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It's Time to Crank It Up and Blow Out the Locker Door: Presenting Our 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars Lineup!
 

Date: 3/24/09
Tackle type: Rod
Manufacturer: Various (see tables below)
Reviewer: Team TT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction: Our Year of the Crank coverage ran into a bit of delay as we waited for product from participating manufacturers to arrive. It's now Spring and while there are a few key manufacturers still missing from our planned battles, we are no longer holding back. That's right, let the flood gates open as we present our lineup for the 2009 Crankbait Rod Wars!

 

We've had several days on the water with a great number of the rods listed below and are still waiting for product from at least three manufacturers.
 

Crankbait Rod Wars - Product Specifications

Model
Length
Line
Lure
Guide: Frame/ Inserts
MSRP
Airrus WL701M
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-5/8
SS/Alc
$170
Daiko BRSC-64L
6'-4"
5-14
1/8-1/2
Ti/SiC
39.5K JPY
Daiko BRSC-70MG
7'-0"
10-20
1/4-3/4
Ti/SiC
44K JPY
Daiwa STZ701MRBA-FL
7'-0"
8-20
1/8-1
Ti/SiC
$450
Damiki C761M-CR
7'-6"
8-10
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$189
Dobyns Rods 684CB
6'-8"
8-17
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$219
Dobyns Rods 704CB Glass
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$229
Dobyns Rods 704CB
7'-0"
8-14
1/4-3/4
SS/SiC
$199
Dobyns Rods 705CB
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-1
SS/SiC
$229
Dobyns Rods 804CB
8'-0"
8-17
1/4-1
SS/SiC
$239
Dobyns Rods 805CB
8'-0"
10-20
1/8-1 1/2
SS/SiC
$239
E21 21CRG701M-M-C
7'-0"
8-17
1/4-5/8
SS/TiCH
$200
Evergreen TCSC-70MG Super Nova
7'-0"
10-20
1/4-1
Ti/SiC
42K JPY
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
7'-3"
10-20
3/8-3/4
SS/Alc
$200
Fenwick ECC70M-MF
7'-0"
8-14
1/4-5/8
SS/Alc
$199
Fenwick ECC73MH-MF
7'-3"
12-20
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$199
G.Loomis CBR845
7'-0"
10-20
3/8-1
SS/Alc
$245
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
7'-1"
8-17
1/4-5/8
ReCoil
$385
Gancraft KB-003-68M Scarface
6'-8"
10-20
3/8-1
Ti/SiC
42K JPY
Jackall Light Pluggin' HC-65ML
6'-5"
8-12
3/16-5/16
Ti/SiC
$450
Jackall VCM-CAST 68/HC-68MRG
6'-8"
12-20
3/16-3/4
Ti/SiC
$450
Lamiglas XCC 724
7'-2"
12-25
1/4-3/4
SS/Alconite
$200
Lucky Craft 701MF Fat Mini Magic
7'-0"
8-25
1/4-1 1/4
SiC ?
$150
Phenix X-10 700
7'-0"
8-20
1/4-1
SS/Alc
$189
Quantum TKVD664M
6'-6"
8-12
1/4-5/8
SS/Hardloy
$150
Quantum TKVD745M
7'-0"
12-25
3/8-1
SS/Hardloy
$150


Lab Tests: For those who only care about the spec's, here is our consolidated lab data comparing specifications across the board in three separate classifications of cranking sticks: shallow, medium, and deep crankers. Remember the lower the RoD number, generally, the more powerful the stick. Included in the following tables is data from previously reviewed rods to help better round out the averages in each of the three RoD curves.

 


Fig 1: This chart shows the average rate of deflection for all the rods in each of our three crankbait rod categories and will be used as a point of reference for each manufacturers' review.

 

It may seem like cruel and unusual punishment, but yes, we've already broken two of the sticks in our 2009 rod wars! Can you guess which ones?

Shallow Crankers: As we did in our Swimbait Rod Wars last year, we've broken out our collection of rods into three separate categories. Rods on either end of the following matrices could easily fall into the next adjoining table, but we had to draw the line somewhere. The shallow cranking sticks are pretty easy to discern once you have them in hand and a side benefit we are finding, at least for the graphite rods in this category, is they all double as pretty decent finesse plastics rods too - especially when fishing shakey heads.

