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I'm looking into a cranking blank for 6-12ft divers, I've been looking at the mhx 7ft mh mf and rainshadow revelation with the same specs. Has anyone used these blanks and do you have any other blank suggestions? Thanks for your input!

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Do the lure weight recommendations for these blanks match the lures you intend to cast?  Mod action is right, length is right, but the rod has to load properly for casting the cranks, and that depends on the lure weight recommendations.

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I like my x series pheonix a lot.  Might be worth a look.  The x-10 got rave reviews on TT and the larger x rods also did well minus handle length which is no issue on a custom build.

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Haven't really found anything better than my custom SBS706 Seeker. Lots of good stuff out there, but as of yet, not better. St. Croix's MH crankbait sticks are nice and still available at Rod Geeks. Popping rod blanks can make a dandy stick, the action of your blank is not as important as the final power of thr blank. A MH bass rod hasn't the same power as a crank stick even though they carry the same rating in the catalog.

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I plan on throwing cranks from 1/4-5/8 mostly rapala DTs 

I was wondering if the moderate fast action would be to fast

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Rod action isn't as important as you've been led to believe. Take any rod you have, doesn't make a difference what kind, for what, just a rod. Now bend it under a load equivalent to you have during fish fighting. What is the tip and the first two foot doing? Is the tip pointing toward the load? Is it more in a straight path vs a big bend under load? If so the part out there in the more straight position is no longer really doing anything, it's certainly not protecting the trebles, minimizing holes in the fish's face, etc. Sooner, or later you end up fighting the fish with the butt of the rod, how the tip bends goes away the more you load the rod.

Gary Loomis developed an XF rod close to 40 years ago for crankbaits, they were so popular companies like Lamiglas, St. Croix, All Star, Rainshadow, Rogue, Pacific Bay, G Loomis, Fenwick, etc. all build them , or have in the past. They make them in all materials, and all price points. 

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Croix MHM blank

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