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I'm in the market for a New Crankbait rod for shallow to medium diver crankbaits. All of the rods are 7 ft Medium and either M or MF action. The rod will be paired with a Daiwa Exceler with either 10# fluoro or braid in the mono equivalent. I've handled the St. Croix at Cabelas and plan to do the same thing with the others in the next couple of days. The Falcon may not be out but is very close to the Falcon Cara.

Looking for opinions from anyone that has used any of the rods mentioned.

Thanks

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you dont need a super high end rod for crankbaits.

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I would suggest a BPS crankin' stick. If you go on the website, they are almost always on sale for about $60.

    -gk

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I'm gonna go the other way with this and say that if it's in reality to get a higher quality cranking rod, then do so if you plan on crankin much at all.  I had two Crankin Sticks and while they are great rods for the price, I'll never touch one again.  I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good crankin rod at a great price but sensitivity matters, even in fishing cranks.  With a Crankin Stick, if you hit something, you know you bit something but aren't sure what, bites are very tough to distinguish until the fish starts to fight.  With a more sensitive rod, you can learn the difference between rock, wood, and grass and feel and recognize the bite sooner.

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I'm gonna go the other way with this and say that if it's in reality to get a higher quality cranking rod, then do so if you plan on crankin much at all. I had two Crankin Sticks and while they are great rods for the price, I'll never touch one again. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good crankin rod at a great price but sensitivity matters, even in fishing cranks. With a Crankin Stick, if you hit something, you know you bit something but aren't sure what, bites are very tough to distinguish until the fish starts to fight. With a more sensitive rod, you can learn the difference between rock, wood, and grass and feel and recognize the bite sooner.

You will appreciate the LTBC70MM from day 1.

8-)

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I have the Veritas and like it for deep cranks and 3/8-1/2oz spinnerbaits. I originally got it for shallow-medium cranks but it's a little faster action than I like for that. It also feels closer to a MH than M power.

I do like the rod just not for what I originally purchased it for. Someone posted a weight on the rod at 4.1oz. When you put an older Revo Premier on it it's an incredibly light combo! It also feels very good with the 5:1 Fuego I use for deep cranks.

The Falcon may be a good choice.  I have handled the 7' M Bucoo in a store and it felt pretty good.   I have no experience with the other 2 at all so I won't comment on them.

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you dont need a super high end rod for crankbaits.

i thought that for years until i bought a Cumara Reation rod.

did i need it? no. but it makes a huge difference over  the Falcon Lowrider.

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I'm gonna go the other way with this and say that if it's in reality to get a higher quality cranking rod, then do so if you plan on crankin much at all. I had two Crankin Sticks and while they are great rods for the price, I'll never touch one again. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good crankin rod at a great price but sensitivity matters, even in fishing cranks. With a Crankin Stick, if you hit something, you know you bit something but aren't sure what, bites are very tough to distinguish until the fish starts to fight. With a more sensitive rod, you can learn the difference between rock, wood, and grass and feel and recognize the bite sooner.

I have to agree here.  My crankbait rod is my least sensitive rod and is the 1st one I will be replacing before next spring. 

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My vote is for the Falcon.  I have a Cara CCB-4-17MR Medium Cranker for shallow-medium cranks and love it

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I'm gonna go the other way with this and say that if it's in reality to get a higher quality cranking rod, then do so if you plan on crankin much at all. I had two Crankin Sticks and while they are great rods for the price, I'll never touch one again. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good crankin rod at a great price but sensitivity matters, even in fishing cranks. With a Crankin Stick, if you hit something, you know you bit something but aren't sure what, bites are very tough to distinguish until the fish starts to fight. With a more sensitive rod, you can learn the difference between rock, wood, and grass and feel and recognize the bite sooner.

You will appreciate the LTBC70MM from day 1.

8-)

Yeppers...

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Thanks for all the input guys and had a chance to go to Cabelas the other day and get my hands on 3 of the 4 rods. Since my crankbait rod was also the least sensitive of my rods I felt going with something better could only benefit me.

The St Croix felt pretty good and I really like the quality of the rod.

They had a Cumara in but it wasn't the model I have in the poll but it also felt good.

The Abu Felt a bit stiffer than the others but I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the rod.

Feeling them in the store and on the water is completely different though and all the combos were pretty light with the reel mounted on them as well.

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I'm gonna go the other way with this and say that if it's in reality to get a higher quality cranking rod, then do so if you plan on crankin much at all. I had two Crankin Sticks and while they are great rods for the price, I'll never touch one again. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good crankin rod at a great price but sensitivity matters, even in fishing cranks. With a Crankin Stick, if you hit something, you know you bit something but aren't sure what, bites are very tough to distinguish until the fish starts to fight. With a more sensitive rod, you can learn the difference between rock, wood, and grass and feel and recognize the bite sooner.

You will appreciate the LTBC70MM from day 1.

8-)

Yeppers...

what did i tell you about yeppers?

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Thanks for all the great input on the rods and the reasons for the choices you made. So far in the poll it looks like the majority preferred the St Croix Legend with the Shimano Cumaro being a close second. Either one of those would have been a very good choice I feel as well with me leaning towards the St Croix.   

I ended up getting a Kistler Magnesium TS Crankbait rod MgCBSAGM70 7M/MH Line Wt:8-15lb, Lure Wt:1/8-3/4oz for $70. It was a good deal and it's a step up from my Daiwa setup and if it's not as good then it will be either the St Croix or the Shimano.

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