the amazing world of crankbaits and now looking for a new rod! Since I am new to this I have no idea who make the best rods or what to look for. I know probably a medium or medium heavy with moderate action does the job, but what rod?! Budget isin't really important I am just looking for the best for keeping those fish pinned! I'm talking pretty standard crankbaits, no dt-16s and not the worlds tiniest crank either! 

 

Thanks! Hope to get some great ideas!

nat

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I have Dobyns Rods DC764 CBRM & DC765 CB. Either of these rods would be a excellent choice. Plus watch for the Tackle Warehouse black Friday sale & get 20% off plus free shipping & a free shirt.

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St-Croix Legend Tounament Glass is the best crankbait rod I have used.

I have the MH and its amazing.

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Kistler KLX Feel n' Reel. It was made for cranks. Its a hybrid blank mixing graphite and fiberglass. You get the best of both worlds in one rod.

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I've also got 2 Legend Tourney Glass's 7'2 M and 7'4 MH, they're amazing rods.  

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Do some reading and research first, then see if you can get to tackle shop and hold a glass cranking stick, a hybrid cranking stick, and a graphite cranking stick. Even better try to actually find some that you can cast with and demo first. 

 

Lots of pros/cons for each type of cranking rod, and you should know what you’re getting into before laying down a lot of cash. 

 

I myself elf am in a growing minority and prefer full graphite cranking rods, so my recommendation will be wildly different then those who prefer glass. 

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I am with Kschultz76 on this Full graphite cranking rods is the way to go. I had the chance to fish with a couple of the other style rods & after that I decided to go with what I have now, Full graphite, in fact the man that has the hybrid, now has a full graphite cranking rod the same as one of mine. Full graphite makes a difference.

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10 hours ago, scbassin said:

I have Dobyns Rods DC764 CBRM & DC765 CB. Either of these rods would be a excellent choice. Plus watch for the Tackle Warehouse black Friday sale & get 20% off plus free shipping & a free shirt.

Thanks for answer! The only thing dobyns are crazy hard to find in canada's eastern region 😕

 

9 hours ago, Yumeya said:

St-Croix Legend Tounament Glass is the best crankbait rod I have used.

I have the MH and its amazing.

Any lentgh or specific model? I was looking at st-croix :)

1 hour ago, Chance_Taker4 said:

Kistler KLX Feel n' Reel. It was made for cranks. Its a hybrid blank mixing graphite and fiberglass. You get the best of both worlds in one rod.

I really should start trying graphite/glass ir the mix. Hard to try them before getting on the water!

1 hour ago, kschultz76 said:

Do some reading and research first, then see if you can get to tackle shop and hold a glass cranking stick, a hybrid cranking stick, and a graphite cranking stick. Even better try to actually find some that you can cast with and demo first. 

 

Lots of pros/cons for each type of cranking rod, and you should know what you’re getting into before laying down a lot of cash. 

 

I myself elf am in a growing minority and prefer full graphite cranking rods, so my recommendation will be wildly different then those who prefer glass. 

I typically also have a love for graphite rods, just kinda curious to see if theres a must have glass rod out there also! There are so many sticks to choose from and its quite hard to test them out without buying! Thanks for the answer!

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I have the St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass 6'10". I haven't had it long and have only caught a couple fish on it so far. It seems like it'll work pretty good when the Bass decide to cooperate again. In between seasons over here is SoCal and my local lake is once again on the rise which doesn't help at all.

 

I ordered the BPS Carbonlite 2.0 JCT70MTM 7' Medium/Medium to try out. Currently on sale for $80 with free shipping. If it's delivered tomorrow I'm probably going to give it a try on Wednesday to see how it works.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, scbassin said:

I am with Kschultz76 on this Full graphite cranking rods is the way to go. I had the chance to fish with a couple of the other style rods & after that I decided to go with what I have now, Full graphite, in fact the man that has the hybrid, now has a full graphite cranking rod the same as one of mine. Full graphite makes a difference.

Do you feel like your keeping fish pinned better or are bites more clear because the rod is more sensitive? Just compared to glass or a hybrid?

1 minute ago, kenmitch said:

I have the St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass 6'10". I haven't had it long and have only caught a couple fish on it so far. It seems like it'll work pretty good when the Bass decide to cooperate again. In between seasons over here is SoCal and my local lake is once again on the rise which doesn't help at all.

 

I ordered the BPS Carbonlite 2.0 JCT70MTM 7' Medium/Medium to try out. Currently on sale for $80 with free shipping. If it's delivered tomorrow I'm probably going to give it a try on Wednesday to see how it works.

 

 

Keep me posted! Curious to see how you like it! Thanks!

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I would call Dobyns Rods & ask them to explain the difference between glass graphite cranking sticks. they build both.

903 919 8028 The 2 cranking rod I bought are awesome.  See my 1st post for which 2

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I fish two St. Croix Premiere Series Crankbait Rods. Love them. 

 

You have to find that feel you’re looking for. I like it. You may not. Can only suggest you give it a look. And for the most part don’t break the bank. Have them set up with shimono’s. 

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I'm also in search for a new cranking rod.  I was looking at the Okuma tcs rods, any body have any experience with them? 

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30 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

I'm also in search for a new cranking rod.  I was looking at the Okuma tcs rods, any body have any experience with them? 

I have had two TCS's in the past, bang for your buck great rods, light amd powerful. I had a 7'0mhf great all around stick, and a flipping 7'6hf. Both great rods for the price but i know sometimes quality control might be a bit off. So i would NOT order one sight unseen! Handle the rod before buying, mine works well but has weird rattles inside... 

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4 minutes ago, Nathan.bass.canada said:

I have had two TCS's in the past, bang for your buck great rods, light amd powerful. I had a 7'0mhf great all around stick, and a flipping 7'6hf. Both great rods for the price but i know sometimes quality control might be a bit off. So i would NOT order one sight unseen! Handle the rod before buying, mine works well but has weird rattles inside... 

It'll be impossible for me to handle one first because no shops near me have them.  

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12 minutes ago, Joshua van Wyk said:

It'll be impossible for me to handle one first because no shops near me have them.  

Well then its a bit of a shot in the dark, I loved mine but I know they arent all perfect! Good luck ;)

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9 minutes ago, Nathan.bass.canada said:

Well then its a bit of a shot in the dark, I loved mine but I know they arent all perfect! Good luck ;)

Hopefully I get lucky 😁

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12 hours ago, Yumeya said:

St-Croix Legend Tounament Glass is the best crankbait rod I have used.

I have the MH and its amazing.

Yep, same here and it's my first glass rod. It put the biggest smile on my face when I caught my first fish on it. It's something you'll have to experience in person, haha.

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I was trying a few rods and have found my favorite to be the g.loomis imx pro 845c cbr. 7’ medium heavy mod-fast. Once I fished this rod I was hooked immediately and my hook up ratio went way way up! I am in love with this rod. I’ve thrown 1/4 oz to 3/4 oz cranks and hooked my biggest small mouth to date this season and I think 4 out of my top 10 fish this season came from this rod!

 

if I ever decide to try something new it will probably be the kistler crankbait rod. 

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7 hours ago, TBAG said:

Yep, same here and it's my first glass rod. It put the biggest smile on my face when I caught my first fish on it. It's something you'll have to experience in person, haha.

Both of you seem to really like that rod... I can get a pretty amazing deal on one of those, hows the sensitivity?

1 hour ago, Matt_3479 said:

I was trying a few rods and have found my favorite to be the g.loomis imx pro 845c cbr. 7’ medium heavy mod-fast. Once I fished this rod I was hooked immediately and my hook up ratio went way way up! I am in love with this rod. I’ve thrown 1/4 oz to 3/4 oz cranks and hooked my biggest small mouth to date this season and I think 4 out of my top 10 fish this season came from this rod!

 

if I ever decide to try something new it will probably be the kistler crankbait rod. 

What would be the difference between this particular model of imx vs an e6x, glx or etc of the same action and lentgh?

 

 

 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Nathan.bass.canada said:

Both of you seem to really like that rod... I can get a pretty amazing deal on one of those, hows the sensitivity?

What would be the difference between this particular model of imx vs an e6x, glx or etc of the same action and lentgh?

 

 

 

 

 

 How amazing is amazing?

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Reading this thread isn't easy to determine what the OP is looking for, it's Seems there is a lot of love affairs with owners of crankbait rods they purchased.

I use more then 1 crankbait rod depending on the type of crankbait I am using, so no one rod fits all applications.

1. Deep divers between 3/4 oz to 1 1/2 oz, depths between 10' to 18' I use Lamiglas XCF/SR705 crankbait rod, 12 lb Big Game line.

2. Medium divers and lipless between 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz, depths between 8' to 16' I use Loomis PR 845C Popping rod*, 12 lb Big Game line.

3. Shallow divers 3/8oz to 5/8 oz Wart or Sq p bill type divers between 2' to 8' Major Craft 6'8" Splash-It rod**, 11 lb Armillo Nylon line.

So what category crankbait  is the OP targeting; 1,2 or 3?

Tom

* also my 1/2 to 1 oz structure spoon rod

** also my 1/4-1/2 oz surface and jerk bait rod.

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1 hour ago, Nathan.bass.canada said:

Both of you seem to really like that rod... I can get a pretty amazing deal on one of those, hows the sensitivity?

What would be the difference between this particular model of imx vs an e6x, glx or etc of the same action and lentgh?

 

 

 

 

 

Well as far as I know, loomis doesn’t make a current model of crankbait rods in glx or nrx making the imx pro there highest quality version of a crankbait rod. So between that and the e6x you have higher quality graphite blank making it more sensitive and stronger. This rod loads up beautifully for 1/4oz to the heaviest I’ve thrown at 3/4oz. Never do I feel underpowered. It has plenty of backbone to horse out those big guys from logs and weeds. It is light weight, great balance, plenty of power yet light enough to throw those tiny squarebills! It is the main reason I own 5 loomis rods and why I’m looking for my 6th! 

 

I got my dad an e6x 845c cbr rod late this season as it was on a wicked sale. I haven’t spend a lot of time with it but so far I’ve been very impressed with it as well.

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Dobyns champion xp cranking rods are hard to beat. Ive used a little bit of everything. 

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