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Rod Length, Action, Lure Wt.



What type of rods do you use or prefer when using bottem bouncers, lead core, or when pulling cranks on fireline? Length, action, lure wt. etc.

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Matching the line to the rod to the presentation is the key. If you are using a superline or leadcore you better have some forgiveness in your rod. If you are using mono you can get away with a stiffer rod as the line will be your shock absorber.

I like to use superlines for pulling 3 ways because the drag from the weight will strecth almost any other line to much.

I prefer linecounter reels on all my trolling setups. Again, for trolling the longer the rod the better.

You want to try to avoid using a stiff rod, with a fast tip and superline. That is a tough combo to fish!

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I'm a fan of fast tips and using the lightest equipment that will effectively handle the job. That being said, two of the three options you mentioned call for heavier/slower gear than I typically prefer.
Bottom-bouncer and spinner- 6'6" med. light spinning rod with a relatively fast tip, but not super fast (I save the really fast ones for jigging and lindy rigging).
Lead core- 7' medium/medium-heavy baitcaster with a moderately slow tip.
Cranks with superline- 6'6" to 7'6" medium baitcaster with a moderately slow blank.

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Hi Lipripper,

I would recommend a baitcast rod and reel combo. Depending what you want to spend is a big part of what will be available to you.

I am currently using a St.Croix Avid series rod that is designed for Steelhead fishing. It is a 8' rod that is rated for weights up to 3oz.

I was turned onto this rod by a St.Croix rep last year at the Sportsman show. I used it alot last season, and absolutely love it. The reason it is soooo good is the stiffer backbone, but yet has a fast tip for some give. The stiffer backbone allows for long hours of fishing with 3oz rudder cudder or BB sinkers without wearing my arm out like other baitcasting rods I have used in the past.

I would highly recommend looking into this rod for trolling cranks and BB/spinners. You will not be disappointed.

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