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I'm looking for my first crankbait rod. I am will to spend around $150. I would use it for for crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Any suggestions?

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Depends on what size crankbaits/spinnerbaits you want to throw.

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You should be able to get a used Loomis crankbait rod for that. Just decide on what size baits you want to throw, pick a rod from their lineup and start looking around.

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I'm looking for my first crankbait rod. I am will to spend around $150. I would use it for for crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Any suggestions?

Thanks

IMO $150 is way too much to spend on a crankbait rod. you dont need the "feel" you willl need while fishing with plastics.

i like the Falcon Original and the Wright and McGill rods for the money. Shimano Clarus Rod 7' Medium MF Taper looks like a good fit as well.

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Also St. Croix Premeire Crankbait rods are great for the price.  $100 for a Premeire rod...sounds like you need at 7' MH fast.

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I'll second the St Croix Premier but would go with the crankbait rod 7' MHM...best bang for the buck for $110

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I have a Lucky Craft Crankbait rod that is $150 w/ free shipping from TW.  I would recommend these rods to anyone looking for a new crankbait rod.  Lots of people say that it's too much to spend on a crankbait rod and I thought that as well but after fishing it this year, I could not go back to a BPS Crankin Stick ever again. 

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sorry...tbird is right MH Medium not fast...

but regardless...St. Croix Premeire Crankbait rod

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i personally would say you should save up more then $150 like i did since i just got a cranking rod and reel.  You should save up and get a shimano calais 5.0:1 ration and then a g.loomis CBR783C.  This setup is summed up in one word from my experience so far with it.  Amazing.

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no one has mentioned purchasing a rod with an S Glass blank...I'm in the market for a crankin stick as well.  Through my research I've noticed thats a common suggestion.  Perhaps all the suggested rods are S Glass.  But can someone help me out and tell me why that is important. Some of my top choices are graphite and thats what I've always used...What are the benefits of S Glass?  Thanks alot!

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no one has mentioned purchasing a rod with an S Glass blank...I'm in the market for a crankin stick as well. Through my research I've noticed thats a common suggestion. Perhaps all the suggested rods are S Glass. But can someone help me out and tell me why that is important. Some of my top choices are graphite and thats what I've always used...What are the benefits of S Glass? Thanks alot!

with glass rods , they have a parabolic bend to them , making them optimal for crankbait fishing with small treble hooks . for me tho , i would choose a graphite rod because they are alot lighter and are effortless to cast all day !!!

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If you are going to spend $150 on a rod I think you should also look at ease replacement. Let's face it sometimes rods break or they get shut in a tail gate or rod locker lid or stepped on. You can't go wrong with a Shimano Crucial. If something does happen, take it where you bought it and no questions are asked. If they have the same one in stock they give you the new one and you are fishing again. It is also IMO the best rod around for the money. I have 2 Loomis rods(I do like their spinner bait rods), 5 St.Croix's and 12 Crucials and 2 Cumera's. I would recomend the Crucials over any I have fished. And on that same note I would buy the crucial before the Cumera just because I don't think they are $100 dollar better rod. The best thing to do is feel them out in the store then if they have a demo program fish with one of each and decide for yourself. All of us have different likes and dislikes and more than likely you do also. This is an area kinda of like buying a car. I can tell you the one I like and mechanically the problems or lack of but not everyone want a 1975 AMC Pacer.LOL

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Lots of good replys and info so far.  Glass rods are great for cranking because the flex is transferred well down the length of the blank and glass is slower to react or rebound that graphite.  That translates to an action that allows for the use of lighter test lines and more forgiveness when a fish surges with those smaller treble hooks. Glass is less expensive but also heavier.  The wall thickness is generally thinner than graphite so the tube diameters are larger. The brands mentioned are all top shelf.  I use a Lamiglas XCC 725 which is a graphite glass composite.  It provides the best features of both materials. I throw deep Normans and Hot Lips all day long. It will handle the weights you mentioned.  I hardly use my Skeet Reece model anymore and it is a super stick as well. The Loomis CBR783 is very popular in my area but are a bit pricier than most sticks.  Good luck !

