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The ultimate in inshore fighting force—the Shimano® Crucial® IM10 graphite blank is unmatched in the transmission of subtle bites, and unrivaled in fish-mastering power. Topped with the very best Fuji® Alconite® tangle-free K-guides; rock-solid Shimano graphite reel seat; split Grade A cork handles; compressed cork butt cap; multipurpose hook keeper.
I've got 3 St. Croixs (2 Tidemaster, 1 Mojo) and 3 Termars, but I never use them anymore.
I recently picked up one of the 7'2 MH Crucials with the IM10 Graphite, and boy it's just about perfect for my kind of fishing. The MH btw is 15-30lb BRAID lbtest, really it's in the 8-14lb range for mono.
Throwing mostly soft plastics and live bait to snook around structure, I needed something with a fast but sensitive tip that also had the backbone to pull a fish away from the sticks, while being light enough to cast all day without feeling the effects. I talked to dozens of people (I'm a bit OCD about purchases) and even justified spending up to 300 dollars to achieve that great elusive package.
The Crucial has met or exceeded every expectation I had for the rod.
I feel like the rod was made to fish artificials or light baits, I don't recall ever having as much control over the movements of my lures. The rod is the lightest I own despite being my longest inshore rod, and the backbone will surprise you. I landed a 30-40lb tarpon while lights fishing for snook one night, and had it not been for a line break I'd have landed a 50-75lb jewfish as well. Not suggesting you target those fish, but it's great to know it's there if you need it.
Overall it's great to have such a complete package at a relative bargain. And with Shimano's bulletproof warranty, your Crucial isn't just a rod, it's a guaranteed investment.
August 8, 2012
I'm now up to 4 different Crucials and love them all (earlier model CRS-X63M, 66MH, and DX72M and new offshore model CRS-FL76MHA). I find the longer handle design on the DX72M makes it much easier to cast. I haven't found any manufacturer that matches Shimano's warrenty. Everyone else's "life-time" warrenty seems to require $25 to $50 processing fee. Not Shimano! One of mine broke near the tip and Shimano told me to cut the rod in sections to save mailing cost and send it to them... a week later I had a new rod.
May 21, 2012
Bought two of these rods to handle my inshore needs and they are excellent. Very light weight and super sensitive. The guides are constructed very well and the split grip is a nice touch. Love them so much i decided to sell my older Teramar rods which are great rods as well. Caught a 20lb Snook in the surf and a big Jack Crevalle and the rod had plenty of backbone to turn these fish around. All my gear is Shimano simply because their quality and customer service can't be beat!
January 13, 2012
The Fuji "K" guides are amazing. These are the same guides found on the Terez line.
Are they "micro", in my opinion, no. The guides are not directly on the blank, like a Duckett Micro Magic, BUT the very small guide mount is very close to the blank optimizing these amazing guides and their positioning.
The "K" guides are extremely smooth and the forward design eliminates "line slap" and windknots resulting in greater casting distance.
This is an amazing rod. The Teramars and the Terezs are outstanding as well, but I love the sensitivity of the IM10 blanks.
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