Lab Results for Shallow Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
MB F3.5 65GTC Hien Type S
2.33
XFast
4.5
6
.16
Phenix X-10 700
2.42
Fast
4.2
8
.19
Lamiglas XFC 705
2.52
Mod
5.7
10.75
.31
Lamiglas XCC 724
2.73
Mod
5.8
10
.28
Kistler MgCBCGGM66
2.4
Mod Fast
4.8
8.5
.21
Daiwa STZ701MRBA-FL
2.4
Mod Fast
4.2
8.5
.19
Evergreen TCSC-70MG Super Nova
2.55
Fast
5.8
5.5
.19
Daiko BRSC-64L
2.68
Fast
5
5
--
Dobyns 704CB Glass
2.91
Fast
4.6
5.5
.11
Dobyns 704CB
2.41
Mod Fast
4.8
5.5
.15
Quantum TKVD664M
2.31
Fast
4.3
11
.25

Medium Crankers: The rods falling into the following table will be of interest to those looking for an all purpose type cranker. Most will handle all types of cranks from shallow to deep, but the real sweet spot for these sticks are baits that run anywhere from six to twelve feet deep along with lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, and jerkbaits. The test for rods in this category is how well they hold up for all-purpose moving bait presentations.

Enthusiasts need not feel left out of this year's battle. Despite the unfavorable exchange rate, we've managed to purchase a few exotics to include in the crankbait rod wars

Lab Results for Medium Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Powell 703CB
2.04
Mod Fast
6.6
9.5
.34
G.Loomis CBR845
2.30
Mod Fast
4.4
9.5
.19
G.Loomis CBR855C GLX
2.26
Mod Fast
4.4
8.5
.20
Fenwick ECC70M-MF
2.28
Mod Fast
5.4
11.5
.30
Falcon Cara CCB-5-173DR
2.25
Mod Fast
4.7
5.5
.12
Airrus WL701M
2.14
Mod
3.9
11.5
.23
E21 CLTX691P-C (proto)
2.05
Mod
3.4
8"
--
E21 21CRG701M-M-C
2.30
Mod
5.1
10.75
.26
Damiki C761M-CR
2.17
Mod
5.6
7.5
.20
Jackall Light Pluggin' HC-65ML
2.22
Fast
4.6
6
.14
Lucky Craft 701MF Fat Mini Magic
2.06
Fast
5.9
9.5
.23
Daiko BRSC-70MG
2.20
Mod Fast
6.3
9
.31
Gancraft KB-003-68M Scarface
2.30
Mod Fast
7
3
.14
MB F4-610GT3 Shiryu
2.22
Fast
5.3
8.5
.27
Quantum TKVD74M
2.15
Fast
5.3
12
.36
Dobyns 684CB
2.26
Mod Fast
4.7
5
.15
Dobyns 705CBMF Glass
2.03
Mod Fast
5
6.75
.19
Dobyns 804CB
2.19
Mod Fast
5.7
8
.26

Deep Cranking: These are obviously the heavy hitters of our crankbait rod wars. Typical baits for these sticks include Norman Lures' DD22, the prototypical deep diving crankbait, but don't rule out some of the lighter hard bodied big baits on these sticks either. Products like the seven inch 22nd Century Triple Trout or Mattlure's hard bodied bluegill baits are all perfectly at home fished on these rods as well.

Stay tuned as we crank it up and blow out the locker doors on all these sticks!

Lab Results for Deep Cranking Sticks

Model
Avg RoD (2-32 oz)
Taper
Measured Weight (oz)
Balance Point (inches)
Balancing Torque (ftlbs)
Powell 754CBH
1.88
Mod Fast
7.1
9
--
G.Loomis CBR847
1.89
Mod Fast
4.9
9.5
.23
Fenwick ECC73MH-MF
1.97
Mod Fast
6.2
12.5
.43
Jackall VCM-CAST 68/HC-68MRG
1.87
Fast
5.6
7.5
.22
Dobyns Rods 805CB Gen 2
1.84
Mod Fast
6.1
9
.30


Conclusion:
A total of twenty seven rods and counting with most, if not all having been out on the water already and some even travelled with us to El Novillo Lake in Mexico. Where the information is relevant, we will discuss in more detail the statistical data above in each individual rod review, but by now, it's all pretty self explanatory with weight, balance point, balancing torque, guide material, and price point information laid out right here for you to see. Phenix rods was first out the gate in our Crank Bait Rod Wars, but get ready for a flood of rod reviews to come as we crank it up and blow out the locker doors on all these sticks!


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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