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trolling crankbait rod?

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What type of rod is best for trolling cranks?What material should it be made of and what kind of power and action should it have? A guy told me to buy a cheap 7 foot medium action rod with a slow tip.I would like a second opinion and I doubt I will get an honest one at a retail outlet,they seem to push the expensive stuff.

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It usually comes down to preference! However, my opinion(preference) is, a 6 1/2 graphite rod with a softer tip. I like the rod to have some give to it, so when you get a strike, it doesn't yank the crank right out of it's mouth! Good luck crankin' off!!!
Jim W

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Go with a 7 1/2 ft FIBERGLASS or longer! The ones I use are the retractable kind that slide into yhe butt of the rod. If you use fireline which I would recommend for pulling cranks (Gets baits deeper and gives off a stronger signal from your bait and it also is easier to snap any weeds off the line) Make sure you use a fiberglass rod with a soft tip. The fireline reacts much faster than mono and you will lose more fish with graphite vs fiberglass also fiberglass is alot more forgiving if you happen to snag anything. One tip is to use a mono leader to attach your bait. I belive it is harder for fish to see, it holds up better around rocks and it also acts as a shock absorber!
Good Luck!
Cory Frantzick
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I myself run 2 different sets of trolling rods on LOTW. I like St croix GT80m's, these are 8' telescopic fiberglass rods, great for larger cranks and they pull in-line boards well. I also run Berkley pro select "gary roach" sig. series. Trolling/Planerboard. these are 7'10" telescopic graphite composite. these are awesome crankbait rods as well, when holding my rod I prefer these over previous, they work great as a flatline rod in holder. They pull boards okay, but those GT80's are better. That berkley IS NOT the lightning rod series. I'm sure there are many options that would be cheaper, I would look for something 7-8', M power and action, you want fairly soft but not so soft past the middle or so of the rod. If could only have 1 it would be the berkley. Fortunatly I have 2 of each.

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