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Posted 11 August 2004 - 06:54 PM
I have been using a 6 ft G Loomis (the oldies) for cranking, I am looking for a 7 ft rod to get additional distance yet one that will perform with deep water cranks. Any suggestions or direction would be aprreciated. I will be using this for bass only.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 07:14 PM
Tally I have been using Tactical Assult rods for my crankbait fishing this year.They do an excellent job and are very light.I use the 6 power to throw deep divers and b style baits and the 4 power for smaller stuff.They are S-glass rods.www.bassrods.com
Posted 11 August 2004 - 10:07 PM
I have been using a Bass Pro Shops MH Rick Clunn crankbait rod for three years now. Im sold. I have 3 of them. Some of the guys around here use the GLoomis IMX 843 in MH. I don't think you could go wrong with St. Croix either. I have looked at allot of their rods and they are all quality.
Posted 12 August 2004 - 06:31 PM
I just built a couple for myself. Both are made on St Croix SC1 blanks. The midnight blue ones. They call it thier Pro Glass. Very Nice blanks. I built the 6.6 MH and 6.6 M both have a moderate action. These rods are available in a factory built rod also. I believe they go for around $60-70 or so. This series has been discontinued recently but you should be able to find some around
Posted 12 August 2004 - 07:17 PM
I have a BPS XPS extreme which is nice good price as well (99.00) and a Daiwa heartland z 6'7'' glass which is great the price is not quite as nice (459.00) Try one of the bass pro rods if you don't liek it they will happily take it back and refund your money they also have great service I broke a 2yr rod and they gave me a new one no questions asked.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 02:38 AM
Check out the Launcher 7'6" from Castaway. It telescopes like a flipping stick. Very light, not tip heavy like most glass cranking rods. My friend has a few of them and he made a believer out of me. They made throwing a Mann's 30+ like throwing a spinnerbait.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 11:46 AM
Well I am very glad I asked this question. I was leaning toward a G Loomis, just because that is all I have used for the past 25 years, but now I am going to take a hard look at the BPS Rick Clunn crankbait rod. It is hard for me to understand how the G Loomis sells for $200 + and the BPS Clunn sells for $79. What is the difference?
If indeed, Rick Clunn had input on how this rod was built, it should be a preety good rod and for less than half the price.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 01:32 PM
Tally the reason Gloomis cost 200+ is they are built on a much higher quality blank which has a higher graphite count than the BPS. The xps can offer such a great rod at a great price since they buy so many I suggest trying one out too.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 10:51 PM
The Rick Clunn rod is a little heavier since they clearcoat the rod. The Loomis rods etc really don't have the coating. While this does lessen the weight, it also leave the blank open to knicks. Big enough knicks will weaken the blank. The Clunn rod has Fuji SIC concept guides. According to Mattman on Cermit guides are above these. I have caught 34 lb. cat fish on my rod and the rod came through without any problem what so ever. No bent guides or nothing. The rod is not as light as an IMX but it is allot lighter than All Star or Falcon. Do you have a Bass Pro Shop near you? If you hit it right they will go on sale from 49 to 59 bucks. I still like to see what I am buying. I hate crooked guides or crooked blanks. I have found both in just about every brand of rod. Send me an email. Maybe I can help.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 11:00 PM
Skeeter, you ever check out Bill Poe's rods?? Pricey but sweet.
Posted 14 August 2004 - 11:04 PM
Hey skeeter you know how you say clear coat rods are heavier my Heartland Z is clearcoated an it weighs only 85g, no loomis can match that.
Posted 15 August 2004 - 06:34 AM
Sporoller, stop giving away all the secrets, I'll never be able to get me a custom rod from Bill
Posted 15 August 2004 - 08:18 AM
I just mentioned Bill since he is right there. I use rods made by Skeet Bennett, his url is: www.skeetsfishingrods.com and I am on his Pro Staff.
TM, there are other things on a rod that can make it heavy or light. It depends more on components used than just the clear coat.
Posted 16 August 2004 - 12:28 PM
I now am the owner of a BPS Rick Clunn series rod, good or bad. I will give it a good test the next time I am out.
Yes, I do live close to Bass Pro. I had a $100 gift card left from Christmas, which made getting the rod that much nicer. I am going to put a Shimano Calcutta on it teamed with 10lbs mono. Me and a magnum Wiggle Wart are going to put the rod to the test.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 07:03 PM
Has anyone tried the Castaway launcher? Small diameter rod with good backbone and a soft tip.
Posted 19 August 2004 - 08:28 PM
Didn't G Loomis used to coat their rods? I have a fairly new flippn' stick and it for sure does not have a coat on it. However, my older Loomis rods sure look like they do :