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Shimano Crucial Casting Rod

   

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Length Power Other specs Quantity Price & availability

6'8"

Medium

Action:
Medium Fast

Line Weight:
20-40 lbs.

Lure Weight:
1/4 - 5/8 oz.

Pieces:
1

Model:
CRCT68MA
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  • SKU: 1856446

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The Crucial® series is Shimano®'s most comprehensive line of rods, with a huge selection of models for every technique, from casting topwaters to drop-shotting on a spinning rig—they’re built to make you even better at the type of fishing you’re already skilled at! The power curve dynamics are custom tailored for specific angling methods, so that you can fish with confidence while maximizing your effectiveness. Every specialized rod features an incredibly strong yet extremely sensitive IM10 graphite blank, topped with slick and durable Fuji® Alconite® guides, high-density EVA foam split grips that reduce weight and improve ergonomics, and custom Shimano reel seats that lock your reel into place.

  • Power curve dynamics are custom tailored for specific angling methods
  • IM10 graphite blank
  • Fuji Alconite guides
  • High-density EVA foam split grips
  • Custom Shimano reel seats
Shimano Crucial Casting Rod 4.4 5 18 18
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
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Is the 7 foot heavy action moderate rod good for deep cranking with 6xds?
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this would be a great rod for very deep diving crank baits. i have the medium and when i throw lures that dive 15' or more, the rod really bends a lot. Medium heavy would be perfect
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Yes, I've used in Brazil - Amazonia !
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The Crucial rods are great for worming and jigging. Its the right length and action for flipping and pitching so you should be good to go.
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that would be very good for flipping and pitching depending on the slop you are pitching into. I prefer a heavy, not xtra heavy, but i dont fish thick thick slop
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Purchasing a chronarch 50e for finesse applications. Trying to leave the spinning gear behind when possible. What rod would you recommend for light line and lures?
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You might try the Veritas or Veracity by Abu Garcia. Both are very light and well balanced. For one with the most responsive tip, look for the winch model which is mostly for crankbaits, but could be used with light jigs or worms.
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Well to be honest finesse application's is where the spinning gear shines as the reels have smooth drag. But if you are set on using the chronarch be sure that the rod has a limber tip for the light line and to handle the head shakes.
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the 12#-20# line weights are for mono and fluoro lines. The 30#-65# line weights are for braid. This answer is directly from Shimano and should clarify any confusion.
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The catalog line weight on these rods matches Shimano's information. Please use the catalog information.
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