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So I have a 6'10" Shimano Crucial that I use for topwater. it is a MH, but the only problem is it is a XF. While I like the soft tip for twitching, I do not like it when a fish is hooked because it hits the backbone of the rod too quickly (it was billed as a jig/t rig rod with the etched jig on the butt of the rod). Are there rods that are 6'10" MH, but a fast action, but with a limber soft tip? Thoughts?

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The med hvy crucial rod tends to be fairly stiff and not a very good rod for treble hook baits.

The expride 6'10" is great for topwaters and jerkbaits. It is a much softer rod.

I hear the megabass one ten special is also a superb rod for those techniques.

Any rod that is not quite so stiff and fast would probably do well.

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What top waters are you throwing? Frogs, poppers, spooks, WP....they're all different.

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Yup, the Falcon Cara Finesse jig rod is perfect. It’s a 6’10” MH with a fast tip. Perfect for topwaters, IMO. I’m sure the Expride is also a nice rod and should do well.

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I love mine

Impulse Zell Rowland Signatures Series Casting Rods...

 

I also use the MB flatside special and between them both, they cover everything I need

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11 minutes ago, Junger said:

What top waters are you throwing? Frogs, poppers, spooks, WP....they're all different.

this would be for spooks and walking baits/ bigger topwater. i have a 6'6" medium fast for small poppers jerkbaits and i have a dobyns 735 for my frogs

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The Kistler Helium3 6'9" MHXF has a soft tip that works really nicely for walking baits. Some people say "when you forget to delay setting the hook, this rod does it for you". It's more like a Fast action given the soft tip. It's also very light and easy to fish all day. I love mine.

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36 minutes ago, raoka said:

this would be for spooks and walking baits/ bigger topwater. i have a 6'6" medium fast for small poppers jerkbaits and i have a dobyns 735 for my frogs

What line are you using too? On some rods where it's light cover, I use mono for some "cushion".

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19 minutes ago, Junger said:

What line are you using too? On some rods where it's light cover, I use mono for some "cushion".

i use mono. i am currently using yozuri hybrid, but will probably be switching to sunline defier

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5 minutes ago, raoka said:

i use mono. i am currently using yozuri hybrid, but will probably be switching to sunline defier

Try that route first before spending a lot of cash on a whole new rod. I use a 12lb Big Game mono, and it has a lot more give than the YHB that I use on my other rods. I don't have any experience with Defier, but apparently that's top of the line mono.

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2 hours ago, Junger said:

Try that route first before spending a lot of cash on a whole new rod. I use a 12lb Big Game mono, and it has a lot more give than the YHB that I use on my other rods. I don't have any experience with Defier, but apparently that's top of the line mono.

i use yhb and while i get okay hooksets from far, the closer the fish gets the backbone of the rod gets extra noticable and i wish for a more parabolic bend to the rod. i don't want something like a crankbait rod, hence why i say something with a fast taper instead of an xf

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