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 wlfpkguy Good rod for fishermen on budget.....
I have one of the older Crankin Sticks in 7' M action and it performed well before I bought two of the newer model Crankin Sticks (7'ML & 7'MH). These crankbait rods are great for the fishermen on a budget and doesn't want to spend too much money for a KVD Tour Special or GLoomis rod. They usually are on sale at least twice per year as well.
The M & ML rods can handle jerkbaits and small CB's (SK Series 3's and Bandit 300's) with ease. I even use the Medium action rod for CB's up to a Strike King Series 5. The 7' MH can handle the big deep diving CB's during the summer months and when paired with the right reel it won't even wear you out after a full day's fishing. I would think about upgrading to a 7'6"MH rod for deep diver's, but right now I'm satisfied with the 7' rods.
I've got all three rods matched up to Pro Qualifier reels (5.4:1) and the pair seems to work just fine for me. The rods have plenty of sensitivity in the tip and enough backbone to horse in fish. I saw some earlier postings stating that these rods will break when big fish are on the line. The biggest LM I've caught on these rods is a 4lber, so I can't really speak to the really big ones giving the rod trouble.
The biggest advantage to these rods is the weight of the rod. These rods feel twice as light as the KVD Tour rods! For the weekend fisherman, these rods should meet and exceed your expectations. If you're a tournament fisherman, then maybe invest some more money and buy the pricier rods. Last year during the Bassmaster Postseason, Edwin Evers used these rods when big money was on the line! So if its good enough for a pro fishing for $100,000 +, then its good enough for me.
January 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tahoe646 Awesome Rod
Not only does this rod look great but it's the most sensitive and best feeling rod I own. Will own another one soon. Great value as well.
December 14, 2010
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
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