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Looking To Put Together A Crankin' Setup...thoughts?

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Hey Fellas -

I'm looking to put together a crankin's rod/reel setup. I'm usually fishing Southwestern MI and Northeast IL. Any ideas on rod, reel? I've heard Flouro is better, I flip and pitch plastics with 40 lb braid on a MH Abu Garcia Vendetta. I've noticed early this year that it doesn't have much forgiveness with cranks. It pretty much pulls it straight back to the boat with little movement.

I had my eye on the KVD Crankin Rod, mainly for the price.

Any input is appreciated.

Run it Easy,

Supe

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I use a Shimano Compre 7' M crankin stick and a Shimano Curado 201dpv 5.1:1 ratio reel spooled with 12lb yo-zuri hybrid. Works amazing for me. Cranks are my go to bait so that rod gets LOTS of use.

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I've got 2 crankbait setups right now and about to add a third. First is a 7'0 MH MF crucial with curado 200DPV, the 2nd is a 6'6 MM crucial with a chronarch 50mg. The MH is good for pretty much any crankbait from small square bills to DD22's. The M is excellent for throwing small cranks like bandit 200-300. My next setup is going to be a Chronarch 200 D5 and a MH 7'11 cumara for deep diving cranks. Also, I had been using yo-zuri hybrid 10# for my cranking which is great, but this yr I'm gonna try flouro to get a little more depth out of them.

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I have 3 cranking setups right now and they are a Quantum Kinetic PT with a Kistler Mag TS 7' M/MF, a Cabelas Prodigy with a Cabelas Prodigy 7' MH/MF rod as my casting setups. I also have a spinning setup that I use for cranking which is a Quantum Catalyst PTi-B20 with a Cabelas Prodigy 7' M/F rod spooled with either 6# Cabelas Flouro or 30# Power Pro braid.

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Any of the KVD Crankin rods would be a good choice also. I handled them in BPS and they are super light with MF action.

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You will get some varying opinions when it comes to combos for cranking. Some are graphite die-hards and some glass. The KVD series is a composite rod. The fact you are eyeing a softer action rod tells me a glass rod may be an option. Lamiglas has four great CB rods, three glass and one composite. Check their website. The SR705R would be my first choice. A good quality 5 something to 1 reel is the way to go. I like the Revo Winch. You have several options.

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My 2 cents: for deep-diving cranks, longer is better.

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I have three cranking setups

6'10"MH carrot stix gold/daiwa sol for shallow cranks

7'MH Lucky Craft/ shimano curado e5 for mid-deep

7'10" 7'10"M carrot stix gold/daiwa sol fishes everything well from baby 1 minus to fat free shads

Being graphite, the carrot stix are ver sensitive but no longer available. I'd give the Lucky Craft rods a look. They are $150 at Tackle Warehouse.

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I have 2...

7' MM Carbonlite which is great for mid diving cranks

7' MHM Powell 703CB which is great for DD22 and also topwater baits such as chug bugs.

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my crankin setup is my 7' M mod action carbonlite combo. nice setup 6:4:1 ratio, works well for me. i've got a brother in law who uses an ugly stick for crankin and does well enough

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I have 2...

7' MM Carbonlite which is great for mid diving cranks

7' MHM Powell 703CB which is great for DD22 and also topwater baits such as chug bugs.

didn't notice this post, awesome combo choices lol

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for the price, i like my 7'6" mh BPS crankin stick with a 5.2:1 pro qualifier. although it is a little on the heavy side, it handles the bigger baits i throw from time to time.

for smaller baits and night fishing i have a st. croix legend tournament walleye "deep cranker" (7' MH/M) spinning rod with a pflueger arbor. its great for night fishing, more forgiving (less backlashes) and can throw some pretty big baits, as well as small baits very well.

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