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  • simplecircuit

    May 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

    this opens the proverbial can of worms…
    i typically like 5 classes of rods for doing different things.

    1 – jigs/spinnerbaits/chatterbaits/worms/swim jigs – I like to use a 7′ MH rod with a 6.3:1 gear ratio reel. I’m a big Daiwa junkie. So, my favorite setup for those things is a Steez 701MHFB paired with a Steez 103H Reel. Definitely pricey. If I could have 4 of this same combo, I would be set. Unfortunately, I only have 1, but it serves a lot of duties.

    2 – crankbaits [shallow and vibration baits] – I like a ML graphite or composite rod with a 7.3:1 gear ratio reel. This would cover squarebills, rattletraps, and anything else that I feel needs to move fast. The fast gear ratio allows for a super fast retrieve. I have a few rods that fit the bill for this – 7′ g.loomis crankbait [graphite] or 7’4″ st croix mojo glass cranking rods [glass].

    3 – crankbaits [deep diving] – For this, the key is a longer rod [glass/composite or otherwise] with a super slow reel. I use Daiwa Zillion “Crazy Cranker” 4.9:1 reels for all deep cranking duties. I’ll pair it with either a heavier g.loomis crankbait rod in 7′ or the 7’4″ st croix glass rod. I also have a 7’11” KVD Cranking rod that is a composite. It’s a decent rod, but it’s a little long for me [i’m 5’7″]. I’ll only go to it if I’m fishing 6XD’s or something really big that dives deep and really needs the extra distance.

    4 – finesse lures – I like a 6’8″ spinning rod in ML with a 2000 size spinning reel. This is another place where I have a high end combo that I wish I had more of… I use it for drop shot, shakey head, exposed hook tubes, and at times swimming a grub. However, in a pinch, I’ll use the first combo to do some of these same finesse things [shakey head, tube, grub – just not drop shotting].

    5 – topwater – If I’m throwing a popper or smaller walk the dog lure, I’ll throw these on a 6’6″ spinning rod rigged with a 2000 size reel with braid. Buzzbaits are usually thrown on the first combo listed above. Like I said, I wish I had more of that one.

    At the end of the day, you can find a very specific rod for any situation. If you have any specific tackle questions, feel free to ask. I’ve tried a lot of stuff from high-end JDM rods/reels to entry level domestic rods/reels. I’m happy to give my opinions on any of them.


  • blockel

    May 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Simple really hit the nail on the head here. This is how my typical setup(s) go:

    Casting Rods
    7’6″ Heavy, Moderate Action w/ 7.1:1 – Flipping jigs and heavier texas rigs (3/8-1oz)

    7’2″ Med Heavy, Fast Action w/ 7.1:1 – Football Head Jigs, texas rigs

    7′ Med Heavy, Fast Action w/ 6.2:1 – Spinner, chatter, or buzzbaits. Also, squarebills, biffle hardhead jigs, swimbaits

    7′ Med, Moderate Action w/ 5.4:1 – All-purpose cranking stick, squares to deep divers

    7′ Med, Moderate Action w/ 6.2:1 – Topwater (i.e. spooks, poppers, etc.)

    Spinning Rods
    6’8″ Med, Fast Action – Shakey heads, tubes, light carolina/texas rigs, and weightless rigs (i.e. wacky)

    6’10” Med, Extra-Fast Action – Drop shot specific rod but could be used for skakey heads and weightless rigs as well.

    Hope this helps!

  • creekcrappie

    May 25, 2014 at 2:21 am

    The above posts cover it all. I really like the H2O express rods and reels. Reels are 60 and rods are 60.

  • 5star

    May 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I started using all Mega Bass Rods and love them…. With a revo as a baitcaster…

    Very light out fit and the rods are so sensentive its amazing…

  • creekcrappie

    May 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Academy had 6 10 ethos rods almost half price. What can I use a 6 foot 10 inch medium heavy rod for? Can it be used interchangeably with a 7 foot medium heavy?

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