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What would make a good spinnerbait rig, if you had to name a rod and reel?

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Ive used a couple and have come to know that it is a personal preference thing.  But here is what I use and why.

Loomis 6'9m'xf.  I like a rod slightly under 7ft and an extra fast tip for accuracy and sensitivity.  I use a Curado e7 mainly because it balances well with the rod and when I throw spinnerbaits I usually move them along at a pretty fair pace. 

For someone looking to pick up a spinnerbait rig who has not had a dedicated rod/reel for this specific presentation in the past, I would suggest a rod in the 6'6 - 7' range. Medium heavy to medium power depending on how heavy of a spinnerbait you like to throw and depending on if you fish around heavy cover or not.  If you are not big on extra fast tips a fast will do just fine too.  I would pair it with a middle of the road reel (speed wise).  Something with a 6:something ratio. 

Hope this helps.

Jake

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Curado E7 on an MBR843 GLX/IMX. Its a MH fast action rod and is excellent for any spinnerbait in the 1/4 - 5/8 oz range. The GLX will have a slightly softer tip than the IMX, which I prefer for spinnerbaits. Obviously many reels will work, I just happen to have an E7 and I prefer a faster gear ratio for spinnerbait fishing.

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Spinnerbaits have always been one of my favorite baits. I'm currently using a Kistler Magnesium TS, Alton Jones spinnerbait special, 6'6" MH/F with a Revo S. I fish a lot of spinnerbaits and I would suggest a combo similar to this.

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Spinnerbaits have always been one of my favorite baits. I'm currently using a Kistler Magnesium TS, Alton Jones spinnerbait special, 6'6" MH/F with a Revo S. I fish a lot of spinnerbaits and I would suggest a combo similar to this.

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After going through many rod and reel combinations, I finally settled on a G Loomis GLX MBR783 and a Daiwa Sol.  Great set-up for spinnerbaits in all weight ranges.

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Just one?? ;D

First, casting gear is better for crank intensive techniques than is spinning. I assume casting is what you are looking at.

I use two rigs:

-A shorter 5-1/2 or 6ft M with some backbone but a softer tip for close-in pitching -accurate casting -with smaller baits of 1/8 to 3/8oz. I love this rig for wading ponds and pitching to visible stuff.

-A longer 7ft MH for long casting and/or heavier baits (1/2 up). A flexible tip is good for accurate pitching, but you need some power in the blank for setting hooks at distance. One technique I use a lot is what I call 'bulging' -retrieving a heavy tandem-bladed bait just under the surface. I like a high speed LH reel so I do not have to switch hands (I'm right-handed). I want to engage the reel and the bait just before it touches down, and begin the retrieve immediately. The long rod is also an advantage in changing directions with the bait, which can trigger strikes, by leaning right or left. Steer it to and around cover pieces and edges, or just suddenly change directions, or zig-zag. It works. When in shallow, relatively warm water, I always have this rig ready to fly.

If I had to choose one it would be the longer rig. It's more versatile, as you can pitch with it too. But you (or I should say I) need more swinging room -something not always available when shore fishing.

Specific recommendations? Not really. Tons of great rods out there in all price ranges. The short rod I'm using is a Skyline pistol grip I paid big bucks for in 1983, and love dearly. The long rod I had been using up until just last week :) was a Shimano Convergence MH -$40. Not a bad rod really (but not in the 'love' category). Perfect action for SBs with that slightly rubbery IM6 tip lol. My upgrade is a 6-10 MH Browning Midas (85mil). It's a much nicer rod (lighter, crisper), but 4X the price.

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After lots of recommendations from one of my friends... I believe to have found my perfect rig.

Chronarch D7 on a Dobyns DX703C with either 12# yozuri hybrid, or 16# machine gun cast.

It truly is a joy to fish with.

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