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  • Going to buy a new: Big crank bait rod and real

    Posted by Greg on May 31, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I found this old post. Is this what i need to buy?

    “As for Rod and reel combos… I throw my 6XDs on a 7’6 All Pro Cranking Blaster Rod. The tip is super soft, which allows the Rod to give and flex when banging off of cover. It also helps with hook up ratio. Additionally, that soft tip allows you to cast the bait further. For the reel, I throw my deep divers on a Lews Speed Spool Tourney in 5:6.1 gear ratio. the low gear ratio allows you to get the bait into the strike zone and keep it there longer. Faster ratios tend to only get the bait down for a small period of time. The Lews reel lets me unload that crank for very long casts, which is crucial for deep cranking.”

    krogers79 replied 9 years, 1 month ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    May 31, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Yep

  • Greg

    Member
    June 1, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I bought the reel today off EBay for $80.00 & will most likely buy the rod from Murfreesboro Outdoors.
    Looks like the rod is actually 7′ 10″ from what I could see on All Pro’s website

  • jard

    Member
    June 1, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Academy had the shimano citica’s 5.5 on sale for $79 last time I was in and I bought one for this purpose. It’ll sling an xd6 a mile.

  • blockel

    Member
    June 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah, you want a big stick to cast those big plugs around. Ideally you’d want at least 7’6″ and probably a medium heavy power and moderate action is always nice for cranks. You might be able to cast a 6XD too far with that setup 😯 …if there’s such a thing!

  • krogers79

    Member
    June 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I know with 8 pound test, mine will throw a solid 50 yards. And that slow ratio on the reel puts it on the bottom and keeps it there.

  • Greg

    Member
    June 2, 2015 at 1:44 am

    So what line is recommended

  • krogers79

    Member
    June 2, 2015 at 4:24 am

    I throw 8 lbs test flurocarbon. 8 lbs will get the bait to its maximum depth. The higher you go on your test the shallower the bait runs.

  • tony-herring

    Member
    June 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I agree on the length of the rod 7’6″ or longer. However, I have used a 5:3:1 for about two years and I am not a big fan. I feel it moves the bait too slow and you don’t get the reaction strikes that you do with a faster moving bait. I switched up to a 6:3:1 and have had better success with a faster retrieve. I spoke to Sam Lashlee,TN River Guide out of Camden, TN who fishes crankbaits a lot and he told me to try moving to the 6:3:1 and use 12 pound flourocarbon, you wont break off as much and the flourocarbon will help get your bait down.

  • blockel

    Member
    June 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    quote Krogers79:

    I throw 8 lbs test flurocarbon. 8 lbs will get the bait to its maximum depth. The higher you go on your test the shallower the bait runs.

    Krogers, you throw 6XD’s on 8# test?! 😯 You’ve got stones in my world… I’d be afraid of breaking the line while casting. That ever happen to you?

  • krogers79

    Member
    June 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I do. First time this year and haven’t had a problem…YET. Going to the TN river ledges next week, so we shall see. 🙂

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