Bass Pro Shops® Crankin' Stick™ Trigger Rods
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Crankers: Stacy King wants you to LIGHTEN UP! Ain't broke--don't fix it. For some, that's good enough, but not for Stacey King and our product team. At Stacey's urging, they took one of the world's great specialty rods, applied some beyond-the-cutting-edge technology, and created the crankbaiter's dream rod! The Crankin' Stick's blank composition is a unique blend of IM6 graphite, fiberglass, and basalt fibers--yes, volcanic rock in its purest form, because of its ultra-high strength-to-weight ratio and incredible vibration resistance (you feel the bait working, not the rod). Result: the blank is now 20% lighter (it's ridiculous how good this rod still feels after casting deep divers or double-blades all day), strong as heck, and incredibly sensitive due to the rock-solid stability of the basalt fibers. The reel seat is a more-compact version of our original XPS® Soft Touch graphite seat, which makes the rod even lighter and easier to handle. Meanwhile, we use unidirectional, thin-wall construction to maximize feel, and of course our famous ''Fiberglass Feeling'' tip provides the distance and flexibility you count on. Other features include contoured PowerHump® premium cork handle, hard aluminum oxide guides, and Pro-Guard™ epoxy finish.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by fshnfvr Good Cranking Rod
This is an exceptional crankbait rod, the best you can buy under $100 in my opinion. I would have given it 5 stars, however I had some minor problems with a couple of the eyes on the newer models. I have several of the original cranking sticks and some of the new ones. 7-7'6" medium action is a great cranking rod. I use the 6'6" MH for several topwater applications and the 7' MH for spinnerbait and trap fishing. Very sensitive - you can feel your bait vibrating, wiggling, rattling, etc. through the water. Nice job on this one BPS. I won't be buying anymore $200 + Loomis glass rods!
December 1, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jig4Bass Good Crankn' and Jiggn'
My 6'6" MH predates the basalt version on the market today so keep that in mind.
I use it mostly for crankbaits and spinbaits in the 3/8 oz. or less range. I don't usually hook 2 lb smallies, but do frequently land 3-4 lb. Bass and this stick has done well in taming fish that size without breakage or guide problems after 3 years. Fast tip has right flex to set the hook without ripping out.
On occassion, I have used it for shallow water jiggn' soft plastic in the 1/4 oz. range with no problem.
If you can afford a Loomis or Falcon, and want that kind of quality, click past the icon for the Crankin' stick. But, as an entry level rod or a second rod you don't have to be too careful with, it will do fine and save you some money.
Wait for a sale; $69 is a bit overpriced for the quality.
October 23, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Motogp69 Great Crankbait Rod
I use this for all of my 1/2 oz or more crankbaits whether they be divers or lipless, and I have to say that I am quite impressed not only with the quality of the rod but the performance. If you are looking for a great combo to any of your lower geared reels for cranking you should look at this combo.
If you are throwing anything more than 1/2 oz I would go with the longer MH's, but if you are throwing lighter crankbaits I'd go with any of the M rods. Overall, for the price you can't really beat this rod. There are better rods out there, but there isn't much competition at this price point.
Avoid the Berkley lightning rod as this rod was useless if you were doing anything but pitching or flipping cover.
October 18, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1234dadeo I'm very pleased with this rod
Has all the features of a light weight rod but with the "strength" and "reaction" of a medium. I'm pleased with my purchase.
October 18, 2010
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