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I am getting closer to figuring out a good crankbait setup. The reel I'm going to get is:

Bass Pro Shops® Pro Qualifier® Baitcast Reel - Left-Hand Retrive 5.2:1

The confusion is still with the rod. My price range is nothing over $130. I'm looking at these so far:

Bass Pro Shops® CarbonLite Trigger Rod: 7'M mod 1/4 - 5/8oz

Abu Garcia® Vendetta Trigger Rod : 7'M mod-fast 1/4 - 5/8 oz or 7'3 MH mod 1/4 - 1oz

St. Croix® Mojo Bass Trigger Rod: 7'MH mod 3/8 - 1oz

Can someone please help find a good rod?

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Why not 7'6"?

With lipped cranks, especially deep-runners, you want to maximize your casting distance.

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I wouldn't mind a 7'6, I just haven't been able to find one in Medium power and Moderate action in my price range. Any suggestions?

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I have a 7 M/M Carbonlite and love it, but I also like the Skeet Reese crankbait rod and I am getting a Powell glass crank rodl.

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Any one of those rods will work for your intended use. Get your hands on each of them and decide which has the best feel.

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Why not 7'6"?

With lipped cranks, especially deep-runners, you want to maximize your casting distance.

id love to have a few 7'6" rods, problem is, the ppl who made the early 90's bass boats never though about putting a rod that long in a rod box.

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If you want to go with a longer rod with a medium power then I would look into a BPS Cranking Stick.

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Thanks for all the advice fellas! I went with the Carbonlite 7'M mod paired with the pro qualifier 5.2:1.

Excited to try out the combo!

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So this Bass fishing thing is harder than I thought!

I've been reading articles, and have noticed most fall crankbait setups involve a reel that is 6.1 - 6.3:1. Why is this? Is it because if you're cranking through shallower water you don't need as much area to work towards the desired depth?

I was planning on going with the BPS Pro Qualifier 5.2:1; would this be too slow for fall crankbaiting in shallower water? Should I just stick with using my 6.2:1 for this fall and get a better rod, rather than the BPS Carbonlite for fall crankbaiting?

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Its all personal preference. The reason some like a 6.X:1 in fall cranking is because your not cranking very deep, so there is not a lot or strain on the wrist etc etc. Also you can make that shallow crank fly  8-) I say, stick with the 6.4 if you want and get a good cranking stick, But then again when the bass get deep next year, your gonna want that 5:X:1 reel. It all depends on what your bait monkey whispers in your ear  :)

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I would go with the 6.3 or 6.4 reel since you won't be fishing the cranks deep. I would also check out the KVD rods at BPS as well. Take a look at the TKVD685M,TKVD705M which are both M/M and the TKVD706M is a MH/MF and they are $149.99.

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The slower reel is used to keep away the fatigue from using heavy resistance baits. Really, if you can get a new rod AND reel, that would be best. A BPS PQ + a BPS Crankin stick is only about 170.

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should i just go ahead and get the BPS reel 5.2:1 as well? I was really leaning towards the carbonlite rod, i feel its something i could use for years to come and be satisfied with the quality.

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IMO I would get the 5.2:1 PQ, but I would spend 30 or so more dollars to get a Powell rod  if your budget allows it. Im not really a big fan of the reel seat on the Carbonlite.

Check this one out --> Model#: 704 CB - In Stock!

Length: 7'0" - Power: Medium - Power Rating: 4

Line Wt: 8lbs. - 17lbs. - Lure Wt: 1/4oz. - 3/4oz. - Action: Mod-Fast - Handle: 2

    $139.99

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Ok, here are some other options...

*** has some good deals.

I found this reel:

Pflueger Trion Casting Reels - 5.2:1 (but right handed, which I can use, just perfer lefty for better rod control)

http://www.***.com/Pflueger_Trion_Casting_Reels/descpage-PTCR.html

No rods left for sale for cranking, but would consider purchasing a rod with this reel, unless pro qualifier is better quality.

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I've never used the Pfleuger so I cant comment on it, but I have a PQ and I absolutely love it for what I payed for it. Its a steal at $99 IMO. Do you have a preference on ordering from just one site? Or do you not mind buying from two.

But that pfueger looks decent at its price.

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So you also think I should invest in the reel?

Am I right in the purpose of a slower reel and how its used?

Revo S on the flea market for $75. pm the guy and talk turkey, you never know what will happen.

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Ok, I know I've said it before, but with the suggestions from others I decided to invest more into the rod. So I'm limiting my reel to $80-100. I'm in between these reels:

Daiwa Exceler Crankbait Casting Reels LH 4.9:1 9.1oz  - $79.95

Pflueger Trion Casting Reels RH 5.2:1 8.9oz - $88.88

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier LH 5.2:1 8.8oz - $99.99

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier LH 4.7:1 8.8oz - $99.99

Browning Fishing Citori Baitcast Reels LH 5.4:1 8.7oz - $99.99

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Ok, I know I've said it before, but with the suggestions from others I decided to invest more into the rod. So I'm limiting my reel to $80-100. I'm in between these reels:

Daiwa Exceler Crankbait Casting Reels LH 4.9:1 9.1oz - $79.95

Pflueger Trion Casting Reels RH 5.2:1 8.9oz - $88.88

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier LH 5.2:1 8.8oz - $99.99

Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier LH 4.7:1 8.8oz - $99.99

Browning Fishing Citori Baitcast Reels LH 5.4:1 8.7oz - $99.99

Cant go wrong with those, basically the question is, which brakes do you prefer? Mag or centrifugal

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