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Baitcaster - Too much rod flex = bad?

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Lately I have been using a recent birthday gift from the lady in a St Croix Mojo Bass 6'6'' Medium Power with a BPS Pro Qual. I am noticing that it throws my LC LVR Minis way better than my Brush Hog/Senko/rubber bait and 1/4 Oz bullet weight combos. I am new to the baitcasting world and have only been using them for a little under a year now. I noticed that when I am throwing these heavier baits, the tip of the rod is flexing quite a bit. Matter of fact, it is flexing a little if I just hold the rod in the air with one of these baits on it. Am I experiencing some diminishing returns here in too much flex? I don't know how else to explain this really!

Also, I am about to be in the market for another rod as I just sold off one of my safe queen pistols. I feel that this rod is great for cranks and topwaters. What would be a weight range to look at for the heavier bait combos I mentioned above?

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A medium power is fine for plastics with a 1/4 oz weight, typically... read the weight reighting on your rod, and it will tell you.  A softer rod (as long as it's appropriate)  will help casting distance significantly. 

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As a general rule of thumb I like stiffer actions for plastics, jigs, and single hook slow presentations, and a more flexible rod for cranks, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. The exception to the rule is that I like a somewhat stiff rod for X - raps because it gives the lure a better action.

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As a general rule of thumb I like stiffer actions for plastics, jigs, and single hook slow presentations, and a more flexible rod for cranks, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. The exception to the rule is that I like a somewhat stiff rod for X - raps because it gives the lure a better action.

Well put.

I just like a tougher rod action to really be able to set the hook in a "texas" situation  8-)

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Well if it's within weight limit, I can't quite figure out why in the world my casting distance is being affected so much. I feel like it's over flexing, not sure why.

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Is it possible that you have an extra fast action and it just the upper tip? look just above the reel seat and tell us your rods specs!

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Power Medium, Action Fast, 10-17 lb Line, 1/4-5/8 oz bait

I have used fast action rods before for throwing these heavier rubber baits with no issues. Is there just more flex in this line of rods?

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More "flex" will typically allow you to cast farther.

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Are you throwing the two different kinds of baits with the same reel and line?

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what pound test line?, also it could be technique. I am just adding my $.02

   -gk

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50lb Power Pro Braid, I have no problem casting my light crank/jerks far, but anything with some mass to it is giving me problems. I haven't been out on the water since I started this thread, maybe tonight. I'll pay more attention to my technique and see whats going on.

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