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What is the best action for a crankbait rod i heard it was medium action soo you dont set the hook to soon? Anyone tips would be great!

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Medium Action work the best but you can get away w/ almost any medium power rod fast action that has an overly soft tip. If you want a crankbait specific rod, I would recommend  a medium action rod that is fairly long.

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I assume you're talking bait casting.

Don't believe the argument that the best crankbait rod is glass. Glass is much heavier and less sensitive than a rod with a somewhat equivalent action made of graphite.  Graphite makes a great crankbait rod as long as it is the right action for the weight of the lures you are casting and is a fairly soft action for the reasons you mentioned.

For fairly light lures I love the Loomis Crankbait CBR843C (completed rod number). I made mine and it is the lightest rod I've made to date, even against top of the line spinning rods of same 7 foot length.  I made one for my son and he loves his, and uses it for jigging as well as cranks and comments on how nice it is to use a rod that sensitive.

Keep the line you will be using in mind as well.  I use braid, and the soft action of the 843 pairs well with braid, offering some forgivness to the non-stretch braid.  My son uses mono and still loves the rod.  With mono you might go up to the next model.

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Yeah I dont really have the money for a loomis right now but i think im gonna give some medium action rod a shot and see how i like it. Now should i be able to feel the vibration of the lure im using for example i was using the norman fat boy lure and it was shaking my rod to hell is that ok?

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VIBRATION IS GOOD!

you definitley want to feel the vibrations. that lets you know whats going on down there. if you feel strong vibrations then you know everything is going well...if they vibrations start to feel mushy, then you probably picked up a leaf or a piece of grass or something that killed the action. now you can rip you bait hard to rip off the tag-a-long. that triggers strikes sometimes ;)

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I assume you're talking bait casting.

Don't believe the argument that the best crankbait rod is glass. Glass is much heavier and less sensitive than a rod with a somewhat equivalent action made of graphite. Graphite makes a great crankbait rod as long as it is the right action for the weight of the lures you are casting and is a fairly soft action for the reasons you mentioned.

For fairly light lures I love the Loomis Crankbait CBR843C (completed rod number). I made mine and it is the lightest rod I've made to date, even against top of the line spinning rods of same 7 foot length. I made one for my son and he loves his, and uses it for jigging as well as cranks and comments on how nice it is to use a rod that sensitive.

Keep the line you will be using in mind as well. I use braid, and the soft action of the 843 pairs well with braid, offering some forgivness to the non-stretch braid. My son uses mono and still loves the rod. With mono you might go up to the next model.

+1... Except for the weight between glass and graphite.  When I did all the research for my CB rod, I found that the statement is not true.  Powell for instance, there glass rods are the same or lighter than the graphite of the same specs.  Other than that I agree.

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What is the best action for a crankbait rod i heard it was medium action soo you dont set the hook to soon? Anyone tips would be great!

most people prefer moderate or mod-fast action for cranking.  I much prefer graphite.

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Check out Bass Pro Shops for their rods on sale- Bionic Blades and Extremes are very good and often at great prices.  Especially the combos.

Re the comment on glass lighter than equivalent graphite-doesn't sound logical when you consider that the modulus of elasticity of graphite is so much higher than glass.  Seems impossible with guides, grips, and reel seats of the equivalent same weight that the blank could be lighter.  Would like to see some data.

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Just received my BPS Christmas catalog and their Extremes and Bionic Blades are on sale: Extremes for 64.99 + shipping (XTR66MT or XTR70MT - I prefer longer rather than shorter, and suggest these medium actions for cranks-will cast more easily and comfortably than a heavy action and will be softer for the cranks) or Bionic Blades for $54.99 + shipping (BNC70MT).

I don't think you can do better for a value rod than these.  I've used both and they are good rods.  

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Regarding:  +1... Except for the weight between glass and graphite.  When I did all the research for my CB rod, I found that the statement is not true.  Powell for instance, there glass rods are the same or lighter than the graphite of the same specs.  Other than that I agree.

I went to their website, and sure enough, they say their glass rods are lighter than what appears to be equivalent graphite.  Not sure how they do it, but until I weigh one, I stand corrected.

Their rods look like a pretty good value considering how light they are.  Sure wish they had blanks for sale to build one up.

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