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Old 04-08-2012, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok everyone, I am in the market for a Spinning rod. It will be used to toss some bigger crank baits for pike and eventually wiper. I would like it to be fast action (I've lost several bigger pike on my brother's ugly stick). I am currently looking at a TFO, 7'. I've seen a medium heavy and it feels good. Would a heavy weight be better or maybe something else. I know there are lots of opinions out there so thanks for all of them.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you were planning on "tossing...crank baits" you might wish to re-assess the idea that what you want is fast action. You may actually be looking for a heavier power.

As distasteful as I find them, Ugly Sticks actually fish cranks fairly well. If you were over-matched by the pike, it could be more an issue of the rod lacking power than speed.

Rod "speed" describes how a rod loads. Rod "power" is more like what it could lift. Some tuna rods are really slow, but could dead lift a bucket of sand.

Sorry if I am off base here, but I see this a lot.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Treble hooked baits are really meant for a more moderate action. The TFO's that I felt were pretty slow, which is good for cranks.
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for the replies.

Pinche, tossed was a poor choice of words on my part. I am beginning to understand the difference between action and weight and two years ago I wouldn't have cared much. I am also learning to balance my tackle. I have lost some nice (not great) fish due to the head shake with my brothers Stick, thus the fast action wanted. I also realize it won't help if the rod bends in half while on a hook set. You are not off base, I really appreciate the input.

ITO, thanks didn't know that.

I've been to the major box stores around to get a feel for what I want and I have found that every manufacture is different. Medium with one is heavy with another and besides an ugly slick, I haven't found one that will handle over a one ounce bait. Not including a major Catfish set up.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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mojo,look into the falcon rods. i own two both medium heavies. both would be excellent for what your looking for.
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ugly Stick Tiger rod, if you want something to toss more than 1 oz. They're actually goood for big swimbaits with a 3000 or 4000 size spinning reel too.
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thanks littlemack, I'll check them out the next time I am down south.

VolFan, I think that is what my brother has.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I agree with Mr. Pinche. You should really consider a H power rod. Tossing cranks to pike and wipers usually means they are ready to attack. Depending on the hook set of the fisher, you either got out-muscled or you didnt drive the hook deep enough.
If you want all around pike, wiper, bass, and even trout, MH will do the job the best, IMO. I had a MH spinning and when fighting big wipers, I got worked, fun, but worked. You cant turn the beast like you want; getting owned near shore is not funny when snap.
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