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Particularly rapala shadow raps and shadow rap shads. What are you guys using? Would like to keep it around $100. I am a big dobyns Rods fan but never used any of their crankbait rods. Anyone using the fury or colt crankbait rod for these size jerkbaits?

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I’m not a very tall guy 5’8” so I need a little shorter rod. I use a 6’6” med fast and it works great. Nice soft tip to work the bait but solid back bone to set the hooks home. Works great for those 110 size baits. If I go to a little larger jerk bait the rod is a little too light but for 90% of my jerkbaiting it’s perfect. 

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You want a rod short enough to control and rip but long enough to give you a nice tip. I use a 6’8” medium extra fast. St croix and Shimano make excellent jerk bait rods. While extra fast they still have enough flex in the back bone. You don’t want a pool cue or noodle. 

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I recently picked up a Powell inferno 6’10” medium moderate fast and paired it up with a 8:1 Tatula ct type r and I’m loving it for jerkbaits, I think it will be excellent for topwaters too 

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I just bought a Dobyns FR705CB waiting for it to come in. Will be mating it with a Fuego CT 6.3:1. This seemed like a nice setup and price friendly to my budget.

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6'6''  Fenwick HMG Med. Fast.  It has a soft enough tip to work great for jerkbaits, especially the lighter ones like the Shad Raps.

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Ordered a new jerkbait rod yesterday that should be here next week. Excited to give it a try. 

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I bought a KastKing speed demon pro Jerkbait rod about a month ago.

very impressed with the action.

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3 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Ordered a new jerkbait rod yesterday that should be here next week. Excited to give it a try. 

What did you buy?

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36 minutes ago, Jcj90 said:

What did you buy?

A KastKing Speed Demon Pro jerkbait rod.

https://www.kastking.com/kastking-speed-demon-pro-tournament-series-fishing-rods_p0208.html

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9 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

*Bluebasser86 : I think it's kinda cool that out of all the rods you could have , you chose a  Kast King . I take it you have other Kast King rods or at least have some experience with them ?

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5 minutes ago, ChrisD46 said:

*Bluebasser86 : I think it's kinda cool that out of all the rods you could have , you chose a  Kast King . I take it you have other Kast King rods or at least have some experience with them ?

I have 2 other Speed Demon Pro rods, both that I paid for out of my own pocket just like this one. I've really been impressed and enjoyed fishing with them. I feel like they fish above their price range and I don't like cork handles so the nice handles are a big plus too. I don't like the hooks keepers being below the reels but I can live with it.

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I feel like a st croix avid 66mf is hard to beat.  I like tip down jerkbait fishing and im tall so you may like a shorter rod.  Its the best all around rod for jerkbaits and squarebills around.  I have my favorites but others have thiers.  

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Jerkbait rods are really personal.  I know dudes that love floppy glass rods and catch the heck out of them with them.  Other guys love xf rods.  ~$100 jb rods.

705 Dobyns

68mxf st croix

66mf st croix

70mlf tatula

Are all great options to start with

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Well thanks to the good ol' USPS, I get to wait even longer to try my new jerkbait rod.

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3 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Well thanks to the good ol' USPS, I get to wait even longer to try my new jerkbait rod.

Ouch. I hope when my new flipping/pitching rod comes on Monday via UPS it's in better shape.

 

Of course, it'll be mid-May before I can use it - when bass season opens for C&R.

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9 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Well thanks to the good ol' USPS, I get to wait even longer to try my new jerkbait rod.

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Doesn't make much sense, stamping it as received damaged, then delivering it anyway. 

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2 minutes ago, Russ E said:

Doesn't make much sense, stamping it as received damaged, then delivering it anyway. 

Postal Regs - they're required to deliver damaged goods so that the receiver can start claims processing. It's the rules.

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14 minutes ago, Russ E said:

Doesn't make much sense, stamping it as received damaged, then delivering it anyway. 

At least with that I have that they acknowledged it was damaged prior to me receiving it so hopefully it makes the claims process easier. I was really hoping to get to test it out this week.

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Ike delay 6ft 4. Works great for shorter fellas like myself. Can still cast a mile with the crankbait action. Word of advice if you’re fishing shadow raps. Change hooks or check them often. I’ve bent out several on good fishing days. I don’t like changing hooks though and buy pointers or jackal rerange now.

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