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I know the general rule of thumb for experienced crankbait anglers is to use a Composite or Glass Rod, and I've owned plenty of Composite rods over the years (my favorite was the discontinued Team Daiwa TD-s Crankin Rod) but in the past few years Ive consistently found myself using Moderate Fast Graphite for all of my moving baits, regardless of depth. I actually like the added sensitivity a Moderate Fast Graphite offers when crawling a crankbait on bottom. In your experience and opinion, is the added sensitivity not worth the trade off ? are there other anglers who also prefer Moderate Fast Graphite for cranking or is this 100% the wrong tool to use for Mid to Deep Cranking ? 

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I don't think its the wrong tool, its personal preference IMO.

 

I like glass, I have a St-Croix LTG rod and love it, best crankbait rod I have used...

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If it works for you, what difference does it make?  I know guys that use braid for cranking because they’re confident in doing so. I prefer graphite in a cranking rod for the added sensitivity. I’ve tried a glass rod, but didn’t care for it. 

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I like glass and fluorocarbon for pretty much all cranking but it's personal preference, use whatever you like.

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In big deep divers I like glass and braid. But mid and shallow I like a moderate fast and copoly. 

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I think you are on to something and can broaden the use for topwaters and bladed jigs as well.  Glass rods all felt heavy and dull to me.

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I use a graphite rod for all my shallow to mid diving, I personally use a Lews 7ft MH fast taper. Even though the rule of thumb is mod fast and mod action the fast taper has worked wonder for me. I truly enjoy that rod for squarebills and lipless cranks. If i'm throwing something like a Dt-10 through Dt-14 i use a Favorite Fishing "balance" 7ft MH Mod-fast action. those are my two main cranking rods and both are graphite, so i wouldn't be too worried about it, graphite has more sensitivity and really allows me to feel the bills grinding on rocks or hitting grass. I would definitely keep with graphite if it works for you.

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I use fast graphites in my cranking, which nowadays, is mostly shallow to mid. A do a lot of weed-ripping here too, and I need the power there. I gave up fiberglass in... 1981. This is not to say there isn't better glass, or good glass rods out there. I still have an S-Glass Steelhead plug rod. But... I only used it for Hot-Shot side-planing. My regular plug-n-drift rod was a lovely high modulus graphite, that was made... back when few knew how to make use of the wonderous potential graphite promised, properties we can now simply take for granted. 🙇‍♂️

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Last season, I used a MH/MF glass (composite) rod for all of my moving baits, although a rod that stiff as far as crankbaits goes it's a better action for fishing square bills in grass or around stumps, or deep divers where you can use that extra power to pull them out from the extra depth but I made sure to use lines with stretch (not braid). It also makes a great spinnerbait and bladed jig rod. This year, I picked up a M/MF glass rod for crankbaits which I will run with 12lb fluro, and I'll run 15lb fluro on the MH/MF.

 

As far as being glass or graphite, if the power and action of the rod are right then it shouldn't matter if it's graphite or glass. Glass is a little heavier and in most cases does not transmit vibrations as much as graphite although my son has a MH/MF graphite rod and I find my MH/MF rod does mute vibrations but I'm able to notice some more minor things I can't on his graphite rod at the same time, it's hard to explain. Glass is also heavier, but it doesn't bother me personally.

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I use braid to leader with my glass, its like the best of both worlds :)

 

No stretch for good hookups and crankbait depth.

 

And there's nothing like that buttery smooth power curve of glass when you have a nice fish at the end of the line trying to throw your crankbaits.

 

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Never cared for any all glass rods I’ve tried. 50/50 on composites - just depends on how it’s made. Lower level graphite in a more moderate action has always worked out best for me. 

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Rick Clunn has said that fishing a crankbait on a graphite rod almost cost him a classic win because the sensitivity caused him to loose fish.  Anyone agree with him that sensitivity is bad when fishing crankbaits?

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2 hours ago, Tennessee Boy said:

Rick Clunn has said that fishing a crankbait on a graphite rod almost cost him a classic win because the sensitivity caused him to loose fish.  Anyone agree with him that sensitivity is bad when fishing crankbaits?

I agree, but only to a point. It's a fine line. I think rod action starts playing into the equation more as sensitivity goes up. I believe you can be either too sensitive, or not sensitive enough. I like playing in the middle.

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5 hours ago, Yumeya said:

And there's nothing like that buttery smooth power curve of glass when you have a nice fish at the end of the line trying to throw your crankbaits.

Hey how do you like that St Croix glass rod? I checked out the 6'10" medium at Cabelas and it felt awesome, maybe a little tip heavy.

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On 3/4/2019 at 9:06 PM, waymont said:

Hey how do you like that St Croix glass rod? I checked out the 6'10" medium at Cabelas and it felt awesome, maybe a little tip heavy.

I have the 7'4" MH and love it, I use it almost every time I go out on the boat.

 

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