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Got a question. I want to build myself a nice rod (gloomis blank) for trolling. I generally troll with a single bullet sinker, 3 foot snell, and a #6 hook with a crawler. I have not had a lot of luck with spinning rigs as my reaction to feed them line is TOO slow. So, I want to build a bait caster to troll with so I can just run free spool so when I get a bite, i can just let line go without the fish feeling it and subsequently spitting the crawler (at least thats the theory behind this). I need some input as to a good Gloomis rod for this type of situation. I will use that info to buy a blank.

Thanks!

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I have a 7ft MH with a moderate/fast tip that I use as a crankbait/spinnerbait rod. For live bait fishing I would go with a rod that has more sensitivity in the tip. So maybe something like a 7ft medium action with a fast tip?

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Astro,

I was almost thinking of the opposite. Something with a soft tip so the fish would feel little or no resistance. Because i troll crawlers, I have to feed them line for a little while after the initial bite to let them get the hook in their mouths. I am guessing that a soft tipped rod may be required for this but would like to hear from someone that uses this type of set-up. Thanks for the post!

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I build rods too, although I prefer the St Croix blanks over Loomis'. Just get a blank for the spinning rod you like to use when your doing that type of fishing. It really won't make a difference from a performance stand point. You may need to add an extra guide or two with the lighter action rod, since the line is running over the top, but that's really the only thing different about it.

I'd get an IMX, or if money isn't an issue, go with the GLX. I like to use a 7' Med or ML. I liek to go as light as I can, but the Med action is probably a better all around rod.

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Smallie,

Thanks for the input! I agree, GLX would be nice but not sure if the quality constitutes the price. I am new to rod building and Loomis but from speaking with the local sport shops, they are very happy with the IMX series so I think I may go that route. (plus the wife would freak out if I spent $200 on a blank!)

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I hear you, besides, I bet 90% of the fisherman out there would never benefit form the extra sensitivity. The IMX is a great blank anyways. Have you ever considered giving St Croix a try? I think their rods are a little less brittle than the Loomis', which just means you have to be a little careful with snags and such.

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Smallie,

I am familiar with St. Croix. I have a 7' musky rod and I just built a 6'6" muskie rod for my brother. Just thought I'd wander into the GLoomis world and see what they are all about.

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I Have built many rods for people and I think the St. Croixs are more popular Because of cost. I use the SCV blanks and love them. My next chice is a SCIII. St. Croixs are very cost effective and I feel they are just as good in quality. I only own one Loomis (An IMX) so maybe they tend to grow on you after a while. Good Luck!

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