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Any advice or opinions on good line for cranking with a carbonlite reel 5.4-1 and what's a good rod?

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I crank with braid. All types of cranking. Deep cranking I use 20lb, gets the baits to there max depth, you can feel everything, for ripping lipless cranks out of weeds or squarebilling heavy cover I use 30lb, thats WWE style fishing for me, I want that fish out of that grass and cover, and my baits all have heavy gauge wire treble hooks. The rod has more to do with keeping fish pegged than the line, I use a moderate action cranking rod for the deep baits, and fast action rods with traps and squarebills.

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i've got 14# vanish on my new 5:1 carbonlite. i had planned on putting 12# vicious elite on there, but didn't want to have to order it. my local wal-mart carries the vanish, so i just grabbed it. the diameter of it is the same as the 12# elite

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I crank with braid. All types of cranking. Deep cranking I use 20lb, gets the baits to there max depth, you can feel everything, for ripping lipless cranks out of weeds or squarebilling heavy cover I use 30lb, thats WWE style fishing for me, I want that fish out of that grass and cover, and my baits all have heavy gauge wire treble hooks. The rod has more to do with keeping fish pegged than the line, I use a moderate action cranking rod for the deep baits, and fast action rods with traps and squarebills.

that is pretty manly!!!!

i tried crankin with braid last year. i only tried it with a squarebill but it just about rattled every tooth in my head loose. and that was with an old daiwa glass rod!

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I use #8 and #10 Yozuri on a Calcutta 50 TEGT and 7.5' Loomis med/hvy crankbait rod.

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Deep Cranks-10lb McCoy Mean Green

Squarebills and Middies-14lb Sunline FC Sniper

Lipless-12lb P Line C21

If I had to have an all around line then I would go with 14lb Fluoro or Copoly.

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For all diving crankbaits I use 10lb P-line 100% fluorocarbon which is the only time I really use fluorocarbon other than finesse baits. If you don't like fluoro, try the 10lb P-Line CX Premium which is a copoly that I use for 50% of my fishing applications ( i use other lb test for other applications but for cranking I like to stick to 10lb because thats what is used to rate diving depth at the bait factories). For lipless crankbaits I use 50lb Power Pro braid exclusively. As for a rod a 7' MH St.Croix Avid with a moderate action will cover all crankbait applications however for getting baits down in that 15-20ft range its best done with a longer rod such as a 7'10" Heavy/Mod action St.Croix Legend Tournament to get more distance. If those rods are out of your price range you can get a 7' MH St. Croix Mojo with a moderate action or a 7'8" St. Croix Mojo Glass for under $120. As long as you choose a rod with a moderate action and atleast 7 feet you can't go wrong.

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For cranking i use 12 or 15lb P-line cxx and love it. For a rod i too would recommend a st criox but i'd go with a premier 7' MH Mod action, or if you have the money the new LTB 7'8" MH mod.

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For all diving crankbaits I use 10lb P-line 100% fluorocarbon which is the only time I really use fluorocarbon other than finesse baits. If you don't like fluoro, try the 10lb P-Line CX Premium which is a copoly that I use for 50% of my fishing applications ( i use other lb test for other applications but for cranking I like to stick to 10lb because thats what is used to rate diving depth at the bait factories). For lipless crankbaits I use 50lb Power Pro braid exclusively. As for a rod a 7' MH St.Croix Avid with a moderate action will cover all crankbait applications however for getting baits down in that 15-20ft range its best done with a longer rod such as a 7'10" Heavy/Mod action St.Croix Legend Tournament to get more distance. If those rods are out of your price range you can get a 7' MH St. Croix Mojo with a moderate action or a 7'8" St. Croix Mojo Glass for under $120. As long as you choose a rod with a moderate action and atleast 7 feet you can't go wrong.

I use that same 7'10" LTB "magnum cranker" and agree, it's the finest deep diving rod I have owned. I often have to reign in my casts with it. That long rod with the long casting ability, combined with the small diameter braid insures I get the baits down where I want them.

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Thanks for the input I appreciate it! Any tips on cranking will be appreciated I haven't done much of it but want to expand my arsenal.

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Rods:

Saint Croix Avid AVC70MM and AVC70MHM

Lines:

8, 10# P-Line CXX

10, 12# Trilene 100% Fluoro

14# Suffix Elite

And this year I'm trying out 10, 12# Tatsu

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Rods:

Saint Croix Avid AVC70MM and AVC70MHM

Lines:

8, 10# P-Line CXX

10, 12# Trilene 100% Fluoro

14# Suffix Elite

And this year I'm trying out 10, 12# Tatsu

Come crank with me this summer, I'll have you at least thinking about using braid. LOL. I got Noel converted....and you know how he loves his Vanish.

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Tried it, nails on a chalkboard.

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Right now I'm using 10# Trilene Flouro.

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Daiwa steez 12# fluorocarbon last year but this year probably yozuri or pline 100% fluorocarbon in 12#.

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I use 10lb Sufix Elite on a G-Loomis crankbait rod.

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