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I'm looking for a new crankbait setup. Price isn't a huge issue, but I don't want to spend a lifetime's salary on it. Any suggestions?

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Reel:

Daiwa Sol

Rod:

Compre Crankbait Cast Rod 7' Medium, CPC-C70MB

Falcon LowRider XG Cast 7' Medium, LFC-4-17

the Avid gets a lot of talk as far as cranking goes but i have never used one.

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the avid 70mhm or the cbr845 make excellent all-around crank rods.

matched with a curado e5, neither would break the bank.

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I would go with a higher end 5 to 1 ratio cranking reel.  Buy what ever brand you have confidence in, they all offer a crankbait model, i.e., Revo, Curado, Zillion and so on.  At least consider a glass or dedicated crankbait model rod in what ever length you prefer, i.e., 6-6 or 7 foot.  If you choose an all graphite, look for a slower action.  You're fishing smaller treble hooked lures and the slower action has some " forgiveness" to it and will help with hook ups and staying hooked up. There's a bunch of manufactures who have dedicated crankbait rods.  Loomis, St Croix, Falcon, Dobyns, Lamiglas and Quantum are just a few.  This set up category is huge for personal preference in brands. Just look for low ratio, softer action and quality construction and performance.  You should be able to get a great set up for $270.00 to $450.00. Good luck  !

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For the rod, should I mainly be looking for a 7' Medium?

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are you wanting to deep crank or throw shallow cranks and square bills?

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I'll be throwing more shallow cranks with it, I don't deep crank much.

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Dobyns Champion series 704 CB Glass best crankbait rod ever made.

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Reel: 5.0-1 Ardent XS 1000

Rod: St. Croix Avid Cranking Rod

I LOVE this setup for cranking, and all of the above are made in the USA  8-)

Most of the guys here are shimano/abu/ or diawa guys. Not to many Ardent, so I will probobly be the only one who suggests this combo.

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Shallow and/or medium weight:

St. Croix Avid AVC70MM/ Curado 200E7

Deep:

Lamiglas SR705R/ CTE200GT

8-)

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If I am reading correctly. Does my 6' 6" Vendetta match up well with what I am looking for?

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Shallow and/or medium weight:

St. Croix Avid AVC70MM/ Curado 200E7

Deep:

Lamiglas SR705R/ CTE200GT

8-)

Do I want the Curado 200E7 or the 200E5? I thought I would need to slower gear ratio?

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If I am reading correctly. Does my 6' 6" Vendetta match up well with what I am looking for?

For shallow cranks, the vendetta would do ok.  For deeper baits, a longer, more powerful rod would do you good.  I personally use a 6'10" MH Carrot Stix Gold with a Sol for anything under 10'.  After that I go to my 7'MH Lucky Craft with a Curado 200e5.

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My setup:

Shimano Compre Cranking Rod 7' M

Shimano Curado 201dpv 5.0:1 ratio

Yo-Zuri Hybrid line 12lbs test.

90% of my cranking is in 6' or less and this setup just kills.

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I'm looking for a new crankbait setup. Price isn't a huge issue, but I don't want to spend a lifetime's salary on it. Any suggestions?

I can't speak from personal experience, only from the researching I've been doing the past 4 months. It seems to me that everybody makes a good cranking rod, usually in several model lines (thus price points).

Might want to try one of these in a medium action if you want to keep the budget way down. I'd say from reading this review that a MH might be a bit too much unless you can take it easy on the hook set.

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewairrusac661mh.html

I would love to try a Dobyns and Cara T7, and Phenix, etc., etc., but money is tight. I have a tendency to go for the underdog. I got an excellent price on one of these used, except mine is a MH model.

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewairrusultraxl.html

Doesn't seem to be very popular, but I really like it so far. Just wish I could catch a fish on it!!! Course that's my problem, not the rod's. ;D I've had a Fuego and currently have a Zillion on it. Both cast lures extremely well IMO. Of course, that doesn't count for much at this point. :D

Another reasonable option that got a great review.

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewphenixx10.html

If you haven't done so already, a good starting point is to read some of these reviews.

http://www.tackletour.com/menuarchive.html

You'll see that the Powell 683C (among others) also got a great review. Your biggest problem is going to be narrowing the field to 2-3 choices. ;D ;D

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If I am reading correctly. Does my 6' 6" Vendetta match up well with what I am looking for?

For shallow cranks, the vendetta would do ok. For deeper baits, a longer, more powerful rod would do you good. I personally use a 6'10" MH Carrot Stix Gold with a Sol for anything under 10'. After that I go to my 7'MH Lucky Craft with a Curado 200e5.

So should I be looking to just put a slower reel on it, and find another technique specific rod to pair my Citica with?

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Your Citica will be fine. Thats what I use on my St Croix Premier, 6'6" Med/Mod crankbait (graphite) rod. Will throw a Minus 1 a mile. 

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Well, I got that rod as a general baitcaster to use, didn't know that it would end up being my crankbait rod until now.

Guess I should look for another technique specific setup, as I told myself last week that I was going to get another one.

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i'm very happy with my Phenix X-10. very light, casts great. i've got a curado e-5 on it right now. i don't think you need the slower speed reel for anything other than deep crankin though. have fun lookin at all those rods.

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i don't think you need the slower speed reel for anything other than deep crankin though.

i like 6:1 for small to mid size cranks. 7:1 is fine for shallow/small cranks, IMO.

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i don't think you need the slower speed reel for anything other than deep crankin though.

i like 6:1 for small to mid size cranks. 7:1 is fine for shallow/small cranks, IMO.

I was wondering, because I have heard folks say that you need a 5:1?

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I have a St. Croix PGC70MMF with an Ardent XS1000.

I freakin' love it. :D

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I like the 5:1 for all cranks. But you could use whatever ratio you want you just have to slow down the retrieve. A good size rod is 7' it adds distance to your cast compared to 6'or 6'-6", this is helpful when your casting light cranks like griffons. Medium is a good power. I use a kistler mag/ crank rattle and roll and curado E5

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