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jeffturner92

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I currently two Abu Garcia Black Maxes, An Abu Garcia Max Pro and a Lews Xfinity> I want to get a good crank bait rod and reel and maybe up my game a little bit. Do you have any recommendations?


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I just got an Okuma Guide Select Crankbait rod and put a Tatula SV TW on it. I've used it a few times and caught some fish. I'm a big fan of this set up. That would be my recommendation, but there are a lot of reels that would be good for crankbaits.

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I currently two Abu Garcia Black Maxes, An Abu Garcia Max Pro and a Lews Xfinity> I want to get a good crank bait rod and reel and maybe up my game a little bit. Do you have any recommendations?

How much are you looking to spend on the two items?

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How much are you looking to spend on the two items?
400.00 together. 200.00 each. I think that could get me a really nice set up.


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What crankbaits are you looking to use it for ?  My first thought was to spend less on the reel, something
like a Tatula or SLX and get into a better rod like a Champion CB  or St. Croix glass ect.

jeffturner92

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Well Iím not sure but I am trying to fish offshore on Lake Eufaulia more this year.


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It really comes down to the crankbait. If by offshore you mean a DD22 that's one thing. A 10XD is another rod completely . 
I would look at the Dobyns Crankbait rods, maybe even go to the 8 footers if you can fit it in the rod locker. A decent 5:1 or 6:1 reel will get the job done.
 

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These guys could really give you some good options if they knew what lures you planned on fishing.  I fish a lot of shallow and some medium depth.  My Dobyns 704CB Glass works fine for me.  Possible rods for a little deeper: Genesis II Gabeís Rip Rap Special or Ark Tharp B-Hittay.  My crankbait rod experience is minimal.  Always used a MF before getting a couple dedicated crankbait rods.

No experience with the new Falcon Expert line, but love my originals.  I've read that the Lowrider fishes well above its price.  The Phenix X-series are well regarded.  No chance to use my X10 yet.  TackleTour gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

I've got an Okuma Helios rod and a few of their reels.  Feel I always get a lot for my money.  Maybe look at the Guide Select Crankbait series.  Not to overload you, but Lew's has quite a few options that would also be a nice upgrade from your current rods.

There are a ton of options.  Be a little more specific and you will get more specific answers.

EDIT:  Forgot about the reels.  Wide open.  I prefer a 5.8 thru low 6 ratio for a dedicated crankbait rod although I have no problem slowing down a faster ratio reel.  Some do.  Do you have any particular brand you'd like to try?  I lean towards Daiwas, but enjoy them all.  Scheels has the Patriarch XT for $120...a $250 reel.  I have a couple of the older blue models.  Love those babies.  I assume the white model is just as good.
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So guys on the way back from Texas I stopped at Bass Pro and bought a Abu Garcia Revo Winch and a Duckett Siiverado 7f5 medium heavy cranking rod. I spooled it up this evening and Iím hoping to test in the pool at least tomorrow. This working thing gets in the way of fishing


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So guys on the way back from Texas I stopped at Bass Pro and bought a Abu Garcia Revo Winch and a Duckett Siiverado 7f5 medium heavy cranking rod. I spooled it up this evening and Iím hoping to test in the pool at least tomorrow. This working thing gets in the way of fishing


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I really like it. That rod and reel cast a mile with ease. I am really surprised at the difference between the winch and my lower end reels


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I really like it. That rod and reel cast a mile with ease. I am really surprised at the difference between the winch and my lower end reels


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I haven't had a chance to hold the new generation of Winch reels but the older ones were my favorite reels for deeper cranking and some topwater situations.

Sounds like a good combo.

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What crankbaits are you looking to use it for ?  My first thought was to spend less on the reel, something
like a Tatula or SLX and get into a better rod like a Champion CB  or St. Croix glass ect.

Exactly this.

What kind of cranking and I will give recomendations on an exact rod.
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I really like it. That rod and reel cast a mile with ease. I am really surprised at the difference between the winch and my lower end reels


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 ~c~  Glad you like it.  Never tried a Duckett rod.  Most are white, and I hate white rods about as much as the yellow ones.   lo  Never held a Winch, but have a couple older Revos.  Nice reels.  The STX Gen1 is a favorite.

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myself, as has been eluded to, is to have a couple different craning rods.  something a little more medium for squarebills for me personally, i want the more parabolic (and thats a whole other topic depending on manufacturer) for shorter casts and more of a glass type rod for deeper cranks. 

squarebill reels i run a 6.3 and deeper i throw a 5.1 and also have a crazy cranker in 4.1. 
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There you go. Sounds like you found what you are looking for.  I had two Gen. 1 Winches and they were fine reels. Enjoy!

 


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