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What Do You Look For In A Crankbait Rod?

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What different features/specs does everyone look for when they are choosing a new crankbait rod? I am considering making a purchase in the near future and would like some input.

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The main characteristic is Moderate Action, meaning that the rod

bends towards the middle.For most lures, medium power is what I

recommend. The St. Croix Avid AVC70MM is a good example. However,

if you spend a lot of time with deep divers (DD22), you will find

a much stouter rod makes life easier. For this technique the Lamiglas

SR705R is the perfect fit.

This is my new favorite: Pinnacle DHC5-701CAMCB.

The rod is built with a proprietary blank featuring a beautiful

heavy epoxy finish. The rod is split-grip with AAA grade cork,

Fuji real seats and Alconite guides. The guides feature diamond

polished stainless steel frames.

http://www.pinnaclefishing.com/shop/p-87-perfecta-dhc5.aspx#page=page-1

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Kent summed it up pretty well. I want the parabolic action of glass, yet a small diameter blank, the ability to feel what the bait, is doing in the lightest package possible. Quality reel seat, guides and a full rear grip in 7 feet.

I fished Lamiglas XCT, XCC, Excel and SR705R rods for the last 10 years until I got a Dobyns Champion 705G. I am so impressed with the Dobyns. It's my go to rod.

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Some of it depends on the type of cranking your doing. For example, ripping lipless cranks out of grass IMHO is best done with a fast action rod, so you can get a good clean snap out of the weeds with out to much of your energy being wasted by loading the rod up.

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The SR705 mentioned above loads well and launches baits a mile, has a moderate action to keep fish hooked up, enough sensitivity to feel the bait wobble and enough backbone to not have to worry about fishing around cover.

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These were some of the answers I was looking for. I have heard things along the lines of the recommendations before, but just never could figure out why these things were needed or helpful. But thanks guys, I think I have a better idea of what to look for now.

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I don't throw any deep diving cranks so I don't have a rod for that. I use a Lamiglas Excel 703C for medium cranks like a Bandit 200. I use a Powel Squarebill Rod for all my shallow cranks in heavy timber. This thing is a freakin beast, I love this rod and find myself also using it for spinnerbaits and buzzbaits and anything else when I need to get back in the junk. This rod has no problems getting quality fish out from heavy cover.

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