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Drop Shot Rods

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I am trading in a St. Croix Rod and I need a new drop shot rod. I am thinking a Medium or Medium Light Xtra Fast. What do you guys think?

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RK    29

Hiya -

Yeah, what Paul said. I really like the ML-XF for drop shotting. Soft tip keeps you from moving the bait too much and helps feel light hits, and you get into the power of the blank quick when you set the hook.

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

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I almost never use light tackle and when I think Medium Light I immediately think "walleye gear". Will the medium light be too light for larger fish, say 4+ lbs?

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Plain and simple, no. You'll have a little more bend in the rod, but an XF rod also loads up quicker. I've caught a whole bunch of 10-15lb northern on a Light XF St Croix, and it just takes a slight bit more time. You have to make sure your drag is set to handle a huge fish, but why should a walleye rod be any different than a bass rod in that respect? They catch 10-13lb walleyes often enough, so why should a 5-7lb bass be treated that much differently (other than the fact that walleyes are just dead weight ;))

And btw, I'm not saying a ML rod is a walleye rod anyways. I've used a St Croix Legend Elite 7' ML XF for several years now fishing bass finnese and dropshotting, and I absolutely love it for the same reasons mentioned above. You really get to feel those light hits and see them in the tip a little more too, which can be nice.

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I have a 7-6 Medium Light Fast on the way that will be my new drop shot rod. You have to figure you are using walleye gear for the most part anyways. Smaller hook, lighter line, light weights. Walleye's have teeth, and chances are better of catching a 8 pound walleye then a 8 pound bass.

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Both will work and both will land big fish. Allot of it will depend on how deep you like to fish and what weight lure you will use. I mostly use a Crucial 6'8" M XF for my drop shot rod. It is rated for 1/8 to 3/8oz lures were the ML is only rated for 1/16 to 1/4oz, which is to light for most of my applications.

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I'm parting with "fishguy"

6-8 crucial drop shot or 7-2 crucial drop shot

Plenty of tip and a healthy but section in both rods

I think you would be supprised how soft the tip is for a medium action rod

I run a 6-8 mh xf for most of my frop shot applications because I felt the medium was to light!

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I wouldn't go heavier than Medium action for standard finesse dropshotting. Too heavy of a rod will have you moving the sinker and the bait instead of only the bait.

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Ive drop shotted with a 6'6" MH rod on a few occasions and it wasnt hard to do. If I were to pick one rod to drop shot I definatley wouldnt choose that one, though. I use a 7' Medium fast to drop shot and jigworm it works great for me.

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I use the 7'2" Crucial for more finesse presentations and a 6'9" Avid when in cover or around boat docks/wood etc.

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You can use heavy weights if you are in really deep water or in heavier cover. The cover would be reason for a heavier rod, not really the weight.

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RK    29

I wouldn't go heavier than Medium action for standard finesse dropshotting. Too heavy of a rod will have you moving the sinker and the bait instead of only the bait.

Exactly - or moving the bait when you don't mean to. At least for smallies, sometimes having the bait perfectly still makes a difference, and it's hard enough to do that with a ML.

I started using a Med drop-shotting and pretty quickly switched to a ML. I tend to use the lightest weight I can get away with (I use either 1/8 or 3/16 90% of the time I bet) and rarely go heavier unless I'm fishing very deep in very windy conditions. A ML makes it a lot easier, IMHO.

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

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I have the Mojo Dropshot rod, but I have yet to use it. I also have a 6'8" MXF Legend Tournament, and while I love this rod, I think it would be a little too much rod for the dropshotting I'll be doing. I think the ML will be better suited to my needs, but if I ever need a rod for deeper situations the M may be better. I think it all depends on how deep you'll be fishing, and around what kind of structure. This will be the main determinants.

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Could someone explain the difference between a drop shot rod and a rod like i am using, simple graphite rod ml fast action 7 ft? Thanks Jeff

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If you plan to fish smallies over 4# very often go with Medium but if you rarely catch a smallie over 4.5# then go ML.

I love light tackle but a 5#+ smallie can work a ML rod pretty hard especially if a lot of structure and you need to get it off the bottom...

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