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would you all recommend a parabolic flex for throwing lipless crankbaits...perhaps in a MH compared to a medium flex that you would want for throwing smaller crankbaits.  I ask because I've always used a MH....Extra Fast for lipless and cranking bait alike.  I need to change to a moderate action.  I'm wondering if a medium/moderate can throw 6-10 diving crankbaits and 1/2 ounce lipless baits at the same time or if I should be going with a medium moderate for my cranks and medium heavy moderate for my lipless...  The last few posts really have helped me narrow down my decisions, look forward to hearing more.

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I may be the odd bird out, but I like a sensitive rod for cranking. I like to be able to distinguish a light bite from bumping a rock when possible and find a more sensitve rod helps out here.

If you wanted to go with a Loomis - the CBR 845 would be an ideal match for the weights you want to throw - they do show up in the flea market used from time to time around your price range.

I would also consider the Shimano Crucial TC4 crankbait rods. The 7' MH TC4 is an outstanding rod for the money and will suit your needs extremely well. It also has a lifetime over the counter exchange warranty!

  And I DO NOT like glass rods at all!

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I'm also looking for a crankbiat rod for deep divers. Figured on getting a glass rod. Surprised no one suggested the KVD rod for $150.00 IS it overrated? Thought about the Skeet S-Glass but it slighty underrated for heavy crankbaits, is it that big of deal though?

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I picked up the KVD rod at BPS the other day, trying to narrow down my decisions.  I felt that rod was extremely heavy for my liking; something you might want to hold in your hand before purchasing, maybe it will fit your needs just wanted to point that out.  Not for me atleast.

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You can use a parabolic action for lipless baits. If you fish lipless baits around alot of heavy vegetation and find yourself ripping the bait out, the parabolic action may be too slow reacting to get that clean quick pull out of the grass. Just think about that aspect. I would suspect most use a faster action for that purpose. Powell makes a Trap rod. I would love to put that in my hand and see how it performs.

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If you are looking for a deep crank rod for those heavier cranks, I know I sound like a broken record, but give the Crucial CRCC-72MH a spin. I think you'll be happy and you can launch a DD22 a mile when paired with a good reel. I use a Daiwa Luna with mine. Oh and Yes the KVD rods and the Skeet Reese rods feel like boat anchors after fishing with a crucial. Both are quite a bit heavier.

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in my hands, fishing with cranks is like fishing with plastic, blades or anything else.

cbr845 is all you need...avid 70mhm is not a bad second.

both can be found in your price range.

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im selling a gently used st croix legend tournament crankbait rod. 160 shipped to your door in a PVC tube.

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If you are looking for a deep crank rod for those heavier cranks, I know I sound like a broken record, but give the Crucial CRCC-72MH a spin. I think you'll be happy and you can launch a DD22 a mile when paired with a good reel. I use a Daiwa Luna with mine. Oh and Yes the KVD rods and the Skeet Reese rods feel like boat anchors after fishing with a crucial. Both are quite a bit heavier.

what?

the skeet rods are THAT much heavier than the crucials... if at all.

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If you are looking for a deep crank rod for those heavier cranks, I know I sound like a broken record, but give the Crucial CRCC-72MH a spin. I think you'll be happy and you can launch a DD22 a mile when paired with a good reel. I use a Daiwa Luna with mine. Oh and Yes the KVD rods and the Skeet Reese rods feel like boat anchors after fishing with a crucial. Both are quite a bit heavier.

what?

the skeet rods are THAT much heavier than the crucials... if at all.

The Skeet rods are made of fiberglass where the Shimano is a TC4 construction. Yes the Skeet rods are heavier. I may have exagerated on the boat anchor deal but I like a light rod. Maybe because during the sumer months I usually fish daylight till dark then half the night every weekend I am home. I may fish as much as 20 hrs in a day. With that said ounces=a lot of weight. Don't get me wrong the Skeet Rods are excellent products and I am a huge fan of Skeet. His Abu Reel is the best they have had at Abu.(I own 3) But IMO the Crucial coupled with a zillion reel is my stick of choice. As I said before we all have opinions this is just mine.

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