Shimano Crucial Casting Rod
7' MF crankbait rod
I own 3 of the previous model Crucials and love them all. I was skeptical of Shimano's decision to change a winning formula by changing the blanks and the handles. All of these "fears" were put to rest once I received my new rod. It is simply awesome! I am not a cork handle snob like some are. I'd rather have a nice foam handle than a poor quality cork handle. High grade cork is so rare nowadays. Only my Dobyns Champion Extreme rods have cork that I would consider to be high quality. My more expensive Loomis GLX has mediocre quality cork. Getting back on topic, this new crucial is lighter and more sensitive than ever before and I think the handle design is ingenious. No uncomfortable exposed threads and the exposed blank area is huge! In this price range, the new Crucial is definitely the benchmark right now. If only Shimano made similar advancements in their baitcast reels rather than downgrades. "sigh"
December 10, 2011
Bass Fishing w/drop shot
I have purchased (2) Shimano Crucial Casting Rods in Drop shot configuration. One is 6'5" and the other one is 6'11". I had to switch to the casting rod versus the spinning rod for my "Drop Shot" fishing due to the fact that I have a torn right Rotator cuff and I am right handed. I have found the casting Rod is much easier to use casting left handed compared to the Spinning Rod "and the "Crucials"
really work well. Bet they even work better if I could use them with my right arm!
Would recommend these Rods for anyone considering "Drop Shot " fishing with a casting rod & reel.
July 23, 2013
Worm and Jig rod
Really like this rod. I bought the Worm and Jig rod in 6'8" medium heavy x-fast action. It casts accurately and is heavy enough to shake loose from snags but sensitive enough to pick up light bites. I've used 3/16 to 1/2 ounce weights without problems feeling the bottom and cover. So far the largest bass on this rod is in the 5-6 lb. range. Pulled the fish out of some pretty heavy timber with no problems. Only issue is the way the handle screws down on the reel....sometimes it gets loose after fighting a fish....just have to retighten it occasionally.
May 21, 2014
Casting rod for distance
I already have one of these rods - a 7'11" rod for crankbaiting. I love how you can feel the action with its' fast tip. Yet it's got good backbone for a 5 pound bass. I didn 't want to possibly be in a situation where I didn't have use of one of these , so therefore - I got a second one. You can cast very far and accurate with these. It's worth the money.
April 25, 2013