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crankbait rod
« on: February 08, 2016, 08:59:44 AM »
Going to BPS spring classic next week to take advantage of the sale and get ready for spring. I'm looking to get a crankbait rod should I get a rod that is specially made for cranking or would a medium mod or fast action be the same. I ask because the bps cranking stick is on sale for 60 bucks but they have the bps carbon light combo for 99

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2016, 09:05:59 AM »
I don't use a specialized cranking rod for crankbaits, but i like a softer tip for cranks!

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2016, 09:11:50 AM »
@Joe P so should I just go with the bps carbon combo in medium moderate or fast ?

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2016, 10:47:55 AM »
Depends on how you use the rod. If all your going to use it for is crankbaits then go with a moderate rod.  If you want a dual purpose rod go with the fast tip.

Either will work, see how they feel in your hands.

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2016, 10:50:37 AM »
A lot of cranking rods are fiberglass or a fiberglass composite, The reason it is a softer rod like a medium to medium soft action. It is more forgiving so the fish can't pull the hook as easy. You don't need a sensitive rod like you would for worm or jig fishing to feel the bite. Another reason for the softer rod it when you cast, the bend in the rod loads up and you get longer casts and with crank baits you are covering more water searching for fish. 


In not much of a crank bait fisherman here in RI so I don't have any real recommendations for a rod. For some reason cranks don't catch a lot of fish here. They work really well down south and up north, I'm not the only one who will tell you that, ask a few tournament fishermen how often they throw crank baits and how often they catch fish on them around here.
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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2016, 01:23:26 PM »
When you say crank baits which ones are you talking.  The rod you want for a dd22 or 6xd is different than for a 1.5  square bill.

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2016, 01:31:20 PM »
@Eric-Maine shallow to mid diving CB

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2016, 01:33:22 PM »
In RI or south eastern New England for that fact, we'd be hard pressed to be able find water to run a dd22 or 6xd.
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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2016, 01:34:46 PM »
Yeah lakes and ponds I fish are not that deep

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2016, 06:25:24 PM »
@ProvidenceBassHunter I'll jump into the mix here. I'm not one to throw a 7 foot rod for cranks like most will tell you, I prefer a 6' 6" with a softer tip. I also agree with @Joe P , you have to pick up the rod and see how it feels. I have gone to the reel counter and asked to put a reel on it to see how it balances(makes a difference). As far as crankbait use, I use shallow cranks a lot in early spring and medium divers in the fall.
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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2016, 09:13:06 PM »
In grass, rock and wood with shallow runners I prefer a medium heavy extra fast so the bait deflect off rather than buries in with a soft rod. 15 -20 lb line.

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2016, 03:26:21 PM »
I'm also not much of a crankbait angler. I used to use them occasionally, but gradually got away from them, for the most part.

I may miss out on some fish now and then because of this, but the main reason I stopped throwing them, or don't throw them very often, is because I found other baits that just plain catch more fish on a regular basis.  :yes:

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Re: crankbait rod
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2016, 10:41:42 AM »
I have had some success with square bills the past few springs.  So much that i have a good supply of them now ;D