Crankbait reel

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Crankbait reel

Post by Matt_3479 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:14 pm

Last year I bought a 13 fishing concept c for my imx pro 845c cbr throwing mainly squarebills. The reel is... okay at best. Sure I can really launch it but I’ve never seen anything more finicky. I am a shimano guy and would like to replace it with a shimano reel. Which shimano casting reel have you guys had luck with for squarebills and lipless? Stick with 6 gear ratio or try something else? Was told the 7’s are nice for lipless and squarebills for ripping them around weeds and such?

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Revofisher » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:51 pm

I know it’s on tge heavy side but I’ve got a few legend glass rods with bantams I use for cranks and they work great super sturdy . Curado k is a good one as well I almost use all 6 ratios for cranking except if grass is really thick I’ll go to a 7 ratio and faster taper rod. Tge rod you have is one of my favorite trap rods I have a Curado k 6 ratio on my 845 and it handles them great

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Matt_3479 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:19 pm

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Matt_3479 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:19 pm

Revofisher wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:51 pm
I know it’s on tge heavy side but I’ve got a few legend glass rods with bantams I use for cranks and they work great super sturdy . Curado k is a good one as well I almost use all 6 ratios for cranking except if grass is really thick I’ll go to a 7 ratio and faster taper rod. Tge rod you have is one of my favorite trap rods I have a Curado k 6 ratio on my 845 and it handles them great
Awesome thank you! I don’t fish a ton around heavy grass so figured the 6 gear ratio might be better! I love the rod, my hook up ratio and land ratio went through the roof last year after I switched to this rod! I’ll see if I can throw a Curado K on and see how it feels. I’m leaning this way for sure. Just wasn’t sure if the 70, dc or chronarch mgl would be the better way to go.

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by LgMouthGambler » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:27 pm

Shimano Calcutta 100XT
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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by d_vowell » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:44 pm

I've traditionally been a Daiwa guy, but the last couple of years have been adding more and more Shimano to my stable. For squarebills, I'm using the new Bantam. For things like Rapala DT6s, a Chronarch MGL.

I had the Concept C and loved it at first as it would flat out launch baits when paired with the correct rod, however, I soon discovered what a temperamental beast it is. Sold it.

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Warhawk » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:45 pm

I just picked a Tatula 150 in the 5.1 ratio. I think it will be a good cranking reel. I wish they made the Tatula 100 in the low ratio, bu they don’t, yet.

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Drew03cmc » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:53 pm

Honestly, I toss cranks on a 6.x ratio. I find the lower ratios too slow for how and where I fish. I simply don't crank deeper than 8 feet here.
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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Matt_3479 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:52 am

d_vowell wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:44 pm
I've traditionally been a Daiwa guy, but the last couple of years have been adding more and more Shimano to my stable. For squarebills, I'm using the new Bantam. For things like Rapala DT6s, a Chronarch MGL.

I had the Concept C and loved it at first as it would flat out launch baits when paired with the correct rod, however, I soon discovered what a temperamental beast it is. Sold it.
Which do you prefer between the two? (Bantam or chronarch mgl). I just got my first bantam on Sunday and boy does that ever feel like a nice reel. I don’t want to spend that much right now that’s why I was looking st the curado K or chronarch mgl again. It sounds like for the dt6’s the bantam would be the better reel?

I feel you, great looking reel, palms so beautifully, crazy smooth out of the box (not as refined) but I can even think about looking at the spoon tensioner without it blowing up

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by mobass11652 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:27 pm

I picked up a 17 Stile in 5:1. Absolutely love it

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by beezy » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:53 pm

Honestly, you can buy two curado Ks right now for the price of a single bantam reel so I would definitely buy a 6.2:1 and a 7.4:1. That reel has become my crankbait (mainly squarebills and lipless) reel of choice over my calcutta 200d and 100te gt.

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Matt_3479 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:15 am

Yah in Canada the Curado K is 249.00 and the bantam is 479.99. I love the feel of the bantam but have a lot of big ticket items coming in the following weeks and can’t really justify a bantam at the moment. So hopefully the k feels good on the rod!

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by Edward78 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:31 am

LgMouthGambler wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:27 pm
Shimano Calcutta 100XT
I was thinking the same thing 100 or 50XT

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Re: Crankbait reel

Post by d_vowell » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:11 am

Matt_3479 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:52 am
d_vowell wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:44 pm

Which do you prefer between the two? (Bantam or chronarch mgl). I just got my first bantam on Sunday and boy does that ever feel like a nice reel. I don’t want to spend that much right now that’s why I was looking st the curado K or chronarch mgl again. It sounds like for the dt6’s the bantam would be the better reel?

I feel you, great looking reel, palms so beautifully, crazy smooth out of the box (not as refined) but I can even think about looking at the spoon tensioner without it blowing up
Matt,

It's sort of a different strokes deal. Squarebills, I like the Bantam, smaller cranks like the DT6, I'm using the Chronarch MGL at this time. Always subject to whichever way the wind blows, though. :D

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