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Help! For years I have always been most comfortable with medium action rods and lighter. They just feel better to me and work well for the way I fish. However; this makes it tough to fish large crankbaits that plow alot of water. I want to make a concerted effort to get away from the bank this next year and open up my game a bit. Looking for suggestions on a crankbait rod and reel, most especially the rod. I am thinking about a good stiff 7' medium heavy. I really like the smoke rods and have wanted to pick one up but they have a fast action and it seem's I should have a softer tip to not rip those trebbels out if I hook up.

Just need to come up with something that has enough backbone to not kill my arms by bending like a noodle cranking a big deep diver but is still an appropriate rod.

thanks!

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Help! For years I have always been most comfortable with medium action rods and lighter. They just feel better to me and work well for the way I fish. However; this makes it tough to fish large crankbaits that plow alot of water. I want to make a concerted effort to get away from the bank this next year and open up my game a bit. Looking for suggestions on a crankbait rod and reel, most especially the rod. I am thinking about a good stiff 7' medium heavy. I really like the smoke rods and have wanted to pick one up but they have a fast action and it seem's I should have a softer tip to not rip those trebbels out if I hook up.

Just need to come up with something that has enough backbone to not kill my arms by bending like a noodle cranking a big deep diver but is still an appropriate rod.

thanks!

I'm with you.....In the past I wasn't big into crankbaits, and so I would use one rod. The flexy M rods work ok for smaller bandit's and DT'4's etc. But the big baits they are too soft.

Ya you can bomb them out there so far it's ridiculous but that is the only advantage.

I like a bigger crankbait rod to be relatively stiff so that I can rip free from grass, and so that when I impart any kind of action (rip/twitch/etc) that action isn't absorbed by the rod.

7' M for small cranks, 7' MH for bigger cranks. Actually prefer a sensitive rod for the bigger cranks too, because I'm usually trying to get just to the tips of the weeds. With a relatively sensitive rod I can feel where I'm at with the crank a little better.

I'm using an older Falcoln lowrider 7'MH for bigger cranks and a BPS crankin' stik 7'm for the smaller stuff.

I don't see any reason to upgrade either one, to be honest.

(I would like to pick up a Revo Winch for the heavier rod though.)

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Just purchased a Quantum Tour KVD 7' 10" MH rod for deep crankbaits. Will be throwing 5XD's and 6Xd's. Now I just need a 5.3:1 Gear ratio reel to set it all up. Can't get my hands on the rod for another week or so because it's a Birthday present. Can't wait to unpackage it! Good luck with your choices!

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i use a 7'6" MH BPS carbonlite rod and a 4.7:1 BPS pro qualifier reel for my deep crankin duties. This set up has worked fantastic for me and hasn't broke the bank.. Total retail for the rod and reel would be around $180.00 ( although i got mine for less than $80 :):) )

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I use a 7' medium Quantum Energy with a moderate action, it casts a mile and it has just the right amount of give to it.

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7'11 MH Cumara and a Curado 200e5 is what I use for deep cranking 18-20 fow. The added length helps launch those big cranks so they can reach max depth. I also use a 7' MH Crucial and a Curado 200DPV for cranking in the 12-16 foot range.

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Lamiglas SR705R.

Mine is matched up with a CTE200GT, 5.0:1

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i use a 7'6" MH BPS carbonlite rod and a 4.7:1 BPS pro qualifier reel for my deep crankin duties. This set up has worked fantastic for me and hasn't broke the bank.. Total retail for the rod and reel would be around $180.00 ( although i got mine for less than $80 :):) )

Thanks for all of the info guys. Appreciate it.

IBN, how do you like that carbonlite? I am a big fan of these in a 7ft, medium action either fast or medium tip teamed up with JM BPS Carbon Black in 6.4 or 7.1 depending upon the use. Have 3 of these rigs now. Super bang for the buck quality rig. I was going to get the MH while they were running their recent sale for my deep cranking use but looking at one (lucky to have a BPS 20min from home), it just seemed well, bulky. Not as slender and light or with the same feel as the M action, just didn't seem like the same rod.

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Thanks for all of the info guys. Appreciate it.

IBN, how do you like that carbonlite? I am a big fan of these in a 7ft, medium action either fast or medium tip teamed up with JM BPS Carbon Black in 6.4 or 7.1 depending upon the use. Have 3 of these rigs now. Super bang for the buck quality rig. I was going to get the MH while they were running their recent sale for my deep cranking use but looking at one (lucky to have a BPS 20min from home), it just seemed well, bulky. Not as slender and light or with the same feel as the M action, just didn't seem like the same rod.

I really like the set-up..It does the job very well for me ...never a doubt when you get a strike, cast those DD lures a mile and with the slow retrieve reel i can fish it all day without any fatigue. Plus the rod has enough stiffness to not feel flimsy when retrieving.

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