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What is everyones choice in crankbait rods for big deep running crankbaits like D20 Lucky Crafts and DD22 Normans?  What length, power, action ect.

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The Lamiglas SR705R is THE BOMB. It was designed by Skeet Reese (2007 Angler of the Year).

http://www.lamiglas.com/prod_indiv.php?id=38

I have mine matched up with a Shimano CTE200GT (5.0:1).

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I use a 7ft MH St. Croix Avid.  If that price is a little high than I reccomend a fiberglass 7ft. MH St. Croix Premier.

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I use a 'Croix Legend Tournament 7'10" Mangum Cranker.  Heavy power/Moderate action.  Works awesome for B2's and other fat wobblers as well.  I've never thrown a crank so far.

Magnum Cranker + modified Lavender shad Norman Fat Boy (shaved lip).  I have a TD-Z 103p on it (5.1:1), and spool 15lb CXX...once hooked, the fish don't have a chance to get anywhere  :o.  I Bill Dance'em in...

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For lighter lures (Bomber Square A, Norman Fat Boy and Mann's 1-Minus) I recently picked up a St. Croix Avid AC70MM and matched it up with a Shimano Metanium. It's a great combination for lighter applications.

Another rod I consider more of an "all-around" treble hook rig is an Avid AC66MF which has a soft tip. This is the rod I use for jerkbaits, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater and lipless cranks. It's saddled with a Shimano Calais 200 (6.2:1).

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Ok, some are not going to believe what I 'm about to say after me bad mouthing them, IF you can find a Kistler Mag TS Crankbait series with Fuji reel seat ( which is a lot easier if you order direct to Kistler, just send them an e-mail asking ) 6 '6" or 7 M I 'm pretty sure you will like it, the blank behaves awesome.

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I've got a St Croix Premier 6'6" MHM crankbait rod paired with a 201 Curado DPV that I just love to fish but I still think its a little light for them big cranks such as a D22 Norman. I don't use big cranks that much but if I did, I'd be looking into something with a heavy action and at least 7 ft.

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I have the 7' St. Croix Avid Crankbait rod that is heavy power moderate action. It works great for smaller cranks and performs outstanding for the huge ones, especially DD22's

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Powell 7ft Crankbait series (Heavy action model). Love it. I used to use a Fiberglass rod, but the sensitivity and action of this light graphite rod is fantastic. The action is slow enough not to pull the bait away, but the light weight makes a huge difference when dragging a DD22 around in 14ft of water for 8hrs.

I throw the new Curado 5:1 model with 10lb P Line CXX.

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Loomis Loomis CBR843C is a wonderful rod for lures from 1/4-5/8 oz.  It is a lighter action than most, but with the braid I like to fish with, it is ideal.  

One mistake many make is going with an action that is too heavy, thinking that a lighter action won't handle big fish.  Big mistake.  The lighter actions load well, similar to the "loading" talked about with fly rods, and are more comfortable and effective for casting than the heavier actions.  And they will handle big fish just fine.

My first fish on mine was a largemouth of about 6 pounds weight, and the rod handled it perfectly.  It has also handled King Salmon up to about 15 pounds with no problems.

It has the characteristics you want in a crankbait rod, it is fairly soft and a little slow compared to most graphite rods, and it is feather light, unlike glass.  I have a glass crankbait rod, but it feels like a heavy club compared to the Loomis.  

I made mine, and one for my son.  He loves his for casting and also uses it for jigging and comments on how much he enjoys such a sensitive rod (also unlike glass).  He uses mono on his.